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THE PREMIER SOUTH FLORIDA FRONTON SINCE 1953, DANIA BEACH JAI-ALAI once known as the “DANIA JAI-ALAI PALACE”
will honor its 70th anniversary with a 60-day competition featuring an international selection to participate in
The Dania Beach Invitational | 2022-2023 Jai-Alai Tournament.
THE HOME OF THE GUINESS WORLD RECORDS 190 MPH RECORD HOLDER

THE PREMIER SOUTH FLORIDA FRONTON SINCE 1953, DANIA BEACH JAI-ALAI once known as the “DANIA JAI-ALAI PALACE” will honor its 70th anniversary with a 60-day competition featuring an international selection to participate in The Dania Beach Invitational | 2022-2023 Jai-Alai Tournament.
HOME OF THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS- 190 MPH RECORD HOLDER

The Dania Beach Invitational
2022-2023 Jai-Alai Tournament

December 1st through January 29th

WEDNESDAY EVENING  |  7:00 PM
THURSDAY EVENING  |  7:00 PM
FRIDAY EVENING  |  7:00 PM
SATURDAY MATINEE  |  1:00 PM
SATURDAY EVENING  |  7:00 PM
SUNDAY MATINEE  |  1:00 PM

Quarter Finals

Thursday, January 5
Friday, January 6
Thursday, January 12
Friday, January 13

Semi-Finals

Thursday, January 19
Friday, January 20

Finals

Thursday, January 26
Friday, January 27

Schedule is subject to change at any time.

THIS IS JAI-ALAI

Jai-Alai is a centuries old sport from the Basque country of Spain and France. Translated the words mean “Merry Festival.” Jai-Alai came to the United States in 1904 with the first permanent facility (“fronton”) opening in Florida in 1924.

EQUIPMENT. The “cesta” is a curved catching and throwing basket made of Spanish Chestnut and reeds from the Pyrenees Mountains. The “pelota” is slightly smaller than a baseball and is hand made of two layers of goat skin over nylon thread covering tightly wound strands of virgin rubber.

THE GAME. The game is played in round-robin rotation, usually by 8 teams or single players. In doubles, each team consists of a front court player and a back court player. The game begins when the front court player of team No. 1 serves the ball to Team No. 2. The winner of a point stays on the court to meet the next team in rotation. Losers go to the end of the line to await another turn on the court. The first team to score 7 points (or 9 in Superfecta games) wins. The next highest scores are “place” (second) and “show” (third). Playoffs decide tied scores.

THE SERVE. The server must bounce the ball behind the serving line (the No. 11 line), and, with the cesta, hurl the ball directly to the front wall so that upon rebound it will bounce between lines No. 4 and 7. If it does not it is an under or over serve and the other team will receive the point.

SCORING POINTS. The ball must be caught on the fly or first bounce and may touch the floor only once. All three walls are in play – the red is out-of-bounds. In “Spectacular Seven/Nine scoring the point value is 1 until each team has played once, thereafter point value is 2.

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