Beach Korf is back for 2024, and looking to be bigger than ever, as beach korfball continues to grow in popularity and prestige around the korfballing world. This social competition is open to players and teams at all skill levels, and team nominations are now open. This competition is perfect for introducing new players to the sport or format, brushing up on the rules as a ref or as a player, or keeping your skills sharp during the traditional off-season.

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 on the 12th of January, with the last matches being on the 1st of March. With no matches on the January 26th public holiday, this means 7 weeks of action. Depending on the number of teams involved, teams will be playing at least two matches a night, and hopefully three. Nominations must be in by January 5th, and can be submitted using the form below. The whole competition is just $50 per team registration, with a $10 (per team) weekly match fee. 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.

A nomination form 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.

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.