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Frisian sports


         explanation: The sport involves a long pole and a body of water. The pole is between 8 and 13 m long and has a flat                     round plate at the bottom to prevent it from sinking into the muddy river or canal bottom.

         rules: A jump consists of a sprint to the pole (polsstok), jumping and grabbing it, then climbing to the top of the pole while trying to control its forward and lateral movements over a body of water, and finishing by landing on a sand bed opposite to the starting point.




















      3. Kaatsen


Friesian handball is played on a rectangular lawn of 61 m by 32 m by two teams of 3 players. In the center of one short side of the field is a receiving zone of 5 m by 19 m defended by 2 players, the other team member remaining field player. One of the opponents serves the hard leather ball with his bare hand from a serving box at about 30 meters from the receiving zone. If he does not succeed in reaching the receiving zone, the receiving team gets a direct score. When the receiving team, of which the players are allowed to wear a single hardened leather glove, returns the ball over the short line behind the serving box (called the upper line, in Friesian boppe) they also get a direct score. Of course, the serving team is allowed to prevent this happening by hitting or holding the ball before the upper line. The place where the ball remains after such a rally is marked with a small woodblock called a kaats, which is best defined as an undecided score. When two such undecided points occur (or one, if one of the teams is on game point) the teams change places. In the next rally, the team that then has the receiving position, tries to hit the ball past the first kaats and, if any, in the next rally past the second kaats, so deciding the undecided points. Then they start all over again.






Basque sports: They were long time ago farmers work but nowdays have became rural sports.

       1. Eskupilota(Basque ball)

        Explanation: Basque ball is playd in a ball court. There are two different temas, blue ones and red ones. They can play single matches or in couples. You have to hit the ball with your hand to the wall. then the person of the other team has to hit it too but if  you miss the ball you lose a point. The match finishes when a  team becames 22 points.

        2.  Estropadak  (rowing competitions)


It is a very popular competition in Biscay's bay. This sport hails back to the days when fishermen had to reach fishing grounds quickly and return to port as quickly as possible to achieve the best price. The teams are made for 13 people and a the cox that tell them what to do.The most important competition in the Bay of Biscay in summer takes place the first two Sundays in September where the best teams compete against each, the Kontxako Bandera, following a tradition which is over a hundred years old. There is a regatta in almost every seaside town between July and October.

 File:Kontxako banderarako sailkapena 07 01.jpg


       3. Txingak:(weight carrying)

In  this sport a person has to carried in both hands weights and have to get to the goal as far as possible. The weight of this in not limited, bnut the weight can be 50-to 100 kg. The weight are given by the judge, you can't brought your own weights. the aim is to get the goal as fast as possible, and win. Champions manage between 400-500m. It is similar to the churn carrying competition.




Last modified: 2010-03-08 11:52 by Ilse van der Meer