The play at ND Ice Hole Extravaganza is a Doubles Tournament. The following are the Ice Hole Extravaganza rules. In Devils Lake, ND, we host a popular cornhole tournament each year. Please register to take advantage of everything the event has to offer.

Length of Games

Traditional 21: The game shall be played to the pre-determined number of twenty-one (21) points. The first player/team to reach (or exceed) that amount at the conclusion of a frame is the winner.

Cornhole Scoring – Bag Terms

Woody – Refers to any cornhole bag that has been pitched and remains on the cornhole board playing surface at the conclusion of the frame.

Cornhole – Refers to any cornhole bag that has been pitched and passes through the cornhole board hole at any time within the frame.

Foul Bags – Refers to any cornhole bag that has not been determined as a “woody” or “cornhole” – or was designated a foul bag as the result of a rules violation.

Designated Foul Bags

  • Any bag pitched without at least one foot or appendage completely inside the pitcher’s box at the time of release.
  • Any bag not pitched within the 15-second time limit.
  • A bag pitched from a different pitcher’s box than their designated pitcher’s box.
  • Any bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the playing surface.
  • Any bag that comes to rest touching the ground and the board.
  • Any bag that struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc.

Methods of Scoring

Cancellation Scoring: The approved method of scoring for the sport of cornhole is “cancellation” scoring. In cancellation scoring, the points of one player cancel out the points of their opponent. Using this method, only one player/team can score in each frame.

Woody: Each woody is worth one (1) point.

Cornhole: Each cornhole is worth three (3) points.

No cornhole bags shall be moved before the scoring is determined. If this decision is in doubt, an official shall be called to determine the scoring for the frame in question.

Recording the Score: Players are encouraged to pay close attention to the score at all times. Players are required to update their score on the score tower at the conclusion of each frame. Players may call upon the official between frames if any discrepancy occurs regarding the correct score. In doubles play, a coin toss is used to determine which player/team selects one of the following options:

Pitching Cornhole Bags

1. Pitching

Players alternate pitching bags (one player at a time) until each player has pitched all (4) of his/her bags.

A player must pitch all (4) cornhole bags from their designated cornhole pitchers box.

One foot or appendage must be completely within the pitcher's box at the time of releasing the bag.

When pitching a bag, players must release the bag before any part of the player’s body touches the ground on or beyond the foul line.

2. Pitching the Next Frame

The player/team who scored in the preceding frame shall pitch first in the next frame. If neither player/team scores, the player/team who pitched first in the preceding frame shall retain first pitch in the next frame.

3. Accidental Release

Any cornhole bag that leaves a players hand once the final step (if taken) and final forward swing of the delivery process has started, shall count as a pitched bag.

A cornhole bag that is accidentally dropped by a player before the final step (if taken) and final forward swing has started, shall not be considered a foul bag and may be picked up and pitched.

4. Pitching Out of Turn

If a player pitches out of turn at any time during a frame, their pitch will be considered a foul bag and swept from the playing surface.

If the out-of-turn bag affects any bags in play, their opponent has the option of returning all cornhole bags to their original position on the playing surface or leaving all bags as they are.

If the error is not discovered until after two (2) cornhole bags have been pitched, the frame shall continue and be scored accordingly.

If no agreement can be reached, an official shall be called. The official shall either determine the scoring or void the inning and order it to be repitched.

5. Touching the Bags Before the Frame is Complete

If any bags in scoring positions (woodies or cornholes) are touched by a player, whether intentionally or unintentionally, before all bags during the frame are pitched, the frame is over.

The offending team (team who touches the bags) forfeits all remaining bags and tallies the score for the bags they have already thrown during the frame

The non-offending team tallies 12 points as if they had thrown 4 cornholes during the frame.

6. Moving Cornhole Boards and Bags

A player can only straighten cornhole boards in between frames and with the approval of their opponent. An official may be called to determine replacement if a discrepancy is in question.

Player Conduct

On the Courts

A cornhole player/team, while in competition, shall make no disturbing noises or movements that would distract the opponent or players on surrounding courts. Other inappropriate behavior would include profanity, abusive language, obscene gestures, flipping bags, etc.

The player/team winning the coin-toss chooses their bag color.

The player/team winning the coin-toss pitches first.

*Changes to the rules by the Tournament Committee may be made as needed.

Contact us if you have questions or comments about The Ice Hole Extravaganza participant rules.