Games children play in India

Games of Carom and Kabaddi, oh my! Check out these two games children play in India, and join in the fun!

[Carom]

Children from Allahabad, India, play Carom quite often, along with other sports like volleyball and badminton, and Kabaddi.

They get together in the evenings at the CFCA center to play.

From left: Ritu, Shivangi and Richa play a friendly game of Carom at the CFCA office in Allahabad, India.

From left: Ritu, Shivangi and Richa play a friendly game of Carom at the CFCA office in Allahabad, India.

Rules:

Carom is a board game consisting of two to four players.

Each player occupies one side of the square board.

Carom is a striker game, in which you have small disks and four pockets at the corners of the board.

With the help of a striker, these disks are pushed forward into the goal pocket.

These disks are called Carom men and are black and white. Carom men are worth one point each.

Only one red disk, called the queen, exists, and it’s worth five points.

Similar to billiards, each player must sink nine disks and the queen before your opponent does.

A successful shot entitles the player to another turn.

The player hits the striker with his or her fingers so that it slides the disk, carrying it to the pocket.

Once all of the carom men are struck into the pockets, the game is over and the player with the highest score wins.

[Kabaddi]

On a 2012 awareness trip to India, staffers, sponsors and CFCA scholars enjoy a spirited game of Kabaddi.

On a 2012 awareness trip to India, staffers, sponsors and CFCA scholars enjoy a spirited game of Kabaddi.

Kabaddi is a wrestling sport played in India and other parts of South Asia.

Rules:

Two teams of seven occupy a field and take turns sending a player to the other side. Players cannot wear shoes.

Many different versions of Kabaddi exist, but the standard game consists of two 20-minute halves, with a five-minute break when the teams switch sides.

The player entering the opponents’ court is called a “raider.”

The raider must win a point by tagging or wrestling a member of the opposing team before returning to their side of the field.

Once the raider enters the opposing side, however, the raider must hold their breath and chant the word “Kabaddi” until returning to their side of the field.

On a 2012 awareness trip to India, staffers, sponsors and CFCA

On a 2012 awareness trip to India, staffers, sponsors and CFCA

If the raider tags another player, continuously chants Kabaddi and returns to their side of the field without being tagged, he or she will score one point.

The opposing team’s goal is to stop the raider from returning to their side of the field before taking a breath.

A raider has 30 seconds from entering the other player’s side of the field to tag an opposing teammate before being declared out.

If a raider is declared out, the other team earns a point. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.

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