10/1/16 at Boundary Brewhouse in Pawtucket, RI
Boston Cornhole's all-day, three-person team tournament includes doubles, emphasizes singles and guarantees each participant a minimum of six matches. Following three rounds of tournaments, the top point scoring teams will advance to the knockout rounds and face off against each other. The complete format is as follows:
Prior to the start of the event, each team captain will complete a team survey identifying an A, B, and C player. Team captains will NOT have visibility into the other teams' player assignments.
Round 1 - A/B Doubles, C Singles
The event begins with "A" and "B" players partnering together as a two-person team competing in a double-elimination tournament. In parallel, the "C" player will compete in a double-elimination, singles tournament. Each tournament bracket will be independently drawn and play continues until both tournaments complete.
Round 2 - A/C Doubles, B Singles
The second leg pairs "A" and "C" players as teammates in a double-elimination tournament. The "B" player flies solo in a double-elimination, singles tournament. Each tournament bracket will be independently drawn and play continues until both tournaments complete.
Round 3 - B/C Doubles, A Singles
The final round joins "B" and "C" players as teammates in a double-elimination tournament. The "A" player competes in the final double-elimination, singles tournament. Each tournament bracket will be independently drawn and play continues until both tournaments complete.
Teams earn points based on the position its members finish in each tournament. With six total brackets, there are six opportunities to earn points. Points are awarded in the following manner:
Thus, the maximum number of points a team may tally is 30. It is also possible for a team to finish with zero points.
Following the the completion of the three preliminary rounds, the top four teams with the most points will advance to the knockout rounds (semifinals and finals).* If two teams finish with the same number of points, the first tie-breaker will go to the team that has more 1st place bracket finishes. If the teams have the same number of 1st place bracket finishes, the next tie-breaker would be the number of 2nd place finishes and so forth**. If by chance, two teams finish with identical records, the final tie-breaker would work like this:
Once seeding is determined, the semifinals will begin with the one-seed playing the four-seed and the two-seed playing the three-seed. The format of the knockout rounds will be three singles matches; matches are played simultaneously. The higher-seeded captain has control and creates all of the match-ups. Since each knockout round match-up consists of three matches, a decisive winner will always be produced.
* The number of teams that advance is subject to change based on the number of teams in the tournament.
** Tie-breaker rules are subject to change, but will absolutely NOT change once the tournament begins.