Registration for 2017 is now opEn!

Pop on over to our registration page here to register today.  Numbers will be limited as we test out our new format, so register early to avoid disappointment. Full details of the tournament can be found here, and you'll see details of the new format below. Any questions, please ask!

We have been asked about team names. The name of your team is important. It gives the rest of the competition a little insight into your character, your motivations and your weird, dark side that only comes out at this time of year. 

We'll be honest - we like puns. We'll organise a small prize for the best named team in the competition, as chosen by a team of 100% trustworthy and impartial judges. 

You can't have 'Game of Throwns' because that's ours. You could have had 'Strictly Kubb Dancing', 'Kubbly Jubbly' or 'Kubb And Have A Go If You Think You're Hard Enough' if only Glenn hadn't already trademarked them for future ventures.

Give it a Go! 

A New, Improved format for 2017

We have listened to the comments and feedback from last year's tournament, and based on what we heard, we've change the format somewhat this time round. 

If you just want a quick summary it would be this:

The new format features fixed time games, in a format that is designed to keep the tournament to time, ensure that you only play each team once, and allows a team to lose a game, but still being in the running to win the overall tournament. We think its a big improvement.

THE DETAIL

The format is called the Kubb Klassic, and has been used extensively throughout the USA in 2016 as a way of running fair, predictably timed tournaments that end up with the best teams in the semi finals and final.  You can get a lot of details here if you want it. Or read on for our summary.

STARTING

At the start of the tournament, the teams are entered into a spreadsheet, and the first round of games is created. The first round is selected randomly.  

SCORING

Each round lasts a fixed time which we are likely to set at 25 minutes for 2017. At the end of the 25 minutes, there are a number of possibilities, with points awarded for winners and losers, but also for the leading team at the point when the game is cut short. If the game finishes within the 25 minutes, then the winner gets 1 point and the loser gets zero. If the game stops before there is a clear winner, then the team that is leading at the end gets 2/3 of a point and team that is losing gets 1/3 of a point. If the teams are even, they each get 1/2 a point.

The leading team is determined to be the team that has most baseline kubbs at the end of the game.

NEXT ROUND  

The results from the first round of games are fed into the system and all the teams in the tournament are ranked.

Ranking is based on a team's points, but also on the record of the teams that they played against. That means that a team that has won all its games against strong teams will be ranked just a little higher than another team that has also won all its games, but against weaker opponents.  

The second round is created based on that ranking.

Starting with the first team in the list, the system finds the next highest ranked team that they have not played and assigns them to pitch 1.  Then it moves on to the next available team on the list and assigns them the next highest team that they have not played and assigns them to pitch 2.  It continues this method until all teams are assigned a pitch.

KNOCKOUT STAGES

Once everyone has played three (possibly four) games, we use the ranking at that point to separate the teams out into Championship and Plate sections. From that point it's a standard  knockout tournament, where you need to keep winning to stay in the game. Importantly, the record from the qualifying stages is used to generate the knockout bracket, but that is it, if you lost your first game but did well enough to get into the top 16 teams, you can still win the overall tournament! So stick with it!