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Tips for New Players

Attacking

  • Never shoot unless you have a team-mate in the collect position, or can take the collect yourself. Even the very best teams will probably only score around 40% of their shots. Players that 'shoot on sight', when no collect is in position, might as well just give the ball to their opponents.
  • If you are in attack and waiting for the ball to come out of defence, avoid the temptation to hover right on the halfway line - you are inviting your defender to intercept any pass that is made to you. By dropping back three to four metres from halfway, then timing your run to the line as the pass is made to you, and indicating to your passing team-mate that you are going left or right, you will cut the risk of interception to almost zero.
  • As a four, look to make space in attack by using the whole of the court. Try to ensure that you are spread out from your team mates and do not cluster around the post.
  • Many inexperienced players try to make space in attack by running around the post in a big circle. The most this will achieve is to make you tired and dizzy. Making sharp changes of speed and direction through the V move is a far more effective way to lose your defender.
  • Use your legs and body to power the shot and your arms to provide the direction, keeping the arms extended at the end of the shot. As you will need to shoot in an arc, the highest point of the shot will be slightly more than than half-way between you and the post. When doing running in shots or penalties, lift the ball to the basket and, when running in, you can slow down when you have passed your defender.

Defending
  • As a newcomer, your first instinct in defence will probably be to watch the ball. This is a mistake. You should focus almost 90% on your personal opponent - watch them and stay with them all the time. Only go for intercept if you are absolutely sure you will make it. A competent attacker will quickly take advantage of a 'ball watching' opponent to slip past for a running in shot.
  • Unless you have a very good arm and team-mates with excellent catching skills, a big 'hoof' up the court is probably going to be intercepted. Short passes out of defence to team-mates moving into space are the safest way to go.

Based on 'Six Tips for New Players' from Exeter Korfball Club.
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