Welcome to Boston Cornhole!  Our goal is to increase the presence of the exciting, fun game of cornhole in Boston and the Northeast.  Boston Cornhole promotes the game of cornhole with the organization of Leagues, Tournaments, and Special Events at local venues.

For more information, write us at bostoncornhole@gmail.com or call us at (857) 225-2302.

Upcoming Events:  

ACO Icehole - Pawtucket, RI - Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 12 PM
Fearsome Foursome - Pawtucket, RI - Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 12 PM
Hastings House - Beverly, MA - Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 4 PM
Boston Crusaders - Woburn, MA - Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2 PM
Plymouth Recreation - Plymouth, MA - Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12 PM
Dream Street - Boston, MA - Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Norton Fire and Police - Attleboro, MA - Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Fenway Cornhole Classic - Boston, MA - Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Boston Marathon Fundraiser Tournaments are back!

posted Feb 10, 2016, 5:23 AM by Boston Cornhole

Currently booking fundraisers for the 2016 Boston Marathon

It's marathon training season once again in Boston!  For those of you running the race, that means weekend long runs have begun (or at least they should have).  For many, that also means that fundraising campaigns need to be in full stride!  We are happy to offer cornhole fundraiser tournaments beginning at just $250 (2-3 cornhole courts).  While cornhole may not be as much fun as a 20 mile long run, it's a great, fun way to get friends and family together to support your fundraising goals!

If you are interested in hosting a cornhole fundraiser tournament, please write to us at bostoncornhole@gmail.com.

YARDiES to bring Polish Horseshoes to the Fearsome Foursome!

posted Feb 9, 2016, 8:30 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 4:13 AM ]

Yet another reason to play in the Fearsome Foursome

Ever think you might prefer the pole to the hole?  It's okay because at Boston Cornhole we don't pass judgement.  Perhaps years ago, we would have considered any backyard alternative to cornhole blasphemous.  But, it's 2016; we know cornhole is here to stay and recognize that there are some other amazing choices out there worth exploring.

We are happy to announce that YARDiES has come aboard as a sponsor of our Fearsome Foursome Tournament at the Boundary Brewhouse in Pawtucket.  The guys will have Polish Horseshoes in tow and in between tournament matches, you'll get to take a break from the hole and take a spin on the pole!  It gets even better as somebody will walk away his or her own set of Polish Horseshoes.  Each tournament participant receives an entry into the giveaway drawing.  Want to better your odds at winning?  Additional chances will be available for purchase with proceeds going towards the tournament purse.  Now that's a win-win situation!  But, to win it, you gotta be in it!  Join us on Saturday, February 27th for a HOLE lot of everything!

A Guide to Buying a Cornhole Set

posted Jan 23, 2016, 2:30 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Jan 23, 2016, 2:43 PM ]

What to look for when searching for a quality set of boards and bags...

Doherty Custom Boards added some international flavor to these, simple but elegant boards

Boston Cornhole ordered 15 sets of boards from Mckinnon Cornhole Boards in 2015

Stain, paint, and a logo make these boards almost as nice to look at as they are to play on

The 2016 State of Cornhole Address

posted Jan 14, 2016, 8:31 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 10:52 AM ]

Including the 2015 end of year awards...
Showtime - 2015 Team of the Year

Larry Pigeon - 2015 Player of the Year

The Empire State strikes again...

posted Dec 19, 2015, 2:34 PM by Boston Cornhole

A full day of cornhole last Saturday!
Uncle Sarge and Tyler
CNY Cornhole's Finest - Coyne and Laba
Rachael wins our 1st Women's Regional

A Cornhole Tripleheader in Pawtucket on December 12th!

posted Dec 2, 2015, 8:49 PM by Boston Cornhole

The busiest cornhole day of the year...

$800 in guaranteed prize money!
ACO Hole-I-Day Regional - Singles and Doubles

Boston Cornhole Boards are now available for purchase!

posted Nov 26, 2015, 7:35 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Jan 31, 2016, 8:34 PM ]

Order now to have them for the holidays!
A 3/4" deck on tournament style, painted frames
Own the same boards we use at our tournaments

The Lowdown from Dedham!

posted Nov 22, 2015, 1:48 PM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 3:24 PM ]

Chris presents the prize to the Champs!

Everything seems to be going right for Henry Meng this week.  On Thursday, he was a winner in the Woburn Cornhole League and on Saturday he entered the winner's circle at the inaugural Boston Crusaders' Titletown Tournament.  Heck, even the steering wheel is on the right side of his car!  And while I thought he had a strong partner on Thursday, he certainly upgraded for the Saturday tilt.  Known as The Godfather or Boo (Uncle) to the Mill City Crew, the rest of the competition should just call him Daddy based on the way he played on Saturday.  Congrats and we hope to see both of you at many more tournaments in the future!

Let's not forget the usual suspects as the field was very strong.  It looks like we have finally found our cornhole Mason-Dixon Line in Dedham as there were several Northern and Southern Massachusetts teams in attendance including some new pairings of familiar faces.  Happy to see everyone getting along!  The runner-ups on the day were the Rhody Brothers who overcame an early setback to make it to the finals.  Regulars at the Boundary Brewhouse on Monday nights, it looks like a HOLE lot of practice has paid off for the Ocean State Cornhole duo!  Rounding out the podium were Sarge and Richie Queen.  This partnership is the aftermath of the fall of 40 Plus.  Sarge has partnered with the other half of 40 Plus on occasion and while a Queen doesn't necessarily trump an Ace, it was nonetheless a strong effort from this pairing by cashing a check in their debut.

And while the Crusader faithful did not advance to the final rounds of the tournament, I was impressed with how engaged they were in following the action.  As the going got tough and the tough got going, all eyes were on the sacks flying through the air!  My takeaway from Dedham is that the competition level in the area continues to rise exponentially.  While the final outcome may not be predictable, odds are that the path to the finals may resemble a trip down the Ho Chi Minh Trail!  We are so happy to have the boys from Lowell on the scene.  They will force everyone to improve their play and force me to step up my sneaker game!

'Tis the Season for some Cornhole!

posted Nov 16, 2015, 3:52 PM by Boston Cornhole

Corporate Cornhole at Ned Devine's in Faneuil Hall

Turkey day is just around the corner and after that follows the Holiday Season.  It's no secret that team building events are our favorite and this year we want to replace your mistletoe with some cornhole!  Engaging, competitive, and tons of fun, pitch some bags with your co-workers while spreading the holiday cheer.

The Corporate Package includes:
  • 4'x2' Regulation Boards
  • Player's Choice (stick/slick) resin bags
  • Score Towers
  • Tournament Bracket Management
  • Assistance finding a suitable venue
We work with venues from Boston to Rhode Island including The Baseball Tavern, Ned Devine's, and the Boundary Brewhouse.  If you're looking for cornhole, you have come to the right spot!  Not familiar with cornhole?  Check out our team building video from this past summer!

To book your event, write to us at bostoncornhole@gmail.com or call us at (857) 225-2302.

Competitive Cornhole - A model and culture like no other

posted Nov 15, 2015, 9:18 AM by Boston Cornhole   [ updated Nov 15, 2015, 9:21 AM ]

Would trophies alone ever suffice for a prize?

"If I tap this putt in, I win my foursome by three strokes!  I can't wait to get to the clubhouse and see how much the golf course is going to pay me..."  "The band was great tonight, definitely worth the cover, and I danced all night.  I was probably the best dancer, what do you think the payout is gonna be?"  "Great movie, a surprise ending, but I knew the butler did it!  That's worth at least a popcorn and a soda, right?"

Does the above sound ridiculous?  Of course it does because there are costs to maintaining a golf course, hiring a band, and running a movie theater.  The consumer pays in exchange for the entertainment provided; it's pretty simple.  The same is true in cornhole as bags break, boards wear, and you need a competent person to run your tournament.  However, the obvious sometimes gets a bit cloudy in the competitive cornhole world where some have arrived at the consensus that what you put in, you must get out!  This concept was reinforced to me a week ago in a conversation that criticized a bar for taking some of the tournament entry fees to pay the DJ that was hired.  Should the business a bar receives from hosting cornhole be enough profit?  Should the person running the tournament be paid for bringing the equipment and facilitating the bracket (it's no secret how I feel about this)?  Like many things, there is not a single answer.  But, as more and more people begin hosting weekly tournaments, perhaps it is worth looking at the current model and considering some alternatives.

Most weekly events have adopted a format with a modest tournament buy-in (usually $5) and 100% payout; sometimes a bar may kick in more money with the hopes of drawing larger crowds.  Others may not agree, but in my opinion, this format has done as much harm as good to the rise of cornhole.  Right off the bat, the concept of 100% payout fosters a sense of entitlement among players that is not present in other recreation and entertainment activities.  Are the cash prizes drawing more people to these tournaments?  Prove it!  I think the difference is negligible as cornhole is such a great game, it can stand on its own.  Even with modest entry fees, there are complaints with the partner selection process in blind draws.  And the more cash involved, it seems like the more problems!  When a bar in Woonsocket offers a $300 prize, friends don't tell friends about it to avoid the competition.  Nothing rubs people the wrong way and is more divisive than secret tournaments!

I've stated my issues with the current trend, so what's the alternative?  For starters, let's properly categorize cornhole for what it is.  Weekly cornhole events are meant to bring patrons to the bar on an off night just like trivia, paint nights, and karaoke.  In the aforementioned, there may or may not be an entry fee and gift cards usually suffice as prizes.  Oh, and the trivia jockey, paint night host, and karaoke emcee are paid by the bar.  A note to bar managers, pay your tournament directors too!  Very rarely, do you get things right on the first try, but if I think back to cornhole at Jake N JOE'S in 2012; that seemed like a format that worked!  There was NO entry fee, the bar provided some great prizes (eg Yankees/Sox tickets), and the tournament director was compensated.  Oh, and the crowds were no larger or smaller than what is seen at weekly tournaments today!   For bars thinking about hosting their own cornhole night, I would recommend this format and if you value your liquor license, become familiar with the following Massachusetts Laws.

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