Very popular in India and Pakistan, Kabaddi is a contact team sport that is played between two teams with each team having a total of seven players. The game is much beloved across southern Asia but it is believed to have originated from ancient India. It is widely enjoyed all over India and even states like Bihar, Punjab, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana have all adopted it as their official game.
Outside the Indian subcontinent, the game is also beloved in other places like Bangladesh where it is even the national game. It is also well-loved in Nepal where it is taught in all the government-owned schools. Among the Indian and Pakistanis in the United Kingdom, the game is enjoyed tremendously. Across the globe, the game is coordinated and standards set by the International Kabaddi Federation. The following sections of the piece will focus on the Kabaddi rules and regulations.
The Rules of Kabaddi
- Every team can have a maximum of 12 players out of which only seven can play at any given period. This is one of the cardinals of the Kabaddi rules.
- Owing to the nature of Kabaddi is a contact team sport, the matches are classified based on the age and weight of the players.
- To score a point when raiding the other side, the raider has to take a breath then burst into the side of the opposition and touch one or more players in the opposing team. The raider then runs to their side of the field before breathing in again. That is part of the rules of Kabaddi in points.
- A match of Kabaddi is divided into two halves, each half lasting for 20 minutes and there is also a half time break of five minutes.
- When a match commences, there is the tossing of a coin and the winner of the toss will decide which side will have the first raid. During the second half of the match, the side that did not have the starting raid will commence the second half with a raid.
- The defending side is the team that is being raider and the players of this team must stop the raiders from touching them and dashing back to their side of the pitch.
Aim of the Game
The main purpose of Kabaddi is to ensure that your side can score more points than the other team all within the time frame given to both sides. For this to happen, each team has to score points via a combination of defense and attack. When in the attack mode, the other team deploys a raider into the side of the opponents. To score a point, the raider must touch as many members of the opposing team as possible. As for the defenders, their own goal is to ensure that they trap the raider by either pulling him to the ground or by making sure that the raider is not allowed to escape to his side until the time elapses, that is part of the Kabaddi game rules.