The Bar Is Raised Again...Thank You Dave Ellringer

October 7, 2015
Last week something really special happened at the Eau Claire Kubb League.

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David Ellringer, learned kubb shortly after we moved to Eau Claire in 2007. He is 70 years old, lives in Eau Claire, WI, and plays under the Berserker Kubb flag. He plays with his son Aaron and grandson Sy, on what many would consider the most famous team in the U.S. ... Ringers. 2010 U.S. Gold, 2015 U.S. Silver, teamed up with four others for a 2014 World Silver, countless other wins and podium finishes. No American has played in more kubb tournaments than Dave, not even close. He invites anyone to play in a tournament, and many a times his teams do very well, and every time his teams have a great time. You can see it and feel it. If you pay with him, you play under the Ringers team name, even though Aaron and/or Sy may not be on the team. I'm not sure if he has ever turned down an opportunity to introduce kubb to anyone or group in the City.

The story:



Dave is teaming up with his grandson Sy (6th grade) and Jim Erdman (lives in Eau Claire and plays under the Chaska Kubb flag) in the Fall Eau Claire Kubb League. Teams take this league seriously and this past week was a BIG week. The 8th and final week of the fall season before this week's playoffs. They were to meet 2/3 of one of the top three EC teams, and one of the top handful teams in the nation…Kubbitz. Although Sy and Jim did not play with Dave in the U.S. Championship, it was a rematch of one of the 2015 U.S. semifinal matches. In Eau Claire, the team names Ringers and Kubbitz mean a lot. Yes, kubb is an important part of our lives here, and that is just fine with us. 

Dave needed a sub, so he asked Sam Klages, 7th grade and two-time U.S. Junior champion. Could they beat Kubbitz? Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps more “maybe not”, but there was a decent enough “maybe”. Nobody there would have been surprised. Tough task, but not out of the question. Soon after the match started, Sam's brother Max, 4th grade and also two-time U.S. Junior Champion, walked down to the pitch and he joined the team. Then their sister Josie, 5th grade, wanted to play, and she joined Ringers. Then the Klages’ neighbor Jack Long who is in 2nd grade made his way down to the Ringers vs. Kubbitz pitch, and next thing you know, Dave and the four kids all have batons in their hands…playing as Ringers against Kubbitz, in the 8th and final week of the fall season that would either move Ringers up the standings or drop them far in the standings.

With each addition, that "maybe not" got bigger, and eventually the outcome was certain. I needed to take a picture during the match, so I walked down the two pitches and took a photo. When I asked Dave about playing with all four kids in such a big match, he said, "Hey, they kept on coming." For those that know Dave, we know there is no way he would have said “no” to any of those kids. With the loss, his team dropped to 12th out of the 16 teams in the competitive division.

When kubb is played as a sport, just like any other sport, you play to win, and Dave plays as hard and with as much grit and passion as anyone I have ever played with our against. He is an absolute perfect teammate…before a tournament, during a tournament, and after a tournament. He both wins and loses with class, and myself, that says a lot about a player. Kubb is a sport which should be played with high integrity where fairness and sportsmanship are vital to the game/sport. Dave is all of that. He is simply what kubb is all about. He has done so much for the game, it is not measurable.

And last Sunday, at the Eau Claire Kubb League with 23 other teams (16 are in the competitive and 8 in the recreational) focusing on winning and losing and what that would do to their playoff position, he again set the bar even higher for all of us to follow. Dave’s trophy area is literally overflowing, and I am sure he would like to have something from the Eau Claire Kubb League in it as well. However, at that moment, he showed what a true champion would do. He invested in those four kids and let them play against Kubbitz. But more importantly, he gave them the chance to play with Dave Ellringer and be a Ringer for a match.

That may not mean a whole lot to those kids right now (but looking at Josie’s face in the photo, I think it did), but I hope they remember it.

I know it meant a lot to me watching it, and I will remember it forever.

In my opinion, Dave Ellringer is how all champions should be measured.
 

2015 Dallas, WI Oktoberfest (7th Edition) Final Results

October 5, 2015
2015 Dallas, WI Oktoberfest
Hosted By Kubbnation Magazine
Final Results

Gold: Johnny and the Dirt Squirrels (Eau Claire, WI / Des Moines, IA / White Bear Lake, MN)
Silver: Chaska Kubb (Chaska, MN / Amery / Eau Claire, WI)
Bronze: Claire Mni (Eau Claire, WI / Minneapolis, MN)
4th: Kubboom (Eau Claire, WI)

Championship:
Johnny and the Dirt Squirrels 2-0 Chaska Kubb

Third Place:

Claire Mni 2-1 Kubboom

Semifinals:

Johnny and the Dirt Squirrels 2-1 Claire Mni
Chaska Kubb 2-1 Kubboom

Quarterfinals:

Chaska Kubb o...


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#DallasWeek

October 2, 2015
The 7th Edition of the Dallas, WI Oktoberfest Kubb Tournament is tomorrow in the small village of Dallas in northwestern Wisconsin. 16 6-player teams. The pitches are set up 24.5 meters by 21 meters. It is one big party.
#DallasWeek

http://www.wisconsinkubb.com/dallas-wi-tournament.php

#DallasWeek


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Dallas Tournament - Registration Opens August 1st

July 21, 2015
Registration for the 7th annual Dallas Oktoberfest Kubb Tournament opens August 1st. It is the only six-person kubb tournament in North America, and it is open to all skill levels. You can find more information about it on our website. This year, we are predicting 64 degrees and mostly sunny.




What is Dallas Oktoberfest like? It is home to the world's longest brat (160 feet in 2014), beer, kubb, homemade lefse, car show, gun show, amazing fall colors every year, polka band in the firehouse, k...

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The Draw: An Eau Claire Look Inside Groups Z and ZZ

July 2, 2015
What a U.S. Championship Team Draw last Saturday. As usual, the Team Draw gave us a variety of story lines and possible story lines that are endless. This year, the Draw was cruel for many of the top Eau Claire teams.

What are the easy story lines that we know for sure?

Well, Settlers of Baton (Kalamzoo and Minneapolis) lost to Kubb’d (Des Moines and Taylor Falls) 1-2 last year in the round of 32, and there were 10 kubbs in play in Game 3. This year, they play their last group play match agai...
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The Oasis ... Goodbye Old Friend

June 26, 2015
I don’t remember the first time I played kubb at The Oasis. But I will always remember the last time I played kubb at The Oasis. Last night, The Oasis hosted its last kubb matches. The invite was less than 24 hours before the last night of kubb there. It was four on four, then soon, six on six, with two little kids running around…we would have not had it any other way. Last night, I hit my first throw, an 8 meter throw from just inside the right sideline and knocking back the middle kubb....
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Inkastare Training Tip 12 - Work the baseline (Remember, groups of kubbs are like snowflakes)

June 1, 2015
Sometimes the best angle to inkast is not tight along the sideline. If you throw the kubb across your body so that your arm is along the sideline, but you are aiming further inside the sideline (left for right handed players), it is more difficult to cut the kubb back to the right. Also, perhaps your group is set up so that to get it in a preferred spot has high risk if you are tight along the sideline. Do not limit yourself to stand always along the sideline. Be careful though. If you...

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Pre-Championship Information

May 29, 2015

This was a recent post from Team Kubboom. They are hosting the Pre-Championship on June 28th in Eau Claire.

Here is the link for The Pre.
https://www.facebook.com/prenationalkubb

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Hello Kubbers!

It’s time to get serious about the 2015 U.S. National Kubb Championship! http://www.usakubb.org/.
And what better way to do that than to spend a quality kubb filled weekend in the Kubb Capital of America, home of the largest North American kubb tournament, Eau Claire, WI. The weeke...


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Are Three Batons In A Row Too Many?

May 22, 2015
After playing and watching a whole lot of kubb events the past few weeks, I have been doing some thinking about team size the past week.

It is no secret out there that I really like teams of three or more. At the same time, I 100 percent realize that not all U.S. tournaments can currently host tournaments with a minimum of three or more players on a team. Local interest, distance, number of tournaments, and other things prohibit some tournaments from requiring more than two people on a team. ...
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We built it...a month in the life of kubb in Eau Claire, WI

May 12, 2015
It is amazing what we have all built...the dozens of us all over the U.S., but mostly in the Upper Midwest, over the past several years. I feel like I am in the middle of a four-week kubb fantasy dream right now. If you live in Eau Claire or the surrounding area, the kubb life is absolutely amazing...and considering all the hard work we have all done, we deserve it, and I am going to enjoy it.

Let me explain...

Weekend of April 25th
Friday - Help host a Learn To Play event at SpringFest in Chip...
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