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JAI ALAI Jai Alai is a game that is played on a 3-wallked court Players use wicker rackets strapped to one of their arms to hit a small ball against one of the walls so that their opponent cannot hit it The ball is often hit at speeds up to 150mph The length and width of the court varies the typical court is 176 feet long and 55 feet wide also a 20ft long strip of foul territory The 3 walls are known as frontis front rebote back and lateral side These 3 walls are each 44 feet high and typically made of cement A clear screen runs the length of the court where the spectators view the game The arenas where the game is played are known as frontons The game ball pelota is 2 inches wide and has a rubber core around that is a thin layer of linen cord which is had wound It is completely covered with a tightly sewn goatskin The ball weights a total of 4 ounces Each of the players wears a curved basket on their hand called a cesta Its about 2 feet long and has a glove built in the base A typical cesta is made of Spanish chestnut woven with strong Spanish reed The players catch the ball and throw it in an overhand or sidearm motion The big attraction of the game is the way it flows and the way the ball is caught Jai alai can be played in singles up to 8 people or in doubles up to 2 8 man teams It begins with a serve from one player who stands the way back on the court he bounces the ball on the court and catches it then hurls it at the frontis front wall The ball must rebound to the court between the fault and pass lines area about 14 of the
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