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Distrito Nacional is first National Champion in Dominican Republic

Distrito Nacional won the first national korfball championship of the Dominican Republic held from September 4-6 2015 in the nation’s Olympic center.To win the title, Distrito Nacional beat in the final Puerto Plate by 23-19 Puerto Plata; the third place went to Provincia Duarte, who won 26-18 over Hato Mayor.At the event, organized by the sports ministry, also participated teams from Peravia province and the Institute of Teacher Education Salomé Ureña (ISFODOSU).

The sports minister Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal said that he intends to continue promoting the sport in all corners of the country. “Korfball is a sport that promotes inclusion and gender equality and we will support as we have done with sports like rugby, handball, hockey and others, fulfilling our primary function in promotion and development”.

Together with the national championship, the first high school championship was held in the same venue.

IKF Level III “Youth Coach Camp” join International Week Dordrecht 2015

Some exciting events are underway this week from 16 to 22 August in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. First of all, IKF in liaison with KNKV run the IKF Level III “Youth Coach Camp”. An international group of 22 coaches perform under guidance of current coach of Dutch korfball champion PKC, Mr. Ben Crum. He is appointed as a program manager for this course. Mr. Crum lead a group of prestigious coaches invited to guide the participants in the “Youth coach camp” and learn all about coaching drills at youth level. Amongst this group of tutors, coach of Dutch national team Mr. Wim Scholtmeijer, Mr .Jan Sjouke van den Bos, head of coaches for the KNKV and Mr Detlef Elewaut, coach of Belgium national team, conduct some of the sessions.

During the week several training sessions take place at different Dordrecht clubs featuring local korfballers from 11 to 16 years coming from the clubs: DeetosSnel, Sporting Delta, Movado, Oranje Wit, KC Dordrecht together with some players from KC Barcelona. The training sessions will be useful as a practice for the 22 coaches from 15 different countries representing all five continents. They participate this week in order to obtain the IKF level III diploma for international coaches:

Coach Country M/F
1 Javi Navarro Catalonia M
2 Nigel Cooper Scotland M
3 David Konecny Czech Republic M
4 Bandor Nagy Hungary M
5 Kevin De Waele Belgium M
6 Joe Stirling England M
7 Liandri Theyse South Africa F
8 Danie Smith South AFrica M
9 Pardeep Dahiya India M
10 Alice Chinese Taipei F
11 Bird Chinese Taipei F
12 Karen Fuchs Germany F
13 Keisuke Mashiba Japan M
14 Anna Schutze Germany F
15 Daniel Rivillini Brazil M
16 Maria J. Capparelli Argentina F
17 Sebastian J. Iula Argentina M
18 Diego Rodrigo Argentina M
19 Luciana Bortoletto Brazil F
20 Rosa Cooper New Zealand F
guest Chattha Imtiaz Ahmad Pakistan M
guest Hashmi Shamsa Pakistan F

For some years, IKF and KNKV work closely together in order to involve all korfball nations pursuing to raise their level of play.

For that purpose we provide coaches with a complete program for coaching youth teams. This should be planned and executed with accuracy; furthermore the IKF Level III “Youth Coach Camp” is an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, sharing one week with coaches from all around the world in the excellent environment of one of the greatest korfball cities in the world and hosted by well-known club DeetosSnel. The clubs from Dordrecht opens its doors to an international program for coach education and provide the best facilities to perform during this week.


Dominican Republic U23 American Korfball Champion

The first IKF U23 Pan American Korfball Champion is the Dominican Republic. They beat in the final in Cali, Colombia the home team of Colombia by 18 – 14 and deserve the gold medal.

The Dominican Republic team qualifies for the IKF U23World Korfball Championship (IKF U23 WKC) in Olomouc, Czech Republic from 9 – 16 July 2016. This will be the first participation from the Dominican Republic in the IKF U23 WKC.



IKF U23 Pan American Korfball Championship in Cali

7, 8 and 9 August 2015 the IKF U23 Pan American Korfball Championship (IKF U23 PAKC) plays in Cali, Colombia. The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Colombia play to become the first IKF U23 Pan American Korfball Champion.

The winner qualifies for the IKF U23 World Korfball Championship (IKF U23 WKC) in 2016.


Development plan re-starts korfball in Dominican Republic

The office of the Vice-President and the Sports Ministry of Dominican Republic together develop a new campaign to re-start korfball in Dominican Republic. This plan tries to bring korfball into the regular education of a number of sports students in the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (ISFODOSU) located in the two main cities in the country: Santo Domingo, the capital, and Santiago de los Caballeros. Later the program launches the practice of korfball in schools in both cities through the support of the sport teachers as guides and trainers for the teams.

This plan supports the re-start of korfball in the country some years after its introduction. The program is conducted by IKF Director of Development and Education, Mr Albert Vidanya, and IKF instructor, Mr Dani Ezpeleta. The program started 16 March 2015 in Santiago de los Caballeros after some words from Mr Jaime David Fernández  Mirabal, Sports Minister, Mr Franco Ventura,  vice rector of ISFODOSU, and Mrs Anniete Cohn-Lois, responsible for Gender in the Vice-President Office.

Activities will run two weeks, and will finish with the final happening programmed for the Friday 27 March with the two groups of ISFODOSU from Santiago de los Caballeros and Santo Domingo. They play and exhibition the game of korfball in the sports center of the capital, with the presence of several schools, the authorities and responsible of the project.

20th U19 Korfball World Cup

From Friday 3 April till Sunday 5 April 2015 the 20th U19 Korfball World Cup is played in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Thirteen teams will be in competition in 2015. The participants travel to the Netherlands from 4 of the 5 IKF Continental Confederations.

The venues are sport centre Kalverdijkje and the Cammingha sports hall (close to each other). The U19 KWC is patronised by the International Korfball Federation (IKF); the KNKV is the organiser.

In 2015 New Zealand participates for the first time in this youth event.

The opening ceremony is scheduled Thursday 2 April in sport centre Kalverdijkje in Leeuwarden..

The U19 KWC started in 1996. Over the years the event is grown and is a fixed event in the international korfball calendar now.

The pools for the jubilee 20th U19 KWC are:

Pool A: Netherlands, England, Chinese Taipei, Catalonia, Romania, New Zealand and Brazil

Pool B: Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, China and RTC U19 North*.

* The regional U19 team (RTC) is playing out of competition.

The draw is based on the IKF Ranking.

Coach education for Costa Rica pioneers

In late September IKF instructor Jorge Alves was in Costa Rica where he worked with the budding korfball community to progress the skills of a group of local coaches who will lead development in the IKF’s newest member country.

Nineteen people participated at the IKF Level II “Formation Coach” course, for a total of 35 hours, with 12 of the coaches taking part in the IKF’s on-line coach development programme.

Teaching 19 new coaches is another step forward for the Costa Rica Korfball Association (“Asociación de Korfball y Deportes Asociados”). Subsequently, on 1 November, the IKF Council approved Costa Rica’s membership application, subject to final ratification by the IKF General Meeting scheduled for November 2015 in Belgium, which should officially make Costa Rica the 63rd IKF member.

Costa Rica’s newly qualified coaches have already started to introduce korfball into primary and secondary schools, with the aim of setting up a competition in the cities of Cartago and San José.

IKF Ranking 2014

Following the IKF Continental Championships in 2014 in Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Europe and the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship the IKF has prepared a new revised overall ranking.
The IKF publishes the revised ranking in general once a year.

Ranking end 2014 Ranking end 2013 Country Code Points
1 1 Netherlands NED      188.000
2 2 Belgium BEL      182.125
3 3 Chinese Taipei TPE      174.750
4 5 Portugal POR      159.875
5 4 England ENG      158.500
6 8 Czech Republic CZE      136.500
7 6 Catalonia CAT      133.000
8 9 Australia AUS      130.750
9 7 Germany GER      126.625
10 10 China CHN      117.000
11 11= Russia RUS      112.125
12 11= Hong Kong China HKG      112.000
13 15 Poland POL      111.250
14 16 Hungary HUN      108.250
15 14 South Africa RSA      101.000
16 18 New Zealand NZL        91.000
17 13 India IND        73.250
18 23 Scotland SCO        72.500
19 20 Turkey TUR        70.000
20 21 Ireland IRE        69.500
21 19 Slovakia SVK        68.750
22 22 Serbia SRB        66.000
23 17 Wales WAL        63.250
24 26 Zimbabwe ZIM        52.000
25 35 Malaysia MAS        48.000
26 27 France FRA        46.750
27 25 Sweden SWE        45.000
28 31 Korea KOR        42.250
29 24 Romania ROU        39.000
30 30 Greece GRE        35.250
31 34 Macau China MAC        34.750
32 33 Japan JPN        33.000
33 38 Indonesia INA        22.750
34= 28 Luxembourg LUX        21.250
34= 29 Armenia ARM        21.250
36 43= Brazil BRA        19.000
37 42 Zambia ZAM        17.000
38 Colombia * COL        14.000
39 32 Italy ITA        12.000
40 37 United States USA        10.000
41= 43= Malawi MAL          8.000
41= Mexico * MEX          8.000
42 36 Pakistan PAK          6.000
43 39 Bulgaria BUL          4.000
44= 40 Cyprus CYP          3.000
44= 41 Nepal NEP          3.000
46= 43= Argentina ARG          1.000
46= 43= Aruba ARU          1.000
46= 43= Belarus BLR          1.000
46= 43= Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH          1.000
46= 43= Botswana BOT          1.000
46= 43= Canada CAN          1.000
46= 43= Croatia CRO          1.000
46= 43= Curacao CUR*          1.000
46= 43= Denmark DEN          1.000
46= 43= Dominican Republic DOM          1.000
46= 43= Finland FIN          1.000
46= 43= Georgia GEO          1.000
46= 43= Mongolia MGL          1.000
46= 43= Singapore SIN          1.000
46= 43= Surinam SUR          1.000
* = prov. Member

Costa Rica 63rd IKF member

The Costa Rica Korfball Association is the 63rd member of the International Korfball Federation. The Council of the IKF approved Saturday 1 November 2014 the membership application of Costa Rica, following positive advice from IKF Americas and subject to final ratification by the IKF General Meeting in November 2015 in Belgium.

Korfball promo trip in South America

The korfball promo trip in South America is a huge success. The cooperation between IKF and KNKV contributes to the goals of spreading korfball over the world. Both in Brazil and Argentina the group of trainers and players received a lot of attention and was part in many succesful training sessions. Many students had their first experiences with korfball.

You can watch headlines in the trip. Have a look and watch the three videos produced during the trip; see under ‘Videos’ in the IKF website or the ikfchannel on YouTube.