This is the internationally recognized version of Kabaddi. With two teams of seven members (plus the reserve 3 members) fighting on the battlefield, the game is played with a half minute of 20 minutes, with a break of half a minute of 5.
The size of the playing field varies for both male and female games – namely a field of 10 equals 13 for men and one of 8 equals 12 for girls.
During the ‘raid’ during each play, the offensive player, called the raider, ran into the defending team and tried to tag as many members as possible. All while being in the territory of the security team and also maintaining a continuous spell of K Kdidi.
For each tagged defender, a point is scored. Stepping over the reward line while in enemy territory will result in additional points to the raid’s team.
The defensive team scores when successful in stopping the raid’s progress.
Tagged players are declared out of the game, along with players who step out of bounds.
For each score scored from the card or the next deal, a player will be revived. However, there was no recovery compared to the bonus points.
If the entire team exits at the same time, the attacking team will score two bonus points.
An empty raid is one in which the raid does not score a point. On the other hand, a super raid is one in which the raider scored three or more points.
KABADDI PRO RULE
Two consecutive empty raids means that the next raid is in a state where a ‘do or die’ raid is required and a positive score is scored. Also, when the defending team has fewer than four players, the tackles are worth 2 points.
In the country that has witnessed the origin and evolution of Kabaddi as a sport for decades, this game is played in an easy-to-understand manner in most forms. However, there are four main variants that have been recognized by the amateur federation.