Summer Rules

2016 Summer Rules (Brooklyn)

Entry Fees: $90/team for the entire session (teams are teams of two, but you are allowed a sub who is similar or less in talent than the player they are replacing).  Teams are refunded $20 at the end of the session if they do not forfeit any games or have to reschedule any games after the schedule is posted each week (schedule typically posted by Wednesday).  More on forfeits later.

Games and Times – A schedule is made in advance each week for all teams.  Teams will typically play 5-7 games per night with the schedule starting at 6:30pm and hopefully done by 10pm. For the Summer League we will be running 8 sets of boards at once.

Division I – 7 Teams have been placed into Division I (the league’s top division) and will NOT participate in Round Robin Play. Instead, they will start divisional games immediately on 6/6.  For Division I there will be 2 halves to their season.  The 1st 5 weeks will be the 1st half, the last 5 weeks will be the 2nd half. Each half the records are kept separate, so teams get a “2nd chance” for the second half of the season. The team finishing the 1st half with the best record will play the team finishing the 2nd half with the best record in a best 2/3 to determine the Division champion. The losing team will be given 2nd place overall in the division. 3rd place will be determined by the team with the best OVERALL record for the entire season who did not make the Championship match.

Part 1 – Round Robin: All teams not participating in Division I will play “Round Robin”.  That is, you will play each of the remaining 25 teams over the first four weeks.  After week #4 is complete, the 26 teams will be split into 3-4 divisions based on round robin record.

Part 2 – Cash Games: After round robin is over teams will get to play “Cash Games”.  Team #1 overall in the round robin standings will play Team #2 overall.  Team #3 will play Team #4, etc…  in a 2 game series.  The winner of each game gets $10/team, so you could potentially win $20 if you win both games.  Teams do NOT have to pay more to play in these games, this is part of your league entry fee.  Division I teams will play their cash games after the first half of their season is complete.

Part 3 – Divisional Play: Weeks #5-10 – Wipe the records clean.  Exact number of games will be determined later.  All of your games from this point on will be against other teams within your division.

Part 4 – Season Ending Tournament/Playoffs: Week #11 – The last week of the season will be a Double elimination, single game tournament for all divisions. ALL teams make the playoffs!

*NOTE – when league play is complete, the highest finishing team in each division MUST move up to the next higher division for the season ending tournament.  They then become the lowest seed in the higher division for the tournament.

Division Payouts : $10 Per Cash Game + payouts tbd

And trophies will be provided with funding coming from 50/50 raffles or other fundraisers.

Remaining League Rules

Forfeits – 3 Strikes and You’re Out: 

–            Each team paid an extra $20 at the start of the session to cover potential forfeit fees.  Any team forfeiting more than one game on a given night will lose $10 of their $20.  If a team forfeits again on a 2nd night they will lose the other $10.  If a team forfeits for a 3rd night then they will immediately be removed from the league.

–           Teams that do not forfeit/reschedule at all will get their entire $20 back at the end of the session.

–           Should a team forfeit during round robin play, the league director holds the right to move them up into a higher division for division play should he feel that’s where the forfeiting team belongs.

–           Reschedules – any teams rescheduling without advance notice will be charged a $10 reschedule fee (if the reschedule is allowed at all).

More Details:

–         No refunds will be offered for any team that drops out after 6/6/2016.

–         There will be home teams assigned to each game.  This will give the home team their choice of bags, who goes first, and which side of the board their players would like to pitch from.

–          Teammates must pitch directly across from each other, NOT diagonal from each other.

–          Round Robin standings are based on:

  • Overall Record
  • Head to Head Record

–          Divisional standings are based on:

  • Overall Record
  • Head to Head Record in League Play (not Round Robin)
  • One game playoff (if teams are tied for a cash spot), coin toss if teams are tied for a non-cash spot

–          Full innings will be played in each game.  An inning consists of both players on both teams throwing 4 bags.  Cancellation scoring will be used.  Once a team reaches 21 points OR MORE, they have won the game.

–          The team with the better record will be home for the first game of the knock down matches.  The team winning game #1 will start game #2.  All players FLIP sides of the boards for the 2nd game.  Sides of the board, not ends.

–          Teams finishing higher in divisional play will be the home team in the season ending tournament for all games EXCEPT the finals. The team that is undefeated in the finals is home team the 1st game. Should there be a 2nd game then the higher seed is home the 2nd game.

–          League commissioner reserves the right to re-schedule games at any time for any reason, including teams arriving late based on extreme circumstances. (weather, emergencies etc…)

–          Subs may be used at any time, but subs should be of a similar skill level (or worse) than the player they are replacing.  This will be strictly enforced for the season ending tournament.  If a sub is needed for the season ending tournament you should discuss it with the league director before hand.

–          If a team uses a sub that is already playing in the league then the opponent may choose to win by forfeit if they wish to do that.  Subs should come from outside of the league, but sometimes that is not possible. However, if a team uses a sub that already plays in the league they risk forfeiting if their opponents choose to do so.  Teams choosing to win by forfeit MUST tell the league director BEFORE the game starts.

–          Appropriate conduct will be strictly enforced!  Please review this rule carefully. Foul language is not necessary and needs to be kept in check. Throwing bags out of anger, hitting boards, punching walls may be cause for dismissal and the player may be suspended for their actions. Cleveland Cornhole holds the right to suspend any player for any amount of time due to inappropriate conduct.  Any damage to the cornhole equipment or to the host establishment itself will be paid for by the player causing the damage.  If you are removed or asked to leave from any host site for any reason you will be removed from that specific league with no refund and most likely a significant suspension from all future Cleveland Cornhole leagues and events. PHYSICAL VIOLENCE WILL MEAN IMMEDIATE EJECTION FROM THE LEAGUE!  Physical violence will never be tolerated.  Along with that, threats of violence are also not acceptable, you may get a warning for threats, but no warnings for actual violence.   Misconduct such as throwing bags down, kicking boards/walls and/or punching walls will be dealt with as follows.  Any actions worse than those listed will most likely result in immediate suspension from the league.

First Offense – verbal warning

Second Offense – forfeiture of current game (or next game should the action come after completing a game or while between games)

Third Offense – ejection from the league

–          Any and all games, playoffs, championships and tournaments will only be played with equipment provided by Cleveland Cornhole.

–          Please do not bring any outside beverages to any Cleveland Cornhole Leagues or Tournaments. We are using most of our host establishments at little to no cost. Food and beverages are sold within the host establishment and they have requested that no outside food or beverage be brought in.  We take great pride in our relationships with our hosts, and feel it is our duty as a league to support their businesses.

–          If a player desires to make a protest or there is a dispute with a foul, the players are to discuss the issue in a civil manner to determine the outcome of the issue.  If an agreement or decision cannot be made, the protesting team captain will ask the league director who will make a final decision.  PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL A GAME IS OVER TO BRING UP ANY ISSUES!  If there is an issue in the middle of a game that cannot be resolved by the players, find the league director immediately to discuss.

–          The final schedule along with standings for each specific league for all teams will be posted online at   All teams are responsible for obtaining their own start times.  Please do not email, text or call asking what time your team plays.  You are responsible for your own team.

–          League Director:  Dave Weiser – 440.570.5701 –