Korfball drills for defense


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. A list of examples: 10 walk-through balls, 15 penalty shots, 5 shots from 8 meters, 10 walk-through balls from behind the basket, 5 dodges next to the post on the right, 10 penalty shots, 10 shots from 3 meters behind the basket, 5 dodges next to the pair on the left, 10 shots from 6 meters. Everything is possible of course, a lot of momentum comes when the number of goals to be scored is kept small.

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.


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.

Setup: O v * * = pilon O = basket

* v O

Distance between the pile and the basket is +/- 10 meter.

At every pole stands 1 forward with ball

At +/- 4 meter from the pool stands 1 defender.

The player tries to make a through ball. By changing speed, she tries to pass the defender first. Defender follows, but lets her pass. From pole 1 the attacker moves on to pole 2 and makes a new attempt at pole 2.


- 2 attackers at the same time

- When scoring twice, switch to pass.

- Defender goes for preventing shot. Attackers can choose for walk through ball, dodge and/or distance with step behind.

- adjust time

- Multiple posts/pillars/players.


  • How should I run to get the ball from defense to offense?
  • How to set up an attack?
  • Coaching each other.


  • Throwing deep balls.
  • Throwing bigger distance.
  • Dealing with opponents who are taller.

We are going to explain again what exactly the rules and progression of 8x8 is!
- 2x 12,5 minutes and then switch from offense to defense or from defense to offense.
- Stay in your section and do not run to the attack or defence.

Make two sections and let the leader Kyra do her job. Just like a match. And then explain some extra things about being a captain.
- Go to the referee after the match to thank him for blowing the whistle.
- After the whistle, walk to the halfway line and shake hands with the other captain, the coach of the other team and the referee and wish them a good game.
- Choose the side to attack.
- How to warm up and shoot.
- Steering the team to set everything up.

And finally we will play a game!


  • You make a box,
    • in which stands an attacker,
    • The attacker must keep moving in the box while a defender runs alongside.
    • 1 person always plays the ball.
    • The defender looks at the ball and tries to catch it.
    • Every time the attacker catches the ball, someone else comes into the box.
    • When the defender catches the ball, he throws it back and you try again.

2 men and 2 women per pole.
Under the post, one is the defending side and one is the attacking side.

  • The offensive side takes the catching position, the defensive side tries to rebound.
  • The two people in front take turns shooting.
  • The rebounders change positions every shot.
  • Whoever gets 3 rebounds first gets a point.
  • Then switch roles (shooters<>rebounders).

Who gets 5 points first?


  • 1 forward under the post,
  • 1 attacker and
  • 1 defender in front of the post.
    • Attacker starts 5-6 m from the post,
    • attacker gets 3 goal attempts to score a goal.
    • If he fails to do so, he stays put and gets another defender.
    • This is rotated until the attacker scores.


Korte Vondelstraat 7
1813 AC Alkmaar
+31 72 7370224
Yoursportplanner has been developed by Crecca.
Crecca V.O.F.
KvK: 34137432
BTW: NL820715438B01
Follow Us
2015 - © Yoursportplanner