What is considered altering the natural pitch when raising the kubb?

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asked Jul 30, 2012 by Evan F Ironkubb ✭ (1,960 points)
Recently in some games I noticed that when kubbs won't sit evenly that grass is being grabbed from out of bounds and put under the kubb to straighen it.  Personally, I repositioned the grass  under the kubb in a tournament this weekend to balance it.   I didn't pull the grass, but tilted the kubb back and moved the grass to level the kubb.   But after reading the rules, I'm not sure if that was legal.  Is there any clarification on this rule that anyone can provide?
commented Jul 30, 2012 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
The U.S. Championship will be addressing this during the off-season (after Dallas). Even though it seems like no advantage is currently being given to the defending team (team doing the grass under the kubb), this could turn into where it is thought that an advantage is being taken and/or someone thinks of a way that it could be to ones advantage. At this time, it would be up to a tournament to decide if that is allowed or not. The first option should always be to push down the kubb (no twisting) and see if it stays up. If it is slightly leaning, but still staying up, there is no need for grass. It is a standing kubb on a natural playing surface, so things like that will happen.

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answered Jul 30, 2012 by hardcoreleftie Ironkubb ✭ (1,210 points)

I saw the saw same thing. I've looked and the rules state that you can't alter the pitch...by removing a clump of grass, but it doesn't say about putting grass under the kubb to make it balance. The fields had some dead spots with the little rain they have had. I'm with you...use the grass that is already there, but would like to see what everyone else says
commented Jul 30, 2012 by Dobbie Kubblic ❚ (6,450 points)
I have always tried as hard as I can to not use grass to keep a Kubb up, but when I felt it necessary, I pulled grass from outside the pitch's field of play, then used that grass to Help keep the Kubb up. By rule, perhaps this shouldn't be allowed. An opposite thing could also Come up where a player "sweeps" grass clippings out of the field. Great discussion.