Cornhole Tournament Rules
1) “Traditional 21”:
– The game shall be played to the pre-determined number of twenty-one (21) points. The first player/team to reach (or exceed) that amount at the conclusion of a frame is the winner. There will be a 12 minute cap on each game, and each player must pitch their bag within 15 seconds of the last bag thrown.
2) “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 frame.
a. Woody (1 point): any cornhole bag that has been pitched and remains on the cornhole board playing surface at the conclusion of the frame.
b. Cornhole (3 points): any cornhole bag that has been pitched and passes through the cornhole board hole at any time within the frame.
3) Determining “1st pitch”: A coin toss is used to determine which team will get to choose the opponent they will pitch against (head to head). The losing team of the toss will align themselves on their side of choice, and then the winning team will line up to pitch against their opponent of choice.
a. If playing a 2nd match in a row (losers bracket must defeat winners bracket twice), the roles will switch and the team that lost the previous coin toss will now get to choose their opponent to toss against.
4) Pitching Cornhole Bags: Players must alternate pitching bags (one at a time) until all 4 bags have been pitched.
a. Players must deliver the bag with an under-hand release.
b. One foot or appendage must be completely within the pitchers box at the time of releasing the bag.
c. When pitching a bag, players must release the bag before any part of the player’s body touches the ground on or beyond the foul line
d. The player/team who scored in the preceding frame shall pitch first in the next frame. If neither player/team scores, the player/team who pitched first in the preceding frame shall retain first pitch in the next frame.
e. Any cornhole bag that leaves a players hand once the final step (if taken) and final forward swing of the delivery process has started, shall count as a pitched bag. (if dropped accidentally NOT on a forward swing, it will not be counted as a pitch)
f. If a player pitches out of turn at any time during a frame, their pitch will be considered a Foul Bag and swept from the playing surface.