Cornhole Tournament Essentials

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As cornhole has become even more popular due to the rapid rise of professional cornhole through the American Cornhole League (ACL) cornhole players have become more interested in playing or starting cornhole tournaments. Whether playing professionally in cornhole tournaments, hosting one with family and friends, or for a corporate outing there are a few necessities that will be needed to host and setup a cornhole tournament. 

Cornhole Tournament Essentials

If you are going to start, host or setup a cornhole tournament you’re going to need the necessary equipment like cornhole boardscornhole bags along with potentially scoreboards or pitch pads if you are looking to take your tournament to the next level.

Slick Woody’s has all of the necessary equipment from premium regulation cornhole boards, professional and ACL approved cornhole bags, pitch pads and much more! If you are trying to host a tournament we even offer a cornhole tournament starter kit that has everything you need all in one package!

Now that we have briefly covered the necessary equipment in order to host or start a cornhole tournament, let’s dive into the logistics and different types of cornhole tournaments.

How to Host and Run Cornhole Tournaments

There are a plethora of different reasons for hosting a cornhole tournament, including hosting a charity event, competing for fun with family and friends, or playing for prizes and money.

The first thing to consider when deciding about hosting a cornhole tournament is making sure that you have ample space to do so. Regulation cornhole rules call for twenty-seven feet to be between each board during a game cornhole. Therefore, if you are going to make multiple cornhole courts going at one time there will need to be a lot of space available.

A benefit to having multiple cornhole courts for hosting or running cornhole tournaments is that it gives the players or host, more flexibility to do single or double elimination tournaments. This can be a great benefit especially if you are hosting a cornhole tournament for charity because you could double the amount of entries.  

Outside of the main equipment necessary to put on a cornhole tournament like cornhole boards, bags, and space to host a tournament, there is some technology that you can use to your advantage in setting up or hosting a cornhole tournament.

Instead of using traditional scoreboards with pegs to keep score, you can simply download the Scoreholio App  to meet all of your scoring and cornhole tournament bracket needs.

If you are someone that needs a refresher on the official rules of cornhole prior to hosting or your cornhole tournament, check out one of our previous blogs on the rules and setup of cornhole here.

How to Play in a Cornhole Tournament

For someone that is not particularly interested in hosting a cornhole tournament but would rather find some local or state tournaments to play in will need to consider a few things.

First, is the cornhole tournament(s) that you are trying enter a sanctioned ACL cornhole tournament? If it is, you will need to make sure that you are a member of the American Cornhole League in order to participate. Curious in what it takes to become a member? Check out their website which lays out their different membership options.

Another important factor to consider if you are someone that is only interested in participating in ACL cornhole tournaments, is that the ACL offers a wide variety of cornhole tournaments.

The ACL has six different event types:

  • local
  • regional
  • conference
  • open
  • shootout
  • nationals

All of these events will differ in terms of competition and points for the ACL standings. Either way, if you are someone interested in playing in ACL certified cornhole tournaments, grab a set of ACL certified pro bags and register for a local tournament.

Slick Woody’s Cornhole Tournaments

Over the past couple of years Slick Woody’s Cornhole Co. has been able to hold some pretty awesome cornhole tournaments we have held them at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa and the Dustin Fox Cornhole Tournaments held at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio as well as at Slick Woody’s Headquarters benefiting the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.

Be sure to stay tuned to Slick Woody’s Cornhole Co. on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our website for updates on when our next cornhole tournaments will be held.

There can be a lot that goes into running, hosting, or playing in a cornhole tournament and it can be overwhelming at times. However, there is an immense amount of gratitude and excitement when you are hosting a cornhole tournament and see the amount of people that enter to play and the joy they get from competing against one another.  

Be sure to send us pictures of your Slick Woody’s cornhole boards being used in your tournaments.