Below are diagrams of some of the more common Jai-Alai shots. Players often attempt to end a point by placing the ball so it cannot be returned off the Front or Back walls. Most of the variations shown are thrown from the "right" side. With the exception of the Chula, only a few players have mastered making "kill" shots (remate) from the left.
In Jai-Alai placement is just as important as power. Better players are able to return the Pelota close to the wall near the back corner putting the opposition on the defensive. Weaker returns near the center of the court provide offensive opportunities for the opposing Frontcourt player. In doubles, generally, the Backcourt man plays defense and the Frontcourt plays offense.
Court sizes in Florida are as follows:
Miami Overhead: 40 feet Length: 176 feet Width: 45 feet
Ft. Pierce Overhead: 40 feet Length: 176 feet Width: 50 feet
Orlando: Overhead: 48 feet Length: 180 feet Width: 50 feet
Dania: Overhead: 45 feet Length: 178 feet Width: 50 feet
Ocala: Overhead: 45 feet Length: 176 feet Width: 40 feet
Hamilton: Overhead: 40 feet Length: 173 feet Width: 50 feet (36' cement, 14' wood apron)
REBOTE-Returning the ball from the back wall with the forehand or backhand.
CHULA-Ball hits the lower angle between the base of the back wall and the floor coming out without a bounce.
CHIC CHAC-A ball returned to the floor near the back wall and back to the floor.
CAROM-A thrown ball that hits the side wall, the front wall, the court, then goes into the screen.
CORTADA-A ball thrown from outside of the court with forehand, hitting low on the front wall then on the floor.
DEJADA-A short lob, hitting the front wall just above the foul line and dropping with a small bounce.
ARRIMADA-A ball that is returned as close to the side wall as possible, hindering the opposition's return.
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- Picada Thown straight overhand from the right with lots of wrist resulting in a high bounce.
- Remate Two walls thrown from the left side, the most effective "kill".
- Outside Cortada Same as above but thrown "inside-out".
- Costada Thrown shoulder high from the left to "chichac" off the back wall
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