ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on February 18, 2010
Takraw Bat and Ball
Takraw Bat and Ball

Takraw is a throw and catch game for 2 to 12 players, is played within or without defined boundaries. Each participant uses a lightweight bat with a cone-shaped "trap" and a curved tip, or extension, to maneuver a hollow plastic ball in such a manner that the opposing side cannot retrieve it. Speed and dexterity are needed to play the game well, but all ages can enjoy it in a strictly informal manner.

The game originated in Malaya, where players catch and pass a rattan ball, or takraw, with their feet. The use of a bat is an American invention. In the modern game, players use the bat to hook the ball in flight and then throw it.

The game may be played with a net and on, a badminton-size court, which is 44 feet (about 13 meters) long and 20 feet (6 meters) wide. The space between the two short service lines on the badminton court, however, is an out-of-bounds space in takraw. Players on each side may position themselves anywhere within the inbounds area.

One player, determined by toss, starts the game by throwing (serving) the ball over the net so that it hits inbounds on the opposite court. Any opponent may try to catch and return the ball or catch and pass it to a teammate who volleys it over the net. An out-of-bounds throw or a missed catch scores a point for the opponent. The side winning the point serves the next ball. Game is 21 points.

The game also may be played without a net or boundary lines. The players keep about 25 feet (7.6 meters) apart and a throw must be one that the receiver can reach with the bat without taking more than one step or leaving the ground with both feet before the ball hits the surface. In this version each ^atch scores one point, and a bad throw or failure to catch a proper throw results in loss of a point.

With practice a player learns how to let the ball strike the curve of the bat in order to trap it and then how to throw it accurately. The easiest way of throwing is by raising the bat overhead and, with a quick wrist snap, flipping the ball upward (out of the cone) and forward. To make a sidearm throw the player must keep the ball moving along the curved extension of the bat. The fastest throws are from shoulder height. However, in takraw, accuracy is more important than speed. To practice the techniques a player can throw the ball against a wall and try to catch it before it touches the ground.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)