ABOUT SEPAK TAKRAW
'Sepak Raga' was the name of an ancient game played in the
Malay states and in the neighboring countries of Singapore and Brunei. 'Sepak'
is Malay for "kick" and 'Raga' is the "rattan ball" used
in the game, which involved players standing in a circle keeping the 'Raga'
in the air for as long as possible without using their hands. Variations
of this were played in other Southeast Asian countries too; in Thailand
it was called "Takraw", in the Philippines, "Sepa Sepa",
in Myanmar, "Ching Loong", in Indonesia, "Rago" and
in Laos, "Kator".
Sepak Takraw, or Takraw for short (also known as Kick Volleyball),
began in Malaysia and is now their national sport. It combines elements
of Soccer, Footbag, Volleyball, Baseball, Badminton, Gymnastics
and the ancient sport of Sepak Raga. Balls woven of rattan stems have
primarily been replaced by woven synthetic balls, which are much safer and
The Sepak Takraw court and net are of the same height and dimensions
as in badminton. A team consisting of 3 members is called a "Regu".
Two regus compete for higher scores by spiking a ball into the
opponent's court. Most of the same rules apply as for volley ball, with
- players are prohibited from using their hands & arms
- a player can touch the ball up to 3 times consecutively
- the players' positions on the court need not be rotated
- net serves (falling within the boundary) are accepted
A match is
composed of 3 sets. The first regu to score 21 points wins a set. The
first regu winning two sets wins the match. In either set,
if both regus are tied, 20 - 20, play continues until one regu
wins by 2 points, up to a ceiling of 25 points. If each regu wins one
of the first two, then the third set is played and is called the "Tiebreak".
The Tiebreak only goes up to 15 points, but again a regu must win
by 2 points, up to a ceiling of 17.
Many who see Sepak Takraw being
played, or try it themselves, for the first time often make comments
like, “This is the most amazing
sport!”, “Did you see that?!”, “Takraw rocks,
I’m in!”, “This is great for improving soccer skills!”,
THE MYTH is that only super flexible, agile, athletes can play
this game … totally NOT true! Anyone of any age or ability level
can play Sepak Takraw, simply MODIFY it for beginners and increase
as their eye-foot skills improve.
For more information on Sepak Takraw,
visit the web sites of the following organizations:
Asian Sport, Education, & Culture (ASEC International)
International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF)
Sepak Takraw Association of Canada (STAC)
An Original Rattan Ball
Circle Takraw, a modern form of Sepak Raga
Advanced Sepak Takraw with big spikes & blocks
Sepak Takraw: Thailand vs. Canada, Nanaimo, BC, March 2002