Sepak Takraw: Soccer or Volleyball? Neither.

“While walking through campus at SMAN 7, Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, it’s difficult not to notice the sprawling scissor -kicks and diving headers of the students playing Sepak Takraw.  Sepak Takraw, meaning “kick ball” in Malay, is not a competition for the uncoordinated and inflexible.  The game is played similarly to volleyball, with a single-point system, rectangular court and elevated net; however, unlike volleyball, a player cannot use their hands.  Thereby, the three participants on each team have to relay the ball over the net (without it touching the ground, or going out of bounds) using a combination of feet, legs, chest and head.” 

P1050166PV P1050026PV

“The ball used in Takraw has a circumference of 17 inches and is woven out of a material called rattan.  The rattan ball has a hard surface, but is very forgiving with its lightweight and hollow center.  The game begins when a player on the serving team tosses the ball to a teammate to be kicked over the net. Again, once the ball is in play hands cannot be used.  The competition lasts until one team reaches 21 points, wherein there are guaranteed to be some unbelievable displays of athleticism.” 

Pete VanOot | Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Sepak Takraw: Soccer or Volleyball? Neither.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s