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.
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New England Cornhole Series - New England, April - July 2016
3rd Ave Tournament Tuesdays - Burlington, MA, June 21st to August 30th 2016 at 5 PM
ACO NH State Championships (NECS Qualifier) - Derry, NH - June 24th - 25th
New England COPS (NECS Qualifier) - Wilmington, MA - Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9 AM
Barrett's Alehouse #1 - Bridgewater, MA - Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10 AM
Crustafarian Music Fest - Somerville, MA - Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1 PM
Fenway Cornhole Classic (NECS Qualifier) - Boston, MA - Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM
The Magic Mile Cornhole Championships - Loudon, NH - Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16, 2016
Barrett's Alehouse #2 - Bridgewater, MA - Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10 AM
Rocky Woods Cornhole Festival - Medfield, MA - Saturday, August 13 - Saturday, August 14, 2016
North Brookfield Boosters - North Brookfield, MA - Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10 AM
Hank McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship - Beverly, MA - Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 3 PM
Sean Collier Memorial Fund - Cambridge, MA - Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 11 AM
Who's the best in MA? A picture is worth a 1000 words!
Last year, we held the inaugural ACO State Championships for Massachusetts in Boston. This year, we shifted the scene to the Boundary Brewhouse where Boston Cornhole hosted each Season XI Regional. With six sets of boards in play, we added three new divisions in 2016: MA Women's Singles, RI Singles and RI Doubles. Oh, and for those of you north of the border, the 603 guys are hosting the NH State Championships in June. Ok, now on to the recap!
MA Women's Singles
The Best in Season XI from Start to Finish!
Rachael McCabe has topped the podium at each regional and even made it down to a major this season. Heading into the event, Rachael was definitely the favorite to capture the title. However, the surprise arrival of Julie guaranteed that things could get interesting. While Julie does not have the ACO pedigree, the scouting report says that the lady can definitely toss some bags! Sure enough, Julie battled to the winner's bracket final to face Rachael. While it was apparent that Julie was pretty thirsty throughout the day, she could not match Rachael's hunger for the "State Champ" moniker as Rachael prevailed. And there would be no rematch as Stephanie avenged an earlier loss to Julie to face her doubles' partner in the finals. And your 2016 MA Women's State Champ...Rachael McCabe!
1. Rachael McCabe
2. Stephanie Bergeron
3. Julie Berenz
MA Open Doubles
When I named Showtime (Jose Rivera and Joe Masareth) the 2015 Team of the Year, it wasn't simply because they are nice guys. I saw a strong team that was good and that had the potential to be better! While not the favorites, it should come as no surprise that they are the 2016 MA State Champions! The Southbridge duo defeated the favorites, Lance Madden and Larry Pigeon to advance to the finals. In the finals, they fought off a spirited double-dip attempt from the Grew/Prew pairing. While they have taken several trips to victory lane, something tells me that this one probably felt really good!
1. Jose Rivera and Joe Masareth
2. Charles Prew and Tim Grew
3. Lance Madden and Larry Pigeon
MA Open Singles
Sense of Fashion: C+. Cornhole Game: A+!
You can't mention "State Champ" in Massachusetts and not think of the guy who made that title infamous. While it did not go his way on Saturday, it was nice to see Jeff Bachand return and attempt to defend his title. A year ago when I heaped praise on Larry Pigeon, there were certainly some out there who felt slighted. Fast forward a year and I don't think anyone can debate who flies the highest when it comes to cornhole in New England. The phenom went undefeated handing his doubles partner and runner-up, Lance Madden his only two losses on the day. Let's also give Lance his due as his game is way too big to fit in Pigeon's shadow! Rounding out the top three was my pre-tournament pick (by private text message), Jose Rivera and Danny Talbot had a nice run to finish in fourth place. Congrats to all!
1. Larry Pigeon
2. Lance Madden
3. Jose Rivera
4. Danny Talbot
John Moran or Superman?
Having the event in Pawtucket, I had hoped to draw a HOLE lot of Ocean Staters. While the turnout was small, that certainly didn't get in the way of a big coronation for John Moran. The Ocean State's top tosser won singles and paired with Mike Lobdell to capture doubles. Eat your heart out big bro!
Open Doubles Champions:
John Moran and Mike Lobdell
1. John Moran
2. Joe Regan
3. Mike Lobdell
Last. Tim Foster
While not everyone can win, there were definitely some impressive, blog-worthy performances out there. Let's start with Danny Talbot! As mentioned above, Talbot enjoyed a nice run to fourth place in Open Singles. Even if all the cigarette breaks did extend the tournament by an hour, it was nice to see Danny play so well! Who is Freddie Schulz? It looked as if he might go from the firehouse to first place! He knocked out some big names in singles and partnered with Board Control for a surprising fourth place finish in doubles!
The 2016 State Championships were indicative of the potential of the competitive New England cornhole scene. When we can get everyone together, it can be a really fun, competitive day. Unfortunately, we rarely see this turnout at the regional events and sometimes struggle to hit the minimums. While the game continues to grow, at this point, our championships should be region-based and not state based. MA, RI, NH and CT combined would really be a superb tournament! Until next season...
Cornhole Tournament Fundraisers come in many forms...
Cornhole tournament fundraisers are everywhere! Let's take a closer look at the cornhole fundraiser with an edition of The Good, The Bad, The Ugly...
About half of Boston Cornhole tournaments are for charities! Why? Plain and simple, they make for great fundraisers. Cornhole is a game anyone can play and it is so much fun! With the emergence of a very competitive landscape in Boston, organizing an event to accommodate both novices and pros can be a challenge. However, when done right, it's a beautiful thing! We may not always make everyone happy, but love trying to assemble the best format we can!
The "It's for charity" rationalization should not be used to justify a poorly run event. While the cause of a charity is at the center of every fundraiser event, participants are certainly entitled to expectations which include, above all, a well-run tournament that is fun to be a part of. And tournament directors are responsible for meeting those expectations. After all, if we are going to market cornhole as a good time, it should be! In retrospect, there have certainly been some less than perfect tournaments in the past that I would do differently given a second chance! Recently, there was some pretty vocal social media criticism of an event up in Haverhill and several more silent complaints. While it may be easy to villainize someone for speaking out against a charity event, it may be wiser to review the lessons learned to prevent repeating the same mistakes.
The bottom line is that people may play charity tournaments for the cause, for the competition, or even for the prize money. Regardless of the reason, they are donating both their time and money to be part of the event. As tournament directors, we need to ensure that the time and money is well spent so that they come back and play again!
Unfortunately, this section could go in a few different directions. However, for this installment, I will stick up for my fellow, competitive cornholers! While it is not always the case, far too often competitive players have shade thrown their way when they play at fundraisers and are treated as not welcome. "Ringers shouldn't be allowed to play!" and "If they win, they should give the money back!" These hypocritical comments baffle me when organizations heavily promote tournaments on websites and social media offering cash prizes to entice people to play at events open to the public. If organizations truly want to control who plays or wins, the solution is simple, make it a private event and raise less money! Another strategy could be to advertise modest prizes. This will help keep some paper chasers away, but you may be surprised that many will still show because they just love to play and compete!
Registration starts at 12:30 PM at the Wrentham Elks
Registration starts at 4 PM at Demitri's in Foxborough
Putting Massachusetts Cornhole on the Map
It certainly did not go quickly, but the Fearsome Foursome is in the books! The format, a combination of the Maryland Cornhole Organization's team tournaments, the ATP Tour's Davis Cup, and the ACO Slyder Cup, was put to the test this past Saturday at the Boundary Brewhouse. Innovation is possible in anything, even a simple backyard game! Here are four things from Pawtucket...
1. Thank you!
I have noticed many facebook "thank you" posts since the conclusion of the tournament. Now, it's my turn! My biggest "thank you" goes out to John Moran who helped me run the event. John has been helping at several events lately and is vital to expanding Boston Cornhole in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Next up is the YARDiES team who provided the between-match entertainment with their Polish Horseshoes. We hope to partner with you guys again! Finally, thanks to all who played! It is a bit humbling to have players travel from CT, NY, NJ, and PA to play in one of our events.
2. The Asian Invasion is for real!
The self-proclaimed "Rice Baggers" and Lance were in control from start to finish on Saturday. In the finals, the champs defeated a very strong CNY Cornhole Team. In 2015, Laba and Coyne always left New England victorious. In 2016, the Rice Baggers have topped them in two early meetings. That is not to take anything away from CNY Cornhole; as expected, they were a strong force taking the silver medal. Rounding out the final four were Drunk Before Noon and Southbridge Cornhole.
I am a pleased that a Massachusetts-only team won this event given the competition. Pigeon, Lance, Henry, and Em represented the Commonwealth well. Oh, and two of the state's best players did not even play...the future is looking good in the Bay State!
3. Every Match Matters!
My biggest concern heading in to this tournament was the points system. The worst case scenario was a log-jam at the top that would require complex tie-breakers to determine the teams that would advance. Fortunately, the points distribution worked extremely well and the finals of both doubles groups featured teams fighting for the last semifinal slot against extremely difficult opposition. The Southbridge team of Alex and Jose needed to win their bracket and get some help. They notched five points with a victory over Lance and Pigeon. In the other bracket, Fruit Loops' Jeff and Andy were in the driver's seat, but CNY Cornhole's Laba and Coyne double-dipped them out of the tournament as second place put them a single point behind Southbridge Cornhole's total. Last minute drama with big-time players hitting big shots at the biggest moments!
4. The tournament was too long!
Overall, the tournament went well, but was definitely too long. In my opinion, no tournament should last eight hours. The next time we will need more space to accommodate more boards and hopefully more teams! Look for the next Fearsome Foursome this summer!
The Fearsome Foursome is this Saturday in Pawtucket
We are just days away from debuting a new format with our Fearsome Foursome in Pawtucket, RI at the Boundary Brewhouse. Currently, we are sitting at about 70% full and have five team spots open. We are excited to have players from CT, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI in the draw! Below is the list of teams. If you would like to add a team, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or register on the Fearsome Foursome page. The remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Fearsome Foursome Team List
Check-in on Saturday begins at 11 AM. Upon arrival, please complete your team form specifying who will be assigned to each group. It is recommended not to share your player and team assignments with other teams. Bags fly at noon!
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 email@example.com.
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!
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
Including the 2015 end of year awards...
Showtime - 2015 Team of the Year
Larry Pigeon - 2015 Player of the Year
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