Eton Fives is a doubles game played in a three-sided court and is a handball game similar to Rugby Fives and a derivative of Fives, the British game. In the game, the objective is to force the opponent team to fail to hit the ball up off the front wall, using any kind of ledge or wall combinations as long as the ball is played up before it bounces twice. The sport is uncommon and has only a few courts in which most of them are a part of public schools in the UK.
The development of the sport took place in the late 19th century at Eton College in the United Kingdom.
Eton Fives is played on a three-sided court, the back of the court being completely open. The inside of the court has a complicated design and is based on the bay made by the buttresses on the base of the steps at Eton College. There are also two levels of the court in which the front one is around six inches higher than the back half.
All games of the sport are played to 12. If the score is tied at 10-10 or 11-11, then it can be "set" so that one can play to a higher number.
The serve gives the start of a point after which a shot known as a "cut" is used to stop the server and his/her partner from hitting the ball back.
When a team reaches 11 points, the server must stand on the bottom step with at least one foot when they serve. From that point, they can't move until the "cutter" has hit to the ball. This is known as "step".
The rules of the game are similar to other court games like in Tennis or Squash-
The ball is allowed to hit the floor only once and can hit the walls any no. of times and can bounce off as many ledges.
The team whose turn it is to hit the ball up must do it without the ball hitting the ground.
One can hit the ball only once before it must go up so only one member of the team can hit the ball during the return of the shot.
A team/pair can score only when it is their serve.