MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF KORFBALL Ė RINGBALL
103 Years ago basketball was introduced at South African Teachers Colleges as a game for ladies. Over a period of time the rules were adapted to be more suitable for ladies to compete and a new game was born called Korfball. During 1907-1916 the game was played under the banner of the South African Basketball Union after which the then Transvaal Korfball Board came into existence
Korfball was introduced as an official school sports at traditional Afrikaans schools and remained a school sport until the 1980ís.
Men were mainly administrators, referees and selectors for the sport, but could not resist the game and in 1970 at the annual National Championships in Messina two teams comprising of referees played the first menís game in the lunch hour. This paved the way for menís teams to partake on a National level for the first time in 1971.
The sport continued over the years with clubs competing for various trophies. After club competitions are completed, provincial teams are selected to partake at National level, to be crowned as the top South African provincial team. +/- 2500 players represent the 16 different Provinces annually.
Due to husbands and wives playing Korfball this became a popular family sport with children playing socially whilst their parents were training. The executive committee realized in order to keep the children interested a competition must be introduced. Currently age groups partaking in Korfball varies from 0/11 boys and girls to master menís and ladies, emphasizing the importance of the game as a family sport.
Various factors over the years prompted administrators to consider a name change in order to be recognized by all the sport governing bodies in South Africa as a unique sport code and during the centenary celebrations in 2007 the name was officially changed from Korfball to Ringball.
The first 3 years in the history of Ringball saw many changes and developments, with most probably the biggest historic event taking place on 27 November 2010 during a Gala Event when an announcement was made with regards to the newly formed International Ringball Federation. This poses a great challenge to the executive committee and all participating players to extend the game to all corners of the world.
The newly elected committee is featured in the picture:
Front Row: Meisie v Dalen (SA), Johan Oosthuizen President (SA) Comaravel Ramasamy Vice President (Botswana)
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