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Just how fast is SepakTakraw really?

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Sepaktakraw is a busy sport that requires lightning reflexes, there is no doubt about it. But just how quick is it really? Thanks to the innovative new radar system that clocks ball rates of speed during each and every ISTAF SuperSeries and Malaysian SepakTakraw League (STL) event, we can now better understand precisely how fast sepaktakraw players must be to play at the top level.

First, let’s look at some of the fastest acts in sepaktakraw. Recently we’ve observed some impressive serving speeds within high-level competition; in men’s competitors at the ISTAF SuperSeries we frequently see ball speeds upwards of 70km/h, but we’re starting to see gamers serve at 80km/h and outside of. There’s no doubt there are a few freaks of nature that can serve even faster than this (looking at you, Sittipong Khamjan), but for mere men 80km/h is a very quick serve indeed. In fact 80km/h is the fastest serve we now have seen to date in the Malaysian STL, off the left foot of Izurin Refin .

So at 80km/h just how fast does the receiving team have to react?

80km/h is the same as 22. 2 metres for each second, and the distance between the 2 service circles on a regulation court is 8. 5 metres. Time in flight for the ball = the length it travels divided by the velocity of the ball, so time sama dengan 8. 5m / 22. 2m/s.

This gives us a required reaction time of 0. 38 seconds.

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That’s right, to receive serve whenever playing high level sepaktakraw, you have a small under four tenths of a second to judge where the serve is going, get your foot/knee/head at just the right angle in order to pop the ball up. Amazing! But that’s just serves. We now have seen spikes as fast as 85km/h already in the STL and of course since the spiker is striking the ball on the net, there is much less distance between spiker and the receiving team. To try and pick up a powerful spike in the back court, players often have only two-tenths of a second in order to react! That explains why we rarely see surges picked up in the back court!

So how do these figures compare to other sports? Take a look.

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The fastest ever bit of cricket bowling was by Pakistani Shoaib Akhtar in 2003 whenever he delivered a ball on 161. 3 km/h down the pitch 17. 68 metres long. This gives the opposition batsmen 0. 40 seconds to react. This really is just a touch slower than the reaction time required to pick up a good sepaktakraw serve.

The fastest Major League Baseball pitch in recorded history is 169. 1 km/h (46. 97m/s), by Aroldis Chapman this year. The distance from pitcher to mixture is 18. 4 metres, which means the batter has 0. 39 seconds to react, or a small under four tenths of a second. Again, this is just slower than for a sepaktakraw serve, AND the mixture has the advantage of knowing that the ball should be passing over the base. Extra a thought for our sepaktakraw stars as they have less time to respond than a cricket or baseball mixture, but they have no idea where the serve will be going. Should they use their ft, knees or head to receive this? Is it going to the left or right? These are all split second decisions!

We’re not trying to say that sepaktakraw players are better sportsmen than those from other sports; each sport has its own set of challenges as well as the skill sets required to perform well are usually unique to each sport. Yet hopefully we’ve shown that the responses times required to play sepaktakraw are usually incredibly small and require really extraordinary reflexes – consider that will we’ve used world record ideals for cricket and baseball. Picture how fast you’d have to be to receive serve from the great Sittipong Khamjam of Thailand who can serve outside of 80km/h!

By Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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Sepaktakraw is a fast paced sport that needs lightning reflexes, there’s no doubt about this. But just how fast is it really? Thanks to the innovative new radar system that will clocks ball speeds during each and every ISTAF SuperSeries and Malaysian SepakTakraw League (STL) event, we can today better understand just how fast sepaktakraw players must be to play at the top level.

First, let’s take a look at some of the fastest serves in sepaktakraw. Recently we’ve seen some impressive serving speeds in high-level competitors; in men’s competition at the ISTAF SuperSeries we regularly see ball speeds upwards of 70km/h, but we are starting to see players serve on 80km/h and beyond. There’s without a doubt there are a few freaks of nature that can serve even faster than this particular (looking at you, Sittipong Khamjan), but for mere mortals 80km/h is a very quick serve indeed. In fact 80km/h is the fastest serve we have seen to date in the Malaysian STL, off the left foot of Izurin Refin .

Therefore at 80km/h how fast really does the receiving team have to respond?

80km/h is the same as 22. 2 metres per second, as well as the distance between the two service circles on a regulation court is 7. 5 metres. Time in flight for your ball = the distance it travels divided by the speed of the ball, so time = 8. 5m / 22. 2m/s.

This gives us a necessary reaction time of 0. 38 seconds.

diagram

That’s right, to receive serve when playing high level sepaktakraw, you have a little under four tenths of a second to judge in which the serve is going, get your foot/knee/head at just the right angle to pop the ball up. Incredible! But that’s just serves. We have seen surges as fast as 85km/h already in the STL and of course since the spiker is stunning the ball at the net, there is certainly much less distance between the spiker as well as the receiving team. To try and pick up an excellent spike in the back court, gamers often have only two-tenths of a second to react! That explains why all of us rarely see spikes picked up in the back court!

So how do these figures compare to other sports? Take a look.

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The fastest ever piece of cricket bowling was by Pakistani Shoaib Akhtar in 2003 when he shipped a ball at 161. three or more km/h down a pitch 17. 68 metres long. This gives the opposition batsmen 0. 40 seconds to react. This is just a contact slower than the reaction time necessary to pick up a good sepaktakraw serve.

The fastest Major League Baseball frequency in recorded history is 169. 1 km/h (46. 97m/s), by Aroldis Chapman in 2010. The distance through pitcher to batter is eighteen. 4 metres, which means the mixture has 0. 39 seconds in order to react, or a little under four tenths of a second. Again, this really is just slower than for a sepaktakraw serve, AND the batter has the benefit of knowing that the ball should be transferring over the base. Spare a thought for our sepaktakraw stars as they possess less time to react than a cricket or baseball batter, but they have no clue where the serve will be going. Should they use their feet, knees or even head to receive it? Is it going to the left or right? These are many split second decisions!

We’re not trying to say that sepaktakraw gamers are better athletes than those from other sports; each sport has its set of challenges and the skill units required to perform well are unique in order to each sport. But hopefully we’ve shown that the reactions times necessary to play sepaktakraw are incredibly small and require truly extraordinary reflexes – consider that we’ve utilized world record values for cricket and baseball. Imagine how quick you’d have to be to receive serve from your great Sittipong Khamjam of Thailand who can serve beyond 80km/h!

By Alex Newman of Takrawesome

Recommended article: Chomsky: We Are All – Fill in the Blank .
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