Fives is a popular English sport which is basically derived from the similar origins of many racket sports. In this sport, a ball is propelled against the walls of a 3 or 4-sided special court using a bare or gloved hand as a racket.
This sport also has a huge similarity with the sport called hand-pelota. This sport has also been known as hand-tennis, historically played between the buttresses of various church buildings in England. There are also many similarities of this sport with the North American and Irish handball games.
This spectacular sport has many different types. The most popular variations are Eton Fives and Rugby Fives. There are also Wessex Fives, Warminster Fives, Winchester Fives, Clifton Fives and St. John Fives.
This sport is not the same as the sport of 'Long Fives', which is played on a real tennis court.
- Eton Fives — a handball sport derived from the English sport Fives
- Rugby Fives — an indoor court game played with gloves, hitting the ball against the wall
- American Handball — players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall, like squash without rackets.
- Australian Handball — similar to Squash, though played without a racquet.
- Gaelic Handball — a wall based sport, played in Ireland, similar to squash though the ball is hit with the hand.
- Frisian Handball — a traditional sport from the Netherlands in which players attempt to land a ball at the end of a long rectangular field.
- International Fronton — played by striking a ball onto a wall with bare hands, using rules adapted from many wall ball sports.
- Basque Pelota — a variety of court sports which involves hitting a ball against a wall using the hand, a racket, a wooden bat or a basket.
- Squash — a racquet sport played by two or four players in a four-walled court with a small hollow rubber ball.