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:  

New England Cornhole Series - New England, April - July 2016
ACO MA and RI State Championships (NECS Qualifier) - Pawtucket, RI - Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10 AM
Wicked Angels - Winchendon, MA - Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10 AM
Fort Point Festival - Boston, MA - Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 12 PM
Norton Fire and Police - Attleboro, MA - Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM
ACO NH State Championships (NECS Qualifier) - Derry, NH - June 24th - 25th
New England COPS (NECS Qualifier) - Wilmington, MA - Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9 AM
Fenway Cornhole Classic (NECS Qualifier) - Boston, MA - Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM
The Magic Mile Cornhole Championships - Loudon, NH - Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16, 2016
Rocky Woods Cornhole Festival - Medfield, MA - Saturday, August 13 - Saturday, August 14, 2016
North Brookfield Boosters - North Brookfield, MA - Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10 AM
Sean Collier Memorial Fund - Cambridge, MA - Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 11 AM

Fundraisers: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly...

posted May 1, 2016, 8:23 PM by Boston Cornhole

Cornhole Tournament Fundraisers come in many forms...

Cornhole tournament fundraisers are everywhere!  Let's take a closer look at the cornhole fundraiser with an edition of The Good, The Bad, The Ugly...

The Good...

About half of Boston Cornhole tournaments are for charities! Why?  Plain and simple, they make for great fundraisers.  Cornhole is a game anyone can play and it is so much fun!  With the emergence of a very competitive landscape in Boston, organizing an event to accommodate both novices and pros can be a challenge.  However, when done right, it's a beautiful thing!  We may not always make everyone happy, but love trying to assemble the best format we can!

The Bad...

The "It's for charity" rationalization should not be used to justify a poorly run event.  While the cause of a charity is at the center of every fundraiser event, participants are certainly entitled to expectations which include, above all, a well-run tournament that is fun to be a part of.  And tournament directors are responsible for meeting those expectations.  After all, if we are going to market cornhole as a good time, it should be!  In retrospect, there have certainly been some less than perfect tournaments in the past that I would do differently given a second chance!  Recently, there was some pretty vocal social media criticism of an event up in Haverhill and several more silent complaints.  While it may be easy to villainize someone for speaking out against a charity event, it may be wiser to review the lessons learned to prevent repeating the same mistakes.

The bottom line is that people may play charity tournaments for the cause, for the competition, or even for the prize money.  Regardless of the reason, they are donating both their time and money to be part of the event.  As tournament directors, we need to ensure that the time and money is well spent so that they come back and play again!

The Ugly...

Unfortunately, this section could go in a few different directions.  However, for this installment, I will stick up for my fellow, competitive cornholers!  While it is not always the case, far too often competitive players have shade thrown their way when they play at fundraisers and are treated as not welcome.  "Ringers shouldn't be allowed to play!" and "If they win, they should give the money back!"  These hypocritical comments baffle me when organizations heavily promote tournaments on websites and social media offering cash prizes to entice people to play at events open to the public.  If organizations truly want to control who plays or wins, the solution is simple, make it a private event and raise less money!  Another strategy could be to advertise modest prizes.  This will help keep some paper chasers away, but you may be surprised that many will still show because they just love to play and compete!

Are you the best team in New England?

posted Apr 3, 2016, 7:16 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 7:32 PM ]

The search is on in New England and beyond...
Tim Grew and Charles Prew

Larry Pigeon and Lance Madden

A Cornhole Double-Header is on tap for this Saturday!

posted Mar 24, 2016, 8:26 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Apr 3, 2016, 7:51 PM ]

Registration starts at 12:30 PM at the Wrentham Elks

Registration starts at 4 PM at Demitri's in Foxborough

Four things from the Fearsome Foursome...

posted Feb 28, 2016, 3:43 PM by Boston Cornhole

Putting Massachusetts Cornhole on the Map

It certainly did not go quickly, but the Fearsome Foursome is in the books!  The format, a combination of the Maryland Cornhole Organization's team tournaments, the ATP Tour's Davis Cup, and the ACO Slyder Cup, was put to the test this past Saturday at the Boundary Brewhouse.  Innovation is possible in anything, even a simple backyard game!  Here are four things from Pawtucket...

1.  Thank you!

I have noticed many facebook "thank you" posts since the conclusion of the tournament.  Now, it's my turn!  My biggest "thank you" goes out to John Moran who helped me run the event.  John has been helping at several events lately and is vital to expanding Boston Cornhole in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Next up is the YARDiES team who provided the between-match entertainment with their Polish Horseshoes.  We hope to partner with you guys again!  Finally, thanks to all who played!  It is a bit humbling to have players travel from CT, NY, NJ, and PA to play in one of our events.

2.  The Asian Invasion is for real!

The self-proclaimed "Rice Baggers" and Lance were in control from start to finish on Saturday.  In the finals, the champs defeated a very strong CNY Cornhole Team.  In 2015, Laba and Coyne always left New England victorious.  In 2016, the Rice Baggers have topped them in two early meetings.  That is not to take anything away from CNY Cornhole; as expected, they were a strong force taking the silver medal.  Rounding out the final four were Drunk Before Noon and Southbridge Cornhole.

I am a pleased that a Massachusetts-only team won this event given the competition.  Pigeon, Lance, Henry, and Em represented the Commonwealth well.  Oh, and two of the state's best players did not even play...the future is looking good in the Bay State!

3.  Every Match Matters!

My biggest concern heading in to this tournament was the points system.  The worst case scenario was a log-jam at the top that would require complex tie-breakers to determine the teams that would advance.  Fortunately, the points distribution worked extremely well and the finals of both doubles groups featured teams fighting for the last semifinal slot against extremely difficult opposition.  The Southbridge team of Alex and Jose needed to win their bracket and get some help.  They notched five points with a victory over Lance and Pigeon.  In the other bracket, Fruit Loops' Jeff and Andy were in the driver's seat, but CNY Cornhole's Laba and Coyne double-dipped them out of the tournament as second place put them a single point behind Southbridge Cornhole's total.  Last minute drama with big-time players hitting big shots at the biggest moments!  

4.  The tournament was too long!

Overall, the tournament went well, but was definitely too long.  In my opinion, no tournament should last eight hours.  The next time we will need more space to accommodate more boards and hopefully more teams!  Look for the next Fearsome Foursome this summer!

Roll Call for the Fearsome Foursome!

posted Feb 23, 2016, 3:27 AM by Boston Cornhole

The Fearsome Foursome is this Saturday in Pawtucket

We are just days away from debuting a new format with our Fearsome Foursome in Pawtucket, RI at the Boundary Brewhouse.  Currently, we are sitting at about 70% full and have five team spots open.  We are excited to have players from CT, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI in the draw!  Below is the list of teams.  If you would like to add a team, please send a message to bostoncornhole@gmail.com or register on the Fearsome Foursome page.  The remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Fearsome Foursome Team List
  1. Team Boundary
  2. Three Mikes and a Lowry
  3. Southbridge Cornhole
  4. South County (Kirk Donovan)
  5. Wu Jersey
  6. Pigeon Plus
  7. Team Lounge
  8. Team Bachand
  9. CNY Cornhole
  10. Team Chuck McCabe
  11. Team Sean McCabe
Check-in on Saturday begins at 11 AM.  Upon arrival, please complete your team form specifying who will be assigned to each group.  It is recommended not to share your player and team assignments with other teams.  Bags fly at noon!

Boston Marathon Fundraiser Tournaments are back!

posted Feb 10, 2016, 5:23 AM by Boston Cornhole

Currently booking fundraisers for the 2016 Boston Marathon

It's marathon training season once again in Boston!  For those of you running the race, that means weekend long runs have begun (or at least they should have).  For many, that also means that fundraising campaigns need to be in full stride!  We are happy to offer cornhole fundraiser tournaments beginning at just $250 (2-3 cornhole courts).  While cornhole may not be as much fun as a 20 mile long run, it's a great, fun way to get friends and family together to support your fundraising goals!

If you are interested in hosting a cornhole fundraiser tournament, please write to us at bostoncornhole@gmail.com.

YARDiES to bring Polish Horseshoes to the Fearsome Foursome!

posted Feb 9, 2016, 8:30 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 4:13 AM ]

Yet another reason to play in the Fearsome Foursome

Ever think you might prefer the pole to the hole?  It's okay because at Boston Cornhole we don't pass judgement.  Perhaps years ago, we would have considered any backyard alternative to cornhole blasphemous.  But, it's 2016; we know cornhole is here to stay and recognize that there are some other amazing choices out there worth exploring.

We are happy to announce that YARDiES has come aboard as a sponsor of our Fearsome Foursome Tournament at the Boundary Brewhouse in Pawtucket.  The guys will have Polish Horseshoes in tow and in between tournament matches, you'll get to take a break from the hole and take a spin on the pole!  It gets even better as somebody will walk away his or her own set of Polish Horseshoes.  Each tournament participant receives an entry into the giveaway drawing.  Want to better your odds at winning?  Additional chances will be available for purchase with proceeds going towards the tournament purse.  Now that's a win-win situation!  But, to win it, you gotta be in it!  Join us on Saturday, February 27th for a HOLE lot of everything!

A Guide to Buying a Cornhole Set

posted Jan 23, 2016, 2:30 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Apr 3, 2016, 7:45 PM ]

What to look for when searching for a quality set of boards and bags...

Doherty Custom Boards added some international flavor to these, simple but elegant boards

Boston Cornhole ordered 15 sets of boards from Mckinnon Cornhole Boards in 2015

Stain, paint, and a logo make these boards almost as nice to look at as they are to play on

The 2016 State of Cornhole Address

posted Jan 14, 2016, 8:31 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Apr 3, 2016, 7:47 PM ]

Including the 2015 end of year awards...
Showtime - 2015 Team of the Year

Larry Pigeon - 2015 Player of the Year

The Empire State strikes again...

posted Dec 19, 2015, 2:34 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Apr 3, 2016, 7:48 PM ]

A full day of cornhole last Saturday!
Uncle Sarge and Tyler
CNY Cornhole's Finest - Coyne and Laba
Rachael wins our 1st Women's Regional

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