What is Kabaddi?

My dad came to me a few weeks ago and told me the basics of the weirdest sport I’ve ever heard of- Kabaddi.  Kabaddi originated in ancient India, and it’s a popular sport in South Asia today. While it may seem a little complicated, the rules are quite simple.
There’s two teams of seven players, split off in a square arena. The game has two halves of twenty minutes each. The teams will flip a coin or use any other random method of deciding something to see who goes first. If your team goes first, you must send a “raider” across the center line. When the raider is in the other team’s territory, they must try to tag the other members of the team. Each player they touch equals one point for their team, but only if they make it back to their territory safely.
Here’s where the twist comes in, though: the raider must repeatedly yell “kabaddi” while in the other team’s territory. They cannot stop repeating the word until they cross the center line back into their own team’s territory. If they stop yelling or take a breath on the other team’s side of the court, no matter how small, they must return to their own side of the court, scoring no points. Plus, each member of the raiding team must raid in a sequence, and if they go out of order the opposing team gets one point.
But what if your team doesn’t go first? Well, your team has to defend. You are now “anti-raiders” or “stoppers”.  Your goal is to keep the raider from tagging you and crossing back to the center line. To do this, you can either run away from them until they run out of breath, or physically restrain them by tackling or grabbing them. The raider must not be grabbed by the hair or any body part other than the arms or torso.
Those are just the basics of the game. You’ll go back and fourth between raiding and defending for the two twenty minute halves, with a five minute break in between. I have never played it before, but it definitely seems like a lot of fun. To me, it seems like a game we would play in gym class or Phys Ed.


Week 3- Activity 8

word-cloud-1Fall is here! That means you should get ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins and anything else fall related! Get ready for the Jack-O-Lanterns illuminating your front porch, and make sure you have your Trick-Or-Treat costume ready. Spooky skeletons, spiders, and bats are about, don’t forget to be hanging up the decorations all about your house. The fall clothes are in, beanies, flannels, boots and scarves. The trees are changing too, the once lime green leaves are now shades of pumpkin orange and lemon yellow, with even a few apple red colors. Months of October and November are my absolute favorite, the crisp air is so refreshing. It’s time for autumn!



About The Author

Nicknames: Wy, Little, Coyote, Squirrel
Age: 12, almost 13
Favorite Bands: Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Halsey, and Imagine Dragons.
Favorite Color: Either gold, red, or blue, I can’t pick.
Favorite Food: Shrimp, I used to hate it, now I love it. I love most kinds of seafood, though.
Favorite Sport: Definitely soccer. I’ve played it since I was 4 years old. My favorite position is defense, but I can play anywhere on the field.
Favorite Movie: The Shining, it’s so suspenseful, and the music and the heartbeat in the background of the movie is so creepy, I love it.
Favorite Animal: Cats, both house-cats and big cats.
Favorite Book Series: The Hunger Games, I’ve read the series and seen all the movies countless times.
Favorite Hunger Games Character: Definitely Finnick. I just love his sense of humor.
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead, even though I do like cartoons like Adventure Time and Regular Show on Cartoon Network.
Favorite Subject: Language Arts, it always has been and it always will be.
Favorite Restaurant: I really like Olive Garden, but nothing can beat Spaghetti Warehouse.
Favorite Drink: Either sweet tea or fresh squeezed lemonade, the kind you would get at the fair.
Favorite Hobby: I love drawing, soccer, animating my drawings, and listening to music.
Favorite Thing To Draw: I like to draw song lyrics from my favorite bands. I take the lyrics and draw them, like once I drew the lyric: “Some see a pen, I see a harpoon.” What I drew was a combination of a harpoon and a pen. I draw the lyrics very literally and creatively, it’s a lot of fun.
Favorite Candy: Snickers Bars. I get them every chance I get, a concession stand or a gas station.
Favorite Number: 11. It’s my lucky number and normally the number on my soccer jersey.

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