Korfball for Kids
Korfball was originally developed for school children in Amsterdam in 1902. Although it is now played by all ages, it remains an ideal sport for children to play.
As a mixed team sport, korfball is particularly well suited to families. Because the defending rule promotes equality and teamwork, young players of varying ability, experience and age can enjoy a game of korfball together while learning the importance of co-operation within the structure of the game
Korfball’s rules are very simple, and can be picked up quickly by anyone especially children.
Compared to adult korfball, the main modification for younger children is to lower the ‘korf’ (basket) to enable them to shoot at a height to match their strength. Depending on the number, age and skill level of the children playing, some flexibility around defending and stepping rules can also be allowed.
Regular korfball sessions for young children need to provide variety and action.
The emphasis is on just enough structure to keep the children focused, introduction of new skills and techniques to give them a challenge, activity to keep them engaged, a little bit of competition and mostly the fun of participation.
Some of the skills of korfball are specific to the game. However, movement, agility, passing, catching and shooting skills learnt in korfball can be transferred to many other sports particularly when children have developed these skills at an early age.
Like older players, children enjoy putting the skills they have learnt into practice. Korfball sessions for young children invariably end with a game.
For more information contact your local club.
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