More on tie breakers Posted on November 1, 2018 at 01:02:05 AM by jsolo
Hi Craig. Very interesting post. I haven't quantified anything, but have always had a qualitative feeling that you are right about the tie breaker. As far as the other Pelota sports, the only ones I know of that are played regularly in sets are Pala/Paleta (bat or paddle) and frontenis (tennis with a hard rubber ball and no net in a fronton). But they are 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 5 sets (each set to 10 or 15).
Jai Alai is the only one I know that has the tie breaker. I would prefer to see a 35 point partido, as has been the tradition. Then, I think, we would always see who the best team is. That is the way it is done in Mano (handball--22) and Main Nue (handball--40 or 50). Also the way of Remonte (40 doubles, 30 singles).
I don't know why Jai Alai has gone in this direction in the Basque Country. I remember that until about 2015 they played partidos to 35. The set business began in the St. Jean de Luz tournaments, I think. Perhaps Sixto might have some ideas on this. Replies: