Hi there. We like our kubb up here and are always finding new ways to play more kubb with more people. Here are a few of the events or styles of play we have tried. I've also heard of the "kubb collective" and the DMK ladder, but we haven't tried either ot those in the area that I'm aware of. We had a standard what I would call "bar league" here in town, too. I'd like to hear other ideas on how to organize a fairly large number of folks that want to play Kubb regularly. How do you do it? To start I'll share two formats we've used here in Kubbtown:
Set up a pitch in a populated area, play kubb and openly invite anyone else to join in to learn and/or just play. Sometimes we advertise these so that folks in town who have heard of kubb but never played have an opportunity to come to a specified place and time to learn. I find these are fun and critical to building community, but can be draining on those who sponsor or set up the friendly. Teaching anything takes effort and skill. An example of this is setting up a kubb pitch and playing adjacent to a popular farmers market in town. Thousands of people walk by and see the game being played, a few stay and watch, a few ask questions, and a few drop in. Another example is, the local Sons of Norway group has a kids day every summer and they wanted to have kubb be part of it. I said "OK" and went down, set up a pitch in the park and played kubb with my son and dad until folks got interested and we then invited them into our game and explained it from there. This does not satisfy my need for "high level" or concentrated play, and I can get a little burned out teaching/talking. That said, I always walk away the better from these - you know how awesome this game is if you are reading this - and to be there when someone knocks down their first king, that is a gift. I limit my participation in friendlies, but still do them usually at the request of community groups, which is actually pretty frequent and getting ridiculous here...
Last fall I organized a league at my single home pitch. I opened up to 14 people hoping for weekly 6 on 6 action. Each match we "drew straws" to split into two teams, so we played with different people throughout the night. People could drop in or out, and most came and stayed for 2 or more hours. Some nights we had 6 on 6, others 2 on 3 or whatever made sense. My kids played, too. I kept track of games and planned to give individual stats, but none of us cared about score (actually, I tallied the scores, my dad dominated and my son was at the bottom, and I didn't want to print out a sheet which would basically read "look how bad the 8yo is" and "wow the 2010 National Champ is on top" Not good for growing boy self esteem, not good for kubb). We chose Tuesday evenings and played rain, snow or sun/moon shine and under lights, with a handwarming chiminea. This was a dream format for me and will be doing it again this summer, fall and winter.