What Is Korfball?
Korfball is a court based ball sport, with similar skills to both basketball and netball.
Played indoor or outdoor, Korfball is the World's only true mixed team sport.
Played on a court split into two halves, each team will have two of each sex in each half.
However, there are no "positions" in Korfball as after every 2 goals have been scored (2-0, 3-1, 5-1 etc) the ends swap over, so attack becomes defence and vice versa.
Goals are scored by getting the ball to pass through a Korf (dutch for basket) which is free standing (no backboard) and stands 3.5m high.
The two boys and two girls in defence will mark up like for like against the oppositions division who are attacking. Shots taken whilst being defended result in a foul given to the defence. To defend an opponent, you must be 1) between them and the Korf 2) be within arms length, c) facing the attacker and d) be defending the ball. Therefore the idea of attacking is to keep "away" from your defender!
Players are not allowed to run with the ball, punch it or kick it. Doing so will result in a foul to the opposition.
In Korfball, physical contact must be controlled.
In Korfball, the rules are designed so that whilst individual skill is important, solo play is not allowed. So the emphasis is on team play and co-operation within your division.
For the official rules of Korfball, please go here.