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RULE UPDATE - effective 6/25/2017

UPDATE - in the playoffs or regular season any player that walks may only throw 3 bags instead of throwing 4 bags


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Quick Summary:

The two person activity of cornhole has been turned into a 6 person team event where players throw against new opponents each game giving you a chance to meet most people in the league.

PLAYER SAFETY IS ALWAYS THE #1 PRIORITY

  • The referees, at their discretion, can remove a player from the game if they feel the player presents a safety concern to themselves, other players, referees, or anyone else.
  • If you have a concern about safety, please bring it to the referee's attention and they will determine if the player should be removed from play until they correct the safety concern.
  • Once the player has resolved the safety concern to the referee's satisfaction, they can return to playing.
  • Safety concerns include but are not limited to
    • A player who has blood on themselves or their clothing
    • A player who has an unbandaged open wound
    • A player playing with broken or improper equipment

Teams:

  • 7 week regular season PLUS playoffs
  • Regular season teams play 8 games per night
    • Two games on two sets of boards at a time
    • Games are capped at 12 minutes in length
  • Teams that won or lost over 75% of their games the previous season may be moved up or down a skill level
  • Subs - are strongly discouraged but effective 1 Oct 2016 subs will conditionally be allowed.  Following are the conditions:
    (1) Subs must arrive and speak to BSR staff at least 5 minutes before game published start time.  Subs will not be allowed after less than 5 minutes before game time.
    (2) Subs will need to wear an appropriate tshirt (see the league tshirt policy in the FAQ)  Subs wearing a non qualifying shirt will not be allowed to participate
    (3) Subs will need to complete a Sub waiver form, BSR staff will have that form at the field
    (4) Subs will need to pay a $5 cash participation fee after signing the waiver and before playing.   Pay to the BSR staff that provided the waiver to be signed.  Bring exact $, we will be unable to break larger bills.  (1 $5 bill or 5 $1 bills, no change)
    (5) Subs will be expected to follow all league rules; we recommend subs review league rules before participating
    (6) Subs are NOT allowed to participate in end of season tournaments
    (7) Subs may not sub for more than one team for a given sports season
    (8) Subs may not sub more than two nights in any given sports season
    (9) Subs must complete a waiver and pay the sub participation fee each time they sub
  • Teams caught with illegal players or subs will lose all match games for that night
    • A second offense will result in the team being excluded from the playoffs

    Rosters:

    • There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster
    • The minimum number of players is 6
    • Coed teams
    • Minimum 1 female and 1 male playing each round
    • Players who register as free agents may be added to teams (captains will be notified first)
    • Additional players can be added to the roster anytime thru the start of the 3rd week of the season
    • Captains are responsible for the conduct of everyone on their teams, ensuring all players are legal and conform to league play standards

    Players:

    • All players must be listed on the roster and have signed the Be Social Richmond waiver for that league and season to participate
    • Players must be 21 years old at the start of the season
    • Players can only play for one team
    • Players are required to wear their league t-shirt during games
      • See the website FAQ section for what options you have if you do not have your league t-shirt for any reason
      • See the website FAQ section for t-shirt alteration rules
    • All players are expected to play with good sportsman-like conduct; after all this is a social league!
    • All players are expected to respect their own team, their opponents, and the ref(s)

    Players at the boards:

    • Each game, teams field up to 4 players to play on two sets of boards each round
      • Minimum one player female must play each round, if the team does not have a female they cannot win on one set of boards but can compete on the other
    • Teams that are shorthanded (NOTE: teams play on two boards at a time)
      • 1 player at game time
        • the player will play vs their opponent on board A and walk back & forth (just one guy is ok)
        • their team will take a loss on board B
      • 2 players at game time
        • if the players are different genders or both women then each plays on a different board and walks back and forth
        • if both players are men then they play on the same board and the team takes a loss on the other board
      • 3 players at game time
        • Two players will play on one board while the other walks (assuming at least one female is in the mix)
        • If all three players are the same gender, the player who’s walking will take a loss
      • 4 players at game time
        • Minimum one female player must play in one of the two games
    • In the playoffs or regular season any player that walks may only throw 3 bags instead of throwing 4 bags
    • Players arriving late may join games in progress (in an open end) provided their inclusion does not break the gender rules
    • A game win will be awarded to the other team at the start of the game (scheduled game time) and on each board where the other team is unable to field a legal team

    Playoff eligibility:

    • Teams with one or more forfeits during the regular season will be excluded from the playoffs
    • Teams caught using players that are not on their roster or whom were not signed up as legal subs will be excluded from the playoffs


      Equipment provided:

      • Cornhole boards & bags

      Nightly game vs the other team:

      • Nightly teams will play 8 games vs an opponent
      • Games will be played two at a time
      • Games will be limited to 12 minutes   (Most games end in approximately 9 minutes)
        • A two minute warning will be given to alert teams time is running low
      • Teams are assigned Blue or Red bags for each nights games
      • There is a rotation for teams to follow between each pair of games that has the goal of players always playing against other new players (there are captains sheets at the field that explain the rotation)
      • Due to team sizes, subbing, and a team playing short it may not be possible to always play with or against new players

      Cornhole is intended to be a fun social experience. If both teams agree prior to the start of play they can amend or ignore any game play rules as they see fit during the regular season. Examples include: Move the boards a little closer, agree not to follow the rotation, or choose not to enforce a cornhole foul. Teams are encouraged to be lax with each other on the rules at lower levels to increase the enjoyment of the activity for everyone.

      ALWAYS MAKE SURE BOTH TEAMS KNOW AND AGREE ON THE SCORE FOR THAT ROUND AND OF THE CURRENT GAME BEFORE BAGS ARE REMOVED FROM THE BOARD.

      Game play and field:

      • Field setup
        • Boards will be placed 25 feet apart from front to front
        • Games begin with all 8 bags on one board/side
        • Each team gets 4 bags of one color
      • Match and game time
        • The ref will sound the whistle when to begin throwing
        • After 10 minutes the ref will announce a two-minute warning (give or take)
        • The ref will announce when time has expired and for the teams to finish throwing
      • Where to stand
        • Players on the same team stand on the same side of the board
        • The side of the board is determined by which color bags have been assigned to your team
      • Game Play
        • Teams must follow player rotations
        • The team with the blue bags has honors in round one of all games
        • The team who has honors will begin play by throwing a cornhole bag at the opposite cornhole board
          • If a player throws out of turn see cornhole fouls below
        • Players from each team alternate throwing one bag at a time until all 8 bags have been thrown
        • A cornhole player may throw from anywhere on their assigned side and behind the front edge of the cornhole board they are throwing from
          • You may not cross in back of the hole
        • Scoring points
          • Three points for a bag in the hole
          • One point for a bag on the board
          • Any bag hanging off the board that does not touch the ground will count
          • Bags hanging off the front that stay on the board after the front of the board after it is lifted 4 inches off the ground count – if the bag falls off it doesn’t count
          • If a cornhole bag hits the ground then bounces up onto the board, remove that bag immediately - it does not count
        • Cancelation Scoring
          • After each round of throws, teams count the number of points their team scored and then points for that round are awarded to the team that outscored the other

      Example: team A got one in the hole and one on the board which is 4 points while their opponent got two on the board which is 2 points – team A scored 2 points that round

        • Winning a game
          • The first team to get 21 or more points wins that game
          • If no team has 21 points when time expires, the team with the most points wins
          • If both teams have the same number of points when time expires
            • All 4 bags are thrown back one time in the normal manner to try to break the tie
            • If there is still a tie, bags are then thrown one at a time until the tie is broken

      EXCEPTION – in the playoffs, teams can tie except for final championship games

        • League standings are based on winning percentage

      Regular Season vs Playoffs

      • During the regular season, all that matters is how many games your team won and lost that night; there can be no ties
      • During the playoffs: wins, losses, and points all matter

      Honors = Who Throws First?

      • The team with the blue bags has honors in round one of all games
      • The team who wins the round is given honors to throw first in the next round
      • If both cornhole teams have the same round score then the game score stays the same and honors stays with the team who had it the previous round

      Point System

      • 3 points for a cornhole bag that goes through the hole
      • 1 point for a cornhole bag that is on the playing surface
      • 1 point for a cornhole bag that is hanging into the hole
      • 1 point for a cornhole bag that is hanging off the edge but not touching the ground
      • 0 points for a cornhole bag that is on the playing surface, but also touching the ground
      • 0 points for a cornhole bag that is hanging off the front edge and is resting on a cornhole bag that is on the ground unless you can remove the bag on the ground without the one on the board falling – if so then 1 point is awarded

      Cornhole Fouls

      • A cornhole player’s foot that goes past the foot foul line (front of the cornhole board)
        • The throw the foul occurs on is voided and if the bag is on the board remove it
      • A Player throws out of turn
        • The throw the foul occurs on is voided
          • If it hit any bag on the board, reset the board
          • The bag is lost for that round
        • A player starts removing bags before the last bag is tossed or the score is set
          • The non-offending team has the option of asking that the round be replayed
          • All removed bags scores would count

      Overtime:

      • There is overtime during the regular season but not in the playoffs – except for the final championship match
      • For overtime all 8 bags are thrown if still a tie throw all 8 bags again if still a tie continue playing throwing 1 bag at a time per team until the tie is broken

      Playoffs:

      • Game points will need to be tracked for tie-breaking purposes       (except for championship games)
      • Insure both teams know and agree on the round and game score at all times
      • Seeding by: calculated points, Head to Head, Winning %, coin flip
      • Single elimination match format unique each season
      • Rotation rules must be followed during the playoffs
      • Advancing & winning
        • Teams winning more games than their opponent that round advance
        • Teams that split wins
          • If not the championship game; The team that scored the most points advances
          • If championship game or both teams scored the same number of points
            • Both teams pick any two players on their team for a throw off
            • All 8 bags are thrown from one board to the other
            • If there is still a tie then all 8 bags are thrown back
            • If there is still a tie then bags are thrown one at a time until the tie is broken
      • Teams late for playoff games – same as the regular season

        Refs:

        • The ref is there to facilitate the game, take down score results for teams at the end of game play, and consult on any rules questions

        All ref decisions are final. (team captains may email info@besocialrichmond.com to protest)

        All rules are subject to change when and as needed by BSR staff