Saturday, July 13 (group play and start of brackets)
Sunday, July 14 (top 16 through championship)
Eau Claire Soccer Park
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Registration is full (128 teams)
EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. — Let’s start a debate—What do you believe is the most prestigious sports tournament in the world? If you are a golf fan, you would say the Masters. Tennis fans would throw Wimbledon into the debate. American’s will cling to their Lombardi Trophy and talk about the TV ratings for the Super Bowl. Then there’s that one friend who will chime in and talk about the worldwide popularity of the FIFA World Cup. The debate would be endless and hard to decide, but what is clear, every sport has a tournament its fans believe holds special importance.
The U.S. National Kubb Championship is that special tournament that everyone looks forward to in the kubb world. It started in 2007 with 15 teams and 35 players. Each of the past three years, it has reached its team limit of 128 with over 450 players. The U.S. National Kubb Championship is the largest kubb tournament outside of Europe. It is one of three, two-day tournaments in the world, and it is the second largest tournament in the world with painted kubbs and kings.
This year is the thirteenth year of the tournament, all organized by Eric Anderson. It will be returning to the familiar grounds of the Eau Claire Soccer Park. The championship is one of the few remaining tournaments that breaks the field into groups and your seeding within your groups determines where you land on the overall championship bracket. No matter where you land in the bracket, there is something for you to play for. Along with the overall championship, the top four teams in the silver and bronze brackets will win medals and get their picture taken on the podium Saturday evening.
Though the tournament starts on Saturday, there are several events that will be held on that Friday. The U.S. National Junior Kubb Championship will be happening at 9 a.m. and the World 1v1 Kubb Championship will be held at 2 p.m. at the same soccer fields. There is still time to sign up for either of these events. In addition, pitches will be open for people to practice and play friendlies all day Friday.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Jones.