Backyard Battle of the Bags Rules


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 game in each bracket, scores will be self-reported by players.  Please play your games and report your actual score!  For the championship game in each bracket, we will ask players to video their play and submit via email so we can verify final scores and declare a bracket winner (details on that to follow).

This is a charity fundraising event and not a professional tournament. Please abide by the rules below. 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).

This is a single player (not teams), single-elimination tournament that is set-up differently than a typical cornhole tournament so please read the full rules. 

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
  • One game will consist of one player completing 10 rounds of 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 of their 10 rounds to get a total game score.
  • Players submit their game score via email to by 8 p.m.
  • Your score must be submitted via email by 8:00 p.m. on the date of each match (if no score is entered or submitted by 8:00 p.m., you forfeit that game).
  • 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 game. This information does not need to be submitted with the score for each game. 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 game.
  • “Playing Ahead” in the tournament is allowed, but you must submit the score for each game in the order that you threw them. For example, if you go out on a Saturday and throw 10 rounds (4 bags per round) and score a 62 and then throw another 10 rounds and score a 75, you would submit the score of 62 for Saturday as instructed above. If you win that game and advance to Sunday, you can then submit the score of 75 on Sunday for that game. This rule is meant to allow people to play in the tournament who might have a scheduling conflict or vacation that does not allow them to play every day of the schedule tournament if they were to continue to advance. Players may also want to play multiple games in a single day if inclement weather is forecast. If players who are playing ahead want to submit multiple game scores at one time, they can. In their email to, they should submit their results as Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, etc.  The scores will be applied to future games if the player advances.

Tournament Set-Up

  • This is a single player tournament (not teams).
  • All players who are registered and paid by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19th will be randomly placed into 32-player brackets (unless an entire bracket is purchased). 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 include instructions on how players should submit scores via email. Players submit their game score via email to by 8 p.m.
  • Players will have from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to play their match and to submit their scores. If scores are not submitted by 8:00 p.m., players forfeit their assigned match.
  • The Head Judge (Haven House’s Director of Development) has the discretion to extend the playing time allotted for matches (i.e., in the event of inclement weather). You can contact the Head Judge at if needed.
  • Haven House will post links to updated brackets nightly on the main Backyard Battle of the Bags event page
  • 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 emailed to tournament winners.

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