PNW Beach Korfball
"an upstart group in seattle aiming to return US Korfball to the world stage - on the sand"
- CRONKITE NEWS (PBS)
"putting the relatively obscure sport of beach korfball on the map in the u.s."
- The Everett Herald
Welcome to Pacific Northwest (PNW) Beach Korfball based at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Washington, USA, traditionally the land of the Duwamish people.
WHAT IS BEACH KORFBALL?!
photo: IKF Beach Korfball
Korfball is the European cousin of Basketball with very similar rules (it means "Basketball" in Dutch!)
It was first played in the Netherlands in 1902 and has professional leagues
It is officially mixed-gendered/co-ed; each gender defends their own gender
The new, fast-growing beach variant (started in 2010 in Belgium) is 4x4 full-court
The beach korfball court is similar in size to a beach volleyball court
There is no dribbling, so lots of passing and teamwork!
The hoop is 11.5 feet high and has no backboard, thus can be shot on from all sides
The closely guarded rule prevents shots when the defense is within an arm's length, so offense must be crafty!
Similar to FIBA 3x3, games are quick (12 minutes long)
OLYMPIC COMMITTEE RECOGNITION
Indoor Korfball is an official event in the World Games (last edition: Birmingham, AL, USA July 7-17 2022), a quadrennial event for sports that are sometimes in or not yet in the Olympics.
Korfball was a demonstration event in the 1920 and 1928 Olympics. The newly formed IKF Olympic Format Taskforce is preparing a plan to have a new Korfball sub-discipline be reintroduced to the Olympics.
The inaugural Beach Korfball World Championships will take place August 19-20, 2022 in Morocco. PNW Beach Korfball will be representing the United States in the senior division.
As the sport continues to gain popularity with more international tournaments, Beach Korfball hopes to be included as its own event in future World Games (next edition: Chengdu, China 2025) and in future World Beach Games (next edition: Indonesia 2023).
COME PLAY IN THE PNW!
WEEKEND MORNINGS at GOLDEN GARDENS PARK (map)
May through September (Basketball off-season)
All equipment and instruction provided
We are a welcoming and inclusive environment of all people
We are following all local COVID protocols
2nd Annual PNW Beach Korfball Kup
September 10th, 2022 - @ Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival (Mukilteo, WA; Details TBD)
REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Tournaments and events marked with * are open events
27-30: Thailand National Championships
(Pattaya City, THAILAND)
29-31: Turkish University National Championships
(Balikesir Burhaniye, TURKEY)
10-12*: FPC Corfebol Praia
25*: Open Beach Korfball Tournament
26*: Vobako - Flanders Tour
3*: Sikopi - Flanders Tour
9*: O'Neill Beach Club Blankenberge - Flanders Tour
30*: Hoevenen - Flanders Tour
6*: KCBJ - Flanders Tour
6*: Kouterslag Melle - Flanders Tour
19-20: IKF Beach Korfball World Championships (U-19 and Sr. Divisions)
21*: NK Championships
(The Hague, NETHERLANDS)
10*: 2nd Annual PNW Beach Korfball Kup @ Mukfest
(Mukilteo, WA, USA)
Tournaments and events marked with * were open events
14: Canterbury Beach Korfball Tournament
(Canterbury, NEW ZEALAND)
20: Czech National Championships
(Prostějově, CZECH REPUBLIC)
10*: O’Neill Beachclub Blankenberge, Flanders Beach Korfball Tour
11: Portugal National Championships
25*: Kouterslag Melle, Flanders Beach Korfball Tour
(Kouterslag Melle, BELGIUM)
31*: Hoevenen, Flanders Beach Korfball Tour
06: Turkey National Championships
(Sarıgerme, Muğla, TURKEY)
07*: Betekom, Flanders Beach Korfball Tour
09: (YOUTH) Ukiel Beach Kids Korfball Cup
14*: Welsh Open Beach Korfball Tournament
28*: NK Beach Korfbal Outdoor
(The Hague, NETHERLANDS)
03-05*: Diamonds of the Sea Beach Tournament
(Kerkennah Islands, TUNISIA)
04*: PNW Beach Korfball Kup & Regional Training Camp
03: Portugal National Championships
02*: Argentina Beach Korfball Tournament
(Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA)
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