Ball. With the Pala d’Or, Dan Nécol wants to break the codes

Ball. With the Pala d’Or, Dan Nécol wants to break the codes
Ball. With the Pala d’Or, Dan Nécol wants to break the codes

By Sébastien Comet
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May 3, 24 at 10:43

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It is in a place imbued with gentleness, the Kabahina ranch in Saint-Geours-de-Maremne (Landes), that Dan Nécol had arranged to meet this Thursday, May 2, for the presentation of the 3rd edition of the Pala d’Or which will be contested this spring and summer in the Landes and the Basque Country.

In Bayonne for the holidays

The pala larga champion, professional since 2015 within the empresa Innpala based in Bilbao (southern Basque Country), and who puts all his energy into this project, assures him “I am always keen to modernize this local and traditional practice by breaking the codes so that pelota is recognized as a spectacular sport and innovative.

The eight best international pala larga players, including Dan Nécol, will compete for the Pala d’Or, by team, and over five stages, at Seignosse on May 10, at the jaï-ala d’Hossegor on June 16, at Bayonne during the holidays on July 12, at Saint-Geours-de-Maremne on August 2 and finally on August 30 in the legendary Plaza Berri fronton of Biarritz for the final.

“The Vengattitude”,

To spice up this competition, Dan Nécol explains in particular that he has implemented what he calls the “Vengattitude” or “giving power to the referee as in other sports”. In other words, the latter may decide to grant a orange cardboard to a player who, for example, hinders a player, hits the ball, says an insult, etc., the sanctioned person will go directly to prison, like in ice hockey, leaving his teammate, alone on the cancha, to play the next point .

Another aspect that stands out is “an American-style show,” he explains, with light shows as the players enter or even a DJ as a transition between points and sets.

The four teams will be made up of the pairs Dan Nécol/Oier Alkorta, Roman Maldonado/Sylvain Meilleur, Pablo Hernan Fusto/Inaki Urrutia and Jagoba Madariaga/Ibai Perez.

The rules of the pala larga

– The game is played in 3 winning sets of 10 points
– The engagement is done from behind and the ball must land between number 4 and number 7, written on the wall on the left.
– If it does not land in this area, it is FALTA (fault)
– The player can hit the ball on the fly or with maximum bounce
– You must place the ball in a defined area
– The ball is changed each set
– Prohibition of TIEMPO (rest) during a set

Accompanied by several partners in this adventure, the champion who will celebrate his 35th birthday next June, also announced that he would donate part of the competition’s proceeds to Summits Of My Heart. This association allows young children suffering from heart problems and from countries where resources are limited to be supported for an operation.

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