Korfball drills for all skills

  • A circuit is set up of hoops, cones, benches and baskets.
  • Two teams are made, number 1 of each team starts.
  • You go under the hoop, backwards defending between the cones, 10x push-ups on the bench and finally the ball has to be scored via a walkthrough.
  • Per group you have to score 15 balls!

To teach and improve the technique of defending 1 against 1.

Points of attention
Although the technique is always applied as a whole, the attention of the trainer can be focused on a part of the technique. Which part depends on the phase of development of the player, but also on the development of the opponents!

First the four parts will be mentioned, each part will be worked out separately.

The parts are
: a. posture b
. 'moving'
c. foot position d
. arm usage.

a. stance
From an upright position, with the feet spread (foot position will be discussed in 'c'), the player bends his knees slightly. There is also a slight bend in the hips. The upper body tilts slightly forward as a result. The centre of gravity of the body is situated 'between' the feet. In this way, the defender can best keep his balance. The distance between the attacker and the defender is just a little more than 'arm's length

For the trainer, the points of attention are: centre of gravity remains 'between the feet', upper body slightly flexed.

Common mistakes are
:• Upper body too stiffly upright•
Upper body too much bent forward, so that the centre of gravity is too much on the front foot. As a result the defender has difficulty getting going again quickly and has problems with changes of direction, because the upper body has to make the 'whole' turn.

The starting point is working in the complete execution. Defending 1-1 can only be practised with an opponent. And always make sure there is a basket nearby. It is important for the defender to be able to keep this point of orientation (even if he cannot see it!).

So: a basket with a person passing on. Outside the basket, an attacker and a defender are running.

The attacker is instructed to move 'slowly', in such a way that the defender can follow 'sliding'. The posture exercises can be combined with those of 'moving'. The attacker is regularly called upon to shoot. When the attacker has the ball, the defender moves closer so that a possible shot can be defended. When shooting, the defender extends his body and arm. The attacker can shoot, and the defender will allow the shot.

Try to train in match situations as quickly as possible. Coach the players on their posture.

1. In teams of five, two main attackers with defenders and a supporting player. The defenders will have to adjust their stance to the attacker's position. When there is a threat of a shot, defend closer to the attacker and stand up straight; when there is a threat of a break-through, bend the knees more and take up some distance.
2. Party formation, this can be 3-3 or 4-4.

Follow-up exercises are mainly about increasing the pressure from the attacker by working at a higher tempo, with more changes of direction from the attacker.

Tip for the coach:
1. This facet of 1-1 defending is often dealt with by the C-youth. Especially in combination with running up to an opponent on an evasive ball.
2. It is almost impossible to separate the exercises from the second aspect of defending, especially when the tempo is low, i.e. sliding.
3. Defending 1-1 is an 'isolation' from the whole of 'preventing' and should always be seen in relation to the whole of attacking and defending in practice!
4. When training 1-1 defending to players, the starting point is to offer the whole of the technique. In practice it will then appear that a player has not or not sufficiently mastered a particular element. Then offer suitable training material. So don't start too soon with the elements, but see which element has to be improved. Each player may have to be trained differently.
5. Always give instructions one at a time, then the children can concentrate on the correction (with older children more instructions can be given at the same time, but never more than 2 or 3). Instructions should always be repeated, within the training, a week later, etc., until they are good.

Laws of the Game:
Basic rule is: A defender may not obstruct the attacker in the free use of his body; obstructing intentionally or accidentally does not matter, both result in a foul!

1. A defender may not defend with spread arms or legs. A defender is not allowed to defend with spread arms or legs, forcing the attacker to make a detour or literally holding him back. The attacker is prevented from creating goal-scoring opportunities.
2. A defender must not suddenly move into the attacker's trajectory, so that a collision becomes inevitable.


Each basket has to collect as many blocks as possible as quickly as possible. When the blocks in the middle are finished, you may steal from each other.

2 teams, 2 poles next to each other at a large distance from the groups.

First one leaves and throws a penalty throw. When it's in, put the ball down and run back. If you miss, keep throwing until you score.

first throw in = next throw in, otherwise it falls out

1) Ladder

2) Jumping in and out of the hoop

3) Sprint between 2 cones

4) Force ball over head and back down

5) Penalty throw

6) Jump between 2 cones with jump ball

7) Shots

8) Rotate ball around body

9) 4 cones, pull-up pass, sprint, pull-up pass and run backwards


Per 2 teams both score a goal. When both score, move to the left to the next basket, regardless if the team next to you has already finished. Who is first back to his own basket and scores again.

2 for 2

  • Game over 2 baskets. Play on until first 2 team has 3 goals.
  • All other pairs stop immediately.
  • In case of a tie, the first team to score a tie wins.
  • At 0-0 stop.
  • Winners to the left losers to the right.

1. 5 chances to score from close range, then across the field around the pilot and back. Again 5 chances to score from close range and back and forth around the pilot. Then blow the whistle to signal the substitution (time saving exercise).

2. Take balls from 8m onwards.

3. Take penalty throws (2,5m)

4. Shooting calmly from behind the basket (4m) from pilot to pilot (3m)

5. Shooting on the move at 6m from pilot to pilot (5m)

6. District shot 8m (left and right alternate) always start at the pilot (2m)

7. Turn around the basket for a short chance and start at the pilot (4m).

8. Quick goals