Welcome to Boston Cornhole!  Our goal is to increase the presence of the exciting, fun game of cornhole in Boston and the Northeast.  Boston Cornhole promotes the game of cornhole with the organization of Leagues, Tournaments, and Special Events at local venues.

For more information, write us at bostoncornhole@gmail.com or call us at (857) 225-2302.

Upcoming Events:

Monday Night Cornhole (non-ACO Nights) - Londonderry, NH - Mondays at 7 PM
Triple Threat Throwdown - Londonderry, NH - Saturday, November 14 at 1:15 PM

2020 - The Year in Review

posted Jan 1, 2021, 7:07 AM by Boston Cornhole

Boston Marathon Charity Tournament - February 2020

Welcome to Boston Cornhole, we run tournaments in New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  That's a very fitting tagline for an anything but normal 2020.  While my odometer probably is not impressive enough to rename myself after a natural disaster, ironically, I have probably played more and personally run more tournaments in 2020 than past years.  The Boston Cornhole 10th Anniversary quietly came and gone in November.  While things have changed over the past decade, the hustle is still there and after navigating our way through 2020, I think the future is pretty bright.  Below are some highlights from a year that we will not soon forget.

A Return to Competitive Cornhole

With the corporate market killed by the pandemic, Boston Cornhole adapted and re-entered the competitive world of cornhole....nice story, but not exactly true.  I have a pic from the first hour of 2020 with Chantha Luk.  Even before the shit show started in March, the goal was to return to hosting competitive cornhole at the top level.  This past August, the decision was made to return to the ACO  For Season 16.  Fast forward to the last day of the year and in New England over the past four months, we have offered 16 opportunities to earn ACO Regional points and we have 100+ ACO members spread across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island for the current season.  Check that box!  At Boston Cornhole, we run tournaments!

Another advantage of competing in the Northeast again is that I get so see some of my favorite people from my favorite sororities.  A big thanks to the Rice Baggers for continuing to support Boston Cornhole.  Several Doghouse Cornhole members also purchased ACO memberships right from the start.  And I am now better acquainted with Wanted!  Head a bit south and John Moran, Ocean State Cornhole, and Boundary Kitchen & Bar are giving a HOLE lot of support in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

While I still do not think cornhole has arrived as a professional sport, if you want to top podiums in New England, you have to play and practice like a professional.   The winners of today play and practice every day.  While there may not be much monetary reward for greatness, talent and dedication does not go unnoticed.

Welcome to the Granite State

As spring turned to summer, my social distancing began to wane a bit.  To be honest, I was still enjoying not running tournaments, but missed the human interaction.  Ah, Hudson, NH isn't too far, let's check it out.  Of course I was familiar with the guys who run 603 and Skull It, but not with the folklore masses that play with these groups.  After a few Skull It Wednesdays, I was like wow, this is pretty cool and most of these players are almost as good as I am.  Shortly thereafter, I played a Friday night with Cornstars meeting April and Mike for the first time and they could not have been more welcoming.  Suddenly, I felt a little bad that I had so much Schadenfreude when the Old Man in the Mountain's face fell off!

If I am going to travel to NH to play, why not run tournaments there too?  As luck would have it, the Hole Bros, Bob and Rodney had Monday nights at Game Changer open...I'll take it!  As many of you know, this bar is like heaven to cornhole players.  Well, with boards, tablets and TV screens, it's set up pretty well for tournament directors too!  Stay tuned for bigger and better events north of the border!

COVID-19

We cannot address 2020 without a discussion of the pandemic.  And this is difficult because I have several opinions on the topic, but they are just that; right or wrong.  Therefore, maybe just briefly touch on a few cornhole-related things that I have noticed...

The pandemic has brought out the best in people...

The New England cornhole world is a microcosm of the real world with COVID-19 spikes hitting a few communities.  And just like the statistics reported daily, most had mild symptoms, some struggled, and recently, Eric Kohberger succumbed to the virus.  I only met Eric once at a Woohole Halloween tournament.  I warmed up with him and we won our match together when paired in Switcholio.  Polite and enthusiastic is what I remember.  He was also aptly dressed as the Rockstar that I now hear he was.  While nothing can fill the void that Eric's family is currently feeling, the love and generosity shown by the cornhole community is very precious and moving.  With a huge assist from the Dogcast guys, the local cornhole communities raised over $7K for Eric's family in just a few days.  Wow.

Don't let the pandemic bring out the worst in you...

There is so much we do not know about this virus, but one thing that is certain is that the virus does not know if it's Woohole, Boston Cornhole, Skull It, or Cornstars running tournaments in NH.  Regardless of who's holding the bracket, there is a risk.  Therefore, if you are only going to criticize one of these groups for hosting events, I reckon safety is not your motivation.  Likewise, if you have played unmasked during the pandemic, selectively questioning the mask protocol of other groups seems a bit petty and phony.  Please just be kind.  None of us want to host a super spreader tournament, nor infect a single person.  In most cases, players and directors follow safety protocols to reduce, but not eliminate risk.  But, we are human and may let our guards and masks down from time to time.

Not all heroes wear capes, some run tournaments...

Okay, perhaps there's some hyperbole there, but if f you are a small business owner, especially in the restaurant industry, then you know by now that the cavalry isn't coming.  However, maybe we are!  If we can find a way to stay within state guidelines to help restaurants and bars in this challenging time, then put us down for a reservation of 20-40!

The ACO Returns to New England with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

posted Dec 26, 2020, 5:44 AM by Boston Cornhole

ACO Season 16 North Atlantic Leaders

It's that time of the year again for the end of year blog entries and awards.  Kicking things off in a very different year is the return of American Cornhole Organization (ACO) tournaments in New England hosted by Boston Cornhole after an absence of a couple of years.  Let's take a closer look at the first four months of ACO Season 16 with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

The Good

As of the writing of this blog, we have 90+ ACO members in New England. whoa!  Not all have yet to enter a tournament, but we have also had several participate who are not official members.  Why so many more than before?  Well, cornhole does continue to grow exponentially and that is certainly the case in the Greater Boston area with more and more local sororities continuing to pop up.  And let's not forget the influence of big brother, ACL.  It's evident that competing in a national league is a thing and the ACO does offer another opportunity to do just that and see your names in big lights...or at least on a website.  While the pandemic has certainly presented several challenges to hosting cornhole events, Boston Cornhole will continue to do what we can within state guidelines so that players may compete and earn their alphabet points.  Also, keep in mind that Season 16 runs through July 2021.  With vaccines beginning to hit the market, let's be optimistic that the ACO in the North Atlantic Conference will be able to celebrate a successful Season 16!  Look for Regional tournaments at Game Changer in Londonderry, NH and Boundary Kitchen & Bar in Pawtucket, RI.

The Bad

With Majors just about every weekend, the ACO is a great travel league with superb competition and currently offers several more events than the ACL.  Unfortunately, most of you will have to take my word for it because the big events are not that close to civilization; Boston's nickname is the Hub for a reason!  I have to admit that I have enjoyed each and every city that I have visited in the past (Charleston, Knoxville, and Owensboro), but for those of us who live in the Northeast, these are not hop in the car and go destinations.  On the weekly TACO podcast, there is often talk of new Majors here and there, but the North Atlantic Conference is rarely mentioned.  If the area's current ACO resurgence is to continue beyond Season 16, the ACO brass has to deliver us something a little bit closer than York, PA.

The Ugly

"Is this tournament double-elimination?"  If I had a dollar for every time I was asked that question....but, all I can do is stare back like a deer in the headlights and offer up a disappointing response.  Seeded, double-elimination tournaments are the format for just about every ACO division.  While this is a very fair format, it does not scale well and does not nearly offer the same value (guaranteed matches) as alternatives on the market today.  I had very high hopes for the ACO and SCOREHOLIO partnership, but it has not been what I had expected.  It's frustrating because I feel as if Ben Budhu has delivered the "double-elimination vaccine", but we are not taking advantage of the product's best features.  For Regionals, please let me run a four match round-robin to a single-elimination bracket or I'll keep on bitchin'!


It's all about the bags!

posted Sep 7, 2020, 8:37 AM by Boston Cornhole

A modest collection by today's standards!

My social media timeline is filled with all things cornhole.  Tournaments, Pros looking for sponsors, podcasts...but nothing consumes more of my cyber real estate than cornhole bags!  From new releases to raffles and resellers, the bag revolution is real.  Let's take a closer look at this evolving phenomenon!

Bag prices need to go up

Economics 101 - Supply and Demand.  For the hottest bags, the demand has exceeded supply for quite some time.  Factor in the COVID-19 impact on supplies and that gap has never been larger.  But, for the most part, manufacturer prices have not climbed too much.  Why have the most basic principles of capitalism escaped bag pricing?  Higher prices may not be popular nor solve every problem, but they could relieve some stress on the production cycle.  In my opinion, if you have long wait times or need to temporarily stop taking orders, your bags are priced too far below market values.  If you do not adjust your prices, rest assured, the resellers will!  Even though you may lose a few customers with higher prices, you will be probably be making more profit doing the same amount of work.  And nothing screams the American Dream more than that!

As a consumer, I am still going to look for value and a good deal.  But, as a competitive player, bag availability is a major factor in choosing the bag I want to pitch.  I do not want to deal with the anxiety of not being able to purchase bags.  I will pay more, but please let me have those Reynolds Victory bags or AllCornhole Game Changer bags whenever I want them!

How do you break bags in?

Conventional wisdom would tell you that playing with them will do the trick and that is correct.  But, the timeline from "mail day" to tournament tip off may be a cause for some more drastic measures.  From washing with just the right amount of fabric softener to boiling them, these methods range from reasonable to insane!  Then again, I have Ultra Vipers, Reynolds Pro X, and Killshots 357 that I have not used in a tournament because they are not broken in.  So who's crazier, the guy tossing his bags into boiling water or the one buying all these bags and not using them!?  I am considering hiring someone to break in my bags.  I see it similar to fixing your dog...you don't want to witness it, but it needs to be done!

ACL Bags Matter

Perhaps that headline is an apropos buzzword, but it's true!  In my opinion, one of the biggest ACL contributions to the cornhole game has been the birth of the bag market.  Back in the day, the original ACO 450 bag was "the bag."  But, it was a sole-source product that soon ran into production delays and quality issues.  In contrast, the ACL's rise pushed an open-source bag policy.  That open source model with competing bag companies continues to create better products and the market we have today.  

The ACL brass are not working through the night stitching bags, but they have enabled others to be very profitable at doing just that.  Would any bag be a top seller if it were not ACL-approved?  I believe the answer to that is no.  And with that in mind, I do not have an issue with the new ACL bag policy that draws more revenue from the bag makers.  Cornhole is still a sport with no gate (consumers will not pay to watch it) and the sources of revenue and sponsorship are limited.  The potential bag revenue is just too big to ignore and companies need revenue to grow.

Looking through my "paper chasing" lens, I think the next "Game Changer" in the bag market would be a big company like Spalding or Wilson getting into the game.  Would cornhole even be on the radar of companies that work with the NBA and NFL?  I don't know, but if I were the ACO or ACL, I would continue to set bag policies on a season by season basis.  If any of those big company suits are reading this, your quickest path to success would be to go make Jeff Reynolds and Chad Littlewood very rich; they deserve it!

Will bags become collectibles?

My gut feeling is no, but I have been wrong before.  One thing that I noticed early on is that the cornhole demographic is filled with sneakerheads.  Yup, for the past decade, I have seen weak cornhole and shoe games!  Seriously, I see many parallels between sneakerheads and bagheads (did I just make that up) which means maybe collecting bags can become a thing.  Like some of the most desirable kicks (Jordan 1 BRED, Jordan 11 Concord), originals that had launched back in the day would probably be the most sought after.  With cornhole, "the day" is temporally much closer to the present, but the principle remains the same.  If I were putting a list together it would include ACO 450s, Reaper Slide-Rites, OG Game Changer, Lavender Pro Advantage, and White Widows.  On the flip side, client customized bags would probably hold the least value...including all my Boston Cornhole branded bags...sigh. 

The ACO is back in New England...here's what you need to know!

posted Aug 22, 2020, 12:39 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Aug 24, 2020, 10:19 AM ]

Season 16 kicks off in September!

COVID-19 and Cornhole...

posted Mar 29, 2020, 11:09 AM by Boston Cornhole

2020 - Living and breathing history

Switcholio the right way!

posted Feb 3, 2020, 9:43 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Feb 3, 2020, 11:04 AM ]

It's 2020 and everyone's doing it...

A review of Smokin J's from Tampa Bay Cornhole!

posted Jan 26, 2020, 3:20 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Jan 26, 2020, 6:37 PM ]

Found this bag flying under the radar...
I am becoming partial to white bags!

Pinh is the Perfect Choice for the 2019 Player of the Year!

posted Dec 31, 2019, 9:38 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Dec 31, 2019, 3:34 PM ]

From winning in my hometown to winning everywhere!
Pinh Pen circa July 2017

Woohole is the 2019 Team of the Year!

posted Dec 30, 2019, 11:44 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Dec 30, 2019, 12:23 PM ]

Anybody can play, anybody from Woohole can win!

Turf War Champions, an ACL Pro, the top young players, and Conference Champs!  Welcome to Woohole!

Arooga's Attleboro is the 2019 Tournament of the Year!

posted Dec 30, 2019, 9:24 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Dec 30, 2019, 12:05 PM ]

New faces, good competition, and an upset!
Freddie and Skip got the win on a hot day!

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