Homecoming Cornhole Competition Rules

Homecoming Cornhole Tournament
Coordinated by the Homecoming Committee

UPDATE: Tournament Location has changed to Meier Commons (green space north of Nebraska Union).

Description

Teams of two representing a single organization can sign up to compete against other pairs of two in the classic lawn game of cornhole (a.k.a. bags). Games will take place in Memorial Stadium Meier Commons and the top three placing teams in each homecoming division will receive points. All boards and bags will be provided. Games will be self-refereed by teams and judges walking around the playing area.

The bracket is created randomly:

  • The first round of play will be between teams of the same division. (RSOs, IFC, etc.)
  • Play will continue this way for as many rounds as needed to declare winners of each division.
  • Division winners will then compete against one another so an overall tournament champion can be named.

This is a single-elimination bracket-style event. Only one team is able to participate for points for each organization in their division. Organizations may sign up more teams for the Individual bracket but will not receive points for these entries. The Individual bracket means that they are independent of the division’s brackets and will not receive homecoming points.

Who Can Participate

Any organization or group of students may enter one team of two to compete for points in their respective category. Additionally, teams of two not representing an organization, can sign up to compete on a first-come-first-serve basis in a separate bracket.

Points are only awarded to the top three teams in each category that sign-up for the event via this registration and represent an organization. Teams must register prior to the event via the Homecoming Registration link.

Rules

  1. Teams must check in at least 10 minutes in advance of their first game. If a team is not present by their starting time, they will be disqualified from the tournament and the opposing team will automatically advance to the next round.
  2. Once checked-in, each team will play rock, paper, scissors, where the winner picks to pitch first, or a side of the field to play from. Each team will stay on their side for the whole game.
  3. One player on each team will pitch, alternating pitches between teams until each player has pitched all four of their bags. The team that is losing is first to pitch each inning.
  4. An inning is completed each time all eight bags are thrown, after which score is recorded using the “cancellation” scoring method described below.
  5. The first team to 21 points wins the game. Scores are reported to event volunteers.

Scoring

Possible points are as follows:

  • Cornhole “Bag In-The-Hole” – a bag that is thrown in the hole of the Cornhole board or otherwise falls into the hole of the board (knocked in by another player or an act of God). 3 points.
  • Cornhole “Bag In-The-Count” – A bag that is not in the hole but lands with any portion of the bag resting on the Cornhole board is “in-the-count.” The bag must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to landing on the Cornhole board. If a bag touches the ground prior to landing on the board, it is a foul and must be removed from the Cornhole board prior to the continuation of play. 1 point.
  • Cornhole “Bag Out-Of-The-Count” – a “foul” bag that does not land in the hole or on the board.

Points are to be totaled at the end of each inning. The smaller score is subtracted from the larger score and the difference in points is awarded to the team scoring the most points that inning. In this scoring method, only one team can score per inning.

The first team to reach 21 wins. NO BUSTING.

Point Allocation

1st Place: 300 points | 2nd Place: 250 points | 3rd Place: 200 points | Participation: 150 points