OVERVIEW

Please remember to be patient with us. We’ve taken steps in picking a LGBTQ+ welcoming venue that will allow us to have a consistent set up week-to-week --ensuring fair play during the season. However as we all know, sometimes things happen that are unanticipated or beyond our control. So, best plans aside, we may have to occasionally adjust as we get a feel of the venue in real-time and court dimensions may not be precise.

A team must have a minimum of two (2) players to commence play. Matches must commence within five (5) minutes of scheduled start time, otherwise the team with the insufficient number of players forfeits. The present team is credited with a win and seven (7) points. Teams must commence play once at least two (2) players of their team are present and time has begun. Teams may not delay matches to wait for additional players to arrive. If both teams arrive too late, the result is a loss for both teams with zero (0) point differentials.

Captains must make introductions and share their team’s sequence of play prior to the start of the match. All players present are required to play, in sequence, throughout the course of the match (i.e. no sitting out to allow the “hot hands” to play). Players who arrive late should be added to the end of the sequence and begin play at the appropriate time.

Only registered players may participate in the league play. Players competing are encouraged to come early and stay late to watch their friends or competing teams, and to enjoy food and drink specials from our sponsor venue. However, players not currently competing should remain out of the immediate pitching areas and cornhole courts.

Teams will use Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide which team will throw first, winner’s choice.

COURT LAYOUT

Section A. Court Positioning

The cornhole courts will be randomly assigned to teams prior to season start, and set up prior to the start of the first match each game day. All cornhole boards will be setup to the same distance for all games. Cornhole boards are not to be adjusted after initial setup, unless approved by Rogue leadership.

Section B. Pitcher’s Box

The pitcher’s box is the rectangle 4 ft by 3 ft at each end of the court, parallel and at the front of Cornhole boards. Each player must remain in the pitcher’s box while pitching the Cornhole bag.

PITCHING DISTANCES

All players shall pitch from the pitcher’s box, which runs 4ft/3ft at the front of the board.

The foul line shall be deemed as the front line of the cornhole board. All pitches must be thrown behind the foul line.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Section A. Doubles Play

In doubles play, 2-4 players are partnered against another team of 2-4 players. Our rules call for a four (4) player team, with at least two (2) players from each team present within five (5) minutes of the scheduled match time.

In the event of 1 player on one team: The team with one (1) player must forfeit the game. The other team receives an outcome of “Win”. The winning team receives a point value of seven (7) for that game towards division rankings and playoff standings.

In the event of 2 players on one team: One (1) member of the team pitches from one (1) Cornhole board and the other member pitches from the other Cornhole board.

In the event of 3 players on one team: Two (2) members of the team pitches from one (1) Cornhole board and the other member pitch from the other Cornhole board. The two players will alternate throws, and therefore throw two (2) bags per inning. The players must throw in the same order for all innings.

In the event of 4 players on one team: Two (2) members of each team pitches from one (1) Cornhole board and the other two (2) members pitch from the other Cornhole board. The two players will alternate throws, and therefore, each throw two (2) bags per inning. The players must throw in the same order for all innings.

Section B. Innings

Every Cornhole match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play, each team must pitch all four (4) Cornhole bags from each board.

In doubles play, the top of an inning is completed when both teams pitching from the first Cornhole board pitch all four (4) Cornhole bags; the bottom of the inning is completed when the remaining players (pitching from the other Cornhole board) pitch all four (4) bags.

An inning is never completed until both teams pitch all four (4) bags from both boards.

Section C. Value Of The Cornhole Bag

1. Cornhole Bag In-The-Hole – A Cornhole bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a bag which is thrown through the hole in the Cornhole board or otherwise comes to rest inside the Cornhole board (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A Cornhole bag in-the-hole has a value of three (3) points.

2. Cornhole Bag In-The-Count – A Cornhole bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with more than half of the bag resting on the Cornhole board is in-the-count (sometimes called on-the-board). A bag in-the-count has a value of one (1) point. For a bag to be in-the-count, it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the Cornhole board. If a bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the Cornhole board, it is a foul and must be removed from the Cornhole board prior to the continuation of play.

3. Cornhole Bag Out-Of-The-Count – A Cornhole bag which comes to rest anywhere except in-the-count or in-the-hole is out-of-the-count and has no scoring value. A bag which is declared to be a foul is considered to be out-of-the-count (no matter where it comes to rest) and must be removed from the Cornhole surface prior to the continuation of play.

Section D. Delivery Of Cornhole Bags During Play

1. In doubles play, the first side of teams alternate pitching Cornhole bags, one at a time, until they have thrown all four (4) bags, then the remaining side of teams (pitching from the other Cornhole board) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four (4) bags are delivered and the inning completed.

2. A player may deliver the Cornhole bag from either the left or right pitchers box.

3. Any physical interference from the opposing team during delivery shall result in a re-throw. This does not apply to non-player/spectator interferences.

Section E. Pitching Rotation During The Game

The team who scored in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning. If neither team scores, the team who pitched second (last) in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.

Section F. Foul Cornhole Bags

A foul Cornhole bag is a bag which was delivered in non-compliance with one of the Cornhole rules of the game. It scores as a bag out-of-the-count and is to be removed from the Cornhole court before any more bags are pitched. Cornhole bags already in the court that have been knocked into foul territory by a foul bag should be returned to the scoring area. Additionally, bags that are in the count, but are knocked into the hole by a foul bag must be returned to their original scoring position.

1. The following are rule violations that must be spotted and called by a player. The penalty is to declare the Cornhole bag a foul bag which requires the bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play.

(a) Any Cornhole bag pitched when the player has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the bag is released.

(b) Except as provided above, any Cornhole bag pitched when the player has started or stepped completely outside the pitching box before releasing the bag.

(c) Any Cornhole bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the Cornhole board.

(d) Any Cornhole bag that leaves a player’s hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched bag. A bag that is accidentally dropped by a player before the final forward swing has started shall not be considered foul and may be picked up and pitched.

2. A team’s Cornhole bag shall be called foul if the player removes their own bag before the final throw of that half (½) inning. If a team removes the other teams bag before the final throw of that half (½) inning, they must return the bag and a bag of equal value for that team shall be deemed a foul bag. If the team does not have a bag of equal value, that team’s total point value shall be reduced by one (1) for the half (½) inning scoring.

Section G. Retrieval of Bags

At the end of each half (½) inning, after the score for that half (½) inning has been determined, each team member on the receiving cornhole board will pick up their own team’s bags.

LENGTH OF THE GAME

Section A. Point Limits

The Cornhole match shall be played until the first team of players reaches twenty-one (21) points at the end of a half (½) inning. If at the end of the half (½) inning, a team has reached a score greater than twenty-one (21), that team’s score will return to fifteen (15) and that team will throw first in the next inning. The winning team does not need to win by two (2) or more points.

Section B. Time Limits

Game time shall not exceed forty (30) minutes. If time ends and neither team has reached twenty (21) points, the team with the total points closest to twenty-one (21) at the end of the half (½) inning in play shall be declared the winner. If the total points for a team is over twenty-one (21) at the end of the half (½) inning, that team’s final score shall be counted as 15. When  time is called, the winning team will receive the net difference in points.

SCORING

Section A. Simple Scoring

In simple scoring the points are totaled at the end of each half (½) inning and the smaller score is subtracted from the larger score and the difference in points is awarded to the team scoring the most points that half (½) inning. In this scoring method only one team can score per half (½) inning.

Section B. Recording The Score

Teams are encouraged to pay close attention to the score at all times. It is highly recommended that visible scoreboard (that all players can review and verify for accuracy) be used to keep score during game play. If a question or discrepancy occurs regarding the correct score, the team(s) may discuss with the other team between innings to rectify the situation. The discrepancy must be rectified and agreed upon by both teams in order to continue to the next inning.

At the end of the game, captains shall report the final score via the link provided.

Section C. Playoff Scoring

The winning team shall receive playoff standing points at the end of each game equal to twenty-one (21), less the score at the end of the game of the opposing team.

Example: Final score 21-8, the winning team shall receive 13 points towards playoff standings.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event of rain or storms, play will continue inside the venue and the above rules shall apply, but the Rogue Board reserves the right to shorten lane distances and decrease pitching box widths. All changes shall apply for the remainder of game play for a given day.

SPORTSMANSHIP

Rogue Cornhole is subject to all sportsmanship rules as outlined by Rogue League Sports.