Competitive Kubb Set Marking

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.

Marked Kubbs 4Marked Kubbs 1

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.

Marked Kubbs 2

Additionally, lines have been placed directly in the center on both directions at the ends of the kubb.

Marked Kubbs 3 Marked Kubbs 5

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.

10 Reasons You Should Register for the 2013 Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament

The Kubbchucks are registered for the 2013 Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament, and you should too! Here are 10 reasons you should register now!

  1. The largest winter Kubb tournament in the world!
  2. This tournament starts the 2013 Kubb season!
  3. Learn the Minnesota Slide Inkastare technique. Drillers defeated by ice!
  4. Kubb is a Viking game. You think the Vikings were afraid of a little snow? Get out there!
  5. There are a ton of Twin Cities Kubb teams; this is your home tournament! Be there or people from Iowa and Wisconsin will take your spot!
  6. Expanded to 64 teams this year! Lets fill it up Kubb fanatics!
  7. Only Kubb tournament that has to use power drills to put hornpinnars in place.
  8. Your beer will not get warm in between turns.
  9. You might dethrone the Kubb Snipers, the 2012 winners!
  10. This is what your Sorel’s are for! See you on the ice!

Goals for 2013 Kubb Season

2012 was the Kubbchucks freshman year of Kubb. It was only 8 months ago that we played at the Loppet tournament playing under our previous nom de kubb Kubbicle Nation.

The Kubbchucks competed in the Loppet tournament, US Nationals in Eau Claire and the Dallas 6-person tournament. One of the Kubbchucks, Jim, competed in the Des Moines Fall Klassic as well with his sister under the KubBernard banner. In all we look back at our freshman year as a success. We learned a lot and got solidly better at tournament play. While not being a contender for thin edge of the bracket, teams brought their A game and took us seriously on the pitch.

As we look forward to 2013 we have a fairly simple objective for 2013, to progress in the championship bracket. In Nationals and Dallas this year we got into the winners bracket from the round robin, but in both cases we lost in the first round going T-17 and T-5 respectively. Next year we will progress into that bracket.

This year we also solidified our positions. Garrick is our inkastare. Jim at blaster or cleanup thrower. I am the franchise thrower and occasional blaster as well as slayer. Garrick’s drilling this year improved leaps and bounds and he continues to focus on this discipline drilling dozens of Kubbs nearly daily. I will continue to focus on zen and stress free throwing of final batons at straggling field kubbs keeping opponents from advantage lines and bringing fury and fire to their baseline. I’ve focused on revamping my throwing style and adopting the Minnesota Step for more baton speed and accuracy.

2013 is going to be a great year for the Kubbchucks. I can’t wait to see you all on the pitch in February at the Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament!

Kubbchucks 2012 Logo

The Kubbchucks have taken the wraps off the logo for our inaugural Kubb season! Kubb is awesome and a ton of fun, and it’s only made more fun with an awesome team logo! We will be having this placed on some very highly regarded apparel for our trip to US National Kubb Championship.

Now back to the practice pitch! Melissa Pfingsten, a Sconnie mind you, put this great logo together for us working with our Team Captain Garrick. Thank you Melissa!