This is a current awareness blog that links to the latest sources of information on Basque Pelota matches and Tournaments. It covers both North and South Basque modalities: Mano, Main Nue, Pala, Paleta, Remonte, Cesta Punta, Jai Alai, and minor modalites. We link to match articles, statistics and video highlights and/or full match videos.
Notes about pelotelive.free.fr
1. When viewing video from p.f.f, make sure you click the "desactiver" under the video in order to disable p.f.f's auto refresh feature. One of the main purposes of p.f.f is to provide live scoring for selected matches. If you don't "desactiver", the video will stop. Many of the videos can also be linked directly to their Youtube source. You will see this choice on the video.
2. Whenever you click on a link within p.f.f, it opens a new tab. It is fairly easy to open many tabs in a short time and that can lead to confusion. Try to keep open only as many tabs as are of use to you.
3.Whenever you are linked to a match page, clicking on the "cup" icon (competitions) will take you to the main competition page that the match you are interested is part of. When you are finished with the competition page, back arrow and you will be taken back to the match page.
4. At a competition page, the icons at the bottom of each match listed within that competition will tell you what is available for the match. A ball icon means a score is available. A thought bubble icon means a commentary is available. A film icon means some sort of video is available. A chart icon means a match chart is available, etc.
5. P.f.f.'s "rechercher une competition" database query is extremely powerful, as you will see by the combination of up to 8 variables it allows you to use to control retrieval. For those of you experienced with these variables, jump right in and find exactly what you need. For those of you with little or no knowledge of modalities contested in the North Basque, a good way to start is to do a simple search on "medias" only. Click on the "medias" box and query "videos." You will retrieve over 75 competitions in 10 different modalities. Click on "voir" for any of these, and then scroll down the matches until you see a film icon. This is an excellent way to acquaint yourself with the different modalities. Other searches will narrow retrieval when you have more experience. Note that the database works only down to the competition level. Matches are found within competitions. Individual players cannot be queried.
6. If you are not familiar with the organization initialed in the "organisature" query, try doing a google look up on those initials and add "pelota" or "pilota" to the query. Often times that will find you the organization you are looking for. These organizations are in many cases the source for the information about the competition that is at p.f.f.
In short, p.f.f. is an extremely powerful database that is a clearinghouse for many of the competitions that take place in the North Basque. We will link to it often. You can learn how to use it better by using it. Enjoy.