It’s a Beautiful Weekend For a Kubb Game
For those who may be thinking that I spelled "Cub" incorrectly, I'm not talking baseball, but rather the Scandinavian game that actually has roots with the Vikings.
Now that we've cleared that up, you're probably still wondering what kubb actually is:
Kubb (pronounced [kɵb] in Swedish or [kub] in Gutnish) is a lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks, known as kubbs, by throwing wooden batons at them. Kubb can be described perhaps as a combination of bowling and horseshoes.
Play takes place on a small rectangular playing field, known as a ‘pitch’. ‘Kubbs’ are placed at both ends of the pitch, and the ‘king’, a larger wooden block, is placed in the middle of the pitch. Some rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate object of the game is to knock over the ‘kubbs’ on the opposing side of the pitch, and then to knock over the ‘king’, before the opponent does. Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as grass, sand, concrete, snow, or even ice.
The alleged Viking origin of the game has led some players and kubb fans to nickname the game “Viking chess”.
Got it? Of course you do, because there is a better than average chance that since you're living in the Rockford area, you've probably got some Swedish heritage. As to the details on when/where to play:
Kubb United is partnering with Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Swedish Historical Society of Rockford and Gigi's Playhouse to present the 2017 Rockford Swedish Historical Society Kubb Tournament. Concessions provided by Swedish Soul Fusion. The tournament will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Ingersoll Centennial Park. Registration begins at 7:45AM and play starts at 9:00AM. All proceeds are shared with Gigi's Playhouse.
7:30 - 8:40 - Check in and practice
8:40 - All-Team Meeting
9:00 - 1st qualifying round begins
9:30 - 2nd qualifying round begins
10:00 - 3rd qualifying round begins
10:30 - 4th qualifying round begins
11:00 - 5th qualifying round begins
11:30 - 6th qualifying round begins
Noon - 12:30 - Lunch Break
12:30 - 7th qualifying round begins
1:00 - 8th qualifying round begins
1:30 - Championship & Consolation bracket play begins
Now, the important part--how exactly do I play this game?