What is Korfball?

What is Korfball?

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We have had a lot of interest, in our new website but, one section taking us by surprise is the Korfball one. Korfball is a minority sport. It isn't in the Olympics so, doesn't get the national coverage of some other minority sports. So what is Korfball? Well, to start with, it is a game that has a net, similar to Basketball and Netball and was invented by Nico Broekhuysen in Holland in 1902. The big difference from those two sports is it is encouraged to be played by mixed teams. Teams must consist of 4 men and 4 women although only 4 players actually play at one time, 2 men and 2 women. This was intended to encourage mixed sport at school in Holland. You pass the ball as you would in Basketball but, you are only allowed to mark a player of the same sex. There is an attacking zone and a defending zone, you are to have 2 men and 2 women in each zone. You may not shoot if a defender is within 1 metre (arms length) of the attacker or nearer to the post. Korfballs are similar in size to that of a Football but the Korfball has more bounce, is slightly heavier and has enhanced grip. The game last for 30 minutes each half, with a maximum 10 minutes halftime break. The Korf (net) is generally made of cane and it stands approximately 3.5 metres high When two goals are scored, in a match, the players must change the zone they occupy. It is obviously a growing sport and more information can be found at the British Korfball Assosiation .


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