What is a free zone in Kho-Kho?

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The free zone is the area left on both sides of the rectangular court. The chaser and the runner are not governed by any rules or regulations in the free zone. Its dimensions are 2.75 x 16 metres.

Kho Kho’s History 

Kho-kho is a popular Indian sport. Pune was the birthplace of this game (Maharashtra). In Maharashtra, Akharas and Vyayam Shalas have been linked to the game’s popularity and development. This game’s modern format was offered by the ‘Hanuman Vyayam Pracharak Mandal Baroda.’ In 1960, the inaugural men’s national championship was held. In 1961, the women’s kho-kho championship was established. The Kho-Kho match was demonstrated at the Asian Games in Delhi in 1982, but it has never been included in the Asian Games since.

Free Zone

The FREE ZONE is the area of the field between the End Line and the Post Line on either end of the Court. 

The FREE ZONE’s dimensions for 

  • 1.5 M. * 16 M. MEN/WOMEN & JUNIOR BOYS/GIRLS 
  • 1.5 M. * 14 M. SUB-JUNIOR BOYS/GIRLS

Kho Kho Dimensions

Kho Kho is a high-intensity game that takes place on a rectangular pitch. The whole field configuration is 33m x 21m, with a playfield of 29m x 16m. The free zone, which is marked with lime powder, measures 27 metres by 16 metres, and the centre lane, where players sit, measures 23.50 metres by 30 metres. The cross lane is 16m x 30cm in size, with eight 30cm × 30cm squares each. Two poles stand at the end of the centre lane. These posts are constructed of wood and are smooth all over with dimensions of 120cm (h) by 30cm x 40cm (inner circumference). They’re anchored in the free zone.

So, to summarise, the game Kho Kho is played in a rectangular field with some space left open for the chasers to sprint around the row aside from the central lane with eight squares. Two wooden poles are put to the ground to confine the running space.

Post 

POST is a strong wooden or fibre post (as rigid as a wooden or fibre post), smooth all over and 120 to 125 cms. above and perpendicular to the Ground, firmly anchored in the Free Zone to tangent (right angle) to the Post Lines at M and N. The points M and N must be exactly half the width of the KHO KHO Court and touch the Post Line, with M and N coinciding with the centre of the Posts. Their diameter should be consistent throughout and be between 9 and 10 cms. There will be no tapering on the post. There must be no sharp edges on the top of the Post. Any colour may be used to paint the post (preferberely white color).

General Guidelines 

  • Any chaser would be touched by a runner. He will be given a warning if he continues to do so. 
  • The runner cannot be obstructed by the sitting chaser. If he does so, the runner will not be knocked out if he is touched by an active chaser. 
  • For each runner who is knocked out, the chaser team will receive one point. It will be a ‘lona’ if all of the runners have exited the race, followed by the running of each racer in the recorded order. During an inning, the runner’s sequence cannot be modified. 
  • The centre line will not be touched or crossed by an active chaser.
  • If a runner totally breaches the borders, he or she is disqualified. 
  • The active chaser will have to run in the same direction as the active chaser. He is powerless to alter the course of events. He will be awarded a foul if he moves in the opposite direction. 
  • Without receiving kho, the sitting chaser is not able to stand up. To give kho, the active chaser will touch the sitting chaser’s backside and say kho loudly and clearly.