Who wants to join the Wolfpack?

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asked Feb 20, 2013 by Kubbn Missile Crisis Kubbnoob (340 points)

Dear Kubb Players of America ,

Have you found yourself recently wondering “How are we going to beat Kubbsicles? Last year's second best team in the nation, Knocherheads bettered themselves by adding one of the best players in the game to their roster!

Due to the recent departure of one of our pack members, Aaron Mckie, Wolfpack is also in need of a third/fourth player, competition is getting fierce…and we want to win and have fun doing it.

We are looking for someone that can complement our team dynamic, will put in the time to better themselves and the team, and fits in with the overall Pack mentality. So if you have the skills to help our team compete for the Midwest and US National titles, among others, please apply.

 

commented Feb 22, 2013 by Kubbn Missile Crisis Kubbnoob (340 points)
Does anyone know who the players on the Illisota Poets are?  They beat us (Wolfpack) at the Loppet and might be a good fit with the Pack, if they are not already locked down with a 3rd.

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answered Feb 20, 2013 by jakefreeberg Ironkubb ✭ (2,020 points)
Is "Team McKie" reuniting? I personally don't have the time to put in to training for you guys, but it's great that you are opening things up and I'm interested in seeing how it goes.
commented Feb 20, 2013 by Kubbn Missile Crisis Kubbnoob (340 points)
Aaron wanted to get back to playing for fun with his family.  I wouldn't bet against a Team McKie reunion for Nationals.
commented Feb 20, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Hate to see him leave the 'Pack, but good for Aaron for keeping his priorities straight and making what I'm sure is the right call for him & his family.
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answered Feb 20, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Flattery will get you everywhere you charmer, you!

I'm already committed for the Midwest and National Championships for 2013 (and probably the next few years), but I expect to be playing this game for a long time, and I bet we'll have the chance to play together in Eau Claire sometime. I've been looking forward to playing with you guys again in Dallas since before we finished playing Battle Kubb last year!

I'll definitley keep you guys in mind if I hear of anybody looking for a spot & send them your way. Good luck in your search!
commented Feb 20, 2013 by Kubbn Missile Crisis Kubbnoob (340 points)
Six Pack forever.  I can't wait to defend our title in Dallas.  That was as much fun as I have had playing kubb.  However, the time for fun is over and the time for winning is now.
commented Feb 23, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
Is this not like lebron saying he is not going to play with the heat his whole playing career and saying that he will be playing on another team someday?
commented Feb 24, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Well, I'm not angling for a fat contract extension bonus if that's what you're hinting at! :-)

Besides, I didn't say anything about leaving Knockerheads. Sooner or later the USNKC will be moving to 6 player teams, right?!?
commented Feb 24, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
You are my number one ranked player in the US right now, so i say ask for some more cash and perks.

We are thinking only about 2013. But, since you brought it up, the only way I foresee a 6-person US is if there ends up being a ton of local teams. If we peak at 70 local teams and 128 total, probably stay 3s. Just too tough for people from extreme distances to get 6 to make their way to EC. And for sure, we would see a significant drop in teams. But, if all the work to promote it locally gets 100+ local teams and we start reaching the 200 mark for the total, then we probably need to start looking at it. We will learn a lot more in the next month with registration opening up. Speaking of that,you think Inkubbus will make the trip back up?
commented Feb 24, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Sorry to say, but I think Inkubbus is Kubbput.

I think the transition from 3 to 6 will be easier than you are afraid it will be. Existing teams can merge, and it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to allow "3"s to register independently and pair them up in the days prior to the event. Could give more incentive to come to the Friday night social too - "Come meet the rest of your team!"

...not that I necessarily disagree with your timetable though - the time won't be right for a few more years at least. I think that as more people experience the 6p atmosphere at Dallas the more acceptance (and even demand) you will see for 6p at Nationals.
commented Feb 24, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
That is one of the top 16 out. They were a serious contender for a medal last year. I will be curious if there are any others. I am expecting perhaps one more. One never knows. Depending on the team, it could open things up a little in a half of a quarter.
commented Feb 24, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
You are pretty good at numbers, you have a guess at total teams in EC this year?
commented Feb 24, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
The one major argument against six at the US is that we want teams from far away to make the trip. We are not Belgium, Germany, Sweden, etc. For a team to come from CA, it is like a team from Africa or Iraq going to Sweden. Getting six to travel far is pretty hard, and I am not sure if four from say even OH would want to play with two from somewhere else. However, if it keeps rolling in the Twin Cities, I could seriously see them host a sixer sooner than later.
commented Feb 25, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Hmmm... after checking the trending, I estimate about 315 players on 93 teams.
commented Mar 1, 2013 by Belgian-American Kubbnoob (170 points)
As I was reading the discussion here, I was thinking about how to unite people through kubb. I started thinking about the Midwest kubb tourney as well as combining players to form teams of 6. Then I started thinking about how rolle bolle tournaments I play in and how on major tournament weekends, they have a "hat" tournament on that Thursday or Friday of that weekend. This allows players who are around to be randomly paired up with one or two other people. Do you think that would be something people would be interested in? I think it could be a great way to connect, mingle, and develop friendships with fellow kubbers and possibly make it easier to form 6-person teams in the future.
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answered Feb 20, 2013 by jakefreeberg Ironkubb ✭ (2,020 points)
We will keep our eyes open for great players at the Midwest Kubb Association Tournament this weekend. They play by different rules, but I'd bet they've got a few people who can hit 8 meters as often as any of us. I'm not sure anyone will be interested in making the conversion to our rules, but the opportunity to prove themself with some of our top players might help.
commented Feb 21, 2013 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
some stats from the Midwest Kubb web site.2012 Buckshot Summer Kubb League Standings
Final Regular Season Standings
 
                                   Wins      Losses      Win %    Kubb Avg    Kings     Points
1.) Eddie Boyle               14          6           .700          .416            6           98
2.) Erich Lichter             12          5            .705          .405            8           96
3.) Kevin Conway            10         9            .526          .316            6           74
4.) Lisa Hedtke                10         11          .476           .326           3           73
5.) Heather Arnold           12          9           .571           .155           2           73
6.) Pete Scales                 10          10         .500            .278          4            68
7.) Tiffany Anderson        9            7          .563            .258          3            64
8.) Damon Sather             8           11         .421            .329          6            62
9.) Jess Foto                    10           8          .556            .262          5           62
10.) Jake Sikora               9            11         .450            .175          4           59
11.) Nick Hollinger          7             3          .700            .450          3           49
12.) Drew Noren              7            12         .368            .212          4           48
13.) Connie Cibula           6            12         .333            .221          3           39
14.) Kent Hedtke             6            12         .333             .263          4           38
15.) Jeff Pawlikowsky      5             8          .385             .212         3            38
16.) Mike Scales              3             8          .273            .197          1            14
17.) Janelle Sheetz           2             0          1.000          .154           0            13

Kubb Average Title (Minimum 100 throws)

                                     Kubb Average
1.) Nick Hollinger              .450
2.) Eddie Boyle                  .416
3.) Erich Lichter                .405
4.) Damon Sather               .329
5.) Lisa Hedtke                  .326

Most Kings
                                      Kings
1.) Erich Lichter                  8
2.) Damon Sather                 6
     Eddie Boyle                     
     Kevin Conway                  
5.) Jess Foto                        5

Winning Percentage (Minimum 10 games)
                                          %
1.) Erich Lichter                 .706
2.) Eddie Boyle                  .700
                            Nick Hollinger                                            
4.) Heather Arnold              .571
5.) Tiffany Anderson           .563
commented Feb 21, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
I wish I had a better understanding of what they are using for "Kubb Average". If those are all 8m tosses then that 1-5 are doing pretty darn well. If it's overall throws then here's how it compares to the stats we've got currently in PK (admittedly I'm using a minimum of 50 throws rahter than the 100 they list)

    Hits    Misses    %
Josh Feathers    206    59    77.70
Mark Blazel    104    37    73.80
Aaron Ellringer    100    42    70.40
Dave Ellringer    102    43    70.30
Chris Hodges    60    27    69.00
Zachary Brown    64    29    68.80
Cole Vryens    61    30    67.00
Eric Goplin    54    36    60.00
Grant Scott    63    42    60.00
Dwayne Ballmer    88    66    57.10
Max Sebesta    55    44    55.60

If it's a count of kubbs per throw then the PK numbers are even higher - it's not currently reportable (we're working on it) but the last time I did it manually the average KpB for championship level games was around 1.5.
commented Feb 21, 2013 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
They play with stacking and if a field kubb is hit it's out. I think the percentages reflect mostly 8 meter throws with a few field kubb ones here and there.
commented Feb 21, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Good point - World Championship rules allow for a much higher percentage of <8m throws so it's apples & oranges.
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answered Apr 8, 2013 by Kubbn Missile Crisis Kubbnoob (340 points)
Wolfpack is still looking for a third.  With Rockford quickly approaching, time is running out.
commented Apr 10, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
How about one of your kids, or kidnap a neighbor for a couple days?
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answered Apr 10, 2013 by Kubbn Missile Crisis Kubbnoob (340 points)
Position has been filled.  Thanks to all of you that helped in the search and applied.  Ultimately, it came down to finding someone that would compliment our team best.
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