Photo by Blind Photography.
Photo by Blind Photography.
A few tournaments have started painting the kubbs. The common way of painting them is half one color, and half a second. At the 2013 US Nationals the kubbs were painted blue and white for Saturday, and on Sunday the quarterfinals and on were played with red and white kubbs. As a player, there is an interesting dialog that happens when your raising the kubbs with the colors since it makes them easy to identify. “Put that one on white, and that one on blue.” which is a little clearer than “that one goes back, and this one forward”.
It is also common that you have kubbs that are very close on the sideline, raising questions about the kubb being in or out. At tournaments you’ll end up with a player from each team on their bellies eyeing out a kubb and if they can’t agree a referee or tournament director will come over and call it. Many times these kubbs seem in or out by mere millimeters.
I’ve also been curious when scoring games using the Planet Kubb notation and scoresheets about ways to better record the kubb throwing and raising process. There is so much that happens during the kubb raising phase that we aren’t able to record, and honestly I’m not sure we would ever be able to record easily.
Thinking through these things I decided to mark up one of my sets with what I’m referring to as competitive kubb markings.
I’ve put the same markings on all 4 sides. Each kubb is numbered 1 through 10, and each end has a letter A or B.
Additionally, lines have been placed directly in the center on both directions at the ends of the kubb.
The numbers and letters serve the same purpose as the paint color, but more descriptive. Instead of “put that one up on blue”, you can clearly say “put 3 up on A” and everyone knows what that means. This should make it easier to talk through complicated kubb groupings and discuss the strategy. The lines on the ends of the kubb clearly identify the center point and make it much easier to assess if a kubb is in or out.
We are going to play with this set for a while, and hopefully also have some folks play while I score the games and see what possibilities it might open up and how it helps or hinders game play.
If you’ve played with me since 2012’s Nationals, you’ve noticed I enjoy inkasting deep. I think it’s a net benefit all the way around. Sure there are times when I inkast short – and really that’s the key benefit. Being able to inkast deep creates more options. More options mean a more anti-fragile level of play.
This winter at the Loppet, the Kubbchucks held in against the Kubb Snipers because of a key FB (field kubb + base kubb) shot. Yes, we still lost. Jeebus, they’re the Kubb Snipers you’d lose too. We held on. That’s what the Kubbchucks do.
Last week, at MN Kubb’s Monday Night Friendlies I was playing with Goplin & Anders. Great kubb players, I love playing with and against both of them them. They asked me to inkast the 1 kubb. One kubb. Where’s the absolute best place for one kubb? In all honesty, my instinct with 1 kubb is to go deep and land it directly in front of a baseline kubb.
This time it landed about 18″ ahead of both the left-most and 2nd-left-most baselines. My first throw – nothing. My second baton nailed that F – followed by the baton hitting the left-most B and the F hitting the 2nd B.
See you at Nationals.