(b) LEARNING TIMING AND LOOKING
Exercise to judge the path of the ball
One ball and korf per pair.
A. Anticipation: the player in front of the korf shoots from distance. The rebound player must shout before the ball reaches the korf, “too short,” “left,” “goal,” “on the korf” etc. By having to shout this early, the rebounder is obliged to judge early the path of the ball. In other words, the rebound player must anticipate. Change roles after ten shots.
Many korfballers will not anticipate, preferring to wait and see exactly where the ball arrives. However, this gives opponents more chance to be first to the ball.
B. One step further, the rebound player must now (before the ball arrives):
· Take a step in front of the korf if the shot is too short.
· Take a step to the left if the ball is likely to land on the left.
· Remain under the korf if (s)he judges that the ball will land on top of the korf.
The anticipation must now be accompanied by action.
Encourage players to make mistakes in judgement. This may not always be true, but in this case it is better to make an early, possibly mistaken judgement than to wait too long.
C. As B, but the rebounder is now instructed that no balls may land on the floor. An exception may be made in cases where the ball lands on top of the korf. In this latter case, the outcome depends strongly on the shot’s trajectory, the type of korf and the place where the ball lands on the korf.
D. As C, but now the ball should be caught as soon as possible i.e. at its highest point. The rebound players have to jump for the ball.
E. Now the rebounder must catch every ball, including those that rebound off the korf. The most difficult shots are those that hit the front of the korf and bounce back a long way in front of the post. For these, the rebounder has to move in front of the post before the ball arrives. If the ball unexpectedly bounces behind the post (which can happen) the rebounder has no chance. That is bad luck.
F. Make a game from it: the rebounder who collects five or ten balls consecutively becomes the shooter. Who can be the first to score five goals? Or who can collect the most shots consecutively? If the rebounder misses a shot, the other player takes over the rebound function.