Photo courtesy of Bryan Jones.
July 8 and 9, 2017
Eau Claire Soccer Park (Hamilton Ave./Craig Rd.)
Eau Claire, WI
128 team limit reached. If you would like to be on the waiting list, email usakubb[at]gmail.com
EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. — The U.S. National Kubb Championship is the the oldest and largest tournament in the United States. This year marks its 11th year in this annual tournament organized by Eric Anderson. Players who will be returning for their 10th year at the U.S. National Kubb Championship will receive a 10-year club pennant. This is a two-day competition with the top 16 teams from Saturday moving on to Sunday to battle it out for a spot in the championship bracket.
With such large numbers of teams each year, there is a team draw a couple weeks before to determine which groups teams will play in on the Saturday of the tournament. This year’s team draw will be at the Lazy Monk Brewery on Saturday, June 24 beginning at 2 p.m. The draw will be streamed live to the U.S. National Kubb Championship Facebook page. Results will also be on their website after the draw. More information about the team draw is available on the Facebook event page.
Like last year, there will be a #USAkubb promotion. Shortly after the Championship, three kubb set companies (JP’s Backyard Games, Country Kubb, and Yardgames.us) will look through all of the #USAkubb posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and will each pick their favorite one. The individuals who post the winning posts will be contacted and sent a free kubb set. This is a fun way to encourage people to post about the tournament which helps spread the action for those following along at home.
Though the tournament starts on Saturday of Championship Weekend, the fun starts on that Friday. The annual U.S. Junior Kubb Championship will be happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then from 1 to 4 p.m. is the Continental Kubb Championship — a new event hosted by Chaska Kubb. From 3 to 4 p.m. there will be a new Kubb Throwing Clinic for female players of all ages, skill level, and experience, taught by Emily Jipp (of St. Paul Kubb Society) and Dee Dee Halvorson (organizer of Kubbing to Kick Cancer). In addition to all of these fun activities, pitches will be open for people to practice and play friendlies. As per usual, there will be a Pre-Kubb Party beginning at 5 p.m. at The Fire House bar in downtown Eau Claire. Stop by for a look at the Stapp King trophy, some good beer, and plenty of kubbversation with other players.
If your team hasn’t already registered, do so now. The U.S. National Kubb Championship is currently at it’s 128 team limit but there is a waiting list. Even if you don’t plan to or get a chance to play in this tournament it is definitely worth checking it out. Spectators are welcome and encouraged.