– HOW TO PLAY THE GAME?
Kabaddi is a team game. Two teams, each having 7 in
court players, compete with each other to get higher scores. Individual
brilliance is exhibited when a player raids the opponent’s court. The
team spirit, the team togetherness and team strategy comes into play
when an opponent raider enters your court. The most important player
requirement is stamina and lungpower. You should be able to keep your
breath for a long time without any break in between.
What is a raid?
From your team you have to send, one player to the
other teams court to raid. The raider starts from the centerline
uttering aloud, “Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi…” without any break. He
would be actually running from one side to the other side of the
opponent’s court trying to touch either with his hand or leg an
opponent. Once he touches an opponent, he will, without breaking the
“Kabaddi, Kabaddi…” rhythm come back to his court through the
centerline. The people he had touched are his teams point scored. If he
had touched one player, it is 1 point and if he had touched 3 players,
it is 3 points to your team.
Defending and holding the raider:
The objective of your opponent, when your player is
raiding them is different. They, as a team, would like to thwart the
raider’s effort to score by touching any member of the opponent’s
team and devise ways to trap and catch him without allowing him to get
back to the center line and thence to his court. If the raider is caught
and loses his chanting breath “…Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Ka…” he is
If your team, because of its excellent efforts, makes all the players of your opponent out, your team is entitled to get 2 points as a bonus. This is known as “Lona”.