How to Play Frescobol

Walk along Ipanema Beach and you’ll be sure to spot Cariocas indulging in a friendly game of Frescobol. The game originated on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in 1945 after World War II.
The invention is generally attributed to Lian Pontes de Carvalho, (though this is contested to the present day) of whom found that young Cariocas were seeking a new way to enjoy the beach. He stripped a tennis ball and forged wooden bats of which he took to the delicate sand of Posto 5.

Unlike those games that Frescobol resembles, such as tennis, badminton, and beach games like volleyball, Frescobol traditionally isn’t a competitive sport but rather a collaborative one – which is reflective of the jovial Carioca spirit. Both players work together in a partnership to keep the rubber balls up for as many rallies as possible with their wooden paddles; however competitive renditions exist and there are championship competitions held in its native country.

The game has one uncomplicated rule, do not drop the ball!

Here are some tips on how to play the game.

Firstly, you must find a partner, a beach, bats and a ball.
Frescobol should be played as the Cariocas do, under the sun and on the soft white sand.
All you really need for a game of Frescobol is a ball, bats and a partner.

Secondly, you need to know how to hold the bat.
There isn’t an elaborate manner of which to hold it, just remember to hold it naturally with your wrist at a natural angle and your elbow bent at a 90-degree angle.

Thirdly, you’ll need a balanced stance.
This is best achieved by keeping your knees slightly bent.

Now you can begin a rally.
The game has one uncomplicated rule, do not drop the ball!
If you choose to play competitively throw attacking shots and try to shield any that come your way, but regardless you want to keep the rally going for as long as possible.

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