Good morning from Eau Claire, WI. We here at the U.S. Championship wanted to let everyone know that a new version of the rules is now available on our website. When you look at the new document, you are going to see a lot more diagrams that explain the game a lot better. We are really excited and happy with how it turned out. We think the new document is going to help current kubbers understand certain parts of the game better. More importantly, it will be an even better tool for all the new kubbers that will be starting to play in the next years. To be honest, when looking at rules documents on the web, we think that this is going to be the best and most complete version available in any language. A big thanks to Josh and Chris in Des Moines, IA who helped with the update.
We want to point out a couple of things that will have an impact on the game. First, the 10 degree rule has been changed. After doing extensive research, which included discussing with other tournament directors around the world and hearing feedback from a wide variety of players from around the world, the new degree rule will be 45 degrees. This matches the World Championship rule and rules throughout Europe. Below, in a comment, we will go in greater detail.
Second, it has started to become more common for teams to put pulled grass under field kubbs to make them perfectly vertical. This was not allowed in the earlier version, and you will find that better explained in this version. The only reason to put pulled grass (which has to be from outside the pitch) under a field kubb is if that is the only way to make it so the field kubb does not fall and/or to make it so it is not leaning/supported by another kubb.
As always, if you have any questions regarding the new document, please contact us.
And remember, registration opens for the 2013 National Championship March 1st, which is less than three months.
Four things. First, as many of you know, there are a lot of different rules/versions of the game of kubb. Second, it seems for most of us and at all skill levels, the baton angle is the only part of the game where one feels uncomfortable, both calling it on your team and/or against another team. Third, currently, the vast majority of batons that are thrown between 10 and 45 degrees are not called. Fourth, we realize that this is not an issue in the majority of games.
When we were taught the game in Sweden, there was no discussion on the allowable angle of the baton. We were taught you had to throw it vertical (and we never really thought to ask what angle was allowed). So, when we moved back to the U.S. and introduced it to people, we always taught people that the baton needed to be vertical or vertical(ish), so that is how the Eau Claire Tournament was started. Then in 2010, as the U.S. Championship started getting more teams from outside Eau Claire and at the same time getting more competitive, people started asking what the allowable angle was. From that, the 10 degree rule was formed. It kept the intent to keep it completely vertical with a slight variance. However, since the beginning of the World Championship, the WC’s rule is 45 degree if the baton rotates, as are tournaments in other countries throughout Europe. We did not know this at the time when we started the U.S. Championship in 2007.
Lately, more and more people have asked us why it is 10 and not 45. At the same time, we have heard from a growing number of players that 10 degrees is both too little and that it is not possible to define 10 degrees. We have also heard from numerous players that the 10 degrees rule makes an environment that is not as enjoyable as it could be, as it can be challenging to keep it within 10 degrees for a lot of players. One of our goals has always been to include as many players as possible in this game/sport.
We did a lot of research since the completion of the 2012 Championship. In doing research before this rule change was decided to go through, we also talked to a lot of players in Europe. One of the comments was that allowing 45 degrees does open up possibilities for shots that we don’t see here right now. For instance what would be an impossible double of two field kubbs with your last baton. With the 45 degree rule, perhaps you can try a more difficult throw and try to make that double. Or do you play it safe and just go for the single.
We realize that this rule change significantly changes one of the major rules that we have had since day one of tournament play. We also realize, even though 45 degrees is halfway between vertical and horizontal and should be easier to see, that 45 degrees will have gray area as well, as it is difficult to determine if a throw is 40, 45, or 50, let alone 44 or 46 degrees. However, this rule follows the rules for kubb in numerous other countries, including at the WC. In conclusion, as someone pointed out, it is going to make more games less uncomfortable, which, when we think about it, brings it all home.
Again, if you have any questions about the new rules document, please contact us.
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