The Rules of Jai Alai – (Cesta Punta) – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Jai Alai
The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent. Jai Alai, also known as Cesta Punta (Zesta
Punta) is a sport that is contested on a court known as a cancha. There is no standard size for a cancha, but
on average, it measures 176ft long, 40 ft wide & 40ft high
There is a front wall, a back wall and a left wall, but no wall to the right. These are the lines, the 4 and 7 line, serving
line at line #11, and out of bounds line. Players play with a curled basket known as
a cesta attached to their wrist. The ball is known as a pelota, and is smaller
than a baseball but harder than a golf ball. This particular ball can be hurled at speeds
of over 170mph. The game starts with a serve. The ball must bounce once behind line #11,
the service line, and the player must catch and throw the ball to the front wall. The ball must land between the 4 and 7 lines
for a serve to be legal. An opponent must catch the ball cleanly and
throw it back in one fluid motion. He can do this on the fly, or after the ball
has bounced on the floor once. But if you let it bounce on the floor twice,
you lose a point. If the ball isn’t caught cleanly, if a player
holds onto the ball too long, or if the judge deems that the player didn’t catch and throw
in one smooth motion, they also lose a point. You also lose a point if you serve illegally,
if you play a ball off the front wall that bounces out of bounds and if you interfere
with your opponent. The idea of this game is to outwit your opponent
by making shots difficult to catch and throw back cleanly, or by placing the ball where
a player cannot reach. Once you win a point, you also win the next
serve, and the whole process starts all over again. Jai Alai is played in varying formats around
the world, but the most common three are: Round Robin Format. In Round Robin format, commonly played in
North America – a game consists of 8 players for singles, or 8 pairs of players for doubles. The first two play until a point is won. The winner stays on the court, whilst the
loser goes to the back of the line, and is replaced by the next player in the line-up. The process repeats itself until one player
has 7 or 9 points. The first player to reach that number of points
… wins. Set Format. In set format, commonly played in Europe – a
game consists of two players for singles, and 2 pairs of players for doubles. The first team to score 15 points wins a set,
and a game is played to the best of 3 sets. In some competitions, the last set is only
played to 5 points. Whoever wins 2 sets the fastest, wins. That’s pretty much all you need to know
about Jai Alai, but there’s a few other things that you need to know before playing
or watching a game. For example:
Foul Ball The front wall is made out of granite, as
it’s one of the few materials that can withstand 170mph balls. But that’s only this section of the wall. The rest of it is out of bounds, and if a
ball hits this area – this is known as a foul ball, and the point goes to your opponent. Spectacular Seven
Round Robin games that are played to 7 points may use the “Spectacular Seven” scoring. In short – points double after all 8 players
have played at least one point. So after the first round, each point a player
wins is now worth two points. This puts the pressure on players to get the
leader out of the game and it also keeps games short for spectators to watch. Gambling
Jai Alai was created with gambling in mind. Just like betting on horse racing, spectators
can bet on players to “win,” “place,” or “show” as well as other bets. This is why some players will have numbers
on their jerseys – so you know which number player to bet on. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Follow me on Twitter also but in the meantime,
enjoy Jai Alai … or Cesta Punta if you prefer. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

100 thoughts on “The Rules of Jai Alai – (Cesta Punta) – EXPLAINED!

  1. Ninh explains – The Rules of Jai Alai (Cesta Punta) – Is an all-but-forgotten sport in the USA but is still played professionally in the Basque region of France and Spain.
    For those of you who have a dirty habit of picking at things to bitch about – you can pronounce ‘Cesta’ as ‘sesta’ (Basque) or ‘thesta’ (true Spanish) – so I did NOT pronounce it wrong.

  2. Went to see them play in Orlando years ago but the players were on strike and I chose not to cross the picket line., if I ever get back to south Florida I hope to attend a match.

  3. Great vid i remember my stepdads creepy ass (im not one to just throw that word out there legit fucked my sister and at least one of her friends to be clear they were kids) dad used to make shitloads of money but he lived in a shitty apartment because he spent 20% of his money on beer and 75% betting on jai alai. Rent was 10% of his income so he straight up fucked an enormous woman that worked for the apartment complex for help with the rent. Thanks gor clearing up the "wtf is jai alai" part of all that for me.

  4. I’m pretty sure that with how fast a pelota is thrown during a game that you’ll need more than just a helmet for protection! After all, if something that fast hits you, you’ll probably get a serious injury or worse!

  5. What would I do without YouTube explaining games that otherwise I'd never get to know!? Thank you YouTuBe and thank you video producer person

  6. I am a top jai-alai handicapper (and aficionado) and I APPROVE THIS VIDEO!!

    Very well done.

    BTW, for those who talk 'knowingly' about the 'fixed' aspect, when I show people who think that way my analytical software, it takes less than 60 seconds for them to STFU.

    Permanently!

    Jai-alai is genuine, and if you work hard to understand handicapping factors (as a chess master might study opening theory) you can out-analyze your competition and win. FACT.

    There are at least a handful of us wizards who LOVE this game and understand it at a deep level. Player skills, partner affinities, post position, simulations, and of course, the HUGE impact of the Spectacular 7 scoring system.

    Knowledge, not BS, FTW.

  7. 1) This brought back memories. I grew up in South Florida and used to see commercials for this all the time. Shout-out to you for that, Ninh.
    2) Also shout-out to you for using the Street Fighter music!

  8. I only heard of this sport in a novel I am reading. It takes place in WWII, New York. Very interesting! Thanks for explanation that actually makes sense. Not sure I fully understand it, but it looks cool!

  9. Please, make a video of FRONTENIS, because is like Jai Alai, but its played with raquets like in tennis. Thanks

  10. For those of you who are familiar with Whitey Bulger, the famous New England mob boss, Jai Alai in the United States had a direct tie to one of his most notorious crimes. Here's the Hartford Courant news story about it:

    https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1997-11-09-9711070702-story.html

  11. This game was invented in usa ghettos with african american women with their long finger nails throwing rocks at baby daddy house.

  12. I have to mute the video and read the subtitles 'cause I couldn't concentrate with that SF background music.

    Btw: when you fight against Balrog, you fight in Las Vegas. And jai alai is a game (almost) made for gambling. Nice touch, sir.

  13. I really truly hope that this game NEVER makes it to the Olympics. But video gaming should definitely be in the Olympics, cuz it takes way more skill then throwing a ball

  14. Ninh which is the sport you are less interested in or even completely dislike? Is there any sport like that for you or is that you like every sport.
    And aslo
    2.) Which is the most dangerous sports to play and as well as watch.

  15. Lol didn't know what this sport was until now. I remember watching the episode of fairly odd parents where they give the bronze kneecaps origin story, and thinking wtf are they playing…

  16. As a Basque myself I find it funny that you call the sport jai alai, since jai alai is just the name of a "fronton" (you called it cancha). Which literally translates to happy party. Probably because the first fronton in America was called that way.
    This modality is just one more of the Basque pilota. The overall rules are the same on each modality but the material used differs. For example, you can play Basque pilota that is the same but you have to hit the ball with your bare hands, pala (a wooden racket with no strings), remonte (similar to cesta punta but you cannot catch the ball with the cesta)…

  17. Does the second bounce have to be inbounds, or is it sort of like ping pong where if the first bounce is in place the other team has to return it before the second bound (anywhere)? I'm surprised I'm not seeing more balls exiting the court off the right side.

  18. Now I have to find a way to bring it back. I know How about no wall to the left instead. There is a way to bring Jai Ali back from the dead. But it’s very difficult and “nearly impossible”.

  19. I came here from getting a Trivial Pursuit question about this sport wrong, about it being the fastest played ball sport … learn something new everyday then huh

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