What is Korfball?
Korfball is a dynamic mixed team sport, originally from Holland. It has been described as a mixture of Handball, Netball & Basketball. The pitch is divided into 2 halves with a basket (korf) in each division - the idea being to score as many goals as you can! It's great fun and very easy to pick up. It's mainly played inside, but in the summer it is played outside with all-day tournaments.
Korfball is played by two teams of 8 (4 men, 4 women) on a rectangular pitch 40m by 20m, divided into two halves. There is a goalpost in each half with the basket at the top at the top of the 3.5m pole (1.5ft higher than a netball post) and no backboard. The ball is similar in size to a football. The two zones, defence and attack, are occupied by two men and two women from each team.
Action consists almost entirely of passing the ball by hand from person to person. Attackers try to lose their defenders in order to create a shooting chance. This is not easy because an attacker is not allowed to shoot if the defender is within arms' length and nearer to the post. Players may only mark a player of the same sex. Apart from playing within one half of the field, there are no set positions and players need to have all round skills since whenever two goals are scored in the match the players change zones (ie those who were attacking now become defenders and vice versa).