Korfball drills for all skills


Starting situation

The game is played with two teams of four ladies and four gentlemen each. The field is divided into two sections of 20 by 20 metres each (adapted for pupils, 15 by 15).

Goal of the game

Which team will score the most goals? Attacking (scoring and playing together to score) is separated from defending (preventing the ball from being scored, disturbing the build-up and intercepting the ball) by the division of the field into sections.


Do not run with the ball, do not play alone, only attempt goals from free position. Change after two goals or after five minutes.


The trainer gives instructions all the time. Points of attention for coaching are

  • Targeted free running in the attack to score or to help play the ball towards the goalpost (build up and/or catch). There can already be a first division of tasks. A distribution of tasks in the box implies a distribution of positions, which can change after each action. In korfball terminology: free running in the post zone, attacking at shot distance, supporting (indicating) at the post, catching (taking rebound) under the post.
  • Free running in the attacking zone to receive the ball from the defensive zone. The problem is that all players want to get to the line (to the ball). Only continuous coaching helps here. Again, there may be a division of labour. Who will pick up the ball and who will run free in the post area?
  • Running free in the defence to transport the ball to the attacking team after an interception. Central instructions are: don't throw the ball too far and aim at a teammate.

throw to a team-mate who is free and closer to the attacking zone. Do not throw towards the basket in the defensive zone.

  • When defending, the coach coaches the defenders to prevent them from scoring goals by having them follow their opponents. At the same time he coaches them on intercepting the ball by having them follow the ball. Goal avoidance and interception should be learned in combination by the young player.
  • The trainer influences the use of good technique. In particular, he gives instructions on the correct execution of the overhead stretch on a stationary and moving player. Pay attention to the use of the right hand in combination with the standing leg in relation to the direction of play.
  • The techniques, the means by which a fun game can be created are:
  • Distance shot, walkthrough ball and penalty throw
  • Overhanded stretching throw, in free position and with a defender
  • Two-handed catch, stationary and in the run

The skill is only really mastered, when the techniques in the game situation are applied correctly and at the right time.

  • In the game, special rules can be introduced, which are aimed at technique improvement or at division of labour, such as:
  • Playing together is only allowed with one hand
  • If a team drops the ball, it goes to the other team
  • Players are assigned special tasks: supporting, catching, attacking.
  • The trainer remains the trainer, even when he takes part in the game. During the game he can also give directions

What can you see?

  • In the beginning the players play close to each other, 'clumps of basket ball'.
  • Bringing the ball up in the direction of the attacking box after an interception is often done by throwing wildly in that direction instead of aiming at a team-mate.
  • The attackers stand and wait for the ball at the line.
  • Many technique errors due to pressure from the opponent.

Starting situation

The game is played in a square of 20 by 20 metres. In every corner of the box a triangle is marked with short sides of 7 metres. The basket is in the middle of the box. There are four players in each team, the other players are substitutes.

Goal of the game

Which team will score the most points? Try to get in scoring position by playing together. Try to prevent the other team from scoring many points.

Game rules

You are not allowed to run with the ball, you are not allowed to play alone, you are not allowed to take the ball out of the hands of your opponent or team-mate. You are not allowed to shoot defensively. If a team scores from the marked triangle, the score counts double. When the ball is intercepted, it must be played to one of the four corners before it can be attacked. Any player may substitute from the changeover area. Players may be brought back into the game.


The trainer divides the group into two teams. The trainer can limit himself to giving instructions and encouragement. Depending on the size of the group, several fields can be laid out. The game can be played without much preparation. The trainer can adapt the rules of the game to the level or experience.

What can you see?

Lots of action, practising many elements of korfball in a functional way. Rewarding the score from the triangles can have consequences for the defensive tactics if there are a lot of shots from distance. The game can give rise to pre-defending and a strict 1:1 duel.


Starting situation

The game is played by two teams, four against four, on one basket, placed in the middle of the 20 by 20 meter square. Dimensions for pupils can be limited to 10 by 10.

Goal of the game

Which team will score the most goals, try to intercept the ball and then play the ball over to a specific point before attacking, try to get in scoring position through team play and try to score.

Game rules

You are not allowed to run with the ball, you are not allowed to play alone, the ball may not be taken out of the hands of the opponent or team-mate. Other rules like defensive shooting or cutting can be omitted.


The trainer divides the group into two groups of four players each. Explain the meaning of the game and give one of the parties the starting ball. Without much intervention, the trainer can play several games in a row, depending on the material and the number of players. As a trainer, keep the game going and give instructions.

What can you see?

  • The game is simple and can be played without guidance.
  • Players are constantly busy with korfball and get a lot of balls
  • The basic problem, playing together to reach a scoring position, is constantly under discussion
  • The technique of playing together, catching and throwing, are practised functionally. There is correction by the situation, in which catching and throwing are means and in which there is counterplay.

Starting situation

The game is played by 2 teams who play against each other between 2 baskets positioned about 15 metres apart. The two teams consist of four players or at least three players. Larger teams are not recommended due to the limited space available for free running.

Goal of the game

Which team scores the most goals? Try to conquer the ball to attack, try to get in scoring position by playing together and try to score.

Game rules

You are not allowed to run with the ball, you are not allowed to play alone, the ball is not allowed to be taken out of the hands of the opponent or team-mate. Other rules like defensive shooting or cutting can be omitted.


Divide the group into two parties of equal number of players. The trainer can play along with the side in possession of the ball to make sure the game runs smoothly. The participation of two trainers is stimulating for the players and gives them the opportunity to make corrections during the game.

In the course of the game, rules can be added which lead to the targeted practice of basic skills. Examples are:

  • You may only throw with one hand and goal attempts are always made with 2 hands
  • Players are assigned special tasks, players who help and players who try to score.

What can you see?

  • The novice player understands korfball immediately
  • There is a lot of opportunity to play korfball, so the basic skills like free running, attacking and defending are taught as well
  • While playing, korfball techniques are discussed
  • It can be read from the game what needs to be practised specifically in simplified game elements

Each pair a ball and a basket. No. 1 takes penalty throws; no. 2 catches and passes.

Penalty throws must be taken in a concentrated way. We do not recommend games where the goal is to take as many penalties as possible in a certain amount of time. It is better to start with not being allowed to miss a penalty throw.

  1. One of the two starts. If you miss, the other one can. Which
    pair scores the most points in 2 minutes?
  2. Who scores the most goals from 12 penalty throws ?
  3. Take turns taking a penalty throw. If you miss twice, start counting again.
    Which pair makes the highest 'series'?

2 teams; not too far apart; 1 ball per 2 teams

Throwing over the ball; ball on the ground; running around in a circle


- Right leg in front (throwing right=left leg in front; throwing left =right leg in front)

- Hold ball on hand with spread fingers

- Start holding ball as far back as possible

- Throw the ball with pointing

- Step forward while throwing

- not too hard and not too soft, but tight

- Aim at chest of fellow player


In short: nice shooting exercise with a lot of running.

Organisation: the baskets are placed in a circle. At each basket stands a server with a ball. The rest of the players stand in the middle of the circle (the middle must be clearly recognisable).

In the hall there is often a circle, on the field a pylon must be placed). The number of baskets is very precise: aim for 2 baskets per 5 players.

a ) The players in the centre circle are instructed to shoot through balls to one of the baskets, it doesn't matter which one. Since there are slightly more players in the circle than there are free baskets, it is important to find a free basket quickly. When you are not quick enough, you have to wait a bit. And when Johnny is already on his way to a basket, but is passed at the last moment by Marietje, who is running faster, Johnny has to go back to the centre circle and try again from there. Everyone catches his own ball. After the signal everyone runs through the centre circle or around the pylon to find a free basket again as soon as possible.

b ) As a., but now with the assignment: Who will score 10 goals first? Even the players who first thought: 'Never mind, he runs faster than me' will now try to be the first to get to the free basket. Make sure that the players do not 'cut off' by not going through the centre circle or around the pylon.

c ) Like b., but with the assignment: 'Who will be first to score a goal at each basket?

d ) Same as b., but with overhead walkthroughs.

e ) As b., but a 'takeover situation' follows: the runner from the centre circle, after having received the ball, plays the ball back to the declarer who started away from the post. The original declarer must try to score from this start. Who scores 5 goals first?

f ) As b., but the runner takes balls out of the way (left or right, distances not too great). The declarer also catches the shot. The runner runs to the basket and gets the ball from the receiver, who will hurry to try again from the centre, because: who has scored 5 times first?

g ) As f., but after the dodge no shot follows: the ball goes back to the receiver who started at the basket. He shoots with a quarter/half turn. The shooter runs back to the middle, the other person (of course) catches the ball. Variation: The exercise can also be done with defenders present. The defenders have a thankless task: the attacker has a choice of a large number of baskets. Which attacker will be first to score 10 walk-throughs or 5 goals from ducks?

Most korfball players find the above a nice relaxed exercise, which is very suitable to start a training session with, they can use as much energy as they need. When the time has come to really put everyone to work, the next step is to score a goal:

In short: shooting game where scoring is very important.

Organisation: two teams per basket, one team leader and one team leader at, for example, four metres in front of the basket.

The shooters are instructed to score 10 points as quickly as possible. A goal counts as two points, if no goal is scored, then one point is subtracted from the total (if you score 0 and you miss, the total remains 0 points). Once someone has 10 points, they switch tasks.


With 'lesser gods' you can make it a bit easier by rewarding a goal with, for example, 3 points, and 'top players' you can make it more difficult by awarding only 1 point for a goal. You can also increase or decrease the distances.


Inshort: practise various forms of the shot in a fun competition format.

Organisation: each group a basket and a ball, the baskets are preferably (but not absolutely necessary) arranged in a circle or rectangle. The number of people per group is less important (all groups should be about the same size).

The first assignment for the groups is: make 10 walkthrough ball goals. When you are done, the creator of the last goal goes to the trainer to get the next assignment. Which group will have completed all assignments first?

The trainer walks around the room, encouraging or correcting the players. He has a piece of paper with a list of assignments. When someone comes to get the next assignment, first ask him which assignment he just completed (after a while this can vary considerably) and then give the next one. Here's an example: 10 walk-through balls, 15 penalty shots, 5 shots from 8 meters, 10 walk-through balls from behind the basket, 5 dodgeballs next to the post, 10 shots from 6 meters. Everything is possible of course, a lot of speed will come when the number of goals to be scored is kept small.