About Us

Maya culture and spirituality encompass a vast pantheon of mythic creatures, gods and humans, many of them of nobility as described in the Popol Vuh, the Mayas’ biblical account of their origins.

A central theme contained in these 3,600 year-old myths and deeds of antiquity is the ritual ballgame, also known as POKTAPOK, played for their lives by the Hero Twins against the Lords of Xibalba, the protective rulers of the underworld.

From these sources, we bring Royal Ringball and present Major League Ringball, the newest modern pro ballsport brand to arrive on the scene in over 100 years.

This exciting revival will also be at the heart of Circus Mayas, a traveling family arena show designed to portray many of these vivid theatrical characters and images in dramatic colorful and athletic style.

Over a thousand years before the classic Maya appeared, the people who invented the rubber ball played a variety of ballgames, some using inclined arena surfaces and the iconic vertical ring.

Their ball weighing from three to 12 pounds was moved by being struck with any part of the body, including elbows and arms, hands, fists and hips in epic struggles between emperors, kings and gods, men and women alike.

And woe did oft betide the losers.

I’m Martin Zitter, a former successful financial services professional with a passion for sports and ancient history, particularly for the Precolumbian Mesoamerican era..

Several years ago our young son Daniel brought home an assignment to write a report about the Mayas and asked us for help. It turned out to be a golden opportunity for Carol and me to indulge my interests while sharing an enjoyable project with our boy.

We researched their culture and learned that the ball games they played were way too dangerous by modern standards and even the Spanish Conquistadores blanched at their brutality, so they put a stop to them in their own equally brutal way.

But we decided to learn as much as we could about these games and began creating a modern competitive playable version that we named Royal Ringball, to honor the noble men and women who originally played el juego de pelota.

After visiting Xcaret, Chichen Itza and other Yucutan ballgame sites, we wrote a unique set of proprietary Ringball rules and designed a special modular arena, suitable for indoor or out, selected a usable ball and a plan to recruit and train players.

So, it became a Field of Dreams kind of thing - we figured that if we built it, they (you) would come.

We hired a producer, director, writer, artists and researchers and spent many hundreds of hours and thousands of our own dollars on preparation and a school and community outreach program.

Now, we are at last ready to show the world our work.

We have secured our founding four-acre outdoor location near the historic Los Angeles Forum, on the grounds of the Hollywood Park racetrack just two miles from Los Angeles International Airport

We are now ready to develop the first full-scale prototype Ringball arena to be built in the modern era and also test it for our live theatrical show.

Net of fees, our budget capitalizes up to $120,000 for the labor, materials and supplies to build the basic modular, truck-portable infrastructure; around $100,000 to develop, cast, film, promote and operate the show and $30,000 for site rental to Hollywood Park for the initial feasibility and production period.

Once in operation, we will recruit management, investors, sponsors, coaches and media partners to build out an initial single-entity league expansion with 12 U.S. teams within five years and several more internationally.

Value statements:
  • Culturally, these scenes may serve as a pedagogical vehicle introducing the public to a largely obscure people, period and place in history, and stimulate diverse students to learn more.
  • Artistically, they may produce a unique new set of sights, sounds and images to enjoy.
  • Athletically, they may encourage those who are not interested in competing in conventional games to become involved and active in a sport where all will start out learning.
  • Economically, in strategic partnership, they may create a new franchise prospect with a dedicated affinity fan-base and generate significant revenue in commerce, sponsorship and high-wage employment with benefits redounding to supporters and the community.

Mission - We bring to campus, community and commerce a spectacular new competitive contact team ball sport based on and derived from the original ballgame of the ancient Mesoamericans.

Vision - Our historic recreational, collegiate, professional and Olympic mixed-gender ballsport takes its place among the great athletic events of the world.

We appreciate your interest our project.

Yours truly,
Martin K. Zitter
Creator & Coach

P.S.: It's like soccer but with hands, plus volleyball but with feet and no net, and basketball without catching or throwing. Trust me, you'll love it.