Introducing group play followed by competitive and social divisions
If you have been playing cornhole over the past few years, then you know that the EXIT Realty tournament has been one of the better ones. Therefore, when Sean Harrington called me for help running the 4th edition, I was both pleased and challenged to improve a tournament that already did quite well. Fresh off a trip to the ACO World Championships where despite losing just about every match, there was always another chance to compete. I had a new format in mind for Slater Park. We are not world beaters in New England, but competitive players will always massacre the novices at charity events. Twelve courts permitted triple-elimination group play followed by two separate tournaments (competitive and social). The determination of "A Level" and "B Level" was based strictly on group play performance and of course, luck of the draw! The end result was a minimum of three matches for everyone, more than that for most, and a fun-filled day of cornhole. There were no early EXITs in this one!
Since the Pawtucket tournament, this format has been employed and well received in the Sean Collier event and the Amesbury Rotary tournament. A simple innovation to a simple game...when space permits, we will continue to adopt this format in 2015.