Frescobol is fun, artistic, entertaining, healthy and a great sport to play!
It is the Brazilian sport which became known as one of the favourite leisure activities for those who associate sport with fun and the outdoors.
Practitioners enjoy training on the beach in summer, and entertain the beach goers in a demonstration of strength, balance, and good health. In the winter the practise of Frescobol is more intense, with small classes for both beginners and advanced training in clubs, schools and gyms in a variety of styles.
There is no such thing as an adversary in this game - there are no winners or losers, because the other side is a partner, not an opponent.
The games are practised by groups of two or three participants for a set period of time, as a pair or trio respectively, using a rubber ball and racquets specifically designed for the sport. The groups compete with each other and the best display wins - it is a sport of demonstration.
Frescobol is undoubtedly a team sport. Players are on average 7m away from each other, and as their technique improves, the speed and strength of the strokes increases, the intention being to make the ball go back to the other side without touching the floor, making the transformation from a fun game to a radical, fluid and extremely competitive sport.
The length of the presentation depends on the variation of the game being played, although 5 minute rounds are commonly played. The game is interrupted when the ball touches the ground, when it touches the player's body or when the ball is struck outside the playing area - play is then resumed by the other side. The fewer the number of turns, the greater the time the ball remains in the air, and the higher the score for the group. The ideal maximum score in a game is when there is only one continuous sequence during the round.
In most sports the player attempts to exploit his opponent's weaknesses, but in Frescobol, the player uses their partner's strengths. The ball is never returned in such a way that the other person cannot reach it because the other player is a partner, not an opponent. The aim is not to humiliate the other player with a brilliant stroke or smash, because if the ball goes out of play, both players end up as losers.
"Keep the ball in the air" is the motto. As you learn and start to improve, more speed, more strength, and more radical game play can be achieved.
There is no restriction on age, weight, height or sex. Frescobol can be played by people from 6 to 60.
Frescobol is commonly played by families as a great way of spending quality fun time together. Often parents and children will play together in competitions, sharing the enjoyment and gaining skill along the way.
Thanks to the large number of Brazilians who are living abroad, Frescobol has been gaining innumerable new fans, mainly in the USA, Australia and in Europe.
In England Clubs are running in London and Southwest (Devon & Cornwall) get in touch for more details and be involved with this exciting Brazilian sport!!! :-D