It is mandatory for all the technical officials of AKFI to possess and carry the following items whenever assigned with technical duties: Electronic stop watch, official uniform comprising black trousers, sky blue half sleeves T-shirt with collar, white warm up shoes with white socks, whistle, warning cards, pen and latest AKFI Kabaddi rule book.
Officials in Kabaddi match
Six officials are nominated to conduct a Kabaddi Match. The officials shall be One Referee, Two Umpires, One Scorer and Two Assistant Scorers. The decision of the umpires on the field shall be final generally but in special circumstances, the referee may give the decision in the best interest of the game and also if there is a disagreement between two umpires.
The referee is the principal judge of the game of kabaddi and his decisions are final. The referee officiates the toss up of the coin between the captains of the rival teams to decide which team opts for the side of the ground and which one will send the first attacker. The referee examines the player physically. No one must have jagged, sharp edged or torn nails which may hurt others. He has the power to warn, declare point against or disqualify a participant from match. He has the authority to overturn the decision given by umpire.
There shall be two umpires in each game. Each Umpire shall take one side of the field for the entire match. The match shall start with a blow of the whistle by the umpire. He will also blow the whistle for intervals, restart and for ending the match. Generally the decision of the umpire taken as final. With the consent of referee at the end of the first half and the second half the scoresheet prepared by the scorer is examined by the umpires. They will write down the points scored by the teams formally on the score sheet and get the signature of the referee on it.
The scorer fills the scores data, timings, time-outs. The job of scorer is to keep the count of the points. He is required to be alert all the time. He is required to be alert all the time. His first duty is to note down the names and numbers of the players on score sheet and get the captains and coaches duly sign the sheet before the start of the game. The scoresheet must also list of reserve players. The starting time of the game will also be noted down.
The assistant scorers record those players who are out and those who are survived. There are three scorers (One from executive member of organizing committee and one from each participating club), One coach and one manager of each team permitted during a play in the field. All other shall be required to leave the ground immediately after umpire commence to begin the match. No supporter or any person other than the designated officials shall be permitted in the ground at half time break.
Whistle Signals during Kabaddi Game
To Get Match Started : 2 short and 1 long whistle blow
To Signal Start of Play : 1 long and 1 short whistle
For Foul : 3 or 4 sharp whistles
To Rule a Player Out : 1 long whistle
For Time Out : 1 long 2 short whistle
End of The Match : 1 long whistle
Kabaddi Official Hand Signals
The match shall start with a blow of the whistle by the umpire.