How to play Kabaddi?- Mat Rules
We mentioned the basic rules of Kabaddi in the first article of this series, ‘How to play Kabaddi?’. We will go through the conditions of play related to the court on which the sport is played.
The rules of court are according to the ones which are used for the Pro Kabaddi Leagues and the international games. For age-group competitions, the dimensions of the court may vary but the regulations with regards to the demarcations like baulk line, end line, bonus line remain the same in most cases.
- The length and breadth of the court are 13m and 10m respectively.
- There are end lines on each side of the court which are 3 to 5 cm in width.
- The line that splits the playing field into two equal half is known as the mid line.
- There is a baulk line on each side of the court and the raid isn’t legal until the raider crosses it. The distance of the baulk line from the mid line is 3.75 meter
- When Raider comes in touch with the ground between the End line and the Bonus line, he is considered to have crossed the Bonus line. Between the midline and the Bonus line, no portion of his body should come into contact with the surface of the court. Further, between the baulk line and the bonus line foot shouldn't be on the surface
- When the opposition team has six or more players on the field, the Bonus line is active
- The Lobby zones are effectively extended areas of play that are 1m wide down the sides of the court. They are recognised as the two yellow tram lines that run down the sides of the court.
- The Lobby is the region of the court that is only deemed active when a raider and a defender have made contact. Otherwise, it isn’t active for both the raider and the defenders