What's in a name? We have noticed several people calling one of our favorite games by several names: Bags, Bag Toss, Cornhole, etc...These are just some of the most common names for our favorite pastime. We prefer "Cornhole" of course, because of the history that follows the name. 

Whether it's a friendly conversation over some beers or a public invite to a party, you may choose your words wisely when it comes to americas favorite back yard game.

Here is why you should consider using Cornhole as your go-to identifier:

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One story claims that the game was first played during the 14th century in Germany, then rediscovered in Ohio within the last century. American scholars confirm that a game of very similar nature was played amongst Native Americans in Midwest America, who filled pigs' bladders with dried beans and competitively tossed them for entertainment, notably, the Blackhawk tribe in Illinois. 

Cornhole is tough! Let's be like the indians and cut open animals and fill their insides with corn and throw them around...

Or we could buy high quality bags and equipment right here at midwestcornhole.com. Hop on over to our bags page and grab an all weather set, throw some burgers on the grill and have a great time playing Cornhole. Yes, call it cornhole.

You may not have cut open an animal, but don't be embarrassed by the name. Cornhole is the game of legends... No one tells a legend about bags, baggo or bag toss. Cornhole however, there are legends that predate your life, you can be the legend of your neighborhood. Be the legend that your neighborhood needs, proclaim your love for cornhole and embrace your legendness. Your friends will respect you...maybe.

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Cornhole is one of those things that people love to giggle at when they hear the name. Most people have a name for the game but until they play on a real cornhole set 4ft x 2ft boards with the standard hole they have never really experienced the game. Sadly, other bag toss games have come into the market at a lower cost and extremely low quality. Several of my friends will look at the price of a set of boards or bags and tell me its too expensive. Then they go right back to a cheap set of bags that tear and deteriorate quickly... I recently started carrying a set with me in my car because the game can basically be played anywhere. What I love is when people feel our bags. The set I carry is an orange and black set of resin bags with our white boards. The people who play immediately make comments about how this feels totally different, how the bags feel really well made and the boards are sturdy and quality. I usually try to explain to them why and how our sets are made. Nearly every time I have immediate orders. 

So here's my question; why is it that people don't understand the difference between good quality and low quality? Why is it people will buy fabric, sew a set of their own bags and build their own set of boards for nearly the same price we sell our high end sets? I just want people to continue to enjoy the game. I want them to set up a set wherever they go and ask anyone to play. I love the game! I love that nearly anyone can play and be competitive. 


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You will receive 10% off of your entire order. Thanks for reading, thanks for your love of the game. If you have any stories please send us an email and let us know how you love to play cornhole!

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One of the coolest items I ever received on Father's Day, was a new set of cornhole boards and bags. Its no secret around here that Father's Day is one of our best holiday's for sales. We just need to make sure that everyone knows that this is, by far, one of the greatest gifts you can get for your dad. Maybe he already has a set of kick ass cornhole boards, but maybe not the best bags.  A lot of our customers upgrade their dad on his big day. Besides new  cornhole boards, we proudly boast on of the largest selection of cornhole bags on the market. Not only do we have the largest color selection on all of our bags, we have numerous styles of bags to compliment your level of play. We have standard corn filled cornhole bags, our standard resin filled cornhole bags, and our most popular of them all Double Sided Stick and Slick Cornhole Bags. These two sided Stick and Slick cornhole bags come in both corn filled or resin filled. Also, we can print logos on all of our bags at a small extra cost. So if there is a team or company that the "old man" might like printed on his new cornhole bags, we can handle that too. So get something your dad will absolutely love on Father's Day. Nothing says I love you like a new set of cornhole boards and/or bags! Don't forget to use the coupon code DADGRAD to receive a super sweet discount at the checkout page. Feel free to email us at info@midwestcornhole.com if you have any questions. 

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WHAT IS CORNHOLE : Information video from our friends at ACO

It has been called many things, Bag Toss, Corn Toss, Bean Bag, Bean Toss, Hillbilly Horseshoes, Indiana Horseshoes, but to many of us born and raised in the Midwest the game is passionately referred to as Cornhole.

It has been said that the game originated in Germany in the 14th century, and then was rediscovered in the hills of Kentucky over 100 years ago.

The truth is, no one really knows, but the game is great fun for all ages and can be played anywhere!

Cornhole is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes called cornhole boards and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Players take turns tossing their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a player or team reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. You cannot bounce a bag onto the board. If the bag comes in contact with the ground it is disqualified and needs to be removed.

Scoring can quickly switch between players. With the ability to score a maximum of 12 pts per round a player can easily steal a lead. There are several strategies for defense or offense while playing. Knock your opponent off the board, block them or go for the 3 pts per bag to take the lead.

The game is generally played tournament style with an individual or team being named the champion at the end of the tournament.

Why play Cornhole?

The biggest reasons to play Cornhole instead of horseshoes or other similar games is that Cornhole can be played just about anywhere and pretty much everyone can play.

If you can aim and toss a corn bag 30 feet, you can master the game of Cornhole – It’s great for back yard BBQ's, beer conversation and family outings.

Cornhole can be played anywhere – driveways, parks, backyard, campgrounds, beaches and even in-doors.

It's safe for everyone – no metal or pointed objects. Corn bags are made of extra soft 12 oz. duck canvas material and filled with pliable high quality feed corn. We have several varieties of bags to choose from on our bags page.

All you need is two cornhole boards and 8 corn bags and you’re ready to play the game.

Very portable. Can be taken anywhere. Fits in most car trunks and there we have fold-down models that are even more portable.

Horseshoes require a sand pit and are hard for the kids to pitch, lawn darts require a lawn, a helmet and frankly hasn’t been seen since the 70’s, ring toss was made for children and bean bags are for wimps; Cornhole is the game for everyone!

Midwest Cornhole is fun for the whole family.

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Corn Filled Cornhole Bags

Corn Filled Cornhole Bags

Don't be late to the party because you didn't inspect your cornhole bags before the warmer months begin. There is nothing worse than the day that arrives that we decide we are going to throw some cornhole bags outside, and we head out to the garage set up our boards on the lawn or pavement, then go grab the bags, and realize that some pesky critter has been dining on your cornhole bags all winter. It only takes a minute to check, but a few days to receive your order of new cornhole bags from www.MidwestCornhole.com. Maybe this year is the year to upgrade your bags to our weatherproof and critter proof resin filled cornhole bags.

Resin Filled Cornhole Bags

Resin Filled Cornhole Bags

Our standard resin filled cornhole bags are the same as the corn filled bags, only way more awesome. They come out of the box almost ready to play. No more long break in period as you do with the corn bags. Weights remain consistent all season long, as the resin doesn't break down like the corn does. These bags can even get wet, then hang them out to dry. No more cornmeal bags after your rowdy neighbor spills his beverage of choice on your bags. You can even leave these bags laying on the ground overnight after you pass out from too much cornholing. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself up off the couch, grab yourself a sweet ass coozie and can of cheap beer and tell your wife you are going out to the garage to do manly things. Crack open that can of beer, take a big ass gulp, head on out to the garage and inspect your cornhole... bags. Then run back inside, because its friggin cold out there. Hop online and go to www.MidwestCornhole.com and order up a set of resin filled cornhole bags. Trust us!! You will be the hero and envy of the neighborhood when that day of outdoors cornhole finally arrives. 

 

Time to give away a free set of bags. You will need to comment on this blog posting, as well as, like and comment on the giveaway thread on our Facebook page at facebook.com/midwestcornhole. If you also share our facebook posting about the giveaway, You will be entered twice for the giveaway. So three simple steps: comment on this blog posting, like and post a comment on the Facebook posting. For a second chance at winning, just share the Facebook post with all your peeps. We will draw a winner on Sunday at noon Central Standard Time. Winner will receive 1 set of our Double Sided Stick and Slick Resin Filled Cornhole Bags. So get to it and good luck!!

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With Christmas coming up pretty quick, we are starting to get a lot of traffic for people purchasing Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Its always funny, sometimes awkward, when we talk to someone and they don't quite know what to call this great game. Obviously, cornhole sounds a little goofy, and I have to admit the inner 12 year old boy in me shines on occasion when I hear the word. So we are just wondering what you call this great game and why. There are quite a few names, here is a quick list of some of the names we have heard. 

  • Cornhole
  • Bags
  • Bean Bags
  • Bag toss
  • Bean bag toss
  • Sacks
  • Baggo
  • Soft shoes
  • Corn toss
  • Hillbilly horseshoes
  • Tailgate toss

So let us know what you like to call it. We like to call it fun. Great game with a dirty name!

Everyone that responds to this posting below will be entered into a drawing to win one of MIdwest Cornhole's awesome cornhole products. If we get enough response, we will give away multiple items. Looking forward to what people have to say!

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There is an ongoing debate between Cornhole game enthusiasts about the perfect fill for Cornhole Bags. I don’t know if I can settle here, but I’ll offer up the advantages of each and let you be the judge. Some believe it’s best to fill for your Cornhole bags with plastic pellets and others are die hard corn filled bag fanatics. They each have their advantages. Hopefully, this will help you decide which bag fill is best for your perfect set of Cornhole bags.

Weather Resistant
This one goes to the plastic pellets. One of the biggest advantages to plastic pellets is their resistant to moisture. Over time, corn is more susceptible to developing mildew as the weather takes its toll. It’s almost inevitable that Cornhole bags will be left outside sometime. If this happens, the rain or the morning dew starts working away on your favorite bags. Your corn filled bags will probably start to mildew if they aren’t dried out quickly enough. Worse than that, if they really get waterlogged, corn can even swell up. Once this happens to your Cornhole bags, you might as well pitch them and dig out the sewing machine. They’ll never be the same.

Critter Proof

If you have been playing cornhole for more than a year or two, then you have experienced critter eaten bags. Nothing worse than busting out your boards on the first warm day after a long winter and you go into your garage or shed to find one or all of your corn filled cornhole bags to have a giant hole in the side of them and all the corn filling gone. There goes your first cornhole game of the season, until you receive your new replacement cornhole bag set from www.MidwestCornhole.com.

Corn Breaks Down
Once a new set of Cornhole bags gets broken in it’s easy to get used to your “favorite bags”. The fabric that Cornhole bags are made out of is usually stiff “Duck Cloth” canvas. After the canvas breaks down, the bags get softer and easier to play with. That’s the good side of breaking in your bags. On the other hand corn changes the weight and play of the bags when it breaks down too much. You may have tossed a set of bags yourself that seemed half filled or floppy. This is the effect of the corn breaking down. I will say this takes some serious playing time before you’ll notice the effects of this. Nevertheless, this is one of the disadvantages of corn as a fill.

It’s all in the Name
This one is pretty self explanatory. The game is called Cornhole, not pellet or bean hole. This is one reason some insist on corn filled bags. Playing with corn is how the game originated.

The Dust is a Must
No matter what you think about some of the disadvantages of corn filled bags listed above, it’s tough to argue with this oneif you’ve played with both Cornhole bag types. This is the main reason everyone loves playing with corn filled bags. I’m not talking about which is more practical. I’m talking about what feels the best to play with. The dust that corn filled bags produce help the bags slide and play better. But that’s not the only reason players like the dust. There is just something about the dust of a Cornhole bag that coats your hands and clouds around the boards when the bags hit. It’s just part of the game for most. As the saying goes, “The Dust is a Must”.

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Did you know that cornhole boards, bags and accessories make great Christmas presents for that someone special in your life. All of our products ship direct to you.  Get all of your shopping done right from the comfort of your own home. Does that person already have a set of cornhole boards, then surprise them with our very popular double sided resin filled Stick and Slick cornhole bags. These are available in a variety of colors, and are sure to please that cornhole player in your life. Don't forget to check out some of our other accessories, too. Go to MidwestCornhole.com now and make it a Cornhole Christmas!!

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Corn Hole Tournament Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 - 10:00AMFirst Christian Churh Of Boonville505 N 4TH STBOONVILLE, IN 47601Fee: $30 / TeamRegistration and Information: fccob@wowway.com

HGI Charity Cornhole Tournament Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 - 01:00PMSt George Brewery204 CHALLENGER WAYHAMPTON, VA 23666Fee: $20 / TeamRegistration and Information: hamptongrows@yahoo.com

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5th Annual Top Dog Classic Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - 11:00AMDixon Elks Lodge1279 FRANKLIN GROVE RDDIXON, IL 61021Fee: $40 / TeamRegistration and Information: robert.rutherford13@comcast.net

Bill Luke Bass Days Cornhole Tournament Saturday, March 15th, 2014 - 10:00AMPleasant Harbor Lake Pleasant40202 N 87TH AVEPEORIA, AZ 85383Fee: $60 / TeamRegistration and Information: http://www.billlukebassdays.com

BBQ Blitz Cornhole Championship Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - 02:00PMStjoes Park1646 THEODORE STJOLIET, IL 60403Fee: $45 / TeamRegistration and Information: problitz130@yahoo.com

Saltys Saturday Tournament Series II Sunday, September 14th, 2014 - 06:00PMSalty Senoritas8011 W PARADISE LNPEORIA, AZ 85382Fee: $30 / TeamRegistration and Information: azbagz@hotmail.comRecurring Tournaments

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Elks Cornhole Every: TuesdayTime: 07:00PMElks Lodge820 ARNOLD AVEPOINT PLEASANT , NJ 08742Fee: $10 / PersonRegistration and Information: elkscornhole@gmail.com

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So you are interested in hosting a sanctioned ACA Tournament?  Well its not as hard as you think.  All you need to do is visit the site below and register your tournament.  You can pick up all your tournament ready gear right here at midwestcornhole.com

Click on the ACA logo above to register your tournament

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Welcome to the American Cornhole Association!! 

We have completed another great year of Cornhole. This year saw our membership exceed 30,000 members. Our membership is truly worldwide. Our brothers and sisters in the military are in the forefront of spreading the game where ever they go. Our association has had contact with members of every branch of the armed services. Your support has allowed us to send Hats and Shirts to many of the tournaments they have had. 

In the US the game is spreading to every state. Many of the players are displaced Buckeyes. Soon the new season will begin and new players will enjoy Cornhole. Our objectives and goals for the organization remain the same as stated below. Just remember the first rule of the game is to have fun! 

We have added a couple of new features to the website to help grow the game. The looking for players tab allows players to reach out to other players in their area while protecting their identity. Also we will be offering a list of approved builders and vendors that have agreed to build games and bags to our standards. This will allow players to find quality games from reliable builders. 

The ACA was established by a small group of dedicated cornholers from the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio. We have grown over the years and, to the best of our knowledge, we now represents the largest organized corn toss association in the United States with over 30,000 members.

Our mission is (1) to introduce our friends and neighbors to the game of Cornhole, (2) to establish more standardized guidelines for equipment and tournament play, (3) to educate and share information about Cornhole, (4) to rank our members based on the results of ACA tournament play around the country, and (5) to promote and grow the game of Cornhole.

For veteran Cornholers, being ranked relative to other Cornholers around the country is great fun and adds a whole new dimension to Cornhole tournament play. Last years ACA Cornholer of the Year, said it best, “the ACA ranking system allows you to play against the best Cornholers in the country without leaving your own backyard, it is great fun”. The ACA is also a great place to list and market your next Cornhole tournament or event. 

If you play the game of Corn Toss / Cornhole, I would encourage you to join the ACA. It is free to join and the ACA provides its members with many valuable benefits. If you have never played Cornhole, you’ve got to try it! It is great fun for the whole family and you’ll love being a part of the Cornhole community. 

Help us make Cornhole, America’s game. 

Thank you for visiting our site and supporting the game of Cornhole. 


Very truly yours, 

Michael D. Whitton 

President and Founding Member, American Cornhole Association 

  

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These are the official rules and regulations of the American Cornhole Association (ACA). The rules and regulations have been developed and ratified by a majority of ACA members for ACA sanctioned tournament play. The rules are not a mandate, but rather a guideline to promote consistent and standard Cornhole / Corn Toss play around the country. It is the responsibility of each ACA member to strive to meet these rules and regulations in all ACA sanctioned tournaments. 

See ACA Sanctioned Tournaments for a listing of scheduled tournaments. 

OFFICIAL RULES OF CORNHOLE / CORN TOSS 
Published By The AMERICAN CORNHOLE ASSOCIATION (ACA) 

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RULE 1 - COURT LAYOUT

Section A. Dimensions - A Cornhole / Corn Toss court shall be a level rectangular area 10 ft wide and a minimum of 45 ft long. The court should consist of two corn platforms, designated pitchers boxes and foul lines. A north-south setting is recommended for outdoor courts to minimize the effects of the sun. 

Section B. Pitcher's Box - The pitcher's box is the rectangle 4 ft by 3 ft at each end of the court, parallel and on both sides of Cornhole platforms. Each contestant must remain in the pitchers box while pitching the corn bag. 

Section C. Multiple Courts - To eliminate distraction and safely separate activity, Cornhole / Corn Toss courts adjacent to each other shall be a minimum of 10 feet apart. A greater distance (at least 12 feet) is preferable. 

Section D. Foul Lines – There are two sets of foul lines: (1) open adult play and (2) junior play. The open adult play foul lines shall be defined as an imaginary line 30 ft. from the beginning of the hole in the opposite Cornhole platform. For Cornhole / Corn Toss sets that meet ACA specifications, this foul line will be parallel to the front of the cornhole platform. The junior play foul lines shall be defined as an imaginary line 21 ft. from the beginning of the hole in the opposite cornhole platform. See the diagram below. 

Section E. Covered Or Indoor Courts - The regulations for covered and indoor Cornhole / Corn Toss courts are exactly the same with the additional stipulation that they shall have a minimum 12 foot vertical clearance to the lowest possible obstruction.

RULE 2 - PLAYING EQUIPMENT - CORNHOLE PLATFORMS AND BAGS

Section A. Equipment Standards - The ACA has adopted the following equipment specifications and standards for Cornhole / Corn Toss: 

1.    Each Cornhole platform shall be a 48" x 24" rectangle made of half inch plywood. ACA sanctioned tournaments should only be played with wooden Cornhole platforms as there is significant variance in play between wooden and plastic or other surfaces. 

2. The hole in the Cornhole platform shall be six inches in diameter and be centered nine inches from the top and 12 inches from each side of the Cornhole platform edges. 

3. The front of the Cornhole platform shall be from 2-1/2” inches from bottom to top and be at near a 90-degree angle to the deck face. 

4. The back of the Cornhole platform shall be 12 inches from ground to the highest point of the deck at a 90-degree angle to the deck face. 

5. The cornhole platform should have solid wood sides with the only opening to the underside of the cornhole platform being through the hole in the cornhole platform. Although portable fold-down platforms are acceptable (with open sides), platforms with solid wooden sides are preferred for ACA sanctioned tournament play as it is sometimes difficult (especially late in the day) to determine if a corn bag was pitched into the hole or came to rest under the cornhole platform by being pitched through the open sides in a cornhole platform. 

6. The Cornhole / Corn Toss play surface shall be finish sanded to a very smooth texture and there shall not be any blemishes in the wood surface that might disrupt or distort play. 

7. The Cornhole / Corn Toss play surface shall be painted with a high gloss latex paint resulting in a surface that allows corn bags to slide but is not so slippery that it allows the bags to slide back down the platform. The preferable color is white, but any easy to see color is acceptable for tournament play. 

8. The corn bags shall be made from two fabric squares with a quarter inch double stitched seam on all four sides. The corn bags should be made from 12 oz / sq yd duck canvas and may be any color that is easy to see during Cornhole play. Each bag shall be filled with approximately 2 cups of corn feed and finished bags should be a minimum of 6" X 6" square and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces. 

Section B. ACA Seal Of Approval - The ACA shall issue its Seal of Approval to any Cornhole / Corn Toss equipment manufacture or reseller of Cornhole / Corn Toss products that agrees to abide by the ACA standards for design and play. Cornhole / Corn Toss equipment carrying the ACA Seal of Approval is preferred for ACA sanctioned tournaments and is recommended for all Cornhole / Corn Toss events to assure more consistent play. 

RULE 3 - PITCHING DISTANCES

Section A. Adults - All open adult contestants shall pitch from the pitcher’s box behind the 30 foot foul lines. Physically impaired adults or seniors may, if agreed by all contestants, observe the 21 foot foul lines. 

Section B. Juniors - Junior contestants may pitch from any place, but must observe the 21 foot foul lines.

RULE 4 – CORNHOLE COURT PREPARATION AND MAINTENANCE

Section A. Court Maintenance - Every effort shall be made to keep the Cornhole / Corn Toss play surface in perfect playing condition. Cornhole / Corn Toss courts should be free of anything that might distract a contestant during play. Each contestant is responsible for making sure the court is in good playing condition prior to starting the match. During a match, a contestant shall not be allowed to alter the Cornhole / Corn Toss court in any manner without the consent of the opponent or a tournament official. 

Section B. Distractions During Play - Every effort shall be made to keep from distracting contestants during Cornhole / Corn Toss play. Drinks and other personal belongings should be placed behind the cornhole platform in designated beverage holders or other secure locations to keep from distracting contestants.

RULE 5 - PLAY OF THE GAME

Section A. Singles Or Doubles Play - Cornhole / Corn Toss can be played as doubles or singles. In doubles play two contestants are partners against another team of two contestants; in singles play a contestant competes against another contestant. In doubles play, one member of each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other cornhole platform. In singles play, both contestants pitch from the same cornhole platform. All other rules are basically the same for doubles or singles play. 

Section B. Innings - Every Cornhole / Corn Toss match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play each contestant must pitch all four corn bags. 

Section C. Value Of The Corn Bag - 

1. Corn Bag In-The-Hole - A corn bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a corn bag which is thrown through the hole in the cornhole platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the cornhole platform (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A corn bag in-the-hole has a value of three points. 

2. Corn Bag In-The-Count - A corn bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the corn bag resting on the cornhole platform is in-the-count. A corn bag in-the-count has a value of one point. For a corn 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 platform. If a corn bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform, it is a foul and must be removed from the cornhole platform prior to the continuation of play. 

3. Corn Bag Out-Of-The-Count - A corn 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 corn 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. 

Section D. Delivery Of Corn Bags - 

1. In doubles play, the first side of contestants alternate pitching corn bags until they have thrown all four corn bags, then the remaining contestant (pitching from the other cornhole platform) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning completed. Delivery in singles play is handled in the same manner (but from the same platform) with each of the two contestants alternating their pitching of corn bags until all four corn bags have been pitched completing the inning. 

2. A contestant may deliver the corn bag from either the left or right pitchers box (see above) but, in any one inning, all corn 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 corn bag within 20 seconds. The time shall start when the contestant steps onto the pitcher’s box with the intention of pitching. 

Section E. 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. 

Section F. 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 corn bag. The only exception is for junior and physically challenged contestants, who must simply remain completely behind the 21 ft. foul line when the corn bag is released. The opponent, while not pitching, shall stand behind the cornhole platform 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 platform 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 corn bags, the contestant pitching first should cross over to the other pitchers box in front of the cornhole platform 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. 

Section G. Foul Corn Bags - A foul corn bag is a corn bag which was delivered in non-compliance with one of the rules of the game. It scores as a corn bag out of the count and is to be removed from the Cornhole / Corn Toss court before any more corn bags are pitched. Corn bags already in the court that have been knocked into foul territory by a foul corn bag should be returned to the scoring area. Additionally, corn bags that are in the count, but are knocked into the hole by a foul corn 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 corn bag a foul corn bag, which requires the corn bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play. 

(a) Any corn bag pitched when the contestant has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the corn bag is released. 

(b) Except as provided above, any corn bag pitched when the contestant has started or stepped completely outside the pitching box before releasing the corn bag. 

(c) Any corn bag not delivered within the twenty second time limit. 

(d) A corn bag pitched from a different pitchers box than the first corn bag. 

(e) Any corn bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform. 

(f) Any corn bag which struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc. 

(g) Any corn bag that leaves a contestant's hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched corn bag. A corn 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 corn bags shall be called foul if the contestant removes any corn bag before the scoring of that corn 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. 

Section H. 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.

RULE 6 - LENGTH OF THE GAME

Section A. Point Limits - The Cornhole / Corn Toss 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 two or more points. 

Section B. The Inning Must Be finished - The Cornhole / Corn Toss 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 corn bags and the inning is completed. 

Section C. Ties At The End Of An Inning – If the Cornhole / Corn Toss 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. 

Section D. 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.

RULE 7 – SCORING

Section A. Cancellation Scoring - In cancellation scoring, corn bags in-the-hole and corn bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during an inning or half of an inning in doubles play cancel each other out. Only non cancelled corn bags are counted in the score for the inning. 

1. Corn Bags In-The-Hole – Hole-ins (HI’s) cancel each other. A corn bag in-the-hole of one contestant shall cancel a corn bag in-the-hole of his competitor and those corn bags shall not score any points. Any non cancelled corn bag in-the-hole scores three points. 

2. Corn Bags In-The-Count – Corn bags in-the-count cancel each other. A corn bag in-the-count of one contestant shall cancel a corn bags in-the-count of the opponent and those corn bags shall not score any points. Any non cancelled corn bags in-the-count score one point each. 

Section B. 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 corn bags. 

2. The points of the lowest scoring contestant for hole-in corn bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for hole-in corn 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 corn bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for in-the-count corn 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. 

3. 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. 

4. In this manner hole-in and in-the–count corn bags from each contestant or team of contestants are cancelled out and only non cancelled corn bags are counted in the score. 

Section C. Individual Hole-In Percentage Scoring (HI%) - For purposes of calculating individual Cornhole / Corn Toss Hole-In percentages (see Rule 9 below) that is reported to ACA by members for purposes of ACA ranking and awards, ALL corn bags pitched in-the-hole are included in the total used to derive these percentages including those that would be eliminated under cancellation scoring rules. Only corn bags determined to be foul would be excluded from the individual statistical scoring. 

Section D. 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.

RULE 8 - APPROPRIATE ACA MEMBER CONDUCT

Section A. On The Courts - An ACA member, while in competition, shall make no disturbing noises or movements that would distract the opponent or competitors on adjacent courts. The first offense shall call for a warning from the judge or tournament official. A second offense shall call for a forfeiture of the game being played. Any further offenses shall call for a forfeiture of all games. 

Section B. Off The Courts - Any ACA member who indulges in heckling, unfair rooting, or any other form of unsportsmanlike conduct toward any ACA member or tournament official, shall be subject to expulsion from the tournament and the tournament site. This covers any inappropriate behavior (including profane or abusive language) in, or around, the court area. The member shall also be subject to a one year suspension from the ACA.

RULE 9 – ACA RANKING AND AWARDS

Section A. ACA Rankings And Awards - The ACA shall track and report the Cornhole / Corn Toss results of all members that report their scores from ACA sanctioned tournaments. From these statistical results, the ACA shall select and sponsor the Cornholer of the Year award to be presented to the best ACA member Cornhole player relative to all other members around the country. 

Section B. Basis For ACA Rankings And Awards - The ACA uses the Hole-In Percentage (HI%)as a basis for comparative rankings and awards. 

The Hole-In percentage is calculated as follows: 

# corn bags in the hole / (# Innings Pitched * 4) 

The ACA Cornholer of the Year will be selected and posted on the ACA web site each Labor Day base on play for the previous 12 months. 

Section C. Reporting To The ACA - Members hosting ACA sanctioned tournaments will be responsible for submitting ACA Official Tournament Scoring Summaries to the ACA at the completion of every ACA sanctioned tournament. The scoring summaries set forth the names and ACA membership ID numbers for each contestant, the number of innings pitched and the number of hole-ins pitched for the tournament. 

Download copy of the ACA Tournament Scoring Sheets and the ACA Tournament Scoring Summary


Section D. Updating And Reporting - The official rankings will be updated and published on a monthly basis. Monthly and cumulative to date HI% statistics will be reported for each ACA member that authorizes the release of this information in their membership application. ACA Official Statistical Reporting Summaries received by the 25th of each month will be included in that months updated results. Scoring summaries received after that date will be included in the next months results.

RULE 10 – ACA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENT PLAY

Section A. Hosting An ACA sanctioned Tournament 

1. Any member of the ACA may host an ACA sanctioned Cornhole / Corn Toss tournament. 

2. Responsibilities Of Hosting. The ACA hosting member is responsible for making sure that the equipment meets all ACA standards and that ACA rules of play are enforced during the tournament. The hosting member should also act as judge in resolving any ruling issues at the tournament. 

3. Reporting Results. The Hosting member is required to submit the ACA Official Statistical Reporting Summary for all ACA members competing in the tournament within two weeks of the completion of play. For a downloadable copy of the ACA Tournament Scoring Summary


Section B. Tournament Play - The standard method of play for an ACA sanctioned tournament is double elimination seated bracket style tournament play. For smaller tournaments round-robin play may be used where each contestant plays every other contestant. At the end of round-robin play, winners shall be determined by win-loss records or hole-in percentage. If ties occur, they shall be settled by playoff, who-beat-whom or one of the other methods that was not used to determine the winner. 

Download copy of sample tournament sheets

  

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