Are you familiar with the Korfball sport? [An Easy Guide for the Beginners]

Are you interested in knowing about the Korfball game?

It’s a sport which is native to the Netherlands, and we can say that the game is a bit similar to that of the basketball. It involves a huge ball, and a basket to let the ball through it.

Now, if you have recently shifted to the Netherlands, and feeling missing out – then you can use the Korfball for connecting with people and simply making new friends. It’s a great way to get started in a city!

Korfball Sport – Things that you must know about the Game

For this, you need to understand about the game history, how it is played and other facts that a Korfball player must know in general.

Korfball is a bit similar to the netball and the basketball, but not completely as both got changes in the way the games are played. Coming to the Korfball, it is played between a two team, each with 8 members in it. Each team will have 4 males and 4 females in total. The main aim is to throw the ball into the bottomless basket which is set at a height of 3.5 meters.

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The transformation from Ring to Korf

Korfball game though complete grown by the Dutch enthusiasts, it was first discovered by Nico Broekhuysen in the year 1901. Nico was traveling to Sweden for taking part in a gymnastics workshop when he came across a local sport called ringboll. It was played with the mixed-gender team who were separated through different zones.

No was allowed to leave the respective zones and had to target the ball through the ring which was mounted at the end of each zone. Nico got inspired by this game and made some modifications like the ring was replaced with a base-less white basket.

Then, in the year 1904, the Dutch Korfball Association was established and all the official rules were set for the game. How can one play a game which does not have rules?

This is how the Korfball game is played! It was not that hard to understand, isn’t it?

Well, the game, unfortunately, has been through a lot of controversies too. Korfball is a men-women involving-game, and every player is treated the same in this. But there have been reports about the sexism involved in the match, and the undertakings. One such example is assigning a certain game position to only men, and women not getting the apt opportunity for the same.

Every good thing has its own pros and cons. We don’t have to look at the negatives, just shared so that you have the awareness about it. Play the game with all your heart and mind.

David Epstein Ted Talk: Are the athletes getting faster, better, stronger?

So many things are changing with time, changes that are inevitable.

The case still remains pretty similar with the Sports field, and in one of the Ted Talks – David Epstein explains and asks the people whether the real and other famous athletes are stronger and better than the previous players?

He has explained this in a very detailed way making it a must-watch for all.

David Epstein on: Are the athletes getting faster, better, stronger?

David Epstein is currently serving as the investigative journalist at the ProPublica. He is also the author of the New York’s Best Seller – The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. He was the former senior writer at the Sports Illustrated.

Talking about his TED talk video, he charts all the records from different sports activities and compares them with the current records. He says, indeed new records have been set in the athletic field but are those equal comparing with the previous records considering the technology, and factors that were used back in the 70s and 80s?

The Olympic motto says Faster, Higher and Stronger. But David asks the audience if these are rightly justified for the current scenario.

He started off the talk taking Jesse Owens example. Jesse Owens won the 1936 Olympics 100m Sprint with a time record of 10.2 seconds. In the year, 2013 the record was broken by Usain Bolt with a new record of 9.77 seconds. Definitely, you will say that Jesse Owens would have lost the match if he competed with Usain, but are the technological and other conditions taken into consideration?

For example, Jesse Owens ran on a soft surface of wood rash that would actually lose out more energy than the engineered carpet which was used by Usain Bolt. While Usain ran using the starting blocks, Jesse had to dig small holes using a trowel on the surface. Can you make out the differences now?

So, this proves that Jesse has got more stamina in him and he would have won the match if he had to compete with Usain Bolt. If all the advancements were taken care of, then undoubtedly Jesse would have won against Usain, instead of being 14 feet slower.

Along with the gaming upgrades, even the body type has changed a lot. In the earlier days, average body type was considered the best for all sports. But things are different now, and each sport demands a specific physique. Not all the game players have the same body, and you might have seen them already.

It’s a delight to watch the points David shares in this TED Talk, and the video has already crossed 2 million views!

You can check out the video here-