The most rooted in the city of Valencia is the pilota valenciana Sport. This sport is a cross between handball and tennis but played without a racket, and balls are made with a especially leather.
Pilota, traditionally is played on the street in outdoor courts, but for fans of this sport in Valencia are enabled to practice fields called,Trinquetes.
The pilota valencia federation was founded on 1984. The federation has named the June 14th as the “Pilota day”, recalling the date, playing pilota was forbidden at the streets of València since 1391.
In this sport, viewers are part of the field and the hard leather ball fly frequently among viewers. It is a very dangerous game. If you have any chance to go and watch this game, once you entry to Trinquete, there will be a pile of cushions. If you go to watch pilota game, we would recommend you to take some cushions for your bottom and another one to protect your face.
Pilota is played with the same scoring system that tennis and the same general rules. There is a network in the middle and the ball can only bounce once.
Pilota players play without racket therefore they wrap their hands to protect them. Many of them use a traditional leather glove, which has a metal plate to protect their fingers. Some of the players protect just only their fingers without gloves.
It is a very typical Valencian sports, even betting among the public of the game is commonplace.The Valencian Pilota Federation is the Valencian public organization that promotes the many competitions of the Valencian pilota sport.
Valencia has 2003 licensed players, 28 teachers for the 756 students at the pilota colleges. There are also 77 professional players and 15 marxadors at the trinquets.
Relevant official competitions:
Escala i corda
Trofeu Individual Bancaixa
Raspall singles championship
Raspall team championship