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Backyard Battle of the Bags Rules

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Thank you for joining Haven House Services’ Charity fundraiser.

This tournament is meant to be fun for everyone and the most important rule of this tournament is that it is based on the honor system.  Other than the championship match in each bracket, scores will be self-reported by players.  Please play your matches and report your actual score!  For the championship match in each bracket, we will ask players to video their play and upload/submit so we can verify final scores and declare a bracket winner (details on that to follow).

Second, Haven House Services is a nonprofit organization. Please be patient with us in the event that we encounter any hiccups. Please also note that we reserve the right to change the tournament rules as needed at any time (such as extending the time allowed to play a game due to inclement weather).

What You Need to Play

  • A cornhole board (1)
  • At least 4 bags
  • An area to play that allows at least 27 feet from the end of the board to your throwing line (outside or inside playing areas allowed)
  • A measuring tape or way to measure 27 feet from the end of the board to your throwing line
  • A way to mark your throwing line

How You Keep Score

  • Players will stand anywhere behind their throwing line; throw bags from behind the line
  • Players play 10 rounds by tossing 4 bags a total of 10 times (4 bags tossed = 1 round; tossing 40 bags in total). Clear the cornhole board of any bags between rounds.
  • All 10 rounds are thrown consecutively
  • Count every bag, no mulligans/do overs
  • Bag on the board is 1 point
  • Bag in the hole is 3 points
  • Bag must land and stay on the board (without touching the ground before or after) or go through the hole to score
  • Maximum point total per round is 12; per game is 120.
  • Players add up their scores for each round to get their final score for the tournament.
  • The email the player receives prior to each game will include a link to a website where the player can record their score as they play.
  • Players may also choose to manually record their score and submit it via email to once the game is complete.
  • Your score must be correctly entered via the online link or submitted via email by 6:00 p.m. on the date of each match (if no score is entered or submitted by 6:00 p.m., you forfeit that match).
  • For the purpose of tie-breaking only, players should also make a note of how many bags in the hole (3-pointers) are made during each match. This information does not need to be submitted with the score for each match. The Head Judge will contact you in the event of a tie to collect this information. In the event of a tie, the player who had the most 3-pointers in the match wins the match.

Tournament Set-Up

  • All players who are registered and paid by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21st, 2021, will be placed into 32-player brackets using software. Within each bracket, opponents will be selected by random draw.
  • Each 32-player bracket is single elimination. There will be a winner in each bracket.
  • All registered players will receive an email by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, with details about their first game. The email will contain detailed instructions on how players can track and submit scores online either using the tournament software or via email.
  • Players will have from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to play their match and to submit their scores. If scores are not submitted by 6:00 p.m., players forfeit their assigned match.
  • The Head Judge has the discretion to extend the playing time allotted for matches (i.e., in the event of inclement weather).
  • There is an online tournament dashboard that enables players to see their full bracket and results. The link will be in every email players receive during the tournament.
  • For the championship game in each bracket, players must record their game in addition to submitting their score. Players in the championship game for each bracket will receive an email with instructions on how to create and upload their video. Once video is reviewed by the Head Judge, a winner for each bracket will be declared.


  • There will be one winner declared for each 32-player bracket in the tournament. The winner of each bracket will win a $100 Amazon gift card. Prizes will be mailed to tournament winners.

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