The US Korfball Federation (USKF) is the governing body for korfball in the United States and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our mission is to advance the sport of korfball in the United States by providing comprehensive support and resources to both new and existing clubs and/or entities. Our mission is to foster the growth and development of korfball at all levels and abilities, creating a thriving community of enthusiasts across the nation.

What is Korfball?

Korfball is a unique, co-ed sport that combines elements of basketball, netball, and handball. Traditionally played by teams of four men and four women (teams of two men and two women in beach korfball), korfball emphasizes cooperation and gender equality. The sport is played on a rectangular court with a goal (korf) at each end. The objective is to score by throwing a ball through the opposing team’s korf.

Why Korfball?

  • Mixed Gender Teams: Korfball is one of the few sports that mandate co-ed teams, promoting gender equality and cooperation.
  • Teamwork and Communication: In korfball, soloplay is impossible. Success requires strong communication and effective teamwork between all players, regardless of gender. This dynamic fosters an environment where each team member’s contributions are vital, encouraging mutual respect and collaboration.
  • Social-Emotional Development: The necessity for teamwork and constant communication in korfball promotes social-emotional development. Players learn essential life skills such as empathy, cooperation, conflict resolution, and resilience, which are valuable both on and off the court.
  • No-Contact Sport: Korfball is a no-contact sport, meaning that players are not allowed to take the ball from each other directly. Female players defend female players and male players defend male players, making it a relatively safe sport compared to many other, ensuring a fair and respectful playing environment.
  • Health and Fitness: Korfball offers a full-body workout, improving cardiovascular health, coordination, and physical fitness.
  • Community: Playing korfball fosters a sense of community and belonging, bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The Impact of the US Korfball Federation

Since its inception, the USKF has:

  • Organized national and regional tournaments, bringing together teams from across the country.
  • Developed youth programs to introduce korfball in schools and communities.
  • Conducted coaching clinics and referee training to ensure high standards of play and officiating.
  • Represented the United States in international competitions, enhancing the country’s profile in the global korfball community.

Our Vision

Korfball is more than just a sport; it’s a movement towards inclusivity, teamwork, and community.
Our vision is to make korfball a widely recognized and practiced sport across the United States. We aim to establish new korfball clubs, integrate korfball into school curricula, and achieve competitive success on the international stage. We envision a future where children of all ages and abilities grow up playing korfball, fostering teamwork, communication, and true equality. Our goal is for the United States to become one of the leading nations in international, competitive korfball.

Why We Need Your Support

To achieve our vision, we rely on the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations who believe in the values and benefits of korfball. Your support will help us:

  • Expand our youth programs and introduce korfball to more schools.
  • Provide resources and training for coaches and referees.
  • Organize more tournaments and events to raise the profile of the sport.
  • Develop facilities and provide equipment for new and existing clubs.
  • Support our national teams in international competitions.

How You Can Help

  • Donate: Your financial contributions are crucial for the growth and development of korfball in the US.
  • Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to help organize events, coach teams, or assist in administrative tasks.
  • Partner: Businesses and organizations can partner with us through sponsorships, grants, or collaborative programs.
  • Join: Become a member of the USKF and participate in our events, programs, and competitions.

The US Korfball Federation (USKF) is the governing body for korfball in the United States and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. By supporting the US Korfball Federation, you are contributing to a healthier, more connected society. Join us in our mission to make korfball a prominent and cherished sport in the United States.

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