BATAVIA, Ill. — The Illinois Kubb Championship is returning to Batavia on Sep. 5, 2020. This year’s tournament will feel a little different though, with a number of COVID-19 related precautions. First, the tournament will be limited to a maximum of 20 teams, and teams may only be two players each. Spectators are also not allowed this year to help limit the number of people at the tournament. This year’s site has been moved to a larger field in Engstrom Park to allow for more spreading out of pitches and tents. Pop-up tent locations will be assigned and will be safely spaced away from each other.
Another change in this year’s Illinois Kubb Championship is round-robin qualifying groups. All teams will also text their game results, and receive a text message for their next opponent and pitch assignment. All of these measures are meant to minimize the amount of players passing by each other. The tournament director asks that you be extra cautious to respect each other’s space, try to maintain a 6 foot buffer, and avoid handshakes, group hugs, and other contact whenever possible. It should go without saying, but if you are not feeling well, or may have come into contact with COVID-19, you should not attend the tournament.
After the qualifying group play, teams will be split into a championship and consolation bracket. The top top half of teams head to the championship, with the remaining teams going to the consolation. Brackets will be double-elimination.
Registration is now open, but as mentioned before, space is limited to 20 total teams.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Jones.
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