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Hello again! When I left off my last blog post (Kabaddi: Part 1), I had just finished explaining a bit about Kabbadi. Well, I'm back!

In this blog we will cover how to score in Kabaddi, and how scoring is kept, as well as how to be a Kabaddi referee. Here we go!

We left off with some special terms. Now, the following table shows the different ways to score. Kabaddi is a contact sport, however, you can't just barge in like a rhino, or try to touch someone in haste, and get out; no, you have to be quick, like a ninja. Just a small touch counts!

Toe Touch/Kick: Where you thrust your foot toward the defender and lightly brush him. A kick uses the entire foot, but they are practically the same.


Hand Touch: When a raider lunges toward a defender and touches them with their hand.


Escaping a Tackle: When the raider just drags the defender and touches the midline without losing their breath.

You can make many combinations of these techniques like kicking a defender, using the same kick to get to the bonus line, get someone with a hand touch, and drag someone back to the midline. That would get you 4 points!

Now, you will learn how to referee a Kabaddi game. Whenever someone scores, the ref must thrust their hand up in the air with the amount of points scored counted by the fingers. At the same time, they hold their other hand sideways and point it to the side of the team that scored, and then say how many points they scored, and say the team that scored. When the game ends, the ref must point both hands straight ahead and say, "match completed."

There are six officials: 1 Referee, 2 Umpires, 1 Scorer, and 2 Assistant Scorers.

Duties of the Referee:

-Take the toss.
-Supervise the match.
-Announces the score of each side before the last 5 minutes of the match.
-Takes care of recording the time.
-Warns about the time remaining at last 5 minutes of second half of the match.

Duties of the two Umpires:

-The Umpires conduct the match and give decisions according to the rules of the game.

Duties of the Scorer:

-Fills in the score sheet.
-Announces the score with the permission of the referee at the end of each half.
-Complete the score sheet in all respects and get it duly signed by the Umpires and Referee.

Duties of the two Assistant Scorers:

-Maintains record of the players who are out.
-Sees that the players are seated in the order of being out.
-Will help referee regarding any player who goes out of boundary.

Just like in soccer, Kabaddi also had the warning card system. Here it is:

-Green card: It is a warning sign. If a green card is given twice to a player or coach or manager twice, the next card shall be directly a yellow card.

-Yellow card: That member is temporarily suspended for 2 minutes. If a yellow card is given twice to a player or coach or manager, the next card shall be directly a red card.

-Red card: Suspension from match or debarred from tournament.

Each team shall score one point for every opponent out or put out. The side which scores a special term shall score two extra points. The out and revival rule will be applicable. Each team shall score one point for every bonus point awarded.

So, that's it! I have shared with you all that I know about Kabaddi, and anything you would need to stage a Kabaddi game. Leave your thoughts in the comment section, and see you in October.

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  1. Wow post, Himank! One question – how do you know so much about this game? Do you play or it is a thorough research? Again, keep up the good work!

  2. It seems *sports* is your favorite! I read your NBA post before and now reading/learning on Kabaddi. Bravissimo, young boy!

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