rules to play jai alai
Jai Alai game
. During Jai Alai game the competition is between two man teams (doubles) or between single players (singles). Every player (or a team) has an assigned number from 1 to 8. These are the same numbers, which the public makes bets on. By the obvious analogy with the greyhound starting boxes, these numbers are also called post positions. According to the rules, the participants of the Jai Alai matches are chosen by players manager and the matchmaker. T
. Each point is started by serving the pelota (ball). The server must bounce the ball behind the serving line, and, with the cesta, hurl the ball directly to the front wall so that upon rebound it will bounce between lines No. 4 and 7. If it does not, it is an under or over serve and the other team will receive the point.
. The ball must be caught on the fly or first bounce. The ball, also, must be caught and thrown in one fluid motion. The judges will rule juggling if the ball pops up or if it is held for more than the required time. All three walls are in play the red is out of bounds. In Spectacular Seven/Nine scoring point value is 1 until each team has played once, thereafter point value is double.
. Like handball or squash, Jai Alai players share the court with the opposition. If a player blocks another's line to the ball on the catch or to the wall on the return, the judges may rule interference if they deem that the ball was playable.
. Most games are played to 7 points with points doubling after the first round of play (called Spectacular Seven) scoring. The game is played in a round robin rotation, usually by 8 teams or single players. In doubles, each team consists of a frontcourt player and a backcourt player. The game begins when the frontcourt player of Team No. 1 serves the ball to Team No. 2. The winner of each point stays on the court to meet the next team in rotation.
. After a Winner has been declared, play off rules to decide place, show and fourth positions, vary according to the number of points scored by the participating players or teams, and shall be played according to the players or teams ROTATION POSITION (not Post Position), i.e., the order in which they were defeated.
In case of a tie
. IN CASE OF A TIE after a Win position has been officially declared, it shall not be necessary, in order to determine place, show or fourth positions , or all three for the players or teams to score the full game's number of points.
Players or teams
. WHEN THERE STILL REMAIN FIVE OR SEVEN PLAYERS OR TEAMS, all of which are tied without a point to their credit the play off shall be for a goal of one point less than the number of post positions represented in the play off.
In case of two ties
. After a Winner has been declared official, and there are still two players or teams tied with the same number of points, the Place position shall be awarded to the player or team making the next point, and Show position goes to the loser of said point.
A fourth position is required
. (a) Two ties remain after Win and Place have been determined, the Show position shall be awarded to the player or team making the next point and Fourth position shall go to the loser of said point.(b) Two ties remain after Win, Place and Show have been determined, the Show position shall be awarded to the player or team making the next point.
In case of three ties
. After a Winner has been declared official, place, show, and fourth positions shall be decided among the three players or teams, with the same number of points, through elimination, according to ROTATING POSITION. However, if after playing the first play off point, any player or team score reaches the number of points that the game calls for, said player or team shall immediately be awarded the place, show, or fourth position, as the case may be,
In case of four or six ties
. After a Winner has been declared official and there remain four or six players or teams, tied for place, show, or fourth, or all three, play off shall be through elimination according to their ROTATING POSITION. The first two players or teams will play the first point. The next two players or teams will play for one point, and the remaining (in case of 6) players or teams will also play for one point. Winners of above points will play additional
The jai alai industry
. Jai alai is a popular sport within the Latin American countries, and the Philippines owing to its Hispanic influence. It was one of the two gambling sports from Europe, the other being horse racing, in semi colonial Chinese cities of Shanghai and Tianjin, and was shut down after communist victory there. The jai alai arena in Tianjin's former Italian Concession was then confiscated and turned into a recreation center for the city's working class.
Customs of play
. A jai alai game is played in round robin format, usually between eight teams of two players each or eight single players. The first team to score 7 or 9 points wins the game. Two of the eight teams are in the court for each point. The server on one team must bounce the ball behind the serving line, then with the cesta basket hurl it towards the front wall so it bounces from there to between lines 4 and 7 on the floor. The ball is then in play. Th
Court and serve
. The Jai Alai playing courts size differs from one fronton to another. The standard size is 180 feet long, 50 feet wide and 50 feet high. The frontis (front wall) is 40 feet wide and 40 feet high. The wall is painted in two colors green and red. The red part goes from the floor to 3 feet high. The green area is the place where a served ball is supposed to hit. If a ball strikes a red part its declared out of bounds. The frontis wall is built fro
Jai Alai rules for judges
. There are three judges supervising Jai Alai match: a frontcourt judge, a backcourt judge and a center court judge. They sit at the side of the court. The main judge who is a center court judge is positioned at the 7th line. The front court judge is situated opposite to lane 4 and backcourt judge is at lane 11. If during the game one or more rules of the game are violated one or more judges can stop the game and make an appropriate call. In case o
Jai Alai action
. There are few rules that control the action during the game. According to the rules the ball must be always in motion. There should not be more than a split second before the ball is caught and returned. If that time is too long the rules reward an opposing team with a point. The ball must be caught on the fly or it can bounce only once. The ball can hit the green part of the frontis, side wall, rebote or a concrete part of the floor. By the rule
Jai Alai equipment rules
. The rules require five pieces of equipment: pelota (the ball); a cesta (the sling); a players uniform; a T shirt and a helmet. A pelota which is the games ball is made from Brazils rubber. It is harder than a baseball and faster than a golf ball. The pelotas can reach the speeds up to 150 miles per hour and that makes them the fastest flying balls in the world. A cesta is a sling in the form of a crescent shaped basket. It is made from the reed
Jai Alai foul rules
. These rules describe the situations when the fouls happen. The foul is committed when: 1) The ball strikes the screen, the wood part of the floor or any other indicated foul area. 2) The ball strikes an overhead screen. 3) A player catches the ball after the second bounce. 4) A player holds the ball longer than allowed time before returning it. 5) A ball bounces off the frontis and falls before an underserve line or
Miscellaneous Jai Alai rules
. These rules cover the certain aspects of the game the players duties and conduct. 1) When a game is started, it can not be stopped until win, place and show positions have been officially established. 2) When a game is started the post positions one and two must appear on the court to start the action. Post position one will serve the first ball. 3) If a ball becomes defective during the game, a server should select another ball
Jai alai baskets
. Frontcourt and backcourt baskets available by request. Formally used by pro players like Elgueta, Tello, Chasio II, Coya, Chauderon, Jimbo, Arriaga, Txinbo and many others. All baskets are available in all types of condition and prices. Must be purchased in person, cash only. No shipments due the the nature of used baskets. All sales final. No returns. Need 24 hour notice all sales made on location at the St. Pete Cancha when Jeff
. The fastest ball on the market, but can be known for its crazy bounces off the side walls. Available in white or orange. We carry only Champion Balls, by far the fastest lacrosse ball of them all.
Hard white plastic ball
. Made in Ohio and specially designed for amateur jai alai. Used by the North Miami amateur court. Hard white plastic ball designed for advanced players. Great on racquet ball courts also. New batch just arrived nearly 100 balls in stock. This ball sounds like real jai alai, and plays almost as the goat skin ball, too!
. Wicker basket made from reeds found only in the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain. The frame is made of steam bent chestnut. The hand is inserted into a leather glove and held in place by a wrap around called a cinta. Cestas cost over $200. A player uses about 15 per season.
. The most lethal ball of any sport, the Pelota is 3/4 the size of a baseball, harder than a golf ball, and has been clocked at speeds in excess of 180 m.p.h. The Guiness Book of Records calls it the world's fastest ball. The pelota is constructed of hand wound Brazilian rubber with two hand sown goatskin covers. Pelotas cost over $150 each and must be re covered after 15 minutes of play. No machine has ever been developed to construct a pelota.