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Kabaddi Rules to master you playing skills | Learn the 6 basic rules of Kabaddi & know 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 sports that can be played without any equipment. Kabaddi rules are very simple as well.

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6 Basic Kabaddi rules and regulations

S.N 6 Basic Kabaddi Rules
1 Playing area (Kabaddi ground measurement)
2 Teams
3 Objectives for Raiders
4 Objectives for Defenders
5 Officials and Kabaddi match time duration
6 Bonus points

Kabaddi rules and regulations

The playing area of Kabaddi Field/ Kabaddi field measurements

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  • Kabaddi ground measurement and 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 that contest a match.
  • Every team has a total of seven players and both teams lodge opposite halves of the field.

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Team Rules in Kabaddi

  • 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.

Objectives for Raiders in Kabaddi match

Raider goes to grab a point (Image credits: PKL)
  • This is the first and 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 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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Objectives for Defenders in Kabaddi match

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  • The role of a tagged player is to catch the raider and prevent 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 their clothes, hair, or any part of their body other than their limbs and torso.

Time Rule in Kabaddi: Kabaddi match time duration

  • A kabaddi match typically runs for 40 minutes (20 minutes each). Teams change sides after halftime.
  • The officials involved in kabaddi consist of a referee, two umpires, a scorer, and one assistant scorer.

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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.
  • Scorer: The scorer fills the score sheet and notes the timings and time-outs.
  • Assistant Scorer: 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 an exceptional game. There is no requirement for 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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FAQ

In modern kabaddi, tackle points are a successful tackle that earns the defending team one point, also called points earned through defending. If a raider loses his cant during a raid then the defending team wins a point.
Each team is allowed a maximum of 5 substitutions per match, along with the permission of the referee. Substituted players can also be re-substituted by deploying one of the remaining substitute chances.
Harjeet Brar Bajakhana was the most famous player of Kabaddi and with his sheer hard work and efforts in this sport, he received the most honorable title – ‘Father of Kabaddi’.


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