A new toss will be conducted by the referee / umpire. The winning team will have the opportunity to raid, i.e. “GOLDEN RAID.” In the half, both sides should have 7 players on the pitch. All bonus point regulations apply to the baulk line, which will be classified as a Baulk Line Cum Bonus Line.
Kabaddi is a famous contact sport that began in Ancient India and is now popular throughout Southern Asia. It is the official game of Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Telangana, and Maharashtra, and is played throughout the country. Outside of India, it is a popular activity in Iran, Bangladesh’s national sport, and one of Nepal’s national sports, where it is taught in all public schools. Kabaddi is also popular in other parts of the world with Indian and Pakistani communities, such as the United Kingdom, where the England Kabaddi Federation UK governs the sport.
The Goal of the Game
The overall goal of the game is to score more points in the allocated time than the opposing team. To achieve so, each club must try to score points both offensively and defensively. When attacking, the offensive team sends a raider into the opponents’ half who must contact one or more opponents in order to score a point. When defending, the goal is to wrestle the raider to the ground or just prevent them from returning to their own half before their breath runs out.
Players and their gear
Kabaddi is a sport in which two teams of twelve players compete against each other. However, each team is limited to seven players on the field at any given moment. The 13m x 10m Kabaddi playing surface is divided into two halves by a white line, with one team occupying each side. It can be played on a variety of surfaces, from a dedicated clay court to spare ground with a chalked-out playing surface.
Unlike many other popular sports and games, Kabaddi requires no specific equipment, clothes, or accessories, making it a game that is accessible to everyone.
In Kabaddi, scoring is relatively straightforward. Each opponent that a team eliminates from the game earns them one point. There are several methods for putting an opponent out (and so scoring a point). When attacking, the raider does it by touching and putting out opponent members. When defending, the raider must be prevented from returning to their own half.
In Kabaddi, bonus points are also available. By successfully touching the bonus line in the opponent’s half, the raider can gain an extra point. A team can earn three bonus points if all of their opponents are declared out, as well as a point if any portion of an enemy team member’s body leaves the field.
The Game’s Success
The team with the most points at the end of the game is named the winner. If both sides have the same number of points at the end of the game, it is considered a draw.
Rules of Kabaddi
- Each side must have a maximum of 12 players, with only 7 on the field at any given time.
- Kabaddi bouts are divided into age and weight groups due to the sport’s physical nature.
- Each Kabaddi match is supervised by six officials. A referee, a scorer, two assistant scorers, and two umpires make up the officials.
- The game consists of two 20-minute halves separated by a 5-minute halftime break.
- A coin toss is held at the commencement of a Kabaddi match, with the winner having the option of having the first raid or not. The team that did not raid first in the first half of the match must start the second half with a raid.
- When raiding, the raider must take a breath, rush into the enemy team’s half, tag one or more opposing players, and then return to their own half of the pitch before inhaling again.
- To establish that no more breaths have been taken, the rider must utter the word ‘Kabaddi’ again. If the rider fails to do so, even for a little moment, the rider must return to their own side of the court without points, and the opposing team receives a point for a successful defence play.
- The raided team is on defence, and the players must keep the raiders from tagging them and returning back over the midway line. A team can earn a point by successfully preventing the raider from returning to their own half after tagging them while on defence. Raiders may only be caught by their limbs or torsos, not their hair, clothes, or any other part of their body, while defenders may not breach the centre line.
- Raiding and defending will be done alternately by each team. The two teams trade sides of the court after halftime, and the team that defended first in the first half starts the second half by raiding.
- The game continues in this manner until the time limit is reached, at which point the team with the most points at the conclusion of the match is declared the winner.