Before we take you into the rules of sepak
takraw, it is important that you learn about the equipment needed to play the
game and the terminology you will encounter as you come to understand the sport.
Takraw Balls were originally woven from rattan. In 1982 a
Thai engineer revolutionized the sport by introducing woven synthetic (plastic)
balls. Today, almost all players around the world are using synthetic takraw
How to Select a Takraw Ball for Players:
Weight: Takraw balls range in weight from 140 grams to 200 grams. Normally
younger and beginner players begin with lighter balls and move up in
weight. For advanced players the optimal weight for advanced Sepak Takraw
balls is 175 grams. Some people use heavier balls for additional spring or
when playing outdoors in order to minimize the effect of the wind.
The Weave: The tightness of the weave of takraw balls determine the spring,
bounce and speed. A "soft" ball has less bounce. A "hard"
ball will have maximum bounce.
Official Takraw Balls:
The official ISTAF Sepak Takraw ball for Tournament play is the:
In takraw, the most important piece of equipment other than
the ball itself is the athletes footwear. Most players prefer to kick in court
shoes. They are popular mainly because of their support and flat surface at the
instep, unlike the flared sole of a running shoe.
Popular makes/models include:
Adidas - "Stan Smith"
Converse "All Stars"
In general, any lightweight athletic footwear with a flat
instep will work efficiently. Players will have to learn and adapt the touch of
the ball on contact with their footwear by trial and error.