Fives is a ball game played in a court with a leather ball. The
players do not use bats or rackets of any type, just gloved
hands. There are three main types of Fives, named after the
schools at which they were developed:- Rugby Fives, which
uses a rectangular court with a flat floor, Winchester Fives,
predominantly a doubles game, which employs a rectangular
court similar to a Rugby Fives court, but with a thickening of
the left hand side wall some 6 feet from the front wall, forming a
buttress, and Eton Fives which is played in a court with no
back wall, a raised area at the front of the court, and a buttress
and drain as obstacles on the left hand side of the court.
At Halifax, we play Rugby Fives.
Unlike squash, there are no markings on the floor of the court.
There is, however, a bar on the front wall of the court. Once the
ball is in play, after leaving the players gloved hand it must hit
the front wall above the bar before it touches the floor. The
opposing player must then return the ball to hit the front wall,
again above the bar, before it has bounced a second time on
the floor of the court. The ball may touch any number of walls in
its progress round the court.
A rally is started by the server throwing the ball up against the
front wall so that it bounces back, touches the side wall and is
then hit by the server. The ball must then hit the side wall
before impacting the front wall.
Points are scored when the receiving (non-serving) side wins
Rugby Fives can be played as a singles or a doubles game.
Picture courtesy of RFA