Cornhole Rules

Bobcat Cornhole Tournament Rules

updated 1/21/13

GENERAL INFORMATION

All cornhole boards and bags that are used for official tournament play shall be provided by the Bobcat Football organization.
Initial team matches and placement on the tournament bracket board shall be determined by a random draw.
All decisions of the tournament official or their representatives shall be final.
Both teams that have finished a match are to immediately report the results of the match to the tournament official.
Tournament is based on double-elimination play.

CORNHOLE COURT

Each contestant must remain in the pitchers box while pitching the corn bag.
All contestants shall pitch from the pitcher’s box behind the 30 foot foul lines.
Drinks and other personal belongings should be placed outside of the pitchers box.

HOW TO PLAY

One member of each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other cornhole platform
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.
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 (3) three points.
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 (1) 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.
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.
In doubles play, the first side of contestants alternate pitching corn bags until they have thrown all four corn bags, then the remaining contestants (pitching from the other cornhole platform) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning is completed.
A contestant may deliver the corn bag from either the left or right pitchers box, 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. 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. 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.
The pitcher must maintain constant contact with the designated pitcher’s box during the entire address and release of the corn bag.
The opponent, while not pitching, shall stand behind the cornhole platform at least 2 feet to the rear of the contestant who is pitching.
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. 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.
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.

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:

  • Any corn bag pitched when the contestant has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the corn bag is released.
  • 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.
  • Any corn bag not delivered within the twenty second time limit.
  • A corn bag pitched from a different pitchers box than the first corn bag.
  • Any corn bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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

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. 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. 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.
All games shall have a maximum 30 minute time limit. The inning in process shall be finished and whatever team has the most points at the end of the inning will be deemed the winner. In the event of a tie at the end of the inning, each team member will throw one bag, the team that earns the most points shall be determined the winner. If no points are scored, the game shall continue in this manner until a winner is determined.

SCORING

The tournament shall use a scoring format so that all points for one team for corn bags in-the-hole or corn bags in-the-count are added together and subtracted from the opposing team’s total point score for that inning.


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