BATAVIA, Ill. — Kubb is growing in Illinois this year with the debut of the Illinois Kubb Championship. The tournament takes place on Saturday, Aug. 31 and is hosted by Energy City Kubb—a recently formed but very active kubb club based in Batavia.
When asked about what sparked the start of the Illinois Kubb Championship, Energy City Kubb Organizer George Sloan said, “Being a brand new club, we weren’t planning on having a tournament until next year. However, after attending a Kubb United tournament and talking with their organizers, we decided to start our first tournament this year.”
There’s already a solid lineup of teams from a variety of states signed up to play, so the competition promises to be fierce. Teams of any experience level interested in playing can register at EventBrite.
Teams of two to six players will compete in six qualifying single-game rounds before being seeded into either the championship or consolation brackets. Qualifying rounds will use a 25-minute time limit, and championship best-of-three-game matches will not be time-limited. Consolation will be single-game matches. Kubb United’s Rules for Open Play will be used, as well as painted pitches. This tournament will use the most up-to-date version of the Klassic format system.
The check-in and practice starts at 8 a.m. with an all-team meeting at 9 a.m. The first round will begin at 9:30 a.m. and there is a planned lunch break at noon for an hour. There will be a $10 meal available with options like hamburgers, hotdogs, sides, desserts, and drinks onsite. Players may also bring their own food, but not glass or alcohol is permitted at the park.
Friday night before the tournament, players and their families are invited to Energy City Brewing in Batavia for a social gathering from 6 to 10 p.m.
Photo courtesy of George Sloan.