Meaning of "gatting?"

What does “gatting” mean? I may have the spelling and/or exact word off a bit. It came up like this: friends were playing hacky-sack and a little boy nearby became interested. We talked with him a good bit and explained the game, let him play some, and then he asked if the guys playing hacky sack were “gatting” or something like that.
We had no idea what he meant, and he seemed perplexed that we didn’t understand him. But he wouldn’t explain.
My friends and I are white, and this kid was black, a fact I mention because I figured maybe this was some cultural miscommunication.
Dictionaries and net searches didn’t turn up anything. Any ideas?
– Greg, Atlanta