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New England Cornhole Championship

October 8, 2017

Cornhole. Corn toss. Bean toss. Soft horseshoes. A game with many names played by millions across the world. But there's only one winning team.

A Cornhole ChampionNew England Cornhole Championship at Sunday River

Mark your calendar because 48 teams will take to Sunday River's snowless slopes on Sunday, October 8, 2017, for the 4th annual New England Cornhole Championship where a cornhole team will be named champion.  

Past Cornhole Champions:

2016 Winner - CornStars
2016 Second Place - Inthole
2016 Third Place - Nuttin Butt Hole

2015 Winner - Ace Holes
2015 Second Place - Messy Mike's BBQ
2015 Third Place - Hole Pounders 

2014 Winner - Messy Mike's BBQ
2014 Second Place - Peanut Butter Fluff
2014 Third Place - Carlson & Beau


How to Register

More details on how to register for the 2017 New England Cornhole Championship will be posted here soon. Stay tuned for more details or email events@sundayriver.com.  Cornhole players tossing in tournament.

2017 Tentative Schedule

9:30AM - Mandatory Team Meeting courtside. Here, we will randomly pick 16 teams who will have byes into the second round. All participants will get directions on contest, rules of the game (according to the ACA) and will sign liability releases
10:00AM - First round with teams 1-8.
10:30AM - Teams 9-16 play.
11:00AM - Teams 17-24 play.
11:30AM - Teams 25-32 play. 
Noon - Second round begins. The four winning teams from the 10AM heat will compete with teams 33-36.
12:30PM - Four winning teams from the 10:30AM heat will compete with teams 37-40. 
1:00PM - Four winning teams from the 11AM heat will compete with teams 41-44. 
1:30PM - Four winning teams from the 11:30AM heat will compete with teams 45-48. 
2:00PM - Third round begins. From here on, we will run each game immediately after the game prior, so start times will vary. Teams will be asked to stay in the court area at-the-ready, and we will announce the teams on deck. Following the third round, we will enter into the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals with the top four teams. 

Official Cornhole Tournament Play

The Cornhole match starts with contestants or teams of contestants tossing a coin to determine the order of play. The winner of the coin toss chooses to pitch their corn bags first or second. Crowd at cornhole tournament

The Court

In doubles play, a member from each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the remaining contestants pitch from the other cornhole platform. The side that plays first alternates pitching their corn bags until all four corn bags are pitched by each contestant. The contestants playing from the other cornhole platform then alternate pitching until all four corn bags are pitched by each contestant and the inning is completed. 

Innings

Cornhole is always played in complete innings. For doubles, an inning is complete when the contestants pitching from both cornhole platforms have pitched all of their corn bags. After each side of an inning, the contestants examine the location of their corn bags and record the score. The points for each team and the innings played are recorded on the scoreboard.

Scoring

A corn bag in the hole (hole-in or HI's) is worth 3 points and a corn bag on the cornhole platform(in-the-count is worth 1 point. Play continues in this manner until a team has 21 or more points at the end of an inning. 

Cancellation scoring occurs when opponents hole-in corn bags and in-the-count corn bags cancel each other out and no score is recorded. To illustrate, if the first contestant lands two corn bags in-the-hole and two corn bags in-the-count and the second contestant lands two corn bags in-the-hole and two in-the-count, the score for both contestants would be zero as both corn bags in-the-hole and corn bags in-the-count cancel each other out. Cornhole board with bean bags

Corn bags in-the-count may be knocked off the cornhole platform or in-the-hole by an opponent or by that contestant's other corn bags. Where the corn bag ultimately lands determines the scoring. 

Determining Winners

The contestant or team of contestants that score 21 points at the end of an inning are declared the winners of the match. There is no requirement to win by two or more points. The match, however, is never over until the inning is complete and both contestants or teams of contestants have pitched all their corn bags. 

The match can never end in a tie and play continues at or above 21 points until one contestant or team of contestants has a higher score at the end of the inning. 

Skunk

If a contestant or team of contestants scores 7 points at the end of an inning before their opponents score any points, the match is declared a skunk and the contestant or team of contestants with the points wins the match. 

Not Just Any Cornhole Tournament

The New England Cornhole Championship takes place during Sunday River's annual Fall Festival Weekend on Columbus Day Weekend with a 'hole' lotta fun. Not only is this an amazing tournament, but it's an amazing time of year when Sunday River is surrounded by the Mahoosuc Mountains scenic fall foliage. Other events that take place during Fall Festival include:

  • Free outdoor concerts.
  • Annual Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair
  • Kids Games and Pony Rides
  • Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
  • Mountain Park activities
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday Tent - The only place you can create your own Bloody Mary masterpiece
  • Chainsaw Demonstrations 
  • BBQ and Bars (duh, it's cornhole)