2023 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP (16th Annual)
Eau Claire, WI
July 14-16, 2023
128 team limit. Registration opens March 31 (noon).
Location: Eau Claire Soccer Park (Craig and Hamilton) - map
Map of Championship Field
Saturday, July 01:
9am-4pm: Pre-Championship Tournament hosted by Team Kubboom - minimum 3-player teams. Register by email pklages1[@]gmail.com
5-7:30pm: Team Draw at The Brewing Projekt.
Friday, July 14:
All day: Pitches are open for practice and friendlies
9am-1pm: Kid Kubb (U.S. Junior Kubb Championship)
5:30-7pm: Kubb Skills Competition (hosted by Chaska Kubb)
Saturday, July 15:
9am: Round-robin Group Play matches start
1pm: Playoffs start
Sunday, July 16:
8am: Matches start
Final 16 teams advance to Sunday. The teams will be placed in groups of four with the other teams from their quarter. The top team in each group advances to the semifinals.
Teams: Minimum of three people on a team (no player may throw more than two batons during each turn). At least half of the players on a team must be from U.S. $75/team. We are unable to refund registrations. Registration will be online.
Saturday Group Play: Teams are placed in groups of four. Each team will play three round-robin matches in their group. All matches are best-of-three. First round matches need to end by 10:10, second round matches need to end by 11:20, and third round matches need to end by 12:30. Ties in group play will be decided by the following tiebreakers: First tiebreaker is games won. Second tiebreaker is head-to-head. Third tiebreaker is a throw-off. Throw-offs will consist of each team inkasting three kubbs and hitting as many field kubbs and baseline kubbs as possible with six batons. The team that knocks down the most kubbs wins the tiebreaker. If teams are tied after one round, they will repeat, but go in the opposite order. If teams are still tied, both teams will compete in an eight-meter sudden death throw-off, which involves each team throwing one baton at a baseline kubb. At no time during the Championship are players allowed to practice on other pitches during their matches.
Saturday Playoffs: All teams advance to the playoffs. Playoffs will start at approximately 1pm. Teams that win their first playoff match will continue in the Championship Bracket. Teams that lose their first playoff match will enter the Bronze Bracket (64 teams, best-of-one). Teams that win in the round of 64 will continue in the Championship Bracket, and the teams that lose in the round of 64 will enter the Silver Bracket (32 teams, best-of-one). The final 16 teams in the Championship Bracket will return Sunday morning. There is a 1.5 hour timelimit in the first round of the playoffs. In the round of 64, there is a two-hour timelimit. There is no timelimit in the round of 32. There is a 45 minute timelimit for Silver and Bronze bracket matches. Medals will be given out to the top four teams in Silver and Bronze brackets.
Sunday Playoffs: The four remaining teams in each quarter of the Championship Bracket will play against each other. Each match will have a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit. Matches #2 and #3 can start when all four teams are ready. The team that wins each of the four groups will advance to the semifinals. The second place team in each bracket will finish Tied for 5th. The third place team in each bracket will finish Tied for 9th. The fourth place team in each bracket will finish Tied for 13th. Ties in group play will be decided by the following tiebreakers: First tiebreaker is games won. Second tiebreaker is a throw-off. Throw-offs will consist of each team inkasting three kubbs and hitting as many field kubbs and baseline kubbs as possible with six batons. The team that knocks down the most kubbs wins the tiebreaker. If teams are tied after the first round, an additional kubb will be added to the inkasting. If the teams are tied again, a fifth kubb will be added, and an additional kubb will be added when teams continue to tie in a round. This process will determine the winner. Semi-finals will start after the group play. Semi-finals and Final will have no time limit. Final and Bronze Medal match begin immediately after the semifinals. The Bronze Medal match is best-of-one.
Team Placement: Top 16 teams from 2022 will be divided in the four quarters of the Championship. The top four teams will be placed in different quarters. The four teams that finished tied for fifth, ninth, and thirteenth will be randomly placed in opposite ends of each quarter. Each quarter will have a team that finished in the top four and T-5, T-9, and T-13. None of these teams will be placed in the same group of four. To get this placement, teams will be required to have at least two of the same players from 2022.
All group winners from the previous year will also get preferred seeding. Group winners that did not advance to the final 16 teams will be placed in groups without other group winners and/or top 16 teams. All other teams will be randomly placed in groups. Due to the random draw, teams from the same club/city/neighborhood may end up being placed in the same group.
Playoffs: The tournament will have a Championship Bracket, Silver Bracket, and Bronze Bracket. All brackets will have a prize ceremony and medals will be given out to the top four teams in all three brackets. The 2023 Champion will have their team name and player names put on The Stapp King. The Silver Bracket winner will have their team name and city put on the Silver Bracket trophy.
Charities: The U.S. Championship is also a fundraiser for Girls On The Run Chippewa Valley and We Help War Victims.
Food: Food will be served by Girls On The Run. No glass bottles are allowed.
Merchandise: Regular and womens cut t-shirts ($20), hats ($20), hoodies ($35), and more.
5 and 10-year players: 5-year=button. 10-year=pennant.
Lodging Options: Local hotel and lodging options can be found here. New: This is the first year we are partnering with UWEC for on-campus housing options. Link for dorm information. Link for reserving rooms will come at a later date. The housing is less than 1.5 miles from Championship Field.
Sponsorship opportunities and questions: Contact Eric Anderson: usakubb[at]gmail.com or 715.829.2892.
If you are a team that is coming by flying and you would like a Host Team, please let us know. The Host Team will share their canopy, cooler, and chairs with your team.
Registration: Closes June 24.
You will need to submit the following for each team when you register online:
1) Team name
2) Team captain and email
3) Number of players
If you have any questions, contact us at: usakubb[at]gmail.com
All information is needed. You can change information at a later date, but all information is needed when teams register.
If you are a 2022 top 16 team and/or won your round-robin group, still have at least two players, and change your team name, please email us. usakubb[at]gmail.com