When

Woman tossing beanbag at cornhole board.
Photo by Tom Urman

Friday, September 20

Singles, start time 9 a.m.
Mixed doubles, start time 11 a.m.
Doubles, start time 1 p.m.

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Where

Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S Dinwiddie Street
Arlington, VA 22204

Register

Registration opens June 17, 2019.
Registration closes August 24 (mail-in) or August 31 (online).

Event Director

Nicholas Englund (email) | Telephone: 703-228-7320

Results and Records

See Results and Records for NVSO 2002 to 2018

Rules

General Rules
Please go here for rules covering all events.

Cornhole rules
Competition is open for Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles Teams with no age groups. This is a double elimination tournament. American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Rules apply except as modified below. The Event Host supplies the Cornhole Boards and the pitching bags per ACO Specifications.

A) General

  • Boards are positioned 27 feet from the front edge of the two boards. The front edge of each cornhole board marks the foul line.
  • There will be a 2’ x 4’ pitcher box on each side of the two Cornhole Boards.
  • A random drawing will be held to determine opposing teams before the event is started.
  • Each game will be played to 15 points with a 2 point spread. The first team to reach or to exceed 15 points with a 2 point spread at the conclusion of a frame is the winner. (See Section G) Scoring)
  • The opening shot will be determined by a coin toss.
  • The team who wins the most matches against all the other teams in the designated age group wins the gold medal, the runner up wins the silver medal and the third place winner is awarded the bronze medal. There will be one loser’s frame from the semifinal to determine 3rd place.
  • The youngest team member determines the age group.
  • A registrant may only participate with one team or pair in each event, and only in the proper age group.

B) Court Layout

C) Playing Rules

  • Woody: A woody is a cornhole bag that has been pitched and remains on the cornhole board playing surface at the conclusion of the frame. Each woody counts for one point.
  • Cornhole: A cornhole is a cornhole bag that has been pitched and passes through the cornhole board hole at any time within the frame. Each cornhole counts for 3 points.
  • 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) bags from their designated cornhole pitchers box.
  • Players must deliver the bag with an under-hand release.
  • One foot must be completely within the pitcher’s box at the time of releasing the bag and players must not cross the foul line with their feet before the bag has landed.

D) Pitching the Next Frame

  • The team who scored in the preceding frame shall pitch first in the next frame.
  • If neither team scores, the team who pitched first in the preceding frame shall retain first pitch in the next frame.

E) 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 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.
  • 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.”

F) Playing the Game

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.

G) Scoring

  • 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. Example: Red achieves one (1) woody and two (2) cornholes. Blue achieves two (2) woodies and zero (0) cornholes. 7 points – 2 points = Red scores 5 points for that 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.
  • Designated 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. Bags contacting the ground before reaching the playing surface and bags pitched when a player has crossed the foul line are Foul 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.