Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jai Alai is not only a Floorball blade


As we first heard of Jai Alai, the Floorball blade that comes from Fatpipe and looks like this..
image credit assist.se

We thought cool name, must be inspired by an Arabic or Muslim warrior scream or maybe an Asian ninja move - cool and good. Ehrm..

Jai Alai is actually a sport on its own. It is however a dying sport but it used to be a sport so prominent that US American Presidents came to watch the most important games. Much of the sports popularity was in the US connected to gambling and some Jai Alai activities still is operated in Florida. Jai Alai is a version on Basque Pelota (a sport with Olympic aspirations) and was almost more common in Latin and South America. Of course the origin is from Spain or the Basque parts of Spain.

Once Jai Alai held the world record for ball speed until Golf caught up...probably with better speed radars.

This is how more recreational Jai Alai looks like..

Here an article on Jai Alai with cool pictures
http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/2/28/4036934/jai-alai-sport-in-america-miami
and a wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_alai

We like the idea to honor another sport with the name of a Floorball blade...wonder if we will see more names like this...

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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!