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Rules to play Jai Alai

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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 from granite covered be cement. The side wall and the back wall (rebote) are made from cement. The side wall has painted vertical lines corresponding to the horizontal lines on the floor. These vertical lines serve only one purpose of letting the players know their relevant to frontis or rebote positions. Jai Alai rules require that a player must serve the ball from a court area between 10th and 12th lines. According to the rules, the ball is supposed to land after the first bounce off the frontis in the part of the floor between 4th and 7th lines. If a ball hits the floor before the 4th line its called underserve and, by the rules, one point is deducted. If a ball bounces beyond the 7th line its called overserve and, again, one point must be deducted. There is a wooden part of the court about 15 feet long on the right side, which is the closest to the public. Its called contracancha. According to Jai Alai rules, the ball cant land on contracancha after the first bounce off the frontis. Otherwise, this ball is out of bounds. A two wall serve (a carom), when a ball first hits a side wall and after that frontis is also against Jai Alai rules.


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