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RCSSC Cornhole Rules

These rules were last updated on August 25, 2017.

General Team Rules

League Basics

RULE 1: TEAMS AND PLAYERS

 

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Section 1. Team Formation

  1. Leagues Offered. There are TWO indoor/outdoor cornhole leagues: SUPER SOCIAL and EXTREME SOCIAL.

 

  1. Season. Cornhole is offered on Mondays start as early 6:30 PM. All games will be played at the RCSSC Annex on Ranco Road.

 

  1. Number of Players. All teams must have a minimum of six players with at least two females, but there is no maximum. All players must be listed on the team roster and sign the RCSSC waiver before participating in a game.

 

  1. Adding Players. Teams can add players at any time until the second week of league play. From third week until the fourth week of play, a team must drop a player before it may add a player. The dropped player must give his or her tee shirt to the added player. After the fourth week of play, team rosters are frozen. See the Commissioner for additional roster forms.

 

  1. Players on the Pitch. A match consists of two teams of four people playing on two sets of boards, each pitching four bags per frame.

 

  1. Game Lineup. A team will have two pitchers per game per set of boards. At least one female MUST pitch in one of the two games per team at all times.

 

  1. Playing Short. A team must have at least four players present to start a game, one of whom must be female. If a team has fewer than four players show up for a match, then one bag will not be pitched for that team’s shorthanded board in each frame: there will be three bags instead of four.

Section 2. Player Restrictions

  1. Age. Team members must be 21 years old by the start of the season. The Commissioner may request confirmation of age from players throughout the season.

 

  1. Team Membership. Players may only play for one team, regardless of division.

 

  1. Violations. Teams that violate the rules in this section will forfeit the entire season’s games and must pay a fine.

Section 3. Uniforms

  1. Tee shirts. The RCSSC will provide each team with tee shirts for its roster. All players must wear the official RCSSC tee shirt for each game and playoffs.

 

  1. Permitted Alterations. Players may add their names, numbers, and other similar personal information to their tee shirts. Players may also add depictions of the American flag. Players’ additions may not cover the RCSSC or sponsor logo.

 

  1. Excluded Alterations. Players may not add any corporate information to their tee shirts, including website addresses and company names. Players may not include any offensive material on their tee shirts. The Commissioner has the exclusive right to determine whether additions are offensive.

 

  1. Penalty. Players who do not wear the official RCSSC tee shirt will be sidelined for that game. Players caught exchanging shirts will also be sidelined, and if the players are not listed on the team roster, the team will forfeit the game and must pay a fine. Teams with players who violate alteration guidelines must purchase new RCSSC shirts ($20/shirt), and the team will forfeit all games until it has paid for the new shirts.

RULE 2: MATCH PLAY

Section 1. Facilities and Equipment

  1. Facility. All games are played at RCSSC Annex on Ranco Road.

 

  1. Equipment. The RCSSC will provide all required equipment.

 

  1. Court Setup.

 

  1. Referees. The RCSSC will provide a referee to oversee all matches.

Section 2. Clock

  1. Match Time. 

 

  1. Game Clock. The RCSSC referee will keep the official time clock. A two-minute warning will be given before the start of each match. The referee will announce all starts, stops, and warnings.

   

  1. Last Game. Any game still in progress once the buzzer sounds may complete the current frame. The points will be tallied, and the team with the most points will win that game. Games can end in a tie.

Section 3. Play of Game

  1. Start of Play.

 

  1. Game. Each game shall be played to 21 points. The first team to reach (or exceed) that number at the conclusion of a frame is the winner.

 

  1. Team Play. Teams will switch partners every 15 minutes. Partners cannot play back-to-back 15 minutes. NO TWO PLAYERS CAN PLAY MORE THAN 30 MINUTES (OR TWO 15-MINUTE GAMES) AS PARTNERS DURING A MATCH.

 

  1. Gender Play. At least one female from each team must be playing in a game at all times.

 

  1. Frame. A frame consists of a team of two pitching four bags from one board to another (one team member at each end of the board, pitching four bags each). Team players must pitch all four bags from the same side of the board in a frame.

 

  1. Pitching. Players alternate pitching bags (one player at a time) until each player has pitched four bags.

 

  1. Pitching the Next Frame. The team that scored in the preceding frame shall pitch first in the next frame. If neither team scores, the team that pitched first in the preceding frame shall retain first pitch in the next frame.

 

  1. Substitutions. Substitutions may be made only between games and/or if there is an injury.

  2. Timeouts. There are no timeouts.

 

  1. Raking Cornhole Bags. If bags become piled inside the cornhole board hole and could interfere with or obstruct the next pitch, or if there is a question as to whether a cornhole bag would have naturally fallen through the hole, a player may ask to “rake” the cornhole bags that have fallen inside the hole.

Section 4. Scoring

  1. Points. Points will be scored as follows:

 

  1. Foul Bags. A foul occurs when a bag touches the ground before reaching the playing surface or when a player crosses the foul line when pitching a bag. If a foul bag lands on the playing surface or comes to rest touching the ground and the board, it must be removed immediately.

 

  1. Cancellation Scoring. The points of one team cancel out the points of its opponent. Only one team can score in each frame.

 

  1. Points. Once all four players from both teams have pitched a bag, that frame is complete, and noncanceling points pitched will be recorded. The first team to 21 points will win that game.

 

  1. Scorekeeping. The RCSSC will provide the scoring device.

Section 5. Contact During Game

If an opposing player obstructs the pitcher by touching the player or corn bag or engages in any other inappropriate behavior, the pitcher will get a repitch of that bag. If this behavior continues, the offending player will be asked to sit for the remainder of the game.

RULE 3: FORFEITS AND INCLEMENT WEATHER

  1. Minimum Players. A team may play short the entire match. If a team has fewer than four players show up for a match, than one bag will not be pitched for that team’s shorthanded board in each frame, so there will be three bags instead of four. If a team does not have at least three players and/or at least one female during the 75-minute match, it will be assessed a loss, and a $30 forfeit fine will be assessed.

  2. Avoiding Forfeit. If a team contacts the RCSSC 24 hours prior to match time, a forfeit fine will not be assessed. This will allow the opposing coach to inform his or her team of the forfeit. E-mail the forfeit notice to rivercityssc@aol.com.

 

  1. Fine. The forfeit fine will be contributed to the forfeiting team’s opponent’s bar tab the following week. The fine recipient must use the tab the following week: the fine will not be carried over.

 

  1. Time of Payment. The $30 forfeit deposit will be used for one game. Any additional forfeit fines must be paid before the next scheduled game.

 

  1. Failure to Pay. Teams that fail to pay an assessed fine before the subsequent week’s game will have two points subtracted from their win total. After the second week, the fine will double.

 

  1. Ejection. After three weeks of nonpayment, the Commissioner may eject the team from the league.

 

  1. Inclement Weather Policy. In case of inclement weather, check the RCSSC weather hotline (804) 307-7294 and your e-mail for updates. If you do not receive a cancellation e-mail and there is no cancellation message on the RCSSC voicemail, all games are on.

RULE 4: SPORTSMANSHIP

  1. Social Aspect of League. Teams should patronize the sponsor bar after games. The league’s focus is on being social, not winning or losing.

 

  1. Rules. Players are expected to know the rules and abide by them.

 

  1. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Any RCSSC member who does not conduct himself or herself, whether on or off the field, in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and respect for his or her own teammates and other teams will be removed from the league. RCSSC staff will keep a record of all players and/or teams who engage in unsportsmanlike conduct.

 

  1. Types of Illegal Conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 

  1. Player Penalties. Ejected players cannot play in the following week’s game. Players who engage in two offenses will be suspended from the league and cannot participate in any RCSSC sports for one year.

 

  1. Team Penalties. Teams that engage in two offenses will be ineligible to participate in any RCSSC sports for one year.

 

  1. Fighting. Fighting will result in a player’s or a team’s permanent suspension from the RCSSC.

RULE 5: TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Points Awarded. Points will be awarded to teams as follows:

 

  1. Playoffs. The Commissioner will determine the number of teams making the playoffs in each division. The computerized playoff wizard will break regular season record ties. Playoff games may be scheduled on days other than regular game days. LEAGUE SHIRTS MUST BE WORN DURING PLAYOFFS.

 

  1. Best of Eight-Game Series. The series will be limited to 40 minutes, two board sets, and four tossers. The female rule applies.

 

  1. Super Social Division Playoffs. The series will consist of 10-minute games.

 

  1. Throw Off. In the event of a tie, proceed to this four-bag team toss. The players tossing for their team when time expires will be the ONLY ones eligible for the throw off.

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