How do you play?
First, a player serves against the wall or “frontis” hoping that their opponent fails to respond. For the play to be valid, the ball must hit a delimited sector on the surface of the wall.
When the ball bounces twice and the opponent fails to hit it, the point belongs to the server.
No player can grab the ball, only hit it.
The names of Basque pelota variants depend on the elements used to play it. For example, Cesta punta is the sport that is played with a basket. There is also share (racket), or hand pelota.
The International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV) considers 16 specialties. They correspond to eight games: Cesta punta, frontball, frontenis, hand pelota, paleta cuero, pala corta, paleta goma, and share. In addition, three factors must be considered:
Some specialities are played in more than one mode
Some specialities are played only by men and only by women
Some specialities are played individually and others in pairs, and at least in two modes