Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
June 1, 2020
Vestavia Hills Parks & Recreation
1973 Merryvale Road
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Registration will close May 18, 2020.
No late regsitration will be allowed.
Athletes may compete in singles, doubles and mixed.
Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for each style within each age division.
For 2021, Cornhole event will be classified as an “OPEN Sport”. Athletes do not need to qualify at a 2020 qualifier.
1. All Cornhole events will be conducted in accordance with the (ACO) American Cornhole Organization rules, except as modified herein. For copy of the rules please visit:
American Cornhole Organization
PO Box 978
Milford, OH 45150
2. Singles Play
a) Play A competes against Player B. Both players stay in their designated lane for the whole game.
b) Players start the game at the headboard and will alternate pitching bags until each player has pitched all (four) of his/her bags.
c) Players then walk to the end of their lane to the other court, take score, and resume pitching back to the other cornhole board.
3. Doubles Play
a) Team A competes against Team B-each team is comprised of two players.
b) Each team will stay in their designated lane for the whole game.
c) Players at the headboard will alternate pitching bags until each player has pitched all (four) of his/her bags.
d) Players at the footboard will take score and resume pitching back to the other cornhole board.
4. Length of Games
The game shall be played to the pre-determined number of (21) points. The first player/team to reach (or exceed) that amount at the conclusion of a frame is the winner.
5. Distance of Boards
Age 50 to 69 – 27 feet front edge to front edge
Age 70 to 79 - 25 feet front edge to front edge
Age 80 Plus/Non-Ambulatory - 23 feet front edge to front edge
6. Cornhole Scoring – Bag Terms
Woody – refers to any cornhole bag that has been pitched and remains on the cornhole board playing surface at the conclusion of the frame.
Cornhole – refers to any cornhole bag that has been pitched and passes through the cornhole board hole at any time within the frame.
Foul Bags – refers to any cornhole bag that has not been determined as a “woody” or “cornhole” or was designated a foul bag as the result of rules violation.
The method of scoring is “cancellation” scoring, the points of one player cancel out the points of their opponent. Using this method, one player can score in each frame.
a) Each woody is worth one (1) point.
b) Each cornhole is worth (3) points.
Red achieves one (1) woody and two (2) cornholes during the frame (7 total pts)
Blue achieves two (2) woodies and zero (0) cornholes during the frame (2 total pts)
7 points – 2 points = Red scores 5 points for that frame
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8. Recording the Score
No cornhole bags shall be moved before the scoring is determined.
Players are encouraged to pay close attention to the score at all times.
a) Players alternate pitching bags (one player at a time) until each player has pitched all (four) of his/her bags.
b) A player must pitch all (4) cornhole bags from their designated cornhole pitcher’s box.
c) Players must deliver the bag with an under-hand release.
d) One foot or appendage must be completely within the pitcher’s box at the time of releasing the bag.
e) 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.
10. Pitching the Next Frame
The player/team who scored in the preceding frame shall pitch 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.
11. Pitching Out of Turn
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.
If the out-of-turn bag affects any bags in play, their opponent has the option of returning all cornhole bags to their original position on the playing surface or leaving all bags as they are.
If the error is not discovered until after two (2) cornhole bags have been pitched, the frame shall continue and be score accordingly.
12. Touching Bags Before Frame is Complete
If any bags in scoring positions are touched by a player, whether intentionally or unintentionally, before all bags during the frame are pitched, the frame is over. The offending team (team who touches the bags) forfeits all remaining bags and tallies the score for the bags they have already thrown during the frame. The non-offending team tallies 12 points as if they had thrown (4) cornholes during the frame.
13. Player Conduct
A cornhole player/team while in competition, shall make no disturbing noises or movements that would distract the opponent or players on surrounding courts.