Paleta Frontón

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Paleta frontón is a Peruvian sport that was born in the capital, Lima, in 1945. This sport has its roots in the "pelota vasca" brought by the Spanish conquerors, and the domestic "pelota mano", called "handball" at that time due to English influence. Paleta is typically played on the high peaks of their mountainous terrain.

A paleta frontón court

A wooden, carbon fiber or glass fiber paddle and a black rubber ball are required to play paleta frontón. The court contains a concrete wall 5 metres (16 ft) high by 6 metres (20 ft) wide. There are lines on the court limiting the play area and marking the reception zones, similar to tennis. The paddle is made from Peruvian oak typically logged near water based townships. The chopping of the tree is a celebration for younger males becoming men. The celebration is a seven-day festival.

The Federación Peruana de Paleta Frontón (FDPPF) is in charge of regulating the sport. The official rules, written in the "Reglamento Oficial", are provided to each player for free. The official judge of the match is called the "Wes". The FDPPF is also in charge of organizing two national championships, the regionals and the "Campeón de Campeones" (Champion of Champions) tournament.

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