CORNHOLE RULES

Nebraska Cornhole League Rules of the Game

  

EQUIPMENT REQUIRMENTS


Boards must be:

· Hard Plywood

· Measuring 47.5” to 48” x 23.5” to 24”

· Minimum thickness of ½” with cross-section backing.

· Board should weigh not less than 25 lbs.

· 6” Hole, centered 9” from top

· Front of board should be 3” to 4” from ground to playing surface.

· Back is 12” from ground to playing surface.

· Playing surface is to be a smooth finished surface with few imperfections that would interfere with play.

· If painted, the paint must be a high gloss latex paint or varnish. Bags should slide upward on board and not reverse downward on the board.


Bag Requirements:

NCL approved bags must:

· Two fabric squares with double-stitched seaming

· Fabric to be a durable material such as canvas, twill. Or synthetic suede.

· Bag must measure roughly 6” by 6” and weigh 15 to 16 ounces.

· Filling should be corn or composite.


COURT LAYOUT

A standard regulation size court is 8 feet wide and 40 feet long with a vertical clearance of 12 ft. Vertical clearances of less than 12 feet must be noted in tourney information prior to the event. The NCL uses a court certification system for member establishments and facilities to ensure players are informed on the conditions in which they are playing (09/16/19). 


COURT CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

Court Rating Description

A Court is at least 8’ wide and 40 feet long with a 12’ or more vertical clearance. 

B Court is at least 6’ wide and 30 feet long with a 11’ or more vertical clearance.

C Court is rated for casual play and non-tournament purposes.


LAYOUT

· Boards are placed 27’ feet end to end in equal alignment to one another.

· A pitcher zone should be 4’ x 3’ on each side of the board.

· Foul lines are placed at the foot of each board.

· Score Towers are to be located behind each set of boards. (09/16/2019)


MAINTIANCE 

Boards are to be kept in perfect playing condition; players are responsible for making sure the court is in good playing condition prior to each match. If a player has a concern, they should bring it to the attention of any tournament official. No foreign substance (such as Pledge®, talc powder, baby powder, silicone sprays) may be applied to the playing surface or bags by an individual player before or during cornhole play. A dry clean cloth may be used to wipe down the boards prior to the start of the game.


GAME PLAY

Scoring:

Traditional 21: The game shall be played to the pre-determined number of twenty-one (21) points. The first player/team to reach (or exceed) that amount at the conclusion of a frame is the winner. The NCL allows for up to 20 frames (innings) for each game, if a team has not reached 21 or more points by the twentieth (20th) frame, the team with the highest score shall be declared the winner.

Cancellation Scoring:The approved method of scoring for the sport of cornhole is “cancellation” scoring. In cancellation scoring, the points of one player cancel out the points of their opponent. Using this method, only one player/team can score in each frame.

Woody: Each woody is worth one (1) point

Cornhole: Each cornhole is worth three (3) points


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.

Foul Bags:

· Any bag pitched without at least one foot or appendage completely inside the pitcher’s box at the time of release.

· Any bag not pitched within the 15 second time limit.

· A bag pitched from a different pitcher’s box than their designated pitcher’s box.

· Any bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the playing surface.

· Any bag that comes to rest touching the ground and the board.

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


Scoring Process:

No cornhole bags shall be moved before the scoring is determined. If this decision is in doubt, a Certified NCL Official shall be called to determine the scoring for the frame in question.

Recording the Score: Players are encouraged to pay close attention to the score at all times. Players are required to update their score on the score tower at the conclusion of each frame. Players may call upon the Certified Official between frames if any discrepancy occurs regarding the correct score.

Calling the Score: When a third party is being used to manage the score tower, it is the responsibility of the player/ team who scores in each frame to call out the score to the score keeper. It is the responsibility of the players/teams to ensure the score is represented correctly on the score tower at the conclusion of each frame before moving to the next frame.


GAME PLAY


Singles Play:

· Player A competes against Player B.

· Both players stay in their designated lane for the whole game.

· Players start the game at the headboard and will alternate pitching bags until each player has pitched all (4) of his/her bags.

· Players then walk to the end of their lane to the other court, take score, and resume pitching back to the other cornhole board.


Doubles Play:

· Team A competes against Team B – each team is comprised of two (2) people.

· Each team will stay in their designated lane for the whole game.

· Players at the headboard will alternate pitching bags until each player has pitched all (4) of his/her bags.

· Players at the footboard will take score and resume pitching back to the other cornhole board.

· Teams should maintain the same position in the pitcher’s box at each board. If team A is right of board, team B should be left of board at both boards (09/19/2019).


Pitching

· Players alternate pitching bags (one player at a time) until each player has pitched all (4) of his/her bags.

· A player must pitch all (4) cornhole bags from their designated cornhole pitchers box.

· Players must deliver the bag with an under-hand release.

· One foot or appendage must be completely within the pitchers box at the time of releasing the bag.

· 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


Pitching the Next Frame:

· The player/team who scored in the preceding frame shall pitch first 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.


Accidental Release

Any cornhole bag that leaves a players hand once the final step (if taken) and final forward swing of the delivery process has started, shall count as a pitched bag.

A cornhole bag that is accidentally dropped by a player before the final step (if taken) and final forward swing has started, shall not be considered a foul bag and may be picked up and pitched.


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.

If no agreement can be reached, a Certified Official shall be called. The Certified Official shall either determine the scoring or void the inning and order it to be re-pitched.

Touching the bags before the Frame is complete:

If any bags in scoring positions (woodies or cornholes) 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 12 pts are NOT automatically added the overall score(scoreboard). The 12 pts are only used within this specific frame before cancellation.


GENERAL RULES


Pitching

A player must pitch each cornhole bag within fifteen (15) seconds of their opponent’s bag coming to rest.

In Singles play, once the final bag comes to a rest, each player has 30 seconds to walk to the other end, pick up their bags, and ready themselves to pitch.

* Exceptions may be made by the Certified Official considering any physical disabilities or difficulties


Scoring

The frame will be scored 5 seconds after the last bag is pitched, comes to rest, and all bags on the playing surface have stopped moving. Any bag that moves in position after 5 seconds will be scored based on its previous position.

If timing cannot be agreed on, the Certified Official will score or negate the frame.


Moving Cornhole Boards and Bags:

A player can only straighten cornhole boards in between frames and with the approval of their opponent. A Certified Official may be called to determine re-placement if a discrepancy is in question.

A player may only cross the foul line and approach the opposite board during a frame under three (3) circumstances:

1. A timeout has been called

2. To Rake bags piled inside the cornhole board hole

3. To Sweep bags (that are considered foul bags) from the playing surface


Timeouts

Each player or team is allowed two 1 minute time outs per game.

A player may only call a time out when it is his/her turn to pitch.

Both players may walk to the other boards to examine bag position during the time out.

Players may not touch the cornhole bags or boards during a timeout.

Important Note: Official time outs may be granted in the case of a busted cornhole bag, equipment malfunctions, or other circumstances at the discretion of the Certified Official. A player will not be charged for time out.


Raking Cornhole Bags

If bags become piled inside the cornhole board hole and may interfere or obstruct with the next pitch or if there is question as to whether a cornhole bag would have naturally fallen through the hole, a player may request to “rake” the cornhole bags that have fallen inside the hole. To request a rake, the player must audibly ask.

One or both players may walk to the other board and rake the bags from under the board (one player raking and one player watching.)

A spectator may be called to rake the bags if both players agree.

A certified official may be called to rake the bags if a discrepancy is in question.

Anytime 4 cornhole bags have entered the hole or piled bags are visible in the hole a player may request a “rake” and will not be charged a time-out.

Important note: During raking, all efforts should be made to leave bags on the playing surface undisrupted, in their natural state, and to leave bags that may hang on the rim of the hole from falling inside the hole unnaturally. If a bag is resting on a piled bag, and unavoidably falls into the hole as a result of raking, then it shall be counted as a “cornhole.”


Sweeping Cornhole Bags

If a foul bag lands on the playing surface or comes to rest touching the ground and the board, it must be removed immediately.

If a player pitches a foul bag which 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.


PLAYER CONDUCT


On the Courts

A cornhole player/team while in competition, shall make no disturbing noises or movements that would distract the opponent or players on surrounding courts. Other inappropriate behavior would include profanity, abusive language, obscene gestures, flipping bags, etc.


Penalties

A player may call on a Certified Official to enforce a rule at any time. If the Certified Official deems action is required:

– The first offense shall call for a warning from the Certified Official.

– A second offense shall call for a second and final warning.

– A third offense shall call for forfeiture of the game being played.

– Any further offenses may call for disqualification from the Tournament/Event.


Sportsmanship

Any cornhole player who indulges in heckling or unfair rooting, uses profanity or abusive language, makes obscene gestures, or exhibits any other form of un-sportsmanlike conduct toward other players, Certified Officials/Tournament/League Officials, or others who are in the area of the courts, shall be subject to expulsion from the Tournament/Event and from the event site.


Giving/Receiving Player Advice

It is legal for a teammate or spectator to provide advice on bag position and/or next pitch recommendation.


Alcohol:

Venue permitting, players can drink alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages while playing.

The use of alcohol or any form of tobacco while in the confines of the courts may be prohibited for all contestants, officials, and scorekeepers at the discretion of the NCL. This rule may be enforced at any tournament, if announced in advance by the Certified NCL official. Violations may result in the forfeiture of games.


Cell Phones:

The use of cell phones while in the confines of the courts may be prohibited for all contestants, officials, and scorekeepers at the discretion of the NCL. This rule may be enforced at any tournament, if announced in advance by the Certified NCL Officials. Violations may result in the forfeiture of games.


Audio & Visual

The use of audio and visual equipment in the confines of the event premises may be used by the NCL. Your presence in the filming/photography area constitutes consent to be recorded/photographed.

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