She worked at Dania Jai Alai as a pari-mutuel clerk and was eventually promoted to assistant money room manager — one of the perks of the job was that Becky had access to court time.

She has beaten a number of boys who have turned professional. There was press coverage, which Becky has to this day kept in binders, including the aforementioned Sports Illustrated feature.

He told the magazine that playing with Becky was a no-brainer; it would increase his exposure to the scouts and agents who would be in the crowd looking for players to sign to professional contracts.

He respected and identified with his teammate. She plays the violin. She should stick to music. Kalik could not be reached for comment for this story. He was too busy on the pro circuit.

That was the mentality back then, and things have changed, obviously. The strike tore apart the sport. Cornblit, who chose not to strike, said it was an ugly time for jai alai.

By this point, Heide had gone to cosmetology school and was working as a hairdresser. When the strike began, Mercado saw it as his chance to finally become a professional, and he became a scab, crossing the picket line to play.

Becky disapproved, and her family knew this. The easiest thing to do was to just not talk about it. But in August , Heide and her 8-month-old daughter, Ashleigh, were killed in a car accident.

She was in the car with the wife and child of another player, having just dropped their two husbands off at the Fort Pierce fronton, when Heide, the driver of the car, hit a truck.

She and her daughter were killed; her passengers walked away from the accident. Getsee was at the fronton when Mercado learned about the deaths. He stopped engaging with his teammates, ignoring the locker-room banter and horseplay.

According to Getsee, the joy in the sport that Mercado had always experienced had disappeared attempts to contact Mercado were unsuccessful.

At the funeral, both sides of the jai alai world — striking players and scabs — came together. There was no tension or arguing, just mourning Heide and Ashleigh. Becky was at a crossroads and, for the first time, was openly considering whether to continue pursuing a future with the sport: She was a year-old still living with her parents and without a full-time job.

At the funeral, she realized her passion would never become a steady job. They said they were letting middle management go, but nobody else got let go. But she never completed her degree.

Instead, she got married, and her husband, a Miccosukee tribal member, supported her. In , Fancy died of an overdose of Xanax and Percocet. She was 45 years old.

Both Art and Maria Julia have passed away, as well. I was calling her to talk about ; she wanted to tell me about At 54, her hair is still jet-black; her round race and dimples make her appear younger than she actually is.

But Getsee was serious. Becky was reluctant. The casino was a far drive — 35 miles each way. She was tired. She was busy. Her year-old daughter was incredulous; she has never known her mother as a jai alai player.

Becky found her cesta, which had been in a closet since , and once she stepped back on the court, her passion for the game returned.

I hate it. I hate going to the gym. She began training several days a week after work, picking up right where she left off.

In a totally foreign experience, men at the practice court sometimes fight to be her partner. On February 26, Becky signed a contract with Calder and officially became the first female professional jai alai player in U.

She finally accomplished what she first set out to do more than 30 years ago. The playing field will also be a bit more equal: Many of her competitors are her age.

Even though management capitulated to the demands of the striking players, ending the strike in , the sport was already on a downswing. For the foreseeable future, Becky will also break boundaries by herself.

Even though a lot has changed, this one thing has not. Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance sports writer living in Boston. Editor: Matt Giles. Sign up Jai alai migrated from the then-Spanish colony of Cuba across the Florida straits, though the first jai alai courts in the U.

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The ball must be caught either on the fly or after bouncing once on the floor. A team scores a point if an opposing player:. The team scoring a point remains in the court and the opposing team rotates off the court to the end of the list of opponents.

Points usually double after the first round of play, once each team has played at least one point. The players frequently attempt a "chula" shot, where the ball is played off the front wall very high, then reaches the bottom of the back wall by the end of its arc.

The bounce off the bottom of the back wall can be very low, and the ball is very difficult to return in this situation. Since there is no wall on the right side, all jai alai players must play right-handed wear the cesta on their right hand , as the spin of a left-handed hurl would send the ball toward the open right side.

The Basque Government promotes jai alai as "the fastest sport in the world" because of the speed of the ball. The sport can be dangerous, as the ball travels at high velocities.

It has led to injuries that caused players to retire and fatalities have been recorded in some cases. Jai alai is a popular sport within the Latin American countries and the Philippines from its Hispanic influence.

It was one of the two gambling sports from Europe, the other being horse racing, in the semi-colonial Chinese cities of Shanghai and Tianjin, and was shut down after the communist victory there.

The jai alai arena in Tianjin's former Italian Concession was then confiscated and turned into a recreation center for the city's working class.

Jai alai was played in Manila at the Manila Jai Alai Building , one of the most significant Art Deco buildings in Asia, which was torn down in by the Manila city government.

In , jai-alai was briefly shut down in the province of Pangasinan because of its connection to illegal jueteng gambling but was reopened after a court order.

In the United States, jai alai enjoyed some popularity as a gambling alternative to horse racing , greyhound racing , and harness racing , and remains popular in Florida , where the game is used as a basis for Parimutuel betting at six frontons throughout the state: Dania Beach , Fort Pierce , Jasper , Casselberry , Miami , and Reddick.

The first jai alai fronton in the United States was located in St. Louis, Missouri, operating around the time of the World's Fair. The fronton was relocated to its present site in Miami near Miami International Airport.

Year-round jai alai operations include Miami Jai-Alai Fronton the biggest in the world with a record audience of 15, people on 27 December and Dania Jai Alai.

The Tampa Jai Alai operated for many years before closing in the late s. One Florida fronton, in Melbourne , was converted from jai alai to greyhound racing. By contrast, jai alai's popularity in the northeastern and western United States waned as other gambling options became available.

In Connecticut , frontons in Hartford and Milford permanently closed, while the fronton in Bridgeport was converted to a greyhound race track. In , the fronton at Newport Jai Alai in Newport, Rhode Island was converted into Newport Grand, a slot machine and video lottery terminal parlor, which closed permanently in August After the season, players returned home and threatened not to come back unless the owners improved their work conditions.

The owners, however, offered the same terms and started hiring inexperienced players instead of the world-class stars. The public did not notice the change. Later strikes were placated with salary rises.

The owners substituted with Americans raised locally, while the strikers picketed the courts for years. Spain was no longer a poor conservative country and the new generation of players were influenced by leftist Basque nationalism.

The strike ended with an agreement between the parts. Meanwhile Native Indian casinos and state lotteries had appeared as an alternative to jai-alai betting.

In an effort to prevent the closure of frontons in Florida, the Florida State Legislature passed HB , a bill that changed the rules regarding the operation and wagering of poker in a Pari-Mutuel facility such as a jai alai fronton and a greyhound and horseracing track.

The bill became law on August 6, However, while in the 50s to the 80s a game had 5, spectators, nowadays it does not go beyond Although the sport has been in decline in America for several years, the first public amateur jai alai facility was built in the United States in , in St.

Petersburg , Florida, with the assistance of the city of St. Petersburg and private funding from Jeff Conway Laca. Jai alai is virtually unknown in the western United States but still maintains some popularity in parts of the Northeast.

In addition to the amateur court in St. Petersburg, The American Jai-Alai Foundation is the only indoor air conditioned cancha that is still open with free lessons from some of the sport's best.

During the late s, in addition to North Miami Amateur, there was at least one other amateur court from International Amateur Jai-Alai in South Miami professional players that emerged including "RANDY" 44 at World Jai-Alai, regarded as the first American pelotari who turned pro in and enjoyed a lengthy career.

In the s and early s Orbea's Jai-Alai in Hialeah featured four indoor courts. Orbea's also sold equipment such as cestas and helmets. Retired players visited and played as well as highly skilled amateurs, pros from Miami Jai-Alai and various other professional frontons operating at the time.

What the South Miami, North Miami, Orbea and later the Milford amateur courts contributed to what is thought to be the golden age of the amateur jai-alai player and the sport in the United States is impressive.

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According to Joey Cornblit, who is considered the best American jai alai player in history, these efforts are just window dressing. Most players have never even seen a woman on the court. Why is that?

But to reduce the lack of women on the court to simply a supply problem is perhaps too simple an answer. Becky Smith was born in in Miami. Maria and Art even had their first date at Miami Jai Alai.

There was gambling. But sometimes, late at night, special partidos — which are more popular in Basque country and are longer games than are usually played in the U. Fancy, five years younger than Becky, was still too young.

Attending those partidos, Becky was hooked: The two would watch in awe as these men pelted balls off the wall and, in one fluid motion, caught them in their cestas before releasing them again.

When they were old enough to finally play themselves Becky was around 14 , they went to the North Miami court the one in Medley had since closed , but its owner was insistent: No one had ever heard of girls playing jai alai, he explained to them.

But a couple of years later, when Fancy was 14, she, too, was interested, and so the Smith family tried again. This time, in , all three of the sisters were accepted to the school at World Jai Alai in Miami.

The experience of fully immersing herself in the sport with her two sisters was extremely beneficial for Becky. Even though Becky and Heide were closest in age, Heide and Fancy were more alike.

Heide was friendly and easygoing, and harbored dreams of becoming a teacher. Way smarter than me. Jackie Hernandez, now 55, was at the jai alai school with the sisters. He remembers Heide and Fancy, but mostly, he remembers Becky.

What struck him about Becky was her attitude: It was one of wanting to learn, to grow as a player, and to be the best she could be.

She was teachable, he said, and she brought her passion to the court with her everyday. During a trip to Spain, in which she visited with her cousins and uncle, Becky played jai alai in Barcelona, courtesy of a letter of introduction from Aparicio, her teacher.

The court was much larger than the one Becky played on in the U. That when I play, I play very pretty. I play very beautifully. I have a lot of style, I throw the ball well. In spite of her best efforts, Becky, a novice player at 19, was falling behind many of the other students, a consequence of being denied similar court time that the male students were given.

At World Jai Alai, students were ostensibly allowed practice time on the court from 10 a. News of the sex discrimination complaint ran in newspapers across the country.

Before the case could progress and be heard by the board, though, Kalik capitulated and let Becky have the court time. The publicity from the sex discrimination complaint sent reporters to the Gold Coast Amatuer Jai Alai Championship tournament in Dania later that month, in March They wanted to see these girls play, and it was the first time any women had competed in the tournament.

Betting on the match was reportedly intense: Apparently, some spectators had bet that Heide, then 19, would throw the match to let Becky, 20, win — a prediction that did not come true.

Of the three Smith sisters, Becky took the sport most seriously. While Heide and Fancy eventually lost interest, Becky set her sights on becoming the first ever female professional jai alai player.

She dropped out of school at Florida International University and dedicated herself to training. She worked at Dania Jai Alai as a pari-mutuel clerk and was eventually promoted to assistant money room manager — one of the perks of the job was that Becky had access to court time.

She has beaten a number of boys who have turned professional. There was press coverage, which Becky has to this day kept in binders, including the aforementioned Sports Illustrated feature.

He told the magazine that playing with Becky was a no-brainer; it would increase his exposure to the scouts and agents who would be in the crowd looking for players to sign to professional contracts.

He respected and identified with his teammate. She plays the violin. She should stick to music. Kalik could not be reached for comment for this story.

He was too busy on the pro circuit. That was the mentality back then, and things have changed, obviously. The strike tore apart the sport. Cornblit, who chose not to strike, said it was an ugly time for jai alai.

By this point, Heide had gone to cosmetology school and was working as a hairdresser. When the strike began, Mercado saw it as his chance to finally become a professional, and he became a scab, crossing the picket line to play.

Becky disapproved, and her family knew this. The easiest thing to do was to just not talk about it. But in August , Heide and her 8-month-old daughter, Ashleigh, were killed in a car accident.

She was in the car with the wife and child of another player, having just dropped their two husbands off at the Fort Pierce fronton, when Heide, the driver of the car, hit a truck. She and her daughter were killed; her passengers walked away from the accident.

Getsee was at the fronton when Mercado learned about the deaths. He stopped engaging with his teammates, ignoring the locker-room banter and horseplay. According to Getsee, the joy in the sport that Mercado had always experienced had disappeared attempts to contact Mercado were unsuccessful.

At the funeral, both sides of the jai alai world — striking players and scabs — came together. There was no tension or arguing, just mourning Heide and Ashleigh.

Becky was at a crossroads and, for the first time, was openly considering whether to continue pursuing a future with the sport: She was a year-old still living with her parents and without a full-time job.

The owners substituted with Americans raised locally, while the strikers picketed the courts for years. Spain was no longer a poor conservative country and the new generation of players were influenced by leftist Basque nationalism.

The strike ended with an agreement between the parts. Meanwhile Native Indian casinos and state lotteries had appeared as an alternative to jai-alai betting. In an effort to prevent the closure of frontons in Florida, the Florida State Legislature passed HB , a bill that changed the rules regarding the operation and wagering of poker in a Pari-Mutuel facility such as a jai alai fronton and a greyhound and horseracing track.

The bill became law on August 6, However, while in the 50s to the 80s a game had 5, spectators, nowadays it does not go beyond Although the sport has been in decline in America for several years, the first public amateur jai alai facility was built in the United States in , in St.

Petersburg , Florida, with the assistance of the city of St. Petersburg and private funding from Jeff Conway Laca. Jai alai is virtually unknown in the western United States but still maintains some popularity in parts of the Northeast.

In addition to the amateur court in St. Petersburg, The American Jai-Alai Foundation is the only indoor air conditioned cancha that is still open with free lessons from some of the sport's best.

During the late s, in addition to North Miami Amateur, there was at least one other amateur court from International Amateur Jai-Alai in South Miami professional players that emerged including "RANDY" 44 at World Jai-Alai, regarded as the first American pelotari who turned pro in and enjoyed a lengthy career.

In the s and early s Orbea's Jai-Alai in Hialeah featured four indoor courts. Orbea's also sold equipment such as cestas and helmets.

Retired players visited and played as well as highly skilled amateurs, pros from Miami Jai-Alai and various other professional frontons operating at the time.

What the South Miami, North Miami, Orbea and later the Milford amateur courts contributed to what is thought to be the golden age of the amateur jai-alai player and the sport in the United States is impressive.

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Teams alternate catching the ball in their also hand crafted cesta and throwing it "in one fluid motion" without holding or juggling it. In Spanish, the game is known as pelota vasca. Bookmark This Page Sitemap. The game is played in a round-robin rotation, usually by 8 teams or single players. Do NOT gamble online unless you have verified that it is legal for you to do so. A jai alai player will usually wear a t-shirt, white pants, sneakers, a helmet and a red sash.

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In Connecticutfrontons in Hartford plaged Milford permanently closed, while the fronton in Bridgeport was converted to a greyhound race track. Jai where is jai alai played was played in Where is jai alai played this web page the Manila Jai Alai Buildingone of the most significant Art Deco buildings in Asia, which was torn down in by the Manila city government. The women's volleyball in Perualready had a standout in the '80s, where they won a silver medal olympic. The three walls and the court together, is known as the fronton. The jai alai arena in Tianjin's former Italian Concession was then confiscated and turned into a recreation center for the city's working class. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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