Kabaddi is a team sport which is played between two teams comprising of seven members each. The teams face of against each other to emerge victorious, by collecting more points than their opponents.
DIMENSIONS OF THE FIELD
The size of the field in case of men is 10x13m, and the size of the field in case of women in 8x12m. Each team has three players in reserve, to be used as supplements if the situation demands.
DURATION OF THE GAME
The game is played for a duration of 40 minutes divided into two halves of 20 minutes each. A five minute break takes place at half time, when the teams exchange sides.
RULES OF SCORING POINTS
1. The teams take turns to send a raider into their opponents’ half and secure a point. The raider must hold his breath, run into the opposition’s side, tag as many members as he can from the opposite team, and return back to his half before inhaling again.
2.The raider is supposed to chant ‘kabaddi kabaddi’ with his exhaling breath, to show the referee that he isn’t breathing during his raid. The raider is declared out if he exhales during the raid or fails to come back to his half.
3. The tagged defenders of the opposite team will be declared out if they are not able to catch the raider before he comes back to his half, and their main objective is to wrestle the raider to the ground and hold him to make sure that he doesn’t escape.
4. Defenders are not supposed to cross the center line, otherwise known as the lobby of the field, and the raider is not supposed to cross the boundary lines.
5. However, there is one line, called the bonus line, which if touched by the raider grants him bonus points, if he successfully comes back to his half.Players who have been pronounced out by the referee temporarily leave the field.
6. Each time a player gets out, the opposition gains a point. If the entire opposing team is declared out, then a team is awarded three bonus points. At the end of the game, the team with the most number of points wins.