What is Frescobol?

Frescobol or Beach Paddle Ball has its origins in Rio de Janeiro on the infamous Copacabana Beach, Brazil in the mid 1940's.

Originally the sport and game was played with hand shaped wooden rackets and tennis balls. However American racquetballs were introduced in 1976 which brought greater speed and agility to the sport.

The game is played in any open area, outdoors or indoors. Two players face one another with the objective of hitting the ball to one another with their bats without the ball hitting the ground. It requires minimal equipment and is accessible to all, young or old. Frescobol is a sport where you don't have an opponent but rather a partner. The aim is to support your partner rather than to try and score points or winning. It is and intense and fun workout which will improve your fitness while honing your reflexes. You don't need a personal trainer or even a gym membership just a couple of rackets or bats and a ball!

Frescobol or the Beach Paddle ball game is sometimes confused with Beach Tennis - which is a hybrid of tennis, beach volleyball and badminton. It is played with a net - however unlike Frescoball the objective is to score points against an opponent.

How to play

Frescoball or beach paddle ball game can be played in many configurations with the most common being 2 people,1 on 1. However it can also be played in 2 on 1 or 3 on 1 or 2 on 2 configurations.

Frescobol can also be played competitively where objective is either to keep the ball in the air as long as possible, while scoring points for attacking plays. Start playing today and see if you can set a beach paddle ball record.

Get out of the gym or health club, and avoid a gym membership fee, personal trainers, and enjoy just you and a partner training outdoors. All you need are a beach bat and ball. Frescobol is great to take on holiday to maintain your fitness while having a lot of fun. Frescobol is sometimes also referred to as Frescoball, Fresco ball.