- A ball game, also known as jai alai, that developed in the Basque Country. It is played in Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Florida. The game has similarities to squash and fives. It is played in a frontón, a court with three high walls. The players use a cesta, a long, concave basket attached to their hand with a strap, to throw and catch the ball against the wall. The ball reaches high speeds and spectators watch from behind a metal fence. Pelota is played by two teams of two players. It is a professional game on which spectators place bets.