Korfball in Schools
Like many other sports, korfball was originally developed to be played in schools. Korfball has a number of special characteristics that make it an ideal school sport. Korfball New Zealand is committed to assisting schools, teachers and students who wish to learn about, teach or play korfball.
Korfball is the world’s only truly mixed team sport. Initially developed in the Netherlands early in the Twentieth Century for school children, it is a passing, catching and shooting game, played by hand. With the emphasis on co-operative play, korfball demands proficiency in a range of key physical and strategic skills, with its object being to assist team-mates to elude their personal opponent to shoot the ball through a basket on a 3.5 metre pole.
Korfball basics can be taught in a few minutes, but the skills and strategies required to play the game at the highest level will take years of dedication to master.
For more detail on what the game looks like, how it is played and the basic philosophy behind its rules, download this introduction
As the world's only truly mixed team sport, korfball is ideally suited to being played and taught in schools. With their restriction on only defending a player of your own sex, the rules of korfball codify a simple but effective way of including boys and girls equally within the game.
Korfball also emphasises co-operation, competition, versatility, strategic ability and physical skills. For a more in depth explanation of what makes korfball such a great game, bringing all these attributes together as an ideal teaching and learning package, download this article
Korfball NZ has developed a number of resources for schools seeking to introduce korfball to their students.
These can be used as prompts or guides for teachers, as a self-teaching resource for students or – when circumstances allow – as a blueprint on which Korfball NZ coaches can assist in the preparation and development of school korfball teams.
Teaching and training resources are available from the buttons at top of this page.
Other resources are also available from Korfball NZ.
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