General News

There are three teams within Horfield Korfball Club, following a successful 2016/17 season there are now two in the top league in the south west and our 3rd team only a division below. 

Horfield 1 - South West Korfball Association  - Division 1

Horfield 1 are currently playing in the SWKA 1st division. The team came 4th in the 2016/2017 season, and are looking to improve on that for the 2017/2018 season with an aim to win the league and fight to get up to the Regional League. 


Regional Team

   

Horfield 2 - South West Korfball Association  - Division 1

Horfield 2 had a great season in 2016/2017 where they won Division 2 league to be promoted into Division 1 for this 2017/2018 season. Their aim is to keep developing and achieve a top half position in this division for the season. 

  

 

Horfield 3 - South West Korfball Association - Division 2

Horfield 3 are the clubs newest team and they have played in South West Korfball League, Division 2 for two seasons now. Last year in the 2016/2017 season they improved dramatically and were challenging for the top spot. Their final position was 3rd in the league which was a great achievement. This year they are looking to build on this work, and try to top this division

Want to be a Ref?

Horfield are lucky enough to have a good number of referees of various abilities, National League to beginner levels so there is plenty of support and advice available.  If being the person out there with the whistle is something that you think appeals to you then have a look at how you can go about starting out in the road to being a ref. 

The Road to Ref'ing

Things you'll need:

Whistle
A bit of puff
Determination
A bit of knowledge of the rules

We'll help you get the skills improved on and become a better ref.  You just need to stick at it and the more you practice the easier it becomes!

 

Below is some further information about the requirements at the different levels of refereeing within the sport of Korfball.

Starting out - The best place to start is amongst friends and club mates this is a safe environment as no one gets upset if you make a mistake.  Everyone knows that you are starting out as a referee and therefore they expect mistakes and the odd howler.  Talk to one of the experienced referees in the club and they will guide you through the basics.  Things to think about:
Do you know: 
    • Was that shot defended?
    • The difference between a penalty for blocking a shot and a defended shot?
    • What to do for a restart, a free pass and a penalty?
    • What to do when the ball goes out?
 That is about it to get going.  Now you need to practice during games on training evenings.  Also summer tournaments are a good opportunity. 
Things which make a big difference: 
    • Loud whistle blast - is sounds like confidence (even if you are not sure)! Whistle to stop the game every time and whistle to start the game every time - simplez.
    • Big voice, a good call for what you saw (don't start with I think...)
    • If you are panicking about signals then say what you are giving. 
Further reading: 
    • Have a look through the rules introduction slides.  These are a better read than the 'actual' rules. If you have these sorted and you can apply them the vast majority of the time then you have got this sorted. 
What makes you ready for the next level?
    • Typically this is up to you asking if you are ready.  If you can get through the rules introduction slides and you can get them correct about 75% of the time in a game. 
    • The Club referees and Development Officer being happy with you. Normally the referees and / or Development Officer will contact the League Referee Coordinator to allocate you some suitable games. 
League Referee - So you have the support of the club referees and you have been allocated a League match. Well done!!!  You will have been allocated a match which is between friendly sides and will be a bit one sided.  This way the odd mistake will not affect the outcome so the pressure is off. You should have an experienced referee with you. 
Do you know: 
    • What makes a good first impression? Have a set of cards and whistle.  Turn up as if you are going to play, it sounds obvious but you are going to have to run around a lot and give 100% as the players are giving a 100%. Have a top which looks the part, any sports top which is different colours to the teams playing. No need to buy one, a running top or other sports shirt is ok, even a Horfield top. A good first impression buys you time to settle on the pitch. 
    • How to start a match?  Loud and confident call to get the Captains together 5 mins before.  What time does the match start? How long is half time etc 
    • Do you really know the rules? Go back over the rules introduction slides. 
Things which make a big difference: 
    • Loud whistle blast - is sounds like confidence (even if you are not sure)! Whistle to stop the game every time and whistle to start the game every time - simplez.
    • Big voice, a good call for what you saw (don't start with I think...)
    • If you are panicking about signals then say what you are giving and say who has the ball:
      • for example: "Out of hands - restart - Gloucester ball"
      • for example: "Contact on the shot - penalty - green ball" no need to a speech. 
    • Does that sound familiar? Yes, it is the basics of refereeing. 
    • Get close to the play and get in good positions. The closer you are the more you will see, the better decisions you will make. 
    • If you are happy refereeing then investing in a referee's top is a good idea.  You are getting match fees at this point so it pays for itself. 
Further reading: 
    • Read and learn the actual International Korfball Federation rules.  You should be thinking about taking the EKA Rules Course.
    • Also read the International Korfball Federation guide to Hand Signals (sometimes attached to the IKF Rules).
What makes you ready for the next level?
  • You will need to sit (and pass) the EKA Rules Course and exam. Contact your Club Development Officer to find out when the Area is running a Rules Course. This gives you the 'Theory Qualification'
  • You will also need a practical assessment.  The Referee Coordinator should be able to arrange this.  These assessments are carried out by the more experience referees in the Area - typically those who are Regional qualified and have a lot of experience. This gives you the 'Practical Qualification' 
  • A Theory Qualification + Practical Qualification = 'Q' Level. 
  • This will mean you will get allocated higher level games with SWKL and you are well on your way.  All you need now is practice, more practice and you still need coaching and support of more experience referees to improve. 
  • More practice, more practice and yet more practice on those challenging games.
Regional Level - It will become obvious to the experienced referees and Referee Coordinator that you are ready for Regional games. If you want to make that step then ask and push the experienced referees to get you to that level. This is where it gets serious.  You will have refereed players who you have played against for a few / many seasons and had a laugh with in summer tournaments but now this is where you will be exposed to cultures and standards of other Areas, yes they are very different to the South West. 
Do you know: 
  • The rules 
  • Yes all the rules.  
  • The more bizarre rules and how they apply to various scenarios
  • When you give a red and yellow card and how to record it?  You are much more likely to give cards in this league. 
Things which make a big difference: 
    • Know the rules, yes, I mean know the rules and I really mean know the rules
    • Loud whistle blast - is sounds like confidence (even if you are not sure)! 
    • Big voice, a good call for what you saw (don't start with I think...):
      • for example: "Out of hands - restart - Gloucester ball"
      • for example: "Contact on the shot - penalty - green ball". 
    • Good clear hand signals. You need to convince the players in the other half and those on the bench that you know what you are doing. 
    • Get in good positions and close to the play. The game is a lot quicker and you really will have to move. The closer you are the more you will see, the better decisions you will make.  If you are close and players see that you are close they are less likely to try and bluff you. At this level positioning is what lets you down more than your knowledge of the rules. 
    • Does that sound familiar? Yes, I am repeating myself. 
Further reading: 
    • Read and learn the actual International Korfball Federation rules.  
    • It is good practice to watch a few games on Youtube and I would watch some of the EKA Playoffs and see what the referees are doing, where they are running and their positioning. 
What makes you ready for the next level?
  • You will probably be given a practice assessment by Regional qualified referees before a formal EKA assessment.  You will need to referee teams which are not based in the South West so the assessment usually takes place at the Senior Inter Areas or you will have to go to where the National League referees are and this is typically London Area. 
  • The EKA normally allows Regional qualified referees to buy an EKA Referee shirt.  This is a 'quality mark' when you turn up in another Area and players recognise the shirt they know that the EKA have assessed you.
  • More practice, more practice and yet more practice. 
Promotion League and National League - This is short and sweet.  You need to get everything right 99% of the time. You need to be seen by the EKA's Referees Sub- Committee (made up of experienced international level referees) several times this is usually by refereeing in London or BUSA or Senior Inter Areas.  You will need to have a thick skin to deal with the higher level rubbish that will come your way (sadly) on the pitch. SWKA normally get asked to send a referee with the SWKA team to the Senior Inter Areas and this is your opportunity.  You really have to push yourself forward at this level as the South West is a bit out of the way and you will need to travel.

 

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