Net (Sepak) Takraw
Multicultural Games

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by Alex, Joe, Cole, Harry Germantown Academy 6th grade     1997

State the name of your game and why you chose it.

Our game is called net takraw.  We chose this game because it seems to be really challenging yet fun.   It is a variation of volleyball.

List the countries where it is played and its origin.

Games like takraw were played in 7th century Japan (Kemari) and China but this game actually comes from Thailand.  Takraw is mainly played in Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines

Describe how your game is played. State the object of the game. Clearly describe the rules.

There are variations of Takraw.  One is sepak takraw, also called net takraw

Net takraw is like volleyball except that you can't use your hands.  You can only hit the ball 3 times before sending it over the net.

List the equipment needed.

Net takraw is played on a court that is 44 feet by 20 feet.    The net is stretched across the center line.  There is a service circle 8 feet back from the net. 

Make recommendations for what type of athlete would enjoy playing this game. What skills does it demand?

Andy:  I think that a soccer player would enjoy playing this game because it requires the same kicking ability and eye coordination. 

Alex:  I think that people who play soccer will like this game because it involves using feet, heads, legs and chests.  I also think that volleyball players will like this sport because it is so much like theirs.  An athlete who plays this game needs a lot of coordination.

What are your feelings about this game? Did you enjoy playing it? Would you recommend it?

Alex:  I think that this would be a fun to play this game at family picnics, outdoor parties and other outdoor events.  It is the type of game that no one in the US except professionals play.  I look forward to playing this game.  It seems like it will be good exercise.


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