Kubb is an old Nordic game that is said to have its origins with the Vikings. Starting roughly twenty years ago, the game exploded throughout the Nordic countries. More recently, over the past 10 years, kubb has had significant growth in mainland Europe and other places around the world, including the U.S. At this time, kubb is gaining tremendous popularity throughout the U.S., with the Midwest being home to the majority of recreational and competitive kubb activity.
The U.S. National Kubb Championship is the largest kubb tournament outside of Europe and one of the largest in the world. It is one of three two-day tournaments in the world, along with the World Championship in Rone, Gotland and the Swedish Championship in Nybro, Småland, both in Sweden. The tournament was started in 2007 in Eau Claire, WI with 15 teams and 40 players and has outgrown three different city parks.
In 2012, the Championship changed to require at least three players on a team. The top eight teams return Sunday morning for the quarterfinals, semifinals, and Final. Participants have ranged between eight years old and well into their 70s. In 2012, there were 262 players on 76 teams, which was a player increase of over 40 percent. Each team is guaranteed five matches.
On December 13, 2011, through the City Council, Eau Claire officially became the Kubb Capital of North America. Throughout the year, the Championship takes part in numerous local activities and events to promote kubb and the Championship.
From past champions to first-time players, all are welcome.
Kubb unites people and creates peace on Earth.
2-5PM: Live team draw (Lazy Monk tap room)
3-5PM: Kubb friendlies at Championship Field
Evening: Pre-kubb Party (The Fire House)
7AM: Sign-in/practice opens
9AM: Championship starts
1PM: Play-offs begin
6PM (approx.): Consolation Championship
Evening/night: After-kubb Party (The Fire House)
7AM: Practice pitches open
9AM: Quarterfinals start
Noon (approx.): 2013 Final