Huey’s Cornhole Tournament Registration

TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES

Tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 4, and will continue until completed. Teams of two will compete in this single elimination tournament to determine the Oktoberfest Cornhole champion.

Grand Prize: First place team wins a set of custom wooden patio coolers donated by Dave’s Adirondack chairs!

  

PLAY OF THE GAME

Tournament will consist of doubles play (teams of two).

Innings

  • Every Cornhole match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play each contestant must pitch all 4 Cornhole bags.
  • In singles play, the top of an inning is completed when the first contestant pitches all 4 Cornhole bags; the bottom of the inning is completed when the remaining contestant pitches all 4 bags.
  • In doubles play, the top of an inning is completed when both contestants pitching from the first Cornhole board pitch all 4 Cornhole bags; the bottom of the inning is completed when the remaining contestants (pitching from the other Cornhole board) pitch all 4 bags.
  • An inning is never completed until all contestants pitch all 4 bags.

Value of The Cornhole Bag

  • 1. Cornhole Bag In-The-Hole – A Cornhole bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a bag which is thrown through the hole in the Cornhole board or otherwise comes to rest inside the Cornhole board (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A Cornhole bag in-the-hole has a value of 3 points.
  • 2. Cornhole Bag In-The-Count – A Cornhole bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the bag resting on the Cornhole board is in-the-count (sometimes called on-the-board). A bag in-the-count has a value of 1 point. For a bag to be in-the-count, it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the Cornhole board. If a bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the Cornhole board, it is a foul and must be removed from the Cornhole board prior to the continuation of play.
  • 3. Cornhole Bag Out-Of-The-Count – A Cornhole bag which comes to rest anywhere except in-the-count or in-the-hole is out-of-the-count and has no scoring value. A bag which is declared to be a foul is considered to be out-of-the-count (no matter where it comes to rest) and must be removed from the Cornhole surface prior to the continuation of play.

Delivery of Cornhole Bags During Play

  • 1. In doubles play, the first side of contestants alternate pitching Cornhole bags until they have thrown all 4 bags, then the remaining contestant (pitching from the other Cornhole board) continue to alternate in the same manner until all 4 bags are delivered and the inning completed. Delivery in singles play is handled in the same manner (but from the same board) with each of the 2 contestants alternating their pitching of Cornhole bags until all 4 bags have been pitched completing the inning.
  • 2. A contestant may deliver the Cornhole bag from either the left or right pitchers box (see above) but, in any 1 inning, all bags must be delivered from the same pitcher’s box. A contestant shall pitch the entire tournament with the same hand or arm, except in the case of a medical emergency.
  • 3. Each individual contestant shall deliver the Cornhole bag within 20 seconds. The time shall start when the contestant steps onto the pitcher’s box with the intention of pitching.

Pitching Rotation During the Game

  • The contestant who scored in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning. If neither pitcher scores, the contestant who pitched second (last) in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.

Position of Contestants During Delivery

  • 1. The pitcher must maintain constant contact with the designated pitcher’s box (See diagram above) during the entire address and release of the Cornhole bag. The only exception is for junior and physically challenged contestants, who must simply remain completely behind the 21 ft. foul line when the bag is released. The opponent, while not pitching, shall stand behind the Cornhole board at least 2 feet to the rear of the contestant who is pitching. After a short distance contestant (junior or physically challenged) pitches first they must return to the Cornhole board if the opponent or any contestant on an adjacent court is a full distance pitcher.
  • 2. If both contestants use the same pitchers box to deliver their Cornhole bags, the contestant pitching first should cross over to the other pitchers box in front of the Cornhole board and then move to the proper position. (see #1 above) As the first contestant is crossing in front the second contestant should be crossing over in back and mounting the pitchers box from the rear. If both contestants use opposite pitchers boxes, the contestant who pitches first should step directly back to the proper position described in #1 of this section.

Foul Cornhole Bags

  • A foul Cornhole bag is a bag which was delivered in non-compliance with one of the Cornhole rules of the game. It scores as a bag out of the count and is to be removed from the Cornhole court before any more bags are pitched. Cornhole bags already in the court that have been knocked into foul territory by a foul bag should be returned to the scoring area. Additionally, bags that are in the count, but are knocked into the hole by a foul bag must be returned to their original scoring position.
  • 1. The following are rule violations that must be spotted and called by an contestant or assigned judge. The penalty is to declare the Cornhole bag a foul bag which requires the bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play.
    • (a) Any Cornhole bag pitched when the contestant has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the bag is released.
    • (b) Except as provided above, any Cornhole bag pitched when the contestant has started or stepped completely outside the pitching box before releasing the bag.
    • (c) Any Cornhole bag not delivered within the twenty second time limit.
    • (d) A Cornhole bag pitched from a different pitchers box than the first bag.
    • (e) Any Cornhole bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the Cornhole board.
    • (f) Any Cornhole bag which struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc.
    • (g) Any Cornhole bag that leaves a contestant’s hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched bag. A bag that is accidentally dropped by a contestant before the final forward swing has started shall not be considered foul and may be picked up and pitched.
  • 2. A contestant’s Cornhole bags shall be called foul if the contestant removes any bag before the scoring of that bag has been agreed upon. A judge shall be called if a decision cannot be reached. The judge shall determine the scoring for the inning.

Protests

  • If a contestant desires to make a protest, the protest shall be made to the judge or tournament official at the time the problem occurs. The tournament judge shall make the final ruling on all protests.

LENGTH OF THE GAME

Point Limits

  • The Cornhole match shall be played until the first team of contestants reaches (or exceeds) 21 points at the completion of an inning. The winning team does not need to win by 2 or more points.

The Inning Must Be finished

  • The Cornhole match can never end in the middle of an inning. Thus, if a team that pitches first reaches or exceeds 21 points, the game can not end until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their bags and the inning is completed.

Ties At The End Of An Inning

  • If the Cornhole match is tied at 21 or more at the end of an inning, play continues until one team or the other achieves a higher score at the end of an inning and wins the match.

Skunks

  • The game shall be played to 21 unless a team scores 7 or more points at the end of an inning before their opponents score any points. It this case the game is a skunk and the team that scores 7 or more points wins the match.

SCORING

Cancellation Scoring

  • In cancellation scoring, Cornhole bags in-the-hole and bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during an inning (in singles play) or half of an inning (in doubles play) cancel each other out. Only non-canceled bags are counted in the score for the inning.
    • 1. Cornhole Bags In-The-Hole: Hole-ins (HI’s) cancel each other. A bag in-the-hole of one contestant shall cancel a bag in-the-hole of his competitor and those bags shall not score any points. Any non cancelled bag in-the-hole scores 3 points.
    • 2. Cornhole Bags In-The-Count: Bags in-the-count cancel each other. A bag in-the-count of one contestant shall cancel a bags in-the-count of the opponent and those bags shall not score any points. Any non cancelled bags in-the-count score 1 point each.

Score Calculation:

  • Cancellation scoring may be easily calculated as follows:
    • 1. The points of both contestants are calculated for hole-ins and in-the-count Cornhole bags.
    • 2. The points of the lowest scoring contestant for hole-in bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for hole-in bags. The result is the hole-in score for the highest scoring contestant. The hole-in score for the lowest scoring contestant is zero.
    • 3. The points of the lowest scoring contestant for in-the-count bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for in-the-count bags. The result is the in-the-count score for the highest scoring contestant. The in-the-count score for the lowest scoring contestant is zero.
    • 4. The hole-in score for each contestant is added to the in-the-count score for each contestant to derive the recorded score for the inning.
    • 5. In this manner hole-in and in-the–count Cornhole bags from each contestant or team of contestants are cancelled out and only non-canceled bags are counted in the score.

Recording The Score

  • In tournament play, the score sheet shall be the official record of the game and will be used to submit the Official Tournament Scoring Summaries to the ACA (see Rule 9 below). Contestants are encouraged to pay close attention to the score at all times. It is highly recommended that visible scoreboard (that all contestants can review and verify for accuracy) be used to keep score during tournament play. If a question or discrepancy occurs regarding the correct score, the contestant(s) may approach the scorer between innings to rectify the situation. If the discrepancy cannot be corrected to the satisfaction of both contestants, a tournament judge shall be called to make the final decision.

Registration is now closed.