Sepak Takraw Equipment
A series of Sepak Takraw 'Kits' and 'Sets' that include equipment and instructional materials ... ideal for school P.E. programs, and all at a 10 - 25 % discount!
From the Sepak Takraw Resource Package to the Starter Kit or Indoor Starter Kit Deluxe to the Outdoor Sepak Takraw Game Set, the perfect combination of equipment and materials to meet any school's program needs or budget is available.
The rules of the sport of Sepak Takraw require both male and female players to wear shorts and jerseys or t-shirts. Most players tuck-in their shirts to reduce the chance of causing a net fault. The jerseys or T-shirts for all players must also be numbered at the back, in which numbers are only ranged from 1 to 15. The captain of each regu (team of 3 or 4 players) is required to wear an armband on their left arm. Any apparel that could endanger opponents is not allowed.
Ideal footwear is that which has flat sides and sole (providing optimum control when kicking the ball with from the inside & outside sides of the foot or from the a sole), has some kind of protective reinforcement built into the sides and top of the shoe, has good grip on indoor and outdoor surfaces, has an overall light-weight and most important, has a very supportive insole for cushioning the high impact of constant jumping and landing (important for injury prevention).
BANDANAS & TENSORS
Some players also like to wear a bandana on the head to keep sweat from running in the eyes while playing and to soften the impact of the ball on the forehead.
Most players also wear some type of ankle support and/or a couple pairs of firm sports socks for extra support while jumping and landing, and in case the Takraw ball hits the ankle instead of the foot (or shoe) in the course of play.
The Sepak Takraw court is standard in size and is about equal to a doubles badminton court, 13.4 m X 6.1 m (20 ft. X 44 ft.), which makes Takraw very easy to introduce into schools as a new sport. Takraw may be played indoors or outdoors, although most major regional or world championship tournaments are played in indoor stadiums on rubber type of court mats that are available in Asia at Gajah Emas®, Malaysia.
Throughout various S. E. Asian countries, original Takraw balls were made up of hand-woven strips of rattan ... a material that once grew in abundance there. The ball was commonly up to about 5" in diameter, and villagers would enjoy standing in a circle kicking the ball around to each other much the same way footbags are played with today. As far as historians can figure, the rattan ball in S. E. Asia dates back some 500 years.
Although even badminton nets can easily double as takraw nets, a standard Takraw Net is heavier and stronger, with the netting weave also being courser than a badminton net but finer than a volleyball net. Since the ball can be played off the net in Sepak Takraw, a standard net that is attached tightly will also provide a nice rebound when the ball hits it, and this is usually not the case with most badminton nets. STAC has approved a couple of Takraw nets from Gajah Emas for official tournament use and for outdoor recreational use in Canada.