|Cesta- If you are starting out, buy the cheapest
one you can find ($15-30) until you decide you will go on playing the sport
and set your preference on the court, since backcourter cestas are substantially
longer than frontcourt cestas. They range in price from a good used one ($70-120)
to a new one ($150-200), and you can find them in the amateur court or even
in e-bay. All cestas are hand made and thus different, some are faster (less
curve on the frame) others are slower, and my recommendation is that unless
you are new to the sport, you try a cesta before you buy. If you are new
it doesn’t really matter, because you need to learn before you decide
which type of cesta is good for your particular style.
|Helmets are needed if you plan on playing plastic
or hardball, not on the rubber ball court. Most recommended are the hockey
helmets, which cost from $30-60, but baseball helmets should be OK as well
as the old type jai-alai helmets, if you can find one. My recommendation
is to wait till you learn in the rubber ball court, then get a helmet if
you decide to move on.
|Ball is usually provided
by the fronton, and must be returned
at end of play. You do not need
to buy the balls.
|Shorts and T-shirts are just fine, shoes are
really important though, because smooth cement floors are more slippery than
tennis or raquetball courts; good tennis shoes is definitely a must. Once
you learn and are playing competitively you will probably want to buy some
elbow pads, when the heat is on and your adrenalyn pumping, you’ll
want to do those floor dives and scoop those rebotes off the floor, and your
elbows bang on the floor rather furiously.