It gives Korfball Australia great pleasure to announce the first event of our exciting 2024 calendar, the Beach Korfball National Championships, to be held on Saturday, March 9 on the picturesque Glenelg Foreshore. Following on the success of last year’s inaugural Championships, we’re aiming for an even bigger and better tournament in 2024, especially as Beach Korfball builds up to it’s 2025 World Games debut!
Once again, all matches for the tournament will be held on a single day, with plenty of food and drink options available within a short walk in Glenelg. The event is planned to be held across two divisions (team numbers pending), with teams able to enter into either division as they deem appropriate. There are no restrictions as to who may be in each team, outside of requiring at least two males and two females per team (more on that below). This means that teams do not have to be made up of players from the same club or even State, giving the perfect opportunity to put together your dream-team for this one-day tournament.
In order to keep costs down, each team will also be rostered on to referee and score some games. Referees do not have to be qualified, and support can be provided if required. Additionally, all teams playing are requested to assist with set-up and pack-down. Nominations must be in by Friday March 1st, and can be submitted using the form linked below. The whole competition is just $50 per team, which (likely) works out to be less than $10 per player! Payment details will be sent to the nominated team contact once a team is registered.
Matches will be played under the official IKF Beach Korfball rules, outlined below. If you haven’t played Beach Korfball before, that’s no obstacle to competing in this event, as Beach Korfball is designed to be easy to pick up, and is perfect for new players.
Nominations for the upcoming International Beach Korfball events are still open as well, for both players and coaches, with more information and nomination forms available here.
2024 National Beach Korfball Championships Nomination Form
Beach Korfball is played in a single division, with two korfs (baskets) in the division. There’s also two-point zones, with any shots made from the defensive half of the court, or in the offensive corners, worth two points instead of the traditional one. A diagram of the court layout is below. Matches are played over two halves of 6 minutes each. Each team defends one korf, and attacks the other. Teams must be comprised of at least two males and two females, with all four players on the court at once. However, there is nothing to stop teams having more than four players if they want substitutes. Substitutes may come on the field at any time, so long as a teammate of the same gender leaves at the same time, with a “high 5” to signify the substitution. Aside from that, just about everything else is as it is in the K4 or K8 variants of the game, such as no defending players of a different gender, and no shooting while being closely defended. The complete rules can be found here.