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Kaatsen, also known as Frisian handball ( West Frisian : keatsen ), is a ball sport that is practiced almost exclusively in the Dutch province of Friesland and in the vicinity of Brussels in Belgium .


Player ready to hit back

The sport is related to the Basque pelota game and the Jeu de Paume , the rules of the game differ. The participants form two teams of three, called partures. The ball is filled with calf hair and covered with a leather cover. It weighs 24 grams and has a diameter of 4 cm. The playing field is a 60 by 32 meter square lawn that is divided into different zones. The players usually wear leather mittens to protect the hands with which the ball is hit .


The game was shown as a demonstration sport as part of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam . The tournament of the Permanent Commissie , PC tournament for short , has been held annually in Franeker since 1854 and is the highlight of the season. The city has also been home to the Kaatsmuseum on the history of this oldest Dutch ball sport since 1972.

Web links

Commons : Frisian handball  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Rules of the game. In: Kaatsmuseum Franeker. Retrieved November 21, 2012 .
  2. ^ Discontinued Olympic Sports. Retrieved November 21, 2012 .
  3. Divorce. (No longer available online.) In: pc-franeker.nl. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013 ; Retrieved November 21, 2012 (Dutch). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.pc-franeker.nl
  4. Kaatsmuseum Franeker. In: kaatsnieuws.nl. Retrieved November 21, 2012 (Dutch, English).