ACL Player Guide
2016 - 2017 Season

The American Cornhole League (ACL) encourages social and competitive play for all ages and all skill levels. The ACL software makes managing tournaments, leagues and custom events easy and provides the critical infrastructure for a statistical database for the sport. Becoming a Player allows you to compete against people of your same skill level and always gives you an opportunity to see how you stack up against the best of the best. Please contact us with any feedback or questions.


ANYONE CAN PLAY – ANYONE CAN WIN


If you are familiar with ACL 2015-2016, some slight changes have been made to the Membership Levels.

  • Guest – Someone that plays in an event but has not become a Member. This player will only show up in Local Event specific standings and not any cumulative standings
  • Player: $25 – Players will show up in cumulative standings and have access to statistics
  • Local Director: $50 – can set up Local Tournaments at no additional cost. Local Directors are also Players
  • Regional Director – Appointed by ACL from Local Director Pool. These Directors are given the exclusive right to run a Monthly Regional Event within a set geographic radius. For more Director Information - Contact Us

The following Player Types are available beginning in August 2016. Players are responsible for updating their type in their Player Profile.

  • Juniors – 18 and under as of June 30, 2017
  • College – Undergraduate College Students (Full Time or Part Time)
  • Adult – 21 and over as of June 30, 2017
  • Senior – 55 and over as of June 30, 2017

It is important that players read, review and establish their Player Level. This enables Guests and Players to know where they stand and compete against players of their similar skill level. Regional Directors may override a Player Level, if they feel a player is sandbagging. Beginning in August 2016, the current ACL Player Rating Levels are:

  • 1 Bagger – This player has limited to no experience with the game. There is very little control over where the bag is going and the bag often misses the board. This player should only compete in social / backyard events and there is nothing wrong with playing casual games with friends and family to start the improvement process. (Dekaround Range: 0 – 30 points)
  • 2 Bagger – This player has a feel for the distance needed to toss the bag, but is erratic in getting the bag to consistently hit and stay on the board. Typically, this level of player is in the beginning stages of developing a consistent throwing motion that can be repeated. Player should play in the social division and start challenging themselves by playing against Competitive level players. (Dekaround Range: 31 – 55 points)
  • 3 Bagger – This player has started to develop some consistency when tossing the bag. They have a basic understanding of game strategy but have yet to master all the different types of throws including the airmail shot needed to excel and compete at the higher levels. Player should play Competitive level events knowing that they may struggle at first, but work towards getting better. (Dekaround Range: 56 – 70)
  • 4 Bagger – This player fully understands game strategy, but may struggle with consistency. At times this player looks like they can beat anyone, but then in a subsequent game or frame can struggle. Player is at a high Competitive level and should work towards getting better by challenging Premier level players. (Dekaround Range: 71 – 90)
  • Premier – This player can and wants to compete against anyone. This player can execute sliding the bag and airmailing the bag as needed. Player fully understands game strategy and likely plays and practices on a regular basis. (Dekaround Range: 91 – 120)
  • Elite – This player level can only be achieved through competition. It is solely determined based on ACL accomplishments. More details about how to achieve this level is in COBS 2017 Section.
See More Details - Player Ratings

ACL Events

ACL Events are created based on the following:

  • Area – Local, Regional, National
  • Type – Tournaments, Team Tournaments, Match Play
  • Division – Open, Competitive, Social, Backyard

Directors may set up events specific to other criteria like Gender, Player Level, and Player Type. Not all of these event types are currently supported by the ACL software but anything that impacts the Overall Competitive ACL Standings is supported.

ACL Divisions

ACL Divisions are intended to group players of similar skill levels for competitive and social play. The suggested skill levels for each Division are:

  • Open – Anyone can play in the Open Division knowing that this is where the best of the best compete. This is the only Division for Premier and Elite Players. Most 3 Bagger and 4 Bagger players will play at this level as well if they are trying to improve and get maximum points opportunities.
  • Competitive – The Competitive Division is intended for 3 Bagger and 4 Bagger players. For areas that have a lot of depth at the top end of players, it makes sense for a Director to offer a Competitive and Open Divisions for Local and Regional tournaments.
  • Social – The Social Division is for players that enjoy playing casually. 2 Bagger and 1 Bagger players can enjoy the sport and events without having to run into the cream of the crop to have a chance at winning some money and prizes.
  • Backyard – The Backyard Division is intended for beginners and large events that have a lot of social players. Mostly 1 Bagger players will play in this Division if it is offered.

ACL Directors create a lot of great events on their own with our system and support. The ACL provides players of all types an opportunity to play and participate in local and national standings. The 2016 – 2017 ACL Standings is based on a points system for local, regional and national tournaments. The ACL uses standings for entry and seeding into certain regional, national and the Main Event, Championships of Bags (COBS 2017).

ACL Tourneys

LOCAL Tourneys:

  • Local points tournaments can apply to any singles, byop doubles or blind draw doubles. If you are playing in a tournament that does not include ACL Points, ask your Director why?!?. It is free for them to use the software and run local tournaments. Points are awarded for each win.

LOCAL TOURNAMENTS - POINTS PER WIN
Open Competitive Social Backyard
Show Up4Show Up4Show Up2Show Up2
Winners4Winners4Winners2Winners2
Losers2Losers2Losers1Losers1

REGIONAL Tournaments (Monthly):

  • A Regional Director may run one Regional Event per Month. Each Event must have a minimum of two levels (Open and Social) and include two tournaments for each (one singles and one doubles). Maximum number of events a Regional Director can run is 11 (August 2016 – June 2017)
  • Players and Guests may register for one or both tournaments at their respective level
  • Payouts are guaranteed to be a minimum of 50% of the entry fees. Payouts may vary based on Regional Director. Entry fees will typically range from $10 to $30 per tournament. Find your Region for specific details.
  • Players may play in more than one Regional Event in a Month, but only the top score will count as their Regional Score for that month. Scores are based on individual tournaments and not the combined event.
  • ACL Standings will take the Top 6 Singles scores to apply to Singles Rankings and Top 6 Singles plus Top 6 Doubles for Total Points Rankings. Points table for Regional Tournaments:

TWO DIVISIONS
Open Social
1st1001st70
2nd992nd69
3rd983rd68
4th974th67
5th-6th965th-6th66
7th-8th957th-8th65
9th-12th949th-12th64
13th-16th9313th-16th63
17th-24th9217th-24th62
25th-32nd9025th-32nd60
33rd-48th8833rd-48th58
49th-64th8649th-64th56
THREE or FOUR DIVISIONS
Open Competitive Social Backyard
1st1001st851st701st55
2nd992nd842nd692nd54
3rd983rd833rd683rd53
4th974th824th674th52
5th-6th965th-6th815th-6th665th-6th51
7th-8th957th-8th807th-8th657th-8th50
9th-12th949th-12th799th-12th649th-12th49
13th-16th9313th-16th7813th-16th6313th-16th48
17th-24th9217th-24th7617th-24th6217th-24th46
25th-32nd9025th-32nd7425th-32nd6025th-32nd44
33rd-48th8833rd-48th7233rd-48th5833rd-48th42
49th-64th8649th-64th7049th-64th5649th-64th40

National Tournaments (8 Total)

  • There will be 8 National Tournaments during the season. These events will be spread out in different parts of the country. The current anticipated distribution is (2 West, 1 Texas, 2 Midwest, 2 Southeast, 1 Northeast)
  • Players and Guests may register for one or both tournaments at their respective level. Entry fees will range from $10 to $60 per tournament.
  • Payouts are guaranteed to be a minimum of 50% of the entry fees. Payouts may vary based on Division and Sponsorship Levels. See Regional Director for Details
  • One or more National Tournaments will be broadcast live
  • ACL Standings will take the Top 2 Singles scores to apply to Singles Rankings and Top 2 Singles plus Top 2 Doubles for Total Points Rankings. Points Table for National Tournaments:

TWO DIVISIONS
Open Social
1st2001st70
2nd1962nd69
3rd1923rd68
4th1884th67
5th-6th1845th-6th66
7th-8th1807th-8th65
9th-12th1769th-12th64
13th-16th17213th-16th63
17th-24th16817th-24th62
25th-32nd16425th-32nd60
33rd-48th16033rd-48th58
49th-64th15649th-64th56
THREE or FOUR DIVISIONS
Open Competitive Social Backyard
1st2001st1501st701st55
2nd1962nd1462nd692nd54
3rd1923rd1423rd683rd53
4th1884th1384th674th52
5th-6th1845th-6th1345th-6th665th-6th51
7th-8th1807th-8th1307th-8th657th-8th50
9th-12th1769th-12th1269th-12th649th-12th49
13th-16th17213th-16th12213th-16th6313th-16th48
17th-24th16817th-24th11817th-24th6217th-24th46
25th-32nd16425th-32nd11425th-32nd6025th-32nd44
33rd-48th16033rd-48th11033rd-48th5833rd-48th42
49th-64th15649th-64th10649th-64th5649th-64th40
ACL STANDINGS

  • ACL Standings are based on Singles Standings and Overall Standings.
  • They can be sorted by the following:
    • Overall
    • State
    • Player Level
    • Director
  • Players can also check the Player Detail tab to see how their standings are generated from individual tournaments.
  • Singles Points Standings is a Combination of :
    • Top 6 Regional Singles Events Points + Top 2 National Singles Events Points.
  • Overall Points Standings Combination of :
    • Top 12 Regional Points (6 Singles Events, 6 Doubles Events) + Top 4 National Points (2 Singles Events, 2 Doubles Events) + Top 10 Local Tournament Points (Any Tournament)

CHAMPIONSHIPS OF BAGS (COBS 2017)

The Championships of Bags (COBS 2017) will be held July 18 – 22, 2017 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. As with 2016, it is anticipated that the total prize pool for all events will exceed $50K. ESPN3 will broadcast live July 20 – 22 and feature full coverage of Open Singles and Open Doubles plus Final Matches for Crew Cup, Women Singles, Senior Singles, Senior Doubles, American Deaf Cornhole Singles and Doubles plus more. See Full Details - www.iplaycornohle.com/cobs.

Pre-Registration will be available for the following divisions:

  • Open
  • Competitive
  • Social
  • Crew Cup
  • Juniors
  • Womens
  • Seniors
  • Mixed Doubles
  • American Deaf Cornhole

There will be a $1,000 freeroll open to the first 256 members to show up on Tuesday, July 18 and swipe their Total Rewards Card. The minimum age for participation in prize money events is 21.


Paths to COBS for PAID Players


There are a variety of paths a Paid Member Player can take to participate in the $30,000 Open Division Singles and Doubles Championships. Paid Member Players must be active prior to June 30, 2017 and remain active through the Main Event. The path options are:

  1. Any Paid Member Player that HAS played in a combination of 6 Regional / National Events may register for Open Singles and Doubles Pool Play for $20 each ($40 for both). The final Pool Play format will be based on the number of players in the pool. In addition, Paid Member Players may earn free entry or have an option to avoid pool play based on where they finish in points. See below for details.
  2. A Paid Member Player that DID NOT participate in 6 Regional / National Events may play in POOL PLAY ONLY for the number of events short X of the 6 combination of Regional / National $40 (typical fee for Regional Events).
    • As an example, a Paid Member Player that played in a combination of 3 Regionals / Nationals would pay the following:
      • (3 x $40 = $120) 3 events short of the 6 needed
      • (2 x $20 = $40) COBS Pool Play Fee for Singles and Doubles $20 each
      • Total $160 ($120 + $40)
      • (Singles Only or Doubles Only would be $140).
    • A Paid Member Player must have played in a minimum of 1 National or 2 Regionals to enter into Open Division Pool Play.
    • See Payment Table below for more Examples:

  3. Win or Purchase one of the 64 Sponsor Bids for Singles or 32 for Doubles – prices vary based on how the Bid will be used by the Director or Sponsor. Bids allow players to avoid first round pool play. Contact ACL for more details.
  4. Win one of the 32 Pool Play Spots for Singles or 16 Team Spots for Doubles. Players may only enter Pool Play through Path 1 or Path 2.
Example Entry Fee for COBS Pool Play
# of Events Open Singles or Doubles Total
1 National(5 x $40) + $20 = $220$240
2 Regionals(4 x $40) + $20 = $180$200
3 Events (Regional + Nationals)(3 x $40) + $20 = $140$160
4 Events (Regional + Nationals)(2 x $40) + $20 = $100$120
5 Events (Regional + Nationals)(1 x $40) + $20 = $60$80

  • OPEN DIVISION DETAILS – $30,000 PRIZE POOL – MEMBERS ONLY
    • $20,000 COBS 2017 Singles Championship
      • 256 Players in the Main Event will consist of Paid Member Players that Qualified through Open Pool Play, Sponsored Bids, Direct Buy - In Option or Earned Free Entry
        • Players will be Seeded Based on Total Singles Points and Divided into 16 Triple Elimination Brackets
        • Top 4 Players from Each Bracket will be in the money and advance to Top 64 and will earn Elite Status.
      • Top 64 Double Elimination Bracket will be broadcast live on ESPN3
      • Top 64 Double Elimination Bracket (in the money bracket)
      • Second Chance $10 Single Elimination Tournaments with an 87.5% Payout will be available to those that don’t make it into the Top 64.


SINGLES RANKINGS IMPACT FOR SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES – PLAYERS MAY HAVE A CHOICE TO PAY INTO 256 MAIN OR PLAY POOL PLAY INTO THE 256 MAIN.
SOME PLAYERS MAY ONLY HAVE POOL PLAY OPTION

Singles Ranking Singles Entry Fee Qualifier Option Elite Status
1FREEN/AYES + POY
2 - 16FREEN/AYES
17 - 32$25FREEYES
33 - 64$50$5YES
65 - 160$50$20NO
161+$75 ( if available )$20NO
  • 32 Spots (bids) gain entry from Pool Play into the Open Singles 256 Main Event.
  • 64 Spots (bids) are available to Directors and Sponsors.
    • These bids may be added to tournaments, special events or other activities approved by the ACL.
  • Paid Member Players that participated in 6 or more Regional / National Events may buy any excess bids at the end of June based on points priority.
  • Any guest that wins an outside bid must be an active player (member) to play.
  • Any Spots (bids) available after Pool Play in Cherokee may be purchased based on points priority.

  • $10,000 (Minimum) COBS 2017 Doubles Championship
    • 128 Teams in the Main Event will consist of Paid Member Teams that Qualified through Open Pool Play, Sponsored Bids, Direct Buy- In Option or Earned Free Entry
      • Teams will be Seeded Based on Total Overall Points and Divided into 8 Triple Elimination Brackets
      • Top 4 Teams from Each Bracket will be in the money and advance to Top 32
    • Top 32 Double Elimination Bracket will be broadcast live on ESPN3
    • Second Chance Single Elimination Tournaments with an 87.5% Payout will be available to those that don’t make it into the Top 32.

OVERALL POINTS RANKINGS IMPACT FOR DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES
PLAYERS MAY HAVE A CHOICE TO PAY INTO 128 MAIN OR PLAY POOL PLAY INTO 128 TEAM MAIN.
SOME PLAYERS ONLY HAVE POOL PLAY OPTION

Total Points Ranking Doubles Entry Fee (pp) Pool Play (pp) Elite Status
1FREEN/AYES + POY
2 - 8FREEN/AYES
9 - 32$25$20YES
33 - 64$50$20YES
65+ (if available - top 80 overall points players have guaranteed option)$50$20NO

The table above is Individual Overall Rankings..

  • If Player 1 finishes 6 and Player 2 on the team finishes 12 the total team price is Free + $25 = $25 to be in the 128.
  • The maximum price a team will have to pay for a 128 spot is $100.
  • 16 Team Spots (bids) gain entry from Pool Play into the Open Doubles 128 Main Event.
  • 32 Team Spots (bids) Bids will be available to Directors and Sponsors to add bids to tournaments.
  • Paid Member Players that participated in 6 or more Regional / National Events may buy any excess bids at the end of June based on points priority.
  • Any guest that wins an outside bid must be an active player (member) to play.
  • Any Spots (bids) available after Pool Play in Cherokee may be purchased based on points priority.

Special Elite Jerseys will be available for Elite Players. Players may elect to pay for them and put their sponsor logo on them. The ACL may have sponsor options for Jerseys as well to make them Free. Top Singles Player and Top Overall Points Player will get a Free Player of Year Elite Jersey.


  • COMPETITIVE – 4 Baggers and Below – Open Registration
    • Singles Championship - $40 Per Player / $60 Guest (if avail)
    • Doubles Championship - $40 Per Player / $60 Guest (if avail)

* Prize Pool will be a minimum of 75% of the per player fees for members. Players that are in the Top 64 Open Singles or Top 32 Open Doubles are not eligible to play regardless of their Player Level.


  • SOCIAL – 2 Baggers and Below – Open Registration
    • Singles Championship - $20 Per Player / $40 Guest (if avail)
    • Doubles Championship - $20 Per Player / $40 Guest (if avail)

* Prize Pool will be a minimum of 50% of the per player fees for members. Players that are in the Top 64 Open Singles, Top 32 Competitive Singles, Top 16 Competitive Doubles or Top 32 Open Doubles are not eligible to play regardless of their Player Level.


  • Other tournaments will include:
    • Crew Cup
    • Senior
    • Ladies
    • Mixed Doubles
    • Possibly Junior
  • Blind Draw Sit n Go tournaments will be available as well. Details will be announced as soon as available.


PLAYERS AND GUESTS THAT PARTICIPATE IN ACL EVENTS MUST COMPLY WITH THE ACL CODE OF CONDUCT AND CODE OF ETHICS. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE FORFIETURE OF PRIZE MONEY, REVOCATION OF MEMBERSHIP AND BAN FROM FUTURE PARTICIPATION.


Any questions please contact us


ANYONE CAN PLAY – ANYONE CAN WIN