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Kabaddi Rules | Learn the 6 basic rules of Kabaddi & how it’s played

Ajay Thakur KreedOn
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Kabaddi is a highly energetic and interesting sport invented in India. One can say it is the perfect game for adrenaline junkies. The game is known as Hadudu in Bangladesh, Baibalaa in the Maldives, and Hututu in Maharashtra. It is one of the rare sport that can be played without any equipment. Like the sport, Kabaddi rules are very simple as well.

Basic Kabaddi Rules

S.N 6 Basic Kabaddi Rules
1 Playing area
2 Teams
3 Objectives for Raiders
4 Objectives for Defenders
5 Officials and Duration
6 Bonus points

Kabaddi Rules: Playing area

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  • The playing surface measures 13 * 10 meters.
  • The playing area is divided into two halves.
  • One team occupies each half. Also, there are wide ranges of surfaces from a clay court to spare ground.
  • There are two teams which contest a match.
  • Every team has a total of seven players and both teams lodge opposite halves of the field.

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  • Each side gets an alternate turn to send any one player to the opponent’s side. This player is known as the raider whereas each player on the opposing team is called a defender.
  • The winner of the match is the team that manages to score the most points.

Kabaddi Rules: Objectives for Raiders

Raider goes to grab a point (Image credits: PKL)
  • This is the first and the foremost rule. The raiders should take a breath and entone ‘kabaddi kabaddi’ without any break.
  • The raider should tag a member of the opposite team and return back to his half.
  • He/she is ‘out’ when a player breaks the breath or fails in tagging the opponent team member.
  • 30 seconds are available for each raid.  
  • If the raider fails to reach his half within time, he is out and the opposite team gets one point.
  • If the raider crosses the check line with one foot with the other one in the air, when the defending team has 6 or 7 defenders, he or she gets a bonus point.

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Kabaddi Rules: Objectives for Defenders

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  • The role of a tagged player is to catch the raider and preventing him/her from reaching half of the field.
  • One point is awarded when the defender tackles to prevent the raider from going back.
  • Defenders must be cautious enough not to cross the centerline of the field known as ‘the lobby’ while trying to catch the defender as doing this can lead to a foul.
  • Defenders should not grab or hold raiders by his clothes, hair, or any part of his body other than his limbs and torso.

Officials and Duration

  • The duration of the game is 20 minutes. It has a 5-minute break in the middle. Teams change sides after halftime.
  • The officials involved in kabaddi consist of a referee, two umpires, a scorer, and two assistant scorers.

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Referee: The referee holds the power to warn, declare a point against, or disqualify a player from the match. He has the right to overrule the decision of the umpire.

Umpire: The decision of the umpire is final.

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Scorer: The scorer fills the score sheet and notes the timings and time-outs.

Assistant Scorers: They keep a record of those who are out. 

Kabaddi Rules: Bonus points

  • Six players must be present on the court.
  • Raider gets one point when he crosses the bonus line.
  • The defending team gets one point when they tackle the raider.
  • There is no revival for bonus points.

Kabaddi is really an exceptional game. There is no requirement of particular means, clothing, and accessories. It is one of the few games in the world which can be played indoors and outdoors. Now, as we have given the kabaddi rules book of this sport, what are you waiting for? Get up, and get started with ‘ Kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi’!

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