Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (Thailand time)
Udon Thani, Thailand: Secretary General of the International Sepak Takraw Federation (ISTAF), Abdul Halim Kader, singled out and highly praised the Sepak Takraw Association of Canada for its development of the sport, stating, “Canada has set the standard, has created a model that any other country, especially the newer countries in the sport, can follow.” Richard Engel, President of STAC and administrator for Sepak Takraw Saskatchewan, was in attendance at the ISTAF’s Congress today that was represented by over 70 people from 36 countries altogether. It was hosted at the same time as the 28th King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships. Mr. Engel presented ISTAF with the latest Editions of the Sepak Takraw Manuals that he has authored, and which have been instrumental in the development of the sport in Canada, USA, Europe, and even Asian countries … the 3rd Edition of Engel’s “Sepak Takraw 101” was translated into Indonesian language and put into 3000 schools in Indonesia in a joint project between Engel, STAC, an Indonesian publishing company and the Indonesian government. STAC’s Participant & Coach Development Models were also praised as templates that other new countries in the sport can follow to help them make their sport development plans. As well, at today’s Congress, Engel was re-elected into a third term as 1 of 10 Vice Presidents of ISTAF from 2013 - 2017.
Unfortunately due to a lack of funding and no sponsor, STAC was not able to send a team from Canada to compete in the King’s Cup, even though, as seen from the recent national tournament hosted in Calgary last month, Canada has several teams that have the level of skill necessary to compete in a world championship event like the King’s Cup.
Attached Picture: Elected ISTAF Council Members for 2013 – 2017, Richard Engel is in the back row, third from the right.
The Sepak Takraw 101, 4th Edition now has updated pictures and information throughout as well as a comprehensive "Phycological Training" section added, very useful for coaches wanting to take their competative teams to their highest potential levels. The Rules are now NOT included in this manual, rather, a decision was made to keep the rules seperate, in it's own book.
The Get Active Get Your Kicks - Sepak Takraw Skills Benchmarks and Evaluation Resource Manual, 2nd Edition has also just been re-written and published to be more applicable to Sepak Takraw programs anywhere.
The Official Sepak Takraw Rule Book, 4th Edition has been re-written to incorporate the new interntional rules in the games that came in 2011/2012.
STAC is pleased to announce that the 2013 Canadian Open Sepak Takraw Championships will be hosted in Calgary, AB, August 17 & 18, in the Calgary Volleydome. A BIG WELCOME TO TEAM COLOMBIA, SOME OF WHOM ALREADY ARRIVED IN CALGARY TODAY! CLICK HERE for details, registration forms, and sponsorship & volunteer opportunities.
UPDATED 'PARTICIPANT DEVELOPMENT MODEL' (PDM) / NEW 'COACH PARTICIPANT MODEL' (CDM):
STAC continues to work with the CAC in devloping its own certified Coaching Program for Sepak Takraw in Canada and as such has refined and updated its PDMs, to provide a better overall picture of the sport and who it participants are and how they move through the different streams within the sport. STAC's NCCP Committee has also competed a draft the CDMs, showing how coaches enter and move through the sport, including what training they get at each Coach Context. Click on the links below to see the respective models:
NEW SCORING, SERVING & SUBSTITUTION RULES, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
Traditionally a match was composed of 3 sets, with the first two sets going to 21 and a third tie-break set (if needed) going to 15, however, recent rule changes has seen a move to less points per set, but playing more sets per match. Now in most international competitions, a match is decided by the first regu to win the best our of FIVE 15-point sets (rather than three). In each set, if both regus are tied at 14-14, play continues until one regu wins by 2 points, up to a ceiling of 17 points. Click on the links below to download the corresponding NEW score sheets:
NEW "REGU" EVENT SCORE SHEET
NEW "TEAM" EVENT SCORE SHEET
Another significant rule change has been a move to having each regu serve 3 consecutive serves, regardless of whether or not they received the points for the ensuing rallies of those serves ... so in this way, serving has now become more like it is in table tennis, which helps even out the play, especially when there is a very strong, serve-dominating regu. As well, the new rules now allow for each Regu to have one substition per set (5 possible sets). CLICK HERE to view/print ALL the Rule Changes (there's 7 more).
2012 CANADIAN SEPAK TAKRAW CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS (July 21 & 22, REGINA, SK):