Rules of Kabaddi
Here are the basic Kabaddi rules to help you understand the game better:
- Each team consists of a maximum of 12 players with just 7 taking to the field at a time.
- Since it is a contact sport, matches are categorized on the basis of players’ age and weight.
- Six officials take care of all the scoring, monitoring and judging of a Kabaddi match: a referee, a scorer, two assistant scorers and two umpires.
- The duration of each Kabaddi match is split between two halves of 20 minutes with a 5-minute half-time break
- At the start of a game, a toss of a coin determines the team to raid first. At the beginning of the second half, the other team will raid first.
- In order to score a point, the raider must go over to the opponents’ side repeating the word “kabaddi” in a single breath, tag one or more players and return to his own half of the court before he/she can take another breath.
- The raider’s saying “kabaddi” repeatedly ensures that he does not take another breath secretly.
- If the raider fails to say “kabaddi” repeatedly, he/she will have to return to his/her side without scoring a point. In addition to that, the opposing team gets a point.
- The opponents are defenders in that case and they must prevent the raider from tagging any of their players and returning back. While defending, a team can score a point by stopping the raider from going back to his/her side. Defenders can hold the raider’s limbs and torso to stop him from returning. Defenders are not allowed to touch/cross the dividing line while stopping the raider.
- Both teams take turns raiding and defending. After the half-time, they switch sides of the court.
- The game continues like this until the time is over and the team with more points wins!