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FEDERACION DEPORTIVA PERUANA DE PALETA FRONTON PALETA FRONTÓN A PERUVIAN SPORT FEALAC Forum on Promotion of Traditional Sports Seoul, Republic of Korea November 17-18, 2011
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PALETA FRONTÓN: AN ANCESTRAL ORIGINED SPORT Paleta Frontón is a very popular peruvian sport and itisconsideredthenational sport. Paleta Frontón has a millenaryorigin. Pre-Inca cultures show in theirdrawingsreferences of balls and paddles. In historybooks, we can seethatduring colonial times, whentheSpanishstilldominatedAmerica, a sport waspracticed, whichfinallyorigined Paleta Frontón.
PALETA FRONTÓN: THE OFFICIAL BIRTH Itisbornofficially in 1945 in Club Regatas Lima, an exclusive club in Lima, when a group of youngpeoplestartedexperimentingwith a tennisball, whichwas hit withthehandagainst a woodenwall set specially in the club.
PALETA FRONTÓN: SUPPLIES Later, the sport wasdeveloped and paddles, back thenmadeusingthewoodfrom whiskey boxes, wereincluded in thegame. Aftersome time, tennisballswerereplacedforblackrubber.
PALETA FRONTÓN: SUPPLIES Nowadays, the sport isplayedwith a wooden, fiberglassorcarbonpaddlewhichshouldhavebetween 200 and 400 grms. weight, 19 cms.width and 50 cms.Lenght and a blackrubberball 43 gramsweight and with a diameter of 71 mm. These are inexpensivematerialscomparedtothoseused in othersportssuch as Tennisor Squash.
HOW IS IT PLAYED? Theballis hit withthepaddleagainstthewall, bouncingonthefloorbefore, and thentheopponent has to hit back. A score ismadewhentheballbouncestwiceor hits thefloorout of bounce. Paleta Frontón is a sport whichrequiresonly a fewpeopletoplay, unlikeFootballorVolleyball, as it can beplayedwithonlyfourortwopeople. It can beplayedbyoneself, as practice, toimprovetheshots.
PALETA FRONTÓN: A SPORT FOR EVERYONE Itisananaerobic sport, whichprovidesbothgoodhealth and the chance to share good times withfriends and family, stayingawayfrombad, unhealthyhabits. Paleta Frontón is a sport thatmakes no distinctionbetween social oreconomicclasses and can beplayedbywomen and men of allages and whichis spread in the media withincreasinginterest.
THE COURTS FOR PALETA FRONTÓN Only in Lima, there are at least 1200 courts spread in clubs, houses, shantytowns, educational centres, etc. Everyday, there are more and more followers of this sport, beingnow more than 15 thousandaroundthe country. Apartfrombeingplayed in Peru, itispracticedalso in Costa Rica, Venezuela and in the USA, whereitwastakenbyperuviansthemselves.
ADVANTAGES OF BUILDING A PALETA FRONTÓN COURT One of theadvantages of building a Paleta Frontón courtisthat, bybuildingonlyonewall, wehavetwocourtsavailable, sincebothsides of thewall can beused. Paleta Frontón is a fun sport, in whichallthebodyisputintowork and in whichstrategiesmustbecreatedto beat theopponent. Itis a sport thatexcercisesbody and mind.
PARTS OF THE PALETA FRONTÓN COURT Thecourtconsist of a vertical frontwall, called “frontis” with a width of 6 meters and 5 metersheight and thefloor, framedbylinesmaking a rectangle of 8.5 meterswith and 12.8 meterslong. Theselinesframethe singles and doubleszone. Italso has a metal part and a mandatoryextension of 1.5 metersoneachside and 3 metersonthe back side Net Wall or Frontis Metal Extension Stand Floor
6 meterswidth MEASUREMENT OF A PALETA FRONTÓN COURT 5 metersheight Metal mustbeseparated 1 cm fromthewall. 0.20 m Light green, light blueor natural cementcolour. Latexpaintmustbeused, notenameloroilpaint. White oryellow metal 6.50 m Linesfor singles are white. Latexpaintmustbeused, notenameloroilpaint. Extensions are ocher-red. Latexpaintmustbeused, norenameloroilpaint. Theymusthave a minimum of 1.5 metersonthesides and a minimum of 3 metersonthe back side. 5.50 m Linesfordoubles are yelloworwhite. Latexpaintmustbeused, notenameloroilpaint. 0.80 m Width of thelines: 5 cms Depth of thewall: 0.25 mts 3.75 m 3.75 m 0.50 m 0.50 m
COST OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PALETA FRONTÓN COURT • Thecost of theconstruction of a Paleta Frontón courtis of 4800 + taxesapproximately. • Twocourts can bebuiltfor 7500 + taxes. Thepriceislowerbecausethesamewall can beusedforbothcourts. Top view of 6 Paleta Frontón courts.
PROMOTING PALETA FRONTÓN TWS Video Being a very simple game, internationalprograms, such as TransWorldSports, havebroadcastedreportsaboutthis sport. NintendoWii Video Itisalsosuchanattractive and easy-to-learngame, thatevenNintendoWii has launched a game of this sport. Thiscouldbethegame of thefuture, as itrequireslittlespace and investmenttorun
SUPPORT FROM THE FEDERATION The Federación Deportiva Peruana de Paleta Frontón (FDPPF), throughthispresentation, intendstopromotethe sport of Paleta Frontón, itsRulebook and theconstruction of officialcourts. The FDPPF supportswiththeconstruction of courts, sport clinics and lecturesabouttheregulations of thegame. • Contactthe FDPPF: Phone numbers. 0511 651 2131 / 0511 651 2132. Twitter @FDPPF • Mail: email@example.com Web: www.fedperufronton.com