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American Cornhole League Comes to Kissimmee

The stadium is ready, the boards are glistening in the sunlight, and the cornhole players are ready to compete! Yes, that’s right– the popular yard game we have come to know and love is finally a competitive sport, complete with national league play and large cash prizes. Don’t believe us? Witness the action for yourself as the American Cornhole League 2018 championship season kicks off in Kissimmee this weekend! 

The Johnsonville Cornhole Championships: ACL Kick-Off Battle takes over the Osceola County Stadium at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee Jan. 26-28, 2018. This inaugural Pro National event of the season features more than 400 cornhole players of all ages and skill levels from across the country competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The weekend also includes an ACL-sponsored charity event Friday evening featuring professional athletes from various sports, including four former NFL players. 

The American Cornhole League first established its roots in 2016 with 150 players. The league’s events have since nearly tripled in size and are now broadcasted live on ESPN. So, whether you watch from home or attend this free event in person, you don’t want to miss this exciting tournament.

“This is going to be another milestone event for the ACL and the sport and I can’t wait to see what happens,” said Stacey Moore, ACL Commissioner. “I appreciate all the support we’ve received from Johnsonville and from the teams at Kissimmee Sports and Osceola County Stadium, along with our players, fans, and sponsors.”

Kissimmee Sports Commission is the official event host. And to get you ready for the kick-off competition, we have compiled a few must-know kernels of cornhole wisdom.  

What Is Cornhole?

For those who may be unfamiliar with this time-honored tailgate tradition, cornhole is a classic yard game resembling a high-stakes bean bag toss. To play cornhole, two teams or players face off by throwing four bags per round at a board with a six-inch hole. Typically, the first team or player to score 21 points is declared the winner.

Equipment & Setup

Need: Two cornhole boards, eight ASL approved cornhole bags (two sets of four, each set a different color)

For competitive play, place a set of cornhole boards 27 feet apart from front edge to front edge. The front of the board represents the foul line. Players may not step in front of or behind the board, and they must remain within three feet of their side of the board when throwing. 

Gameplay

  • Each game begins with a coin toss. The player that wins the coin toss chooses the initial side of board to throw from and whether to throw first or second. 
  • Players will alternate throwing their four bags down to the board on the other end.
  • Throwing out of turn or outside the throwing box is a foul. The bag that was thrown when the foul occurred does not count and is immediately removed from play.
  • In Singles, once the first round is completed, players will walk down to the opposite board to score their round, then stay on the same side to throw back for the next round. 
  • In Doubles, partners stand on the opposite side from each other. This means that one player from a team will throw from the right side of the board on one end and the partner will be throwing from the left side of the board on the other end.

Scoring

  • A bag on the board or hanging in the hole on the board is 1 point. 
  • A bag through the hole is 3 points.
  • A bag that hits the ground prior to landing on the board or going into the hole does not count.
  • Any bag hanging off the board and touching the ground does not count.
  • Cancellation scoring is used at the end of each round. After all eight bags have been thrown, the score is calculated based on the bags that remain on the board and have gone in the hole. The team with more points at the end of the round will receive one game point. 
  • The team that reaches 21 game points first is the winner! 

Join Us

The event is free to attend. Please visit the American Cornhole League website for more information and a schedule of the tournament. 

Johnsonville Cornhole Championships: ACL Kick-Off Battle
Osceola County Stadium at Osceola Heritage Park
Jan. 26-28, 2018

To watch the event from home, tune in to ESPN 3 throughout the weekend for live coverage, or check out ESPN 2 for tape delay coverage. 

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