Sepak takraw: Volleyball with a major twist

Volleyball with a twist? Yes, this is the sport of Sepak Takraw. Sepak Takraw is a sport that originated in Asia. It is slowly but surely making its way across the world. There is even a Takraw league in the United States currently.

Sepak Takraw is definitely a very interesting sport. The sport is a combination of soccer, badminton, volleyball, soccer and gymnastics. I bet that there are some serious acrobatics and body twisting during the course of this game.

So how is the game of sepak takraw played? There are two teams required to play. Each of these teams has three players on it. The game is played on a badminton style court. Each of the teams of three takes their place on either side of the net.

You pretty much have the same rules as those of volleyball. There is one major difference between the rules governing volleyball and the rules governing sepak takraw. That major difference is the fact that in sepak takraw, you are not allowed to use your arms. Your arms can't make contact with the ball.

So if you think of the way that the game of volleyball is played then you can pretty much guarantee that a sepak takraw game can definitely get pretty interesting! You can use any body part except for those body parts that span from the tip of your fingers to your shoulders. So that means no hands either.

The fact that you are not allowed to use your hands and arms is where things get interesting. This is where the gymnastics, soccer and acrobatics come in to play. When people play this sport, as in other sports, they like to show off their moves and try new tricks. You might catch people doing back flips and crazy martial arts-style kicks.

The game is definitely a sight for the eyes to see. Each player is only allowed to hit the ball one time in the process of returning the ball over the net.

Here is a link to a video of sepak takraw on Youtube so that you can take a look at this spectacular sport called sepak takraw.

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Updated Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011