Playing Rules

If you've ever played basketball before, you will be able to pick up Beach Korfball quickly! Below is the list of primary/major rules that differ from basketball. For the official IKF Beach Korfball rules, see here.


Court and Equipment

  • The game is played on a 20mx10m sand court (about the size of a beach volleyball court)

  • The hoops are 11.5 feet high with no backboard

  • The hoops are 4m from the baseline, so you can shoot from all sides of the hoop

  • All shots are worth 1 point, except for shots taken beyond half court (6m from the hoop) and from the baseline corners are worth 2

  • Penalty shots are taken from the penalty line 3m from the hoop


Game Structure

  • 4x4 mixed gender (two males and two females on a team); you can only defend your own gender

  • Substitutions on the fly (substituting player must be completely out)

  • Two 6-minute halves


Game Play

  • No dribbling; you still get a pivot foot and ~1.5 steps

  • Minimal contact sport! No screens. No direct handoffs.

  • No hitting the ball out of hands. No double teams.

  • Closely guarded rule: the offensive player cannot shoot if the defender is a) within one arm's length, b) is between the offensive player and the hoop, c) is actively trying to block the shot. This is the trickiest rule! We call it lightly in the US :)

  • Loose balls go to the person who first puts their hand on the ball