Patterns for Killing

Finishing, the - Attack - Patterns
Since Patterns were adopted by Korfball players you can see developments.
Patterns are organisations of roles in the attack. In modern korfball these organisations are based on skilful interaction, variation and circulation of roles . The options which belong to each role are now the fundamental ideas / concepts. (A Bear is not only a rebounder. See for the options of roles (functions): the Tiger, The Panther ; The Wolf and The Bear in this web log).
The two Patterns which can be named as the finishing or the killing patterns are 3-1 and 2-2. These organisations are transitional. In one attack the patterns appear after each other.

3-1 Pattern
Basic idea:
In modern korfball the 3-1 Pattern or Y1- Pattern is mostly an equilateral triangle. The post is centred and the Bear is near by the post in rebound position
Tiger and Panther play next to each other or play centred to the post (then the triangle is isosceles); the Wolf always tries to be centred in relation of the ball position. Tiger, Panther and Wolf pass the ball to each other and in the moment that one player accepts the ball, he /she steps out of the defence of the guard. In that moment he / she moves on the main axis, collecting the balance of the body and makes the shot or is ready for a shot but feints a shot.
Tiger, Panther and Wolf play wide from the post, the Wolf plays from about 5 to 6 metres “back” of the post.
The 3-1 Pattern is often used as a transition option to 2-2 Pattern.

2-2 Pattern
Basic idea:
The roles are very clear.
Tiger and Panther are supported, assisted by the Wolf who is just in front of the post on the main axis of the Tiger or Panther. The Bear is under the post and keeps his rebound position.
In this Y2- Pattern Tiger and Panther are positioned on the arms of the Y , the Wolf and Bear are positioned on the one leg ( I ) of the Y.
The Wolf tries to get on the best position for the assist.
The weak side of this pattern is that defenders can recognize very easy the roles of the attackers.

Transition phase.
During the transition phase there is the possibility of circulation of roles.
But just in this phase there are many options for beautiful chances around the post if there is a very good cooperation and insight in the moments when defenders have to make choices for front defence or back defence. (See for these options the articles about Wolf, Bear, Panther and Tiger.)

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