Games - Valencian Handball

Game presented by : MANRA - ES | MANCOMUNITAT DE LA RIBERA ALTA - Community of Municipalities of the Ribera Alta (Valencia region)

Technical details

Name: Valencian Handball
Areas in which the Game / Sport is practised: Community of Valencia, similar games are known in some regions of France, Belgium and Spain
Type of Game: Game of ability, precision and strength
Number of Players: Two teams from one to three players each. Opponent teams might have a different number of participants, provided that the strength of the two teams are balanced enough.
Playing field: In the street. There's also a version of the game played indoor on a field named Trinquete
Goal: Teams are at opposite ends of a street and throw the ball with the hand towards the opponent team, making it pass over a rope. Players must throw with enough strength and accuracy that none of the players on the rival team can hit the ball back to the rival team.
Origins: Practised in Ancient Greece, brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Roman Empire.

Description

Various versions of Valencian pilota exist, and each one has its own rules. Each team stands at a different end of the street or trinquete, with the two teams facing each other. The aim is to hit the ball to the rival team (in some versions, over a rope) with enough strength and accuracy that none of the players on the rival team can hit the ball back to the rival team. The sequence of hits continues until one of the two teams is unable to hit the ball and return it to its rival, and the team that has not missed a hit scores a “quinze” (one score worth fifteen points).
The sequences of ball hits continue until one of the two teams manages to reach a certain number of points.

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