Kubb Championships in town | The Swedish sport that is rapidly gaining popularity | South Pasadenan

PHOTO: Julian Petrillo | SouthPasadenan.com News | The 5th Annual Kubb West Coast Championships is coming to South Pasadena on April 19


What is it, you ask?

First of all, it is important to know how to pronounce it. It’s “koob for those new to this unique sport.

A lawn game, the object of kubb is to knock down wooden blocks with a stick or kastpinnar. Simplified, it’s a mix between horseshoes, petanque and bowling.

“Two teams of one to six players stand at opposite ends of a rectangular field and take turns trying to knock down their opponents’ wooden blocks (kubbs) by throwing wooden batons,” explained manager John Pettersson. marketing of the LA Kubb Club. “Once a team has knocked down all five kubbs of the other teams, they win the game by knocking down a larger block in the center of the field (the king).”

PHOTO: Joss Rogers | SouthPasadenan.com News | Evan Fitzgerald (Roscoe, IL) of 2nd place “Kadoodles” ponders the best way to set up a group of kubbs in the field. 2018 West Coast Kubb Championships, Orange Grove Park

Pettersson urges people to check out the “How to Play Kubb” section of the organization’s website at lakubb.org for a useful video to explain the game.

“It’s easy to learn, hard to master, and anyone can play it, regardless of age or physical condition,” Pettersson said. “Because of its format and sportsmanship, it’s a great way to meet and get to know people.

While legend has it that the Swedish game was invented by the Vikings 1,000 years ago for entertainment, it is now spreading in America, especially by a group of South Pasadenans who meet regularly throughout the year for workouts and are looking forward to hosting a major event in April to popularize it further.

Some believe that the Vikings played kubb with the femurs and their plunder victims. Today’s participants appreciate that wooden batons do the trick these days.

The 5th Annual West Coast Kubb Championships will be held on Sunday, April 19 at Orange Grove Park in South Pasadena. Pettersson says the tournament is open to players of all skill levels and ages. Warm-ups start at 9 a.m. and competition at 9:30 a.m.

PHOTO: Julian Petrillo | SouthPasadenan.com News | The Kubby Kubbers (Gideon Kawai and Molly Pettersson) practice for the West Coast Kubb Championships

The website promoting the event reads: “There will be two playoff brackets so everyone is guaranteed hours of kubbing fun…”

Advance team registration for the South Pasadena tournament is $50 per team and $25 per person. This price is good until March 18.

Those who register as individuals will be assigned to a team. “Day Of” registration is accepted on site at a cost of $60 per team/$30 per person.

PHOTO: Joss Rogers | SouthPasadenan.com News | Michelle Fitzgerald of South Beloit, Illinois hoists the championship trophy first place with here her husband and teammate, Evan

All teams must be pre-registered. Pre-registered students at South Pasadena are free. If you are playing with an adult, the organizers say only the individual adult is required to pay.

You want to register, learn more about the sport and build a team. It’s easy.

“Join us for our kubb learn and play meetups at Garfield Park on the first Sunday of each month,” Pettersson said.

To be added to the mailing list, go to lakubb.org/connect and follow LA Kubb Club on Facebook @lakubbclub year-round.

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