Sipa (Kick) is the Philippines' national and traditional native sport which predates Spanish rule. The game is related to the Sepak Takraw. Similar games include Footbag net, Footvolley, Bossaball and Jianzi.

The game is both played by two teams, indoors or outdoors, on a court that is about the size of a tennis court. The teams consist of one, two or four players in each side. The aim of the game is to kick a soft ball made out of rattan fragments, back and forth over a net in the middle of the court. The sport requires speed, agility and ball control.

Washer version

One version of Sipa uses a metal washer covered with cloth, which gets kicked. This version is played by both girls and boys, but girls tend to use the outside of their foot to manipulate the washer, while boys more often use the inside of the foot. Points are scored based on the number of kicks without the ball touching the ground. If the ball touches the ground one point is lost.

Rattan ball version

This version uses a larger rattan woven ball with the same foot action. Sipa balls can be purchased online, which look like Hacky Sack balls.

Originally, the rattan Sipa ball was 10 centimeters in diameter and made of woven rattan strips with symmetrical holes. The most defining feature of the game of Sipa is that the ball should only be touched with the legs anywhere from below the knee to the tip of the toes. The rattan ball can touch the ground.

implified play (one on one, two on two, or four on four):

A set of rules determines penalty points (such as the ball bouncing twice on the ground). The two teams play against each other until a set number of penalty points is reached by one of the teams.

There is also a court version in which a rectangle is marked in grids. Grids denote zones, and dictate where players stand, and how points are allotted based on where the ball lands in the court.


*Lopez, John. (1993). A Study of Philippine Games. Quezon City, Philippines: Univ of Philippines Press.
* [ (2007) Escudero urges revival of national games. Retrieved 04/22/2007, from Inquirer Headlines]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • SIPA — may refer to * Société Industrielle Pour l’Aéronautique , a defunct French aircraft maker. * School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Universityee also* Sipa …   Wikipedia

  • sipa — sȉpa ž <G mn sȋpā> DEFINICIJA 1. zool. morski glavonožac (Sepia officinalis), u opasnosti izbacuje crnilo 2. pijesak ili prašak kojim se posiplje i suši papir na kojem se pisalo crnilom 3. (mn) porodica deseterokrakih glavonožaca (Sepiidae) …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • šípa — e ž (í) kos navadno ravnega stekla za zapiranje kake odprtine: očistiti, pomiti šipe; razbiti šipo; vstaviti šipo v okenski, vratni okvir; potrkati na šipo; motna, zarošena šipa; okenska šipa; šipa v vratih / mlečna šipa; steklo za šipe / odpreti …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • Sipa — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sipa Press, est une agence française de photojournalisme qui a été fondée en 1973. Groupe SIPA Ouest France est un groupe français fondé en suite à la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sípa — 1 e ž (í) sipek pesek: s sipo posuta pot / reka je naplavila veliko sipe mivke // pog. (kristalni) sladkor: potresti sadje s sipo / sladkor v sipi // redko sipka snov sploh: premogova sipa / padala je snež(e)na sipa sipek sneg 2 e ž (ȋ) zool. na …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • sipa — sì·pa avv. OB nell antico dialetto bolognese, forma rafforzata dell affermazione sì: tante lingue non sono ora apprese | a dicer sipa tra Sàvena e Reno (Dante) {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: av. 1313. ETIMO: comp. del lat. sic così e post poi …   Dizionario italiano

  • SIPA — Securities Investor Protection Act (Business » General) * Student Individual Performance Award (Community » Educational) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • SIPA — shear induced platelet aggregation …   Medical dictionary

  • sıpa — is., hay. b. Eşek yavrusu Birleşik Sözler eşek sıpası …   Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • SIPA — abbr. Securities Investors Protection Act …   Dictionary of abbreviations

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.