Corn Hole Tournament

Picture of corn hole bags in a pile.This is our first time offering a cornhole tournament alongside our beer tasting event. Since we have only 3 hours to play, we decided to run an individual-based single-elimination tournament and to limit the entry to 24 individuals. The entry fee is $20.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place: first place wins $75 and a ticket to next year’s TOTB; second place wins $50; third place wins $25.

How does this work and what are our rules?

One player competes against another player. Both players pitch bags from the same platform, but each player stands on a different side of the cornhole board.

The first player to reach 21 after a completed inning OR the player with the highest score after 15 minutes and a completed inning is declared the winner.  Winners advance to the next round.  The final round will consist of the top 3 players playing at their own cornhole board alternating their 4 bag turns.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Every match is broken down into innings of play. During an inning of play, each player must pitch all four of his/her bags. An inning is never completed until all players pitch all four of his/her bags.

SINGLES CORNHOLE MATCHES

Two single players compete against one another until a single winner is determined.

  • Who throws first in the first round? Well, a coin flip will decide. For each next round, the winner of the previous round has the honor to throw first.
  • Both players stay in their designated lane for the whole game.
  • Players start the game at the headboard and will alternate pitching bags until each player has pitched all four of his/her bags.
  • The top of an inning is completed when the first player pitches all four bags; the bottom of the inning is completed when the remaining player pitches all four bags.
  • If there are too many bags already inside the hole making it impossible for another bag to fall into the hole, a player may ask for bags to be raked out of the board, so that other bags can fall into the hole as well. It’s important that during a rake neither of the bags that are currently on the board surface is moved. Even those that are hanging in the hole edge can not be moved. If the bag accidentally falls into the hole during a rake, it’s calculated as a 3 point strike.

SCORING

The approved method of scoring for the sport of cornhole is “cancellation” scoring. In cancellation scoring, the points of one player cancel out the points of their opponent. Using this method, only one player/team can score in each inning.

  • Bag In-The-Count (Woody): Any bag which comes to rest anywhere on top of the board. Each is worth one (1) point.
  • Bag In-The-Hole (Cornhole): Any bag which is thrown through the hole or knocked through the hole by another bag. Each is worth three (3) points.
  • Foul Bags – Refers to any bag that has not been determined as Bag In-The-Count or Bag In-The Hole or was designated a foul bag as the result of rules violation

POSITION OF PLAYERS DURING PITCHING

  • The pitcher must be within the pitcher’s box or behind the foul line at the time of release.
  • A player must pitch all four bags from their designated pitcher’s box.
  • Players must pitch the bag with an under-hand release.

FOUL BAG RULE VIOLATIONS

The following are rule violations that must be spotted and called by a player or assigned judge. The penalty is to declare the bag a foul bag, which requires the bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play.

  1. Any bag pitched when the player has made contact with or crossed over the foul line
  2. Any bag pitched when the player has started or stepped completely outside the pitcher’s box before the bag is released
  3. Any bag not delivered within the 20-second time limit
  4. A bag pitched from a different pitcher’s box than the first bag
  5. Any bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the board
  6. Any bag that struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc.
  7. Any bag removed from the board before scoring has been agreed upon for that bag
    1. The offending team (who touches the bags) forfeits all remaining bags and tallies the score of just the bags thrown before the foul was reported
    2. The non-offending team tallies twelve (12) points as if they had thrown four Bag In-The-Holes (Cornholes) during the inning
  8. A bag that leaves a player’s hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched bag
  9. A bag that is accidentally dropped by a player before the final forward swing has started shall not be considered foul and may be picked up and pitched. Protests – If a player desires to make a protest, the protest shall be made to the judge or official at the time the problem occurs. The judge shall make the final ruling on all protests.
  10. Any bag thrown overhand, above the head, or two-hand release.

DETERMINING WINNERS – TRADITIONAL 21

The first player to reach 21 after a completed inning OR the player with the highest score after 15 minutes and a completed inning is declared the winner.  Winners advance to the next round. The final round will consist of the top 3 players playing at their own cornhole board alternating their 4 bag turns.