In gorodki, the playing area is a 2 by 2 meter square divided into zones where the players aim their shots. The bats used by the players to break up the figures are usually made from oak, hawthorn or dogwood, and they cannot be longer than one meter. Players receive no points, have the villages re-set and are charged a turn if the bat touches the line or the ground in front of the line; if they step on or over the boundary line; and if they do not throw the bat within the designated 30-second time limit.
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