What is korfball?
Korfball is a sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It's a mixed sport, where teams exist of 4 females and 4 males. Each team has a defending and attacking side. The goal of the sport is to score as many times by putting the ball through the basket (korf) which stands on a 3,5 meters high pole. You can't walk with the ball which makes co-operation with your team crucial but it also makes it a tactical and dynamic sport! We have the luxury of playing inside in the winter and outside in the summer.
Who are the Hippo's?
The Hippo's are a social group of students who love to play korfball! The association was founded in 1990 by a couple of students who wanted to play korfball but also liked to drink a beer now and then. Throughout the years the Hippo’s has grown to a group of around 30 men and women from Maastricht University and Hogeshool Zuyd, who, like in the past, are both fanatic on the field and in the pubs.
Besides Dutch students, the Hippo's also welcome a number of international players each year! It is no problem if you do not speak Dutch. Since a few years all Hippo-activities are in English. Also our practices are held in English. Do not hesitate and come visit us!
Once a week we train with our trainer Dennis. The practices are diverse and focus on both tactics and technique. The practices are suitable for every level, from beginner to prof! We always like to see new faces during the practices. If you want to join sometime you can contact email@example.com. During the outdoor season we have practice on Tuesday. During the indoor season (from November-March) we have practice on Monday.
Competition and tournaments
Everything we practice we can show off during the several games and tournaments throughout the year. The Hippo's have a small competition with close by teams. In these games we can show off our best korfball skills but of course also have a lot of fun! Besides the games we have a tournament once a month in another student city in the Netherlands. During the tournaments there are several games against other student korfball associations but there is also a great party!
Activities and drinks
Every month we have a new activity planned. The activities vary a lot; from lasergaming to a cycling blind date diner but also twice a year a memberweekend. For these activities we have the motto; Nothing is mandatory, everything is possible. These activities are a great way to get to know all members, build great friendships and have a good laugh.
Besides activities we also organize a drink or go to a drink organized by other associations like MUSST or SSAC. During the drinks you not only get to know the Hippo's but also members from other associations which can be lots of fun!
If you are interested and would like to join a practice you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are born after the year 2000 and sending emails is so 2008, you can of course also slide in to our DM's on Instagram or Facebook. If you are already sure you want to join, you can sign up with this form. Note that you will need a UM sports membership ('Sports' or 'All-in-one membership') to join our practices next to your normal Hippo's membership. See you soon!.