So what is Chista?
This game was invented by Jean-Charles Hery and won the gold medal in France’s Concours Lepine inventors competition.
It consists of 2 specially made bats and 1 or 2 small Chista balls. The Chista racket lets you cushion and stop the chista ball (a mini tennis ball) and then send it flying through the air once again by throwing it out the top of the racket. You could throw the ball against a wall or to another player. If you are used to handling a racket of any type, they you will be at an even greater advantage, and if you have enough rackets and a net, then you could even play a volleyball type version of Chista.
Catch the ball in the central buffer in the racket and throw to a playing partner or against the wall through the hole in the top of the racket. A variety of fun and addictive play options are available. Chista box pack contains 2 rackets (1 green and 1 orange) and 2 Chista balls.
Throwing the Ball
Grab the racket and place the ball inside. Flick your wrist back with the racket at approx shoulder level and throw the ball in the direction you want it to travel by making a quarter circle upwards with your racket and at the same time bending your wrist forwards. This may sound a lot more complicated than it actually is, so just pick up the racket and have a try and it will all make sense! You can vary your dingdong bola throws by changing the the angle that the ball leaves the racket and the amount of power you use.
Catching the Ball
- Catch in a forehand position, above shoulder height with the racket tilted slightly back (this catch is also useful for when the ball is being received well above head level).
- Receive in a low backhand position (useful for slow and low balls being received).
- Receive facing front-on, with racket tilted slightly down (useful for when the ball is lobbed at you).
- One thing to remember is that just when you are about to catch the ball in the racket, you need to slightly tilt the racket so that you receive the ball at an angle, right in the centre, and bring your arm back to cushion the catch (eg so that you are not stopping the ball dead and causing it to bounce out of the racket again!)
The following suggestions are adapted from the instructions sheet that comes with the Chista game.
Off the Wall (Squash): Similar rules to Squash. One or more players can play against a wall. You need to mark out an area of the wall that has to be hit by the players each time (you could make it a small or large area depending on the experience of the players). One player starts by using the Chista racket to throw a ball against the marked area of the wall. The next player must catch the ball either before it hits the ground or on the bounce (you need to decide which rule to play by before you begin the game!) When a player fails to catch the ball or misses the marked area on the wall, they lose a “life”. They take the next throw and play continues. This is a knockout game, and you can decide how many “lifes” you have at the start, so that eventually there is only one person (the winner) left in the game.
VolleyChista (Volleyball): Similar rules to Volleyball. Mark out an area on the ground. Players should then position themselves facing each other a reasonable distance apart, but within the playing area. Basic idea is to try and get the ball to touch the ground within your opponents playing area (in which case, you win a point and get another attempt). If the ball lands outwith the playing area then the receiver gets a point and takes control of the game until he loses a point. This could be a 2 player game, or if you can use a volleyball size court, then you could play with many more people!