When should a tournament reject a team name?

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asked Feb 4, 2013 by thingles Kubblic ❚ (6,110 points)

In another comment here Eric A. mentioned:

All I can say is that S...ace needs to change their team name. Not good for the newspaper when one is reporting results, or for my kids to hear.

I couldn't agree more. It made me wonder; what role should tournaments play in requiring "appropriate" team names?

I'm confident that we can all agree that profanity shouldn't be allowed in a team name. I also am confident that hate speech is going to be rejected. But where is the line?

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answered Feb 4, 2013 by thingles Kubblic ❚ (6,110 points)

I'll jump in right away with an answer to my own question. The Planet Kubb Wiki is turning into a pretty good represntation of team names. See:


There are a lot of silly names, and those are fine. There are a lot of names that seem like any softball team, just with Kubb flavoring. Beer themes are common.

While the obvious boundaries above don't really require agreement, I do think the rule Eric outlined in his comment is a good one. If it wouldn't look good in the newspaper, it's probably not a good team name.

I will share that there is a "locker room" quality to some discussion around names. I think that is offputting to people new to the game and particularly to women. For example, the team name Show us your Kubbs to me crosses "some" line.

So, I think there are two things that should happen:

  1. I love hearing the team names read before the tournament. However, the giggling on names that are borderline appropriate isn't good. Some of those giggles are covering up uncomfortable reactions.
  2. Tournament directors should take a leadership role here and require team names that they feel represent the game in a good light.
commented Feb 5, 2013 by Dobbie Kubblic ❚ (6,450 points)
Perhaps the simple answer is to just have the tournament coordinator ask for an "Alternate Team Name" if the name is borderline. That way, if there is media opportunity, or writeups in local rags, everyone wins.
commented Feb 5, 2013 by garrickvanburen Kubblic ❚ (7,390 points)
The issue w/ Sukface as a team name (in particular) isn't obvious to me. For some reason, it reminds me of a Scandinavian metal band (seems appropriate). I would argue that the potential for a giggle or a chuckle on a team's name is the _only_ reason to read out the team names.
commented Feb 5, 2013 by garrickvanburen Kubblic ❚ (7,390 points)
Of the 124 team names currently in the PK wiki - I count 30  (25%!), that could be argued to be inappropriate. Given that quantity, I motion to conclude this discussion at this time. With any future issues being resolved on a case-by-case  basis between the tournament organizer and the team in question.