Standard Kabaddi Rules - How to Play Kabaddi Game!

 Kevin Brown

The origins of Kabaddi take us back to the period of Lord Krishna when it was famous among the Yadava people. It is said that Lord Krishna used to play kabaddi in his youth. Mahabharata contains a record of Arjun being able to sneak into confrontational areas to take out his enemies. There are also records of Gautam Buddha playing Kabaddi. Despite this conflicting history of Kabaddi, India has popularized this game as an International sport. However, the kabaddi rules are quite easy and simple to follow. There are many variations of this game in different regions of India like Punjabi, Sanjeevani, gamine, and Amar. All these have slightly different kabaddi rules and interpretations of their own.

Let’s have a look at the Standard Rules of Kabaddi: -

Kabaddi Rules- Objective of the Game

The main objective of the game is to score more points than the opposing team and that too within the allotted time. For this, each team must try to score the points by both attacking and defending themselves simultaneously. While attacking, the opposing team stand across a radar into the opposing another half. The attacker has to touch one or more members of the opposite team to score a point. When defending, the aim is to capture the radar by wrestling them to the ground or by simply preventing them to return to their other half before their breath is up.

Kabaddi Players, Equipment & Scoring

In each team, there are a maximum of 12 players (no more than that) with only 7 players playing in the field at a time.

Because of the physical nature of kabaddi, Matches are conducted within specific age and weight groups. A kabaddi match comprises of 6 officials looking. They are – a referee, a scorer, 2 assistant scorers, and two umpires. The match is conducted in two halves of a time period of 20 minutes each with a break of 5 minutes. At the start of the Kabaddi match, a coin is tossed. The winner has the choice to weather attack or defend. In the second half, this is reversed.

To win a point during raiding, the attacker must take a breath and run into the opposing half of other team and touch one or more members of that team and successfully return to their own half before inhaling again.

According to kabaddi rules, the attacker keeps saying ‘kabaddi’ repeatedly until he finishes his part of a play. Failure to do this, even for a second, means that the attacker has failed to gain points for his team and has to return to his half empty-handed. On the contrary, the opposing team has rewarded a point for successful defence play

The team being attacked should defend itself, and the players prevent the attacker from touching themselves and returning back to their other half. The attackers maybe only grabbed by their limbs or torso and not by hair, clothes or anywhere else. The defenders are not allowed to cross the centre line.

Each team will take its turn as defenders and attackers both. After the first half time, both the teams switch their positions (the team who defended, then attacks and the one who attacked, defends now.)

The game continues, on its way until the time is up and the team with the most points at the end of the match, wins.

Winning the Game

At the end of the game, the team with maximum points is declared the winner of the match. If at the end, both the teams have the same points, then it is said to have a tie.

Kabaddi played as International Game

The following are the international matches of kabaddi held and played with the standard Kabaddi rules.

1. Kabaddi World Cup

Conducted by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF). It consists of men’s and women’s national teams. All the tournaments have been won by India.

2. Asian Games

Played as Asian Games since 1990. The Indian National Team has won every men and women kabaddi match form 1990 through 2014.

3. Pro Kabaddi League

Established in 2014. Quickly became a rating success on Indian Television.

4. Super Kabaddi League

First held in 2018 in Pakistan as a part to promote sports in Pakistan

5. Women’s Kabaddi Challenge

The first played from 28th June to 31st July 2016. Three teams took part and was played across 7 cities of India.

6. Asian Kabaddi Championship

10th Season played in Gorgan, Iran in 2017. India won 10th gold.

7. Kabaddi Masters

The inauguration was held in Dubai from 22nd to 30th June 2018. Featured 6 teams.

So these were the kabaddi rules and regulations and the type of matches held in different countries. There are also very similar games as Kabaddi played in different countries but are not pure Kabaddi. This includes ‘Baibalaa’ in Maldives’, ‘Hadudu’ in Bangladesh and ‘Hututu’ in Maharashtra.

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Kevin Brown
15 September, 2019
Kevin Brown
15 September, 2019
Kevin Brown
14 September, 2019