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:  

ACO Turkeyhole - Pawtucket, RI - Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 12 PM 
Toys For Tots - Pawtucket, RI - Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12 PM 

Boston Cornhole Boards are now available for purchase!

posted Nov 26, 2015, 7:35 AM by Boston Cornhole

Order now to have them for the holidays!
A 3/4" deck on tournament style, painted frames
Own the same boards we use at our tournaments

The Lowdown from Dedham!

posted Nov 22, 2015, 1:48 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 3:24 PM ]

Chris presents the prize to the Champs!

Everything seems to be going right for Henry Meng this week.  On Thursday, he was a winner in the Woburn Cornhole League and on Saturday he entered the winner's circle at the inaugural Boston Crusaders' Titletown Tournament.  Heck, even the steering wheel is on the right side of his car!  And while I thought he had a strong partner on Thursday, he certainly upgraded for the Saturday tilt.  Known as The Godfather or Boo (Uncle) to the Mill City Crew, the rest of the competition should just call him Daddy based on the way he played on Saturday.  Congrats and we hope to see both of you at many more tournaments in the future!

Let's not forget the usual suspects as the field was very strong.  It looks like we have finally found our cornhole Mason-Dixon Line in Dedham as there were several Northern and Southern Massachusetts teams in attendance including some new pairings of familiar faces.  Happy to see everyone getting along!  The runner-ups on the day were the Rhody Brothers who overcame an early setback to make it to the finals.  Regulars at the Boundary Brewhouse on Monday nights, it looks like a HOLE lot of practice has paid off for the Ocean State Cornhole duo!  Rounding out the podium were Sarge and Richie Queen.  This partnership is the aftermath of the fall of 40 Plus.  Sarge has partnered with the other half of 40 Plus on occasion and while a Queen doesn't necessarily trump an Ace, it was nonetheless a strong effort from this pairing by cashing a check in their debut.

And while the Crusader faithful did not advance to the final rounds of the tournament, I was impressed with how engaged they were in following the action.  As the going got tough and the tough got going, all eyes were on the sacks flying through the air!  My takeaway from Dedham is that the competition level in the area continues to rise exponentially.  While the final outcome may not be predictable, odds are that the path to the finals may resemble a trip down the Ho Chi Minh Trail!  We are so happy to have the boys from Lowell on the scene.  They will force everyone to improve their play and force me to step up my sneaker game!

'Tis the Season for some Cornhole!

posted Nov 16, 2015, 3:52 PM by Boston Cornhole

Corporate Cornhole at Ned Devine's in Faneuil Hall

Turkey day is just around the corner and after that follows the Holiday Season.  It's no secret that team building events are our favorite and this year we want to replace your mistletoe with some cornhole!  Engaging, competitive, and tons of fun, pitch some bags with your co-workers while spreading the holiday cheer.

The Corporate Package includes:
  • 4'x2' Regulation Boards
  • Player's Choice (stick/slick) resin bags
  • Score Towers
  • Tournament Bracket Management
  • Assistance finding a suitable venue
We work with venues from Boston to Rhode Island including The Baseball Tavern, Ned Devine's, and the Boundary Brewhouse.  If you're looking for cornhole, you have come to the right spot!  Not familiar with cornhole?  Check out our team building video from this past summer!

To book your event, write to us at bostoncornhole@gmail.com or call us at (857) 225-2302.

Competitive Cornhole - A model and culture like no other

posted Nov 15, 2015, 9:18 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Nov 15, 2015, 9:21 AM ]

Would trophies alone ever suffice for a prize?

"If I tap this putt in, I win my foursome by three strokes!  I can't wait to get to the clubhouse and see how much the golf course is going to pay me..."  "The band was great tonight, definitely worth the cover, and I danced all night.  I was probably the best dancer, what do you think the payout is gonna be?"  "Great movie, a surprise ending, but I knew the butler did it!  That's worth at least a popcorn and a soda, right?"

Does the above sound ridiculous?  Of course it does because there are costs to maintaining a golf course, hiring a band, and running a movie theater.  The consumer pays in exchange for the entertainment provided; it's pretty simple.  The same is true in cornhole as bags break, boards wear, and you need a competent person to run your tournament.  However, the obvious sometimes gets a bit cloudy in the competitive cornhole world where some have arrived at the consensus that what you put in, you must get out!  This concept was reinforced to me a week ago in a conversation that criticized a bar for taking some of the tournament entry fees to pay the DJ that was hired.  Should the business a bar receives from hosting cornhole be enough profit?  Should the person running the tournament be paid for bringing the equipment and facilitating the bracket (it's no secret how I feel about this)?  Like many things, there is not a single answer.  But, as more and more people begin hosting weekly tournaments, perhaps it is worth looking at the current model and considering some alternatives.

Most weekly events have adopted a format with a modest tournament buy-in (usually $5) and 100% payout; sometimes a bar may kick in more money with the hopes of drawing larger crowds.  Others may not agree, but in my opinion, this format has done as much harm as good to the rise of cornhole.  Right off the bat, the concept of 100% payout fosters a sense of entitlement among players that is not present in other recreation and entertainment activities.  Are the cash prizes drawing more people to these tournaments?  Prove it!  I think the difference is negligible as cornhole is such a great game, it can stand on its own.  Even with modest entry fees, there are complaints with the partner selection process in blind draws.  And the more cash involved, it seems like the more problems!  When a bar in Woonsocket offers a $300 prize, friends don't tell friends about it to avoid the competition.  Nothing rubs people the wrong way and is more divisive than secret tournaments!

I've stated my issues with the current trend, so what's the alternative?  For starters, let's properly categorize cornhole for what it is.  Weekly cornhole events are meant to bring patrons to the bar on an off night just like trivia, paint nights, and karaoke.  In the aforementioned, there may or may not be an entry fee and gift cards usually suffice as prizes.  Oh, and the trivia jockey, paint night host, and karaoke emcee are paid by the bar.  A note to bar managers, pay your tournament directors too!  Very rarely, do you get things right on the first try, but if I think back to cornhole at Jake N JOE'S in 2012; that seemed like a format that worked!  There was NO entry fee, the bar provided some great prizes (eg Yankees/Sox tickets), and the tournament director was compensated.  Oh, and the crowds were no larger or smaller than what is seen at weekly tournaments today!   For bars thinking about hosting their own cornhole night, I would recommend this format and if you value your liquor license, become familiar with the following Massachusetts Laws.

Introducing the Cornhole Lounge!

posted Nov 7, 2015, 9:39 AM by Boston Cornhole

Let's face it, cornhole continues to blow up in the Boston area with new weekly blind draws, board builders from all over New England, and fundraiser tournaments just about every weekend.  With apologies to those secret tournament lovers, our goal is to create a see something, say something, one-stop shopping destination for all things cornhole!  Hence, the birth of the "Cornhole Lounge" (not to be confused with the guy who finishes in 2nd place).

While the Lounge resides on the Boston Cornhole website, the intent is NOT to make this part of the Boston Cornhole propaganda machine; we have websites and facebook pages for that.  While the forum will be moderated, we will stick to an open source format and almost all are welcome to contribute and collaborate.  Of course, we ask that you be respectful and follow the golden rule.

To post in the Cornhole Lounge, the following is required:
  • You must have a Google account (free) as the forum is a Google Group; if you have gmail, you already have a Google account.
  • You must request entry in to the Boston Cornhole Group*
*Membership in the group is only required to prevent SPAM attacks.  While I am sure there are jobs out there where you can make $3K per week from home, this is not the forum for that.

Any cornhole-related topic is fair game, but here is a list of potential discussion themes:
  • Weekly Tournaments | Reviews of weekly tournaments
  • Cornhole equipment vendors and reviews
  • Board Builders' tips and tricks
  • Partner requests for upcoming tournaments
Ok, so join the Cornhole Lounge and let the fun begin!

Sponsors Wanted: Let us promote your brand!

posted Nov 5, 2015, 8:42 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 8:50 PM ]

It's Turkey Time in November at this month's ACO Regional!

posted Nov 4, 2015, 8:36 PM by Boston Cornhole

Play in Nashua, NH or Pawtucket, RI

If you are an ACO member, you know that turkey isn't only for Thanksgiving!  This month's ACO Regional is aptly titled "TURKEYHOLE".  In New England, you once again have two opportunities to earn your November ACO points.

The New Hampshire boys get things started early in the month with their regional on this upcoming Saturday:

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Boston Billiards Club
55 Northeastern Blvd.
Nashua, NH  03062

Registration at 4 PM | Tournaments start at 5 PM
Contact:  slingfreeordie@gmail.com for tournament formats and prize structure

Later in the month, you can earn your points at the Boundary Brewhouse in Pawtucket, RI on Sunday, November 29th (the Pats have the night game).  The Rhode Island event is after Thanksgiving, so we'll probably be sick of turkey and hoping to feast on some pigeon!  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Boundary Brewhouse
67 Garrity Street
Pawtucket, RI  02861

Registration at 12 PM | Tournaments start at 12:30 PM

Entry Fees:
Singles - $20/person for points and cash prizes | $10/person for points only | 70% payout
Doubles - $20/team for points and cash prizes | 70% payout with minimum of $25 collected to cover tournament fee

TURKEYHOLE is the third installment of the ACO Season XI.  Check the ACO Singles Rankings and Doubles Rankings to see who the top players and teams are in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island after two regionals!  To participate in the regionals, you must be an ACO Member; membership is $25 for Season XI and can only be purchased from a Certified Official at a regional.

Henry and Pigeon capture the Pawtucket Pacers Tournament!

posted Oct 25, 2015, 4:58 PM by Boston Cornhole

Is Lowell the new Woburn?

It was a great day in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for the 2nd Annual Pawtucket Pacers tournament at the Boundary Brewhouse.  A unique event that featured the Pawtucket Pacer Athletes partnering with some of the area's finest cornhole players to open the festivities.  Twenty-four teams filled out a very competitive field in the main event.  There were no easy matches in this one and nobody made things more difficult than the duo from Lowell.  The cornhole landscape is ever-changing and the latest twist is the Asian Invasion led by Pigeon and Henry.  The champs had an undefeated run to the finals and held off a spirited, double-dip challenge from the hometown Rhody Brothers.  Rounding out the money spots were the Lowry/Rielly pairing in 3rd place and Lounge/Hargreaves in 4th.

Kudos also go out to Lisa and her team who did an amazing job putting the event together.  In my opinion, the raffle cards with the silent draw is unobtrusive and the best way to incorporate raffles into a tournament!  All in all, a HOLE lot of fun this past Saturday and every Monday at the Boundary Brewhouse!

Tournament Results
  • 1st:  Henry Meng and Larry Pigeon
  • 2nd:  Dave Moran and John Moran
  • 3rd:  Kevin Lowry and Mike Rielly
  • 4th:  Mike Lounge and Mike Hargreaves

Three Saturdays and Three Cornhole Tournaments!

posted Aug 31, 2015, 7:33 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 7:08 AM ]

The 5th annual event is September 5th at Dagget Farm at Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket, RI

Rhode Island's biggest cornhole tournament is back for the 5th edition of the EXIT Realty Firm and Community Preparatory School Corn Toss Festival!  Join us on September 5th in Pawtucket, RI for cornhole, raffles, and tons of fun!  This year's format will once again feature group play followed by competitive brackets!  Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three matches! Tournament entry is $30/person or $60/team.  Register here!

Tournament Details
  • $30/Person - $60/Team.  Register here!
  • Register by August 31st 2014
  • Tournament begins promptly at 9 AM
  • Each team guaranteed three matches in tournament play
  • Raffles, food, music and more!

September 12th at the Muse - 3rd Ave in Burlington, MA

Join us in Burlington on Saturday, September 12th for cornhole tournament as part of the 3rd Avenue Grand Opening!  All proceeds will benefit Burlington Adopt-A-Class 2026.  Team registration is $50 for the double-elimination tournament. 

Tournament Details
  • Two-Person Double-elimination Team Tournament
  • $50/Team | Register Here
  • Day-of Registration will also be available
  • 1 PM to 4 PM
  • Raffles, Food, and more!

September 19, 2015 in Woburn, MA

We are partnering with the Men's Night Baseball League (MNBL) for a cornhole tournament to honor Nancy Geswell and benefit the Geswell Children Memorial Fun.  This event will be part of the MNBL Family Day sponsored by the Watertown Firefighters Local 1347 on September 19th at Ferullo Field in Woburn.  Registration is $80/Team and Online Registration is open!

Tournament Details
  • Double-elimination, two person team tournament
  • $80/Team | REGISTER HERE
  • Check-in & Day-of Registration (if spots remain) at 10 AM
  • Tournament begins at 11 AM
  • Cash Prizes to the Top Three Teams
  • Kid's Activities
  • Raffles, Food, and More!

Cornhole a Big Hit in North Brookfield!

posted Aug 24, 2015, 5:22 AM by Boston Cornhole

Our winners from the South and not really the South

I love hosting tournaments in new areas and this past Saturday in North Brookfield was certainly no exception as we gathered for the North Brookfield Boosters fundraiser.  Allyson Bulger did a wonderful job organizing the event consisting of vendors, a DJ, and of course, cornhole!  Leading up to the day, the unpredictable weather forecast was making us a little crazy, but in the end it, was a beautiful day for the field of 39 teams.

The tournament results turned out to be a little more predictable as our Southern visitor, Russell from Kentucky made an appearance.  Pitching opposite Russell was Jeff Bachand and if you haven't heard, Jeff is the reigning Massachusetts State Champion and the sky is blue!  This newly formed duo enjoyed an undefeated day on the way to the winner's circle.  Just as impressive, the champs went on a small shopping spree with their winnings supporting the event's vendors; a classy move that did not go unnoticed.  In second place was Alex and Jose from the Sturbridge area.  When these two get hot, they can beat anybody!  I was happy to come off the bench and reunite with Lance for a third place finish.  Apparently, Pigeon's honing device was broken on Saturday.  Rounding out the top four were Charlie and Ron, a tough out in any tournament.  On a bit bizarre note, the top four teams of the tournament were also first round opponents.  Hey, that's the luck of the draw!  We hope to return to North Brookfield next year for another great event!

Tournament Results

1.  Jeff/Russell
2.  Alex/Jose
3.  Lance/Mike
4.  Charlie/Ron

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