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Cornhole. It’s coming to a bar near you

By | ACO in the Media (coverage in news)

If you’ve been to a bar, tailgate or big outdoor event lately, you may have seen people throwing beanbags at a slanted wooden board with a hole in it.

Even if you didn’t necessarily recognize it, this is cornhole, a game also known by the alternative names of bags, beanbag toss or even baggo. Cornhole, as it is officially called by most organizations, is rising in popularity. And some people are taking this traditional backyard pastime pretty seriously; a growing league of semi-professionals now tours the nation to play every weekend.

The California State Fair is gearing up to host its second annual cornhole championship on Saturday on the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. Hosting two divisions – a serious one and a social one – the event currently has nine registered teams. The championship requires a $50 registration fee per team, and the winners will receive a still undisclosed amount of prize money.

The competition is held through the California Cornhole Association (CCA), which is working to promote the sport in the western region of the U.S.

Frank Geers, CEO of the national American Cornhole Organization, said the sport has broad appeal. “(We’ve got) 12-year-old girls, and we’ve got 92-year-old men pitching a bag,” he said.

Most people get into the game after seeing it played at social events, or after playing it with friends. One player at the midtown Sacramento watering hole Der Biergarten recalls playing it with his family on camping trips. A couple years later, when visiting friends at Chico State University, he found himself playing “baggo” again in their front yards and on the streets of their neighborhood. For him, the game has always been a fun way to do something while socializing.

Jill Huckels, a student at Stanford University, described her experience of playing cornhole at bars as “refreshing,” saying that “it’s nice to be able to go out to a bar and experience alternatives to just sitting at the bar counter or dancing.” She first saw cornhole at school events, but has done most of her playing in bars around Nashville.

Cornhole is played with two platforms, two sets of four bags – which are either beanbags or bags filled with dried corn kernels – and two teams made up of either one or two players. The teams take turns “pitching” the bags from an area called the “pitcher’s box.” The competitor cannot pass the line of the pitcher’s box when throwing. All four bags have to be thrown in a row before the next player can begin. Once the players (whether it be two or four) have thrown their bags, they will move over to throw from the other side. All contestants will be pitching from the same side.

There are many variations, but the most basic rules state that a team much reach or surpass 21 points to win. A bag in the hole is worth three and a bag on the wooden board is worth one point.

The origins of cornhole aren’t clear. One story attribute’s the game’s invention to Heyliger de Windt, a businessman from Winnetka, Ill., who patented a game named “Parlot Quoits,” which resembles cornhole. Another story tells of a German man who invented cornhole as a safer amusement for a group of young boys, who had been tossing rocks in holes, rather than beanbags. Several others give credit to Native American tribes who used dried beans to fill up their bags. Whatever its origins, the game has evolved and groups such as the ACA and the ACO have created rulebooks, standard measurements and serious tournaments.

These culminate in the ACO World Series, a tournament that earns victors $30,000. The ACO is hosting World Series XII from July 25 to 29 in Owensboro, Ky. Geers said that about a dozen players from California will be competing in the event.

The presence of serious tournaments aside, most people play cornhole for fun – often with a beer in the other hand.

Urban Sports Los Angeles (USLA) is a good example of this. When Jeff Ahn proposed adding cornhole to its list of recreational sport leagues to co-founder Sae Lee six years ago, Lee was hesitant. Californians had not yet given the sport much of a try, and Lee feared that they would not sign up.

Much to Lee’s surprise, 30 people signed up for the league the first year, motivated by the fact that cornhole was mostly played in bars, meaning food and drinks are also involved.

Last season, the club’s fifth, saw the highest numbers so far, allowing USLA to host a cornhole tournament for 500 people (which included non-members) at an L.A. Live event in Grand Central Market.

What’s going on at the ACO World Championships of Cornhole XII?

By | ACO News (from the ACO), Uncategorized
ACO World Championships of Cornhole XII Owensboro Convention Center Owensboro, KY July 25th – 29th, 2017
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Over $30,000 in Cash and Prizes!

Featured Events:

ACO Big Blind Draw – 7/25/17

o $1,000 purse
o FREE to all Golden Ticket holders
o $20 per player entry for all others
o Register online beginning 6/5/2017
· ACO Corporate Slyder Cup – 7/24/17
o Prizes
o Open registration for all Corporate teams
o Call 888-563-2002 for Corporate registration

World Slyder Cup – 7/26/17

o $1,500 purse + prizes
o Open to all teams
o Maximum of 2 ACO-PRO players per team
o $100 per 5 player team
o Register online beginning 6/5/2017

Certified Official Shootout – 7/26/17

o $1,000 purse + prizes
o FREE to all ACO Certified Officials
o Must be an ACO Certified Official to participate
o Closed registration for Certified Officials beginning 6/5/17

RPI Qualifiers World Singles & Doubles – 7/27/17

o Golden Ticket holders
o Must be a qualified a ACO Member to participate

Juniors Championships – 7/28/17

o Prizes
o Open registration for all Juniors players
o FREE entry for players ranked 1-8 on the Juniors rankings
o $10 per player
o Must be an ACO Member to participate
o Register online beginning 6/5/2017

Womens Championships – 7/28/17

o $2,000 purse + prizes
o Open registration for all Womens players
o FREE entry for players ranked 1-12 on the Womens rankings
o $20 per entry
o Must be an ACO Member to participate
o Register online beginning 6/5/2017

Seniors Championships – 7/28/17

o $2,000 purse + prizes
o Open registration for all Seniors players
o FREE entry for players ranked 1-12 on the Seniors rankings
o $20 per entry
o Must be an ACO Member to participate
o Register online beginning 6/5/2017

Doubles Championships – 7/28/17

o $10,000 purse + prizes
o Golden Ticket is required for participation
o See Golden Ticket details below

Singles Championships – 7/29/17

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o $10,000 purse + prizes
o Golden Ticket is required for participation
o See Golden Ticket details below
Golden Ticket Details:

What is a Golden Ticket?

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AN EPISODE OF THE TACO THAT TALKS ABOUT THE GOLDEN TICKET!

o A Golden Ticket includes:
§ 1 entry into the ACO World Singles Championship
· RPI, Tiers, and/or World Singles Bracket
§ ½ entry into the ACO World Doubles Championship
· RPI, Tiers, and/or World Doubles Bracket
§ 1 entry into the $1,000 Big Blind Draw
§ 1 ACO World T-Shirt
§ 1 ticket for Door Prize drawings
· Who is eligible for a Golden Ticket?
o In order to obtain a Golden Ticket a player must participate in a minimum of 4 ACO points earning events. Each event must carry different event title
§ Pick 4 of the following events:
· ACO Cornhole Classic (Regional)
· ACO HoleOween Classic (Regional)
· ACO Turkeyhole Classic (Regional)
· ACO HoleIday Classic (Regional)
· ACO MaizeKraze (Regional)
· ACO Icehole Classic (Regional)
· ACO Cornhole Madness (Regional)
· ACO SpringFling (Regional)
· ACO Cornhole De Mayo (Regional)
· ACO Charleston Major
· ACO Anaheim Major
· ACO Lakeland Major
· ACO Monroeville Major
· ACO Champaign Major
· ACO Knoxville Major
· ACO Las Vegas Major
· ACO Owensboro Major
· ACO Kenansville Major
· ACO Peachtree City Major
· ACO Kalamazoo Major
· ACO Virginia Beach Major
· ACO Northern California Major
· ACO Foley Major
· How to get a Golden Ticket:
o All players who finish ACO Season XII ranked 1-40 on the ACO World Singles Rankings will win a FREE Golden Ticket
o All players who are a member of a team who finish ACO Season XII ranked 1-20 on the ACO World Doubles Rankings will win a FREE Golden Ticket
o All players who finish ACO Season XII ranked 41-80 in the ACO World Singles Rankings will be eligible to purchase their ticket for $50 online beginning 6/5/17
o All players who finish ACO Season XII ranked 81 and over in the ACO World Singles Rankings will be eligible to purchase their ticket for $100 online beginning 6/5/17
· SPECIAL NOTES:
o There will be 600 Golden Tickets available for purchase
o Beginning on 6/5/17, players ranked 41-640 on the World Singles Rankings will have first opportunity to purchase their Golden Tickets.
o Beginning on 6/12/17, registration will open for players ranked 641 and over on the World Singles Rankings, on a first come first serve basis.
Basic Schedule of Events (Complete format to come)

Tuesday July 25th, 2017

· Welcome to the ACO World Championships XII!
· $1,000 Big Blind Draw
· Corporate Slyder Cup
· Blind Draws / Open Courts
· Other activities and times to be announced

Wednesday July 26th, 2017

· ACO World Slyder Cup Championships
· ACO Certified Official Shootout
· Other activities and times to be announced

Thursday July 27th, 2017

· Ranked Players Invitational (RPI) – Singles
· Ranked Players Invitational (RPI) – Doubles
· Tier Group Play

Friday July 28th, 2017

· Tier Group Play (Continued)
· ACO Doubles Tiers Championships
· ACO World Doubles Championships
· ACO World Juniors Championships
· ACO World Womens Championships
· ACO World Seniors Championships

Saturday July 29th, 2017

· ACO Singles Tiers Championships
· ACO World Singles Championships
o Saturday evening top 4 Finals

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