Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Did You Know?

There’s a cardboard tube fighting league. The league has several branches throughout the western United States and in Australia. There’ve been tournaments held in Washington DC but the city has yet to establish its own organization.

Each branch hosts events during the summer, generally in a public park. They are free and open to everyone aged five and up. Regulation tubes, 1.5”diameter, 36”length by .045mm thick, are provided at all events. The emphasis on all gatherings is fun rather than competition.

The way it works is simple. In a tournament, the last person with an unbroken tube wins. That’s defined as a tube held out horizontally with the end dipping at less than a 45 degree angle. In a battle it’s the last team with a usable tube that is the victor. Cardboard costumes are donned and awarded prizes. Armor is permissible, shields are not.

Even though these events are not to be taken seriously since the founder of the organization did so to give people a way to laugh at themselves, there are still a few rules. No swinging arms or body slamming. No stabbing. No lunges involving tubes. No aiming for an opponent’s face. Only official CTFL tubes are allowed. No blocking of a tube with anything other than your tube. Once a tube is broken, fighting must cease immediately. If you want to know more check out their website.

Okay, now that you know about it, go out and have some fun. I’ll see you there.

1 comment:

Anny Cook said...

What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for posting about this!