League Rules

This is a social cornhole league, even though it is a competition we have some rules. Just remember that everyone is out there to have fun!

Basic League Rules:

How many people on a team? 
Each team must register with at least 3 players on a team. A minimum of 2 players per team must be present to play each week. The team may substitute any additional players after each frame. If a player arrives during play, they may only join their team after a frame.

Who goes first? Begin the game with a coin flip or play rock, paper, scissors between the two captains. The winner determines the end from which play will start and gets the first throw. In the playoffs, the higher seeded team has those privileges.

How long is a game? A regulation game lasts 45 minutes from the designated start time or until one team reaches 21 points in each game. You do not need to hit 21 exactly. We will play best out of three games each night.

How do I know when I play? The schedule for each week is posted on the schedule page.

What happens if the other team doesn’t show up? A team has 15 minutes past the designated start time to show up.  If they do show up late, but within the allotted 15 minutes, your teams will not receive extra time to play and you must complete your game in the remaining time. If they do not show up, the result is a forfeit.  The team that shows up will win with a score of 21-0 two out of three times. If a team "no-shows" twice in one season, they will forfeit their registration and forfeit the rest of the season.

What area can I stand in? You can be anywhere to the left or right of the board, as long as you stay on that side for the entire match. You can stand all the way up to the front of the board.

What happens if a bag is knocked off the board? It is fair game and points are added up at the end of the frame.

What is there is a scoring issure?
All questions and issues will be handled by the commissioner. Please remember, we are all out here to have fun! At the end of the day, it is just cornhole with friends!

More Details to League Rules:

1.    Objective

a.     The object is to be the first team to reach 21 pts by either throwing the bag onto the board (one point) or in the hole (three points).

2.    Field Dimensions and Equipment

a.     Board will be placed approximately 27 feet (front to front) from each other. The distance will be a paced out by the league manager.

b.     Official cornhole boards and bags will be provided.

c.     Each court consists of two boards and eight bags.

3.    How to play

a.     Begin the game each match with a coin flip or rock, paper, scissors to decide who throws first as well as choice of bag color.

b.     Players may not cross the foul line, which is located at the front of the board. All players must throw from behind this line.

c.     Teams may sub in players as they wish

4.    Scoring

a.     The game consists of “frames.” Each team throws their bags until all bags are thrown to the other side, at which point, the frame is complete. Each match consists of three games to 21 points each. The winner of the match is best two games out of three.

b.     Each frame consists of calculating the difference of all the bags on the board at the end of the frame. Only one team can score points per frame.

                                               i.     Example: Team A scores 8 points in “frame 1” and Team B scores 2 points in “frame 1.” This would mean that Team A would receive 6 points for that frame as well as being the first team to throw in the next frame.

c.     Points are not calculated until the end of the frame. Teams may knock each other’s bags off the board or even into the hole.

d.     The team that gets the points in the frame will throw first in the next frame. If no points are awarded in a frame, then the same team will again throw first.

e.     The game is over at 21 points. Teams do not need to score 21 points exactly, nor do they have to win by two. If a team is winning 13-0, it is considered a “skunk” and that game is considered done.

f.      Rankings are calculated based on total overall match wins, followed by game win differentials. A win is given 1 point and a loss is given 0 points (best 2 out of 3 games, so the winner each night will always get 2 points total).

5.    Rules

a.     Violations that result in the bag being removed from the board:

                                               i.     Any bag pitched when the player has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the bag is released.

                                             ii.     A bag pitched from a different pitcher’s box than the first bag.

                                            iii.     Any bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the board surface.

                                            iv.     Any bag which struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc.

6.    Protests

a.     If a cornhole player desires to make a protest, the protest shall be made to a Cornhole ATL official at the time the problem occurs. The official judge shall make the final ruling on all protests.

7.    Like all recreational sports, everyone in the league comes out for a good time, so please exercise good sportsmanship.

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