Xare

Xare is one of the disciplines of Basque pelota. It is played with a racquet and a ball in a court call trinquete. Xare is very popular and is played by both men and women of all ages in the South American countries.

The court used for playing the xare, consist of walls on all four sides. The left wall features a facade, about 2ft wide with a slanting roof, that projects onto the court. Unlike racquets used for other sports where the strings are tight, the strings in xare racquets resemble a woven mesh. Rather than striking the ball, the action resembles more like a catch and throw using the racquet. Besides the racquet and a ball, a bicycle helmet is the only other equipment used.

A match is played between two two-player teams. The rules are similar to other wall based sports, where the ball has to be returned back to the front wall with at most one bounce on the ground. The ball is allowed to bounce any number of times or even roll on the roof of the facade. Teams score points if the opponents are unable to return the ball back onto the wall. Matches are played in points and sets format.

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