In the summer korfball
outside as clubs across the region, and further afield, host
Most tournaments start at 10am, so an early
departure from Exeter on Saturday morning is on the cards to allow for
traveling time. Tournaments vary in size from half a dozen teams to 25
or more. The number of teams taking part will influence how
long each game lasts but typically they are 20-30 mins
long - much shorter than a league match of 60 mins. How
many games we play will also depend on the number of teams and the
format of the competition. About 6 - 8 games seems average. If
you're keen you will normally have no difficulty playing extra games
for teams who are low on numbers, or as part of a 'scratch'
side to replace a team which hasn't been able to show
up, for whatever reason. There will also be a fair bit of time sitting
off in between games. This may be spent nattering, eating Haribo sweets
or watching the other teams, as personal preference dictates.
Volunteers may also be required to referee.
At the end of the day there is almost
always a BBQ followed by a disco/assorted revelry. A charge in the
region of £5-10 may be made for attending the BBQ/social. Many
people wisely chose to camp overnight if they're planning on
having more than the odd drink.
Playing outside is a little different to
playing in a sports hall. The grass surface means that studded
boots are a very good idea! If the grass is wet, then
running-in shots can be difficult even with studs. Long shots
will also be hard if there's any significant wind. As a result, games
played outside are generally lower scoring than those inside. This
means every goal counts during the game. However
the pitches tend to be larger outside (the proper size for a
korfball pitch is 40m x 20m which is rarely achievable in a UK sports
hall) so there is more space to escape your defender, if you can use it.
should I bring?
Studded boots (astro-turf
football boots are fine)
snacks (better to have too much than not enough)
Drink (at least a litre)
Money for social or snacks
during the day
- Towel and shower stuff
- Clean clothes for social /
- Book / iPod / camera
- Camping kit + torch if
- Petrol money for whoever gave you a
- Rug / camp chair
- Energy replacement tablets (Haribo
sweets or Jelly babies seem to work particularly well. High level
research is continuing into yogurt covered raisins...)
If you pay your club fees by direct debit
you are entitled to free entry in the
tournaments listed at the top of the page
. If you are on pay-as-you-go, please see the club treasurer; the cost
is likely to be about £4 per event.
No one seems to understand tournament
formats, including the people organising them. Often however there will
be a series of group matches played in the morning with the results of
that initial stage informing the fixtures in a second group stage or a
knock out stage, or both, in the afternoon. This means that the
afternoon games are generally more competitive
and evenly matched, as inexperienced teams are less likely to
meet experienced ones. The semi-finals and final are usually
played as knock outs.
Well why not? Tournaments
are a great way to feel part of the sport, meet other korfers
and play as many games as your legs will take in the fresh air.
Plus there's beer afterwards!