Beach Korf is back for 2023, and looking to be bigger than ever! This social competition is open to players and teams at all skill levels, and team nominations are now open. After a successful trial last year this year, the season will kick off with a free once-off come ‘n’ try session, perfect for introducing new players to the sport or format, brushing up on the rules as a ref or as a player, or just blowing the cobwebs off before the season kicks off.
Once again, all matches will be on the Glenelg Foreshore (south of the jetty) on Friday nights, with plenty of food and drink options available at Glenelg for those interested after matches have finished. This year’s season kicks off with the come ‘n’ try session on the 20th of January, with the first round of matches on the 27th of January and the last round of matches on the 3rd of March. Depending on the number of teams involved, teams will be playing at least two short games a night, and hopefully three. Nominations must be in by January 23rd, and can be submitted using the form below. The whole competition is just $60 per team, with no weekly match fee. This works out to just $10 a week per team! Payment details will be sent to the nominated team contact once a team is registered.
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). Depending on the number of teams, the competition may be split into divisions or pools at the discretion of the organiser. In order to keep costs down, each team will also be rostered on to referee and score some games. Referee’s 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.
Matches will be played under the official IKF Beach Korfball rules, as has been the case for the last few years. For anyone who has played in recent Beach competitions, you’re up to speed. If you haven’t played before, no sweat, Beach Korfball is designed to be easy to pick up, and is perfect for new players. Either come along to the come ‘n’ try session, or read on!
Beach Korfball is played in a single division, with two korfs 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 new 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. 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 the Beach Korf page.