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KRIM Cornhole Tournament Rules

This is a single elimination tournament. Bracket seeding will be done by a blind draw. Games will be played to 21 points, with the exception of a skunk (see below Length of Game, Rule 4).

 

Court Layout Rules

Rule 1 - The Cornhole 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 and foul lines. 

 

Rule 2 - There are two sets of foul lines: (1) open adult play and (2) kids play. The 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 sets that meet ACA specifications, this foul line will be parallel to the front of the cornhole platform. The kids play foul lines shall be defined as an imaginary line 21 ft. from the beginning of the hole in the opposite cornhole platform.

 

Equipment Rules

Rule 1 - Each Cornhole platform shall be a 48" x 24" rectangle made of half inch plywood. 

 

Playing the Game

Rule 1 - Every Cornhole match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play each contestant must pitch all four corn bags. 

 

Rule 2 - Value Of The Corn Bag 
   A. 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. 

   B. 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. 

   C. 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. 

 

Rule 3 - 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.

 

Rule 4 - 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. 

 

Fouls

Rule 1 - 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 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. 

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

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

 

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. 

 

Rule 2 - 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

Rule 1 - 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 two or more points.

 

Rule 2 - 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 corn bags and the inning is completed. 

 

Rule 3 - 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. 

 

Rule 4 - 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 

Rule 1 - 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. 

A. 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. 

B. 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. 

 

Cancellation scoring may be easily calculated as follows: 

A. The points of both contestants are calculated for hole-ins and in-the-count corn bags. 

B. 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. 

C. 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.

 

D. 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. 

E. 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.

 

Rule 2 - The score is recorded on the scorecard at the end of each inning. Contestants are encouraged to pay close attention to the score at all times. If a question or discrepancy occurs regarding the correct score, the contestant(s) are encouraged to try and rectify the discrepency between innings. If the discrepancy cannot be corrected to the satisfaction of all contestants, the tournament judge shall be called to make the final decision. 

 

The Last Rule

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