It gives Korfball Australia great pleasure to announce the launch of the inaugural Beach Korfball National Championships, to be held on Saturday, March 11 on the picturesque Glenelg Foreshore. All matches will be held on a single day, with plenty of food and drink options available within a short walk at Glenelg, in keeping with the festival atmosphere Beach Korfball was designed to promote. Holding a National Championships in a second format has been a long-time goal for Korfball Australia, and is a great sign for the growth of the sport in this country.
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. In a first for Australian Korfball, the winning team in Division 1 will earn the first right to represent Australia at any international Beach Korfball events for the remainder of 2023 (and early 2024)! 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 3rd, and can be submitted using the form below. The whole competition is just $40 per team, which works out to a maximum of $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.
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.
Once all nominations are finalised, team contacts will be notified, and the timetable will be released on all appropriate channels.