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.
ACO Cornhole Classic - Monday, September 8th - Pawtucket, RI at 7 PM / Thursday, September 18th - Woburn, MA at 7:30 PM Amesbury Rotary - Amesbury Sports Park - Saturday, September 27th 2014 at 11 AM
BBBSMB Tournament - Tuesday 8/26 starting at 6 PM. Want to play some cornhole? Join BBBSMB on August 26th at 6:00pm at the Baseball Tavern for their Second Annual Cornhole Tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Rodman Ride for Kids! First and second place winning teams will receive great prizes!
Rick Mayes and Cortez Hudson
Last month I had the opportunity to play in my first American Cornhole Tournament (outside of Massachusetts) while visiting Charleston, WV for the ACO World Championships of Cornhole, the culmination of Season IX. A week full of cornhole and then some was worth the plane ride and met all expectations. See some takeaways below from my trip and a teaser for Season X which begins in September!
King James is not the only one from Ohio who sports a crown these days. Quite a few from the Buckeye State took their talents to Charleston in mid-July for the ACO World Championships of Cornhole. The opening match on Championship Night saw Ohio's Tom Bobo take two of three from Columbus Cisco in the inaugural Senior's Championship. Up next was a showdown between Ohio and Kentucky with Rick Mayes and Cortez Hudson from Cincinnati rallying from a game deficit to defeat Lester Price and Dale Smith. The Queen of Cornhole and King Of Cornhole Finals were an all-Ohio affair. Stacia Pugh, last year's runner-up, claimed her first crown with a victory over Christine Papcke. While it's great that there was a "Queen" division, make no mistake about it, these ladies can play with anyone. Open singles on Wednesday had 200 or so players competing for only four KOC spots and two of those spots were won by Christine and Stacia! Finally, in the main event, Jeff Reynolds played a nearly perfect decisive match to complete his victory over Adam Hissner.
Cornhole bootcamp is the only way I can describe a week full of cornhole. Win or lose (and I did enough of that), you just played more cornhole! Doubles, singles, blind draws or pickup games, if you like cornhole, you would love the World Championships. As I went from local champion to national dormat, the biggest lesson I learned is that I need to develop my airmail game! Even with a rough record, my moment of glory came on the final day in knocking off the top seed in my Competitive Singles B group!
As we look to grow the game here on the East Coast, we are constantly trying new things to appeal to all levels of players from round-robin play for extra matches, triple-elimination, or even separating players in to "A" and "B" groups which can create its own controversy. The mini-bracket approach employed at the worlds accomplishes all those things. Everyone starts in the same pool divided in to mini-tournaments played on a couple of boards. Some advance and move forward while others fall in to less competitive fields with players closer to their skill level. This process repeated itself until three distinct groups were formed. The KOC bracket, the competitive bracket, and the social bracket. Look for us to adopt a similar strategy at some upcoming events in Boston...
It all starts again in September and we are looking forward to getting a full season under our belts in Massachusetts. If the demand is there, we will also support regional tournaments in Rhode Island for this season! The following are a few changes for Season X:
- Season X Membership is $25
- Frame Games (SCRs) are gone
- Players will need to qualify for the World Championships
Let's get ready for a pitchin' good season!
Are you prepared for the NFL season? The Patriots kick off their pre-season with a matchup against the Washington Redskins tonight. Before you know it, the college and pro tailgate season will be upon us and what better tailgate sport is there than cornhole!? While Boston Cornhole does not directly sell boards or bags, we work with many quality builders who do. Check out the updated Cornhole Equipment page and place your order today!
There goes the neighborhood! WCL meet Sarge! Sarge made a memorable debut in the Woburn Cornhole League by partnering with yours truly to double-dip Rich and Shane and capture Tournament 4. In addition to the victory, Sarge also left with the 4-bagger chip! While Sarge brought his "A" game, there was some chatter regarding my "B" classification. Is something rotten in the state of the Wu? Well, not really...heading in to WCL 4, I had a sub .500 WCL record, fewer points, and a lower points/tournament ratio than most in attendance. But, rest assured conspiracy theorists, with Thursday's win, I am back to the "A" group for the duration of the league. The real question is...do we still need the two distinct classifications or is everyone now at a level where a pure blind draw will work? Some food for thought... With another strong performance, Rich has padded his lead in the Overall Standings. With only three regular season tournaments left, it may just be a battle for second place! Join us at the end of August for Tournament 5!
| Place|| Player|| Points|
|1st||Mike Rielly/Sarge|| 10|
|2nd||Rich Queen/Shane O'Hara|| 9|
|3rd||Dave Moran/Roy Cuddmore|| 8|
|4th||Joe Schroeder/John Perrotta|| 7|
|5th||Dan Wackrow/Kevin Lowry|| 6|
|5th||John Moran/Barry Harkins|| 6|
|7th||Mike Santullo/Dave Scott|| 5|
|7th||Brad Bishop/Mike Massiglia|| 5|
|9th||Justin McKinnon/Barry Mahoney|| 4|
4-Bagger Chip: Sarge
Will these guys defend the title in Amesbury? Wow, hard to believe that it has been about two months since my last blog post! You might think that I have been trying to keep cornhole in Boston a secret...the truth is that the cornhole scene has been busier than ever over the past couple of months. With the Fenway Cornhole Classic and Cornhole Commotion behind us, it's time to look ahead at some great events taking place this summer and early autumn. Check out the list and get in the game!
- Friends of Woburn Veterans - Sons of Italy, Woburn - Sunday, July 27th at 1 PM
- YFALS Corntoss Challenge - Technology Square, Cambrige - Saturday, August 16th at 11 AM
- Cornhole Shootout - Maynard Rod and Gun Club - Sunday, August 24th at 11 AM
- EXIT Realty Corn Toss Fesitval - Dagget Farm at Slater Memorial Park - Pawtucket, RI - Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 9 AM
- Parkway in Motion - Baseball Tavern, Boston, MA - Friday September 12th 2014 at 7 PM
- Pedals for Pediatrics - Mick Morgan's, Sharon - Saturday, September 13th 2014 at 3 PM
- Sean Collier Memorial Fund - Brigg's Field, Cambridge - Sunday, September 14th 2014 at 11 AM
- Amesbury Rotary - Amesbury Sports Park - Saturday, September 27th 2014 - TBA
And if you want to test your skills against the most competitive players in the area, be sure to visit the Woburn Cornhole League which meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month. As always, all non-private and non-secret cornhole tournaments will be listed on the Boston Cornhole homepage.
Andy and Randy christen the WCL Winner's Circle The first team randomly selected last Thursday night was the team that finished first! The pairing of Andy Gomes and Randy Parker Sr. headed in to the inaugural edition of the Woburn Cornhole League (WCL) as the favorites and delivered as advertised with an undefeated night and well-earned victory in the field of twelve teams. Second place went to the talented combo of Lance Madden and Randy Parker Jr. Rich Queen and Corey Aucoin rounded out the top three. While an "R" is the only difference in their first names, even less separates our champs in the individual standings as both sit at the top with 10 points. These friends will be foes on the 29th as league rules prohibit them from being teammates in the second tournament.
1. Andy Gomes/Randy Parker Sr.
2. Lance Madden/Randy Parker Jr.
3. Rich Queen/Corey Aucoin
The WCL returns for Tournament 2 on Thursday, May 29th. Points and tournament format are subject to change as we optimize the league to be the best and fairest that it can be. A big thanks to the 24 players who competed in the first event; we hope to see you all again in a few weeks!
"Nothing But Nasty" Shawn Renard is facing a tough foe Win, lose or draw, the best part about cornhole is the extended family it forms by all who love to play. A diverse fraternity of former athletes, bikers with bad jokes, guys with too many guns, and all around good people. Shawn Renard, not only my "Nothing But Nasty" doubles partner, but a great friend is definitely one of us! Unfortunately, Shawn was recently diagnosed with stage three throat cancer and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Let's help Shawn win this battle and drop a four-bagger on cancer! We will be turning Tuesday, May 13th in to a "Nothing But Nasty" Tuesday! Please visit the Shawn Renard Fundraiser page for event details.
Welcome to the Woburn Cornhole League (WCL)! This WCL is a monthly league that meets on the last Thursday of each month (unless notified otherwise) beginning in April (Opening Night is actually May 1st) and finishing with a season ending singles tournament in November. All league matches will be held at the American Legion in Woburn, Massachusetts. Tournaments will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Please read below for league details.
Eligibility and Registration Fees
The league is open to all levels of players; however, it is assumed that this will be a competitive league. The registration fee for each monthly tournament is $25 per person. $15 goes towards the nightly prizes and the remaining $10 is put towards prizes for the regular season top finishers, the top finishers of the championship singles tournament, and the hall rental. Each monthly tournament is an independent event and you may play in as many or as few tournaments as you choose to. However, to be eligible for the final, championship singles tournament, you must play in at least four regular season tournaments. Register HERE for the first tournament on May 1st.
Each monthly tournament is a blind draw double-elimination, two-person team tournament. The tournament field will be limited to a maximum of 24 teams (48 participants). After the second tournament, subsequent tournament fields will be divided in to two groups based on the league standings. Players in the top half of the standings will be randomly drawn to partner with competitors in the bottom half of the standings. Every attempt will be made to balance the skill levels of all participants. If there are an odd number of participants, the last person drawn will be the "walker" for that tournament. You may only be the walker once during league play. At the completion of the last season tournament (October) and final update to the league standings, the top point earners will compete in a championship singles tournament in November. The number of participants to make the final tournament and tie-breaker scenarios are TBD.
Points System and Standings
Team members earn the same amount of points based on where they finish in each of the season tournaments. The point breakdown is as follows:
| Place|| Points|
| 1st|| 20|
| 2nd|| 15|
| 3rd|| 10|
| 4th|| 8|
| 5th|| 6|
| 7th|| 4|
| 9th+|| 1|
60% ($15) of each monthly event's entry fee will go towards the team prizes for that night. The prize breakdown is as follows:
| Number of Teams|| Prize Percentages|
| Less than 10|| 1st: 65%; 2nd: 35%.|
| 11+ Teams|| 1st: 50%; 2nd: 35%; 3rd: 15%|
Side Games and Bonus Points
In addition to tournament play, there will be side games with prizes and the opportunity to earn bonus points:
Skinny Board Challenge: $2 for a round of 8 bags. The bags are numbered 1 to 8. Your score is the sum of the numbers on the bags that you put in the hole during a single round on the 4'x1' skinny board. You may play as many rounds as you wish with each round having an additional cost of $2. At the end of the night, the competitor with the highest score wins!. In the event of a tie, sudden death round play will be used to determine a winner. The winner of the skinny board challenge will also have 3 bonus points applied to the league standings.
Four Bagger Chip: $5 for the night. Each time somebody has a four bag round (all four bags in the hole), he or she takes ownership of the chip. The owner of the chip at the end of the night is the winner!
Additional games for points and prizes may be added at the discretion of the league organizers.
All equipment will be provided by Boston Cornhole or Rich Queen. The American Legion can accommodate four cornhole courts.
Tyler Kiddle - The King of New York
It's not often that I leave the Commonwealth for a cornhole tournament, but I am glad I was able to make the New York State Championships for the second consecutive year in Syracuse, New York. Unfortunately, I did not play as much in this tournament as I would have liked; however, being relegated as a spectator did allow me to make quite a few observations. Let's run this blog a little differently and go outside the lines...
1. Tyler Kiddle is a Champion! I was already heading eastbound prior to the coronation, but I had seen enough to know who would win prior to exiting stage left. Tyler battled Mike Horvath in a tough, marathon opening match. Down late in the decisive game of the match, Tyler dropped a walk-off four-bagger on Mike to advance. Delivering the dagger, that's what champs do! I hope Tyler can someday make it to Titletown for a few of our tournaments.
2. Shayne Coyne is the man. Shayne was looking slimmer than the last time I saw him a year ago, but it was nice to see that he has not shed any enthusiasm for promoting the game of cornhole in Central New York. Attempting to put this sport on the map is not an easy task and nobody puts in more effort than Shayne with leagues, blind draws, and of course, the New York State Championships. As I was driving home past Utica, I could not help but think how great it would be to have the 2015 event at Turning Stone...food for thought...
3. No Granite Cornhole Set for Sarah Vacchiano. Sarah covets the granite cornhole sets that the winners of Cornhole Commotion are awarded. Well Sarah, keep knocking my teams out of tournaments and I may have to live up to that rumor that I fix draws. #bullshit. Seriously, we have seen our share of skilled players from Jersey, but when the bright lights are on, nobody from the Garden State shines brighter than Sarah.
4. Fran and Greg Barnes need a place to play! The doubles tournament runner-ups from Downsville had the entire gym, except for maybe Scott and Shayne pulling for them. Nobody in their area hosts tournaments in the winter and the Downsville Duo can only practice when the weather permits. Imagine if these two could play year round! We need to get some tournaments set up in Downsville and maybe think about changing the name of that city too!
5. Get rid of the alcohol! Oh, I know this is not going to be a popular position, but can you name a sport that is taken seriously where the competitors drink DURING the matches? And I really want this sport to be taken seriously! While the majority of players (at least the more skilled ones) do not get sloppy drunk at tournaments, more than a handful use cornhole as an excuse to get plastered. Blind draws and weekly events are one thing, but if you plan on competing in a tournament labeled "State Championships", then keep yourself under control. Nobody plays better after a few drinks; hypothesizing that something which alters your motor skills makes you better is a losing argument.
Act like you've been there before Mike Doherty!
Mother Nature seems to have it in for us on Tuesday nights this year. Fortunately, this past Tuesday, the snow stopped just prior to the start of our tournament. Less than two hours later, the reign was over too! Mike R. and Lance were able to weather an early loss to make it back to the finals against Mike D. and Rob. After splitting a pair of matches on the night, the Dirty Dots captured the decisive rubber match preventing the three-peat. It was an impressive performance with both Dohertys bringing their A-game on the same night! Just as one team appears to separate itself from the others one week, another closes the gap the next. This is how we all get better! Speaking of strong teams, the blind draw pairing of Lance and Ken rolled the field in the night cap!
Last Man Standing witnessed several pitchers making it down to a single bag. In the end, it was Rob Doherty taking the title and making his case for player of the night. For the second consecutive week, Ken was the one 27 feet away from the DCB skinny board chasing cash in the Money Shot. Sitting at 0-7 over the past two weeks, the North Reading Nightmare holed his final bag to the applause of the crowd! Still a pretty big pot heading in to next week! Honorable mention goes out to our two new cornholers, Mike and Jay. While perhaps a bit delusional with regards to their skill level, their enthusiasm and determination are much appreciated!