Jai alai is believed to be of European decent specifically Basque. Jai alai is popular in Latin American countries and the Philippines because of its hispanic influence. The game is similar to handball and racquetball with the court having 3 walls.
According to the tools of the trade:
The most lethal ball of any sport, the Pelota is 3/4 the size of a baseball, harder than a golf ball, and has been clocked at speeds in excess of 180 m.p.h. The Guiness Book of Records calls it the world’s fastest ball. The pelota is constructed of hand wound Brazilian rubber with two hand-sown goatskin covers. Pelotas cost over $150 each and must be re-covered after 15 minutes of play. No machine has ever been developed to construct a pelota.
Each Pelota has two hand sown goat skin covers. No two Pelotas have exactly the same bounce, increasing the challenge of the game.
Tools of the Trade – http://www.fla-gaming.com/tools.htm
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