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Ball touch Kabaddi
Use this ball touch version of the popular Bangladeshi game to warm up your players and give them decision making opportunities.
- A 30m by 15m pitch, with a 10m “Red Zone” in the middle.
- Play up to 7 v 7 with one ball.
- They can shout ‘kabbadi’ constantly whilst attacking for a bit of fun.
HOW TO DO IT
- Both teams start in their defending zone (not in the Red Zone). One team start with the ball.
- On your call “go”, one attacker must enter the defenders’ zone with a ball. Their aim is to touch as many defenders with the ball within 30 seconds, but the attacker must get back to their half within the timeframe, if they don’t then they are out.
- If the attacker touches a defender then that defender is out of the game.
- Once the attacker returns and enters the area between the red cones and halfway line then the defenders can enter their side of the red zone and try to touch the attacker. If attacker is touched then they are out of the game. If any part of the attacker’s body is over the halfway line (even when touched) then they are safe and remain in the team.
- If a defender touches an attacker before the halfway line then one defender who is out of the game may return to the team.
- Players who are out can be engaged in some extra skills with another coach.
- Once the attacker has returned or been touched, the teams swap roles.
- Run for four minutes maximum and count up who has the most players left.
An attacker returning to their own half can pass/kick the ball to another attacker from the defenders’ Red Zone, a further 30 seconds is added to the clock and the new attacker has to enter the defenders’ zone.
If the attacker is touched then they are out of the game, even if the ball has been passed or kicked. If the ball is dropped then it is now the defenders’ ball for attack.
If suitably warmed up, Red Zones can become tackle zones, extra points are awarded for good tackles or the attacker being driven into touch.
Consider allowing two attackers into the Red Zone both with balls. Still allow the ball touching the defenders but tackle zone still applies.