People from Şırnak province associate their sport of "guhşegi" to baseball, the most popular sport in the U.S., in many respects. Known by people of all ages in the region, guhşegi is played between teams of six with a special ball made with horsehair. The only difference between guhşegi and baseball is that the former has no limitation to its field of play. Şırnak University and the Provincial Directorate of Youth Services and Sports have adapted guhşegi into a modern sport, bringing scoring and field limitation to it.
Having been played as a sport for centuries, guhşegi is on its way to becoming a modern sport. Şırnak University created a guhşegi team of 14, and Şırnak Municipality aims to revive this sport, which was about to be forgotten, by organizing tournaments.
Şırnak University Rector Mehmet Emin Erkan came to watch the guhşegi team practice; the team is part of the university, and he batted and played.
Mentioning he played guhşegi in his childhood, Erkan said that this sport was even played by his great grandfathers. "Guhşegi is our ancestor sport. It is a sport that our great grandfathers played. We are trying to revive it. The Ministry of Youth and Sports can approve it as a local sport. We also established the sports department in Şırnak University and have a guhşegi team. We've started tournaments, as well.
There are some books that discuss guhşegi as seen by those who migrated from Şırnak to Europe in the past. Its transference to America to become the ancestor of baseball coincides with those times. I remember this sport was being played in some areas in the village," he added.
Guhşegi is a played based on a quick batting technique by six or seven people. It was played by the people of Şırnak in areas that are 50-60 meters in width. Teams are generally separated into offense and defense. Every player can hit one time. Only the last player can hit three times.
A player can hit again, passing to the other half area and coming back after he bats the ball. When he goes and returns, he gains a point.
The winner is determined according to the score table. In the past, the winner was not determined according to scoring. The offensive teams were accepted as winners.
Erkan said: "When we adapted it into a modern sport, we needed a scoring system. There were no referees and no specific period of time before. Now it is played as two halves of 30 minutes."
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