How Do You Play Takraw?
The basic principle behind the Takraw is that it is a game of chance and luck. While that statement may seem a bit too simplistic, the rules are simple and easy to follow and as the name suggests the objective is to hit the ball into the net.
There are several variations of Takraw. The first of which is ‘The Game of One’, this involves hitting the ball straight to the net with your shikari. Then you have ‘the Game of Two’, which involves hitting the ball straight to the net using your shikari while facing a wall. This is the version most players are familiar with.
If you would like to be playing an easier version of the game then you can try ‘The Game of Five’. This version uses a small ball (sepak) and is played on a small court or a flat surface. In order to play this game all you need is a five foot long shikari, and the object is to hit the ball into the net with an open hand. This version is often played in the mornings and has only one variation; the ‘five point game’ version.
The next version of Takraw is ‘The Game of Sevens’. This version is played in eight and four point cup style on a large area. In this game the object is to hit the ball into the basket using your shikari and without allowing it to touch any of the other players. Each player is allowed a number of shots equal to the number of points they are trying to make from their seven shots.
As you can see there are a number of different versions of the game and many different ways to play each variation. The variation which is most commonly known is the ‘Game of Sevens’ version where the object is to hit the ball into the net in seven hits, though there are variations where the object is made easier such as the ‘One’Five’ variations where the object is to hit the ball in four or five hits.
These are just a couple of the different variations that you can try. Once you are familiar with them you can add more ones that you enjoy. Since the objective is to hit the ball into the net it can be a good idea to start off slow and work your way up the level. if you play too much before you get used to a certain variation then you could end up hitting the ball into the net too much.
Another point to remember when learning how to play Sepak Takraw is that even if you get off to a good start and find yourself winning the first game or two, it can take a few games before you really start hitting it right. It is important not to lose heart and just quit when you think you have given it everything. You might find that you need to practice some more in order to hit the ball accurately every time and hit it into the net consistently.
You will also need to understand that the reason you are hitting the ball into the net in the first place is because you are attempting to strike a ball and not an object, it is this that is the real point of the game and the goal of the game, to strike it out so you can get a point. As a beginner it is easy to forget the object of the game and become frustrated and give up. You should not worry about this and just keep playing, it will eventually happen.