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Sanctioned Cornhole Tournaments

Updated on April 18, 2011

Sanctioned cornhole tournament?

So you have decided to have a cornhole tournament. One of the first questions you may ask your self is how am I going to get a good turn out at my cornhole tournament? For any tournament to be successful you will have to get a good draw of players. Let's face it the more people, more money, better payouts, and the more profitable the tournament will be. And that is the goal right?

Well there are many ways to market your cornhole tournament in effort to draw the biggest crowd possible. The one that we will discuss in this article is the use of a sanctioning body to entice quality players to join your tournament. The sanctioning body will then promote your sanctioned tournament and reach the target audience that you want, cornhole players.

Who will sanction your cornhole tournament?

Well then if you decide to get your cornhole tournament sanctioned, then who can you get to sanction it? There are two large governing bodies in cornhole that immediately come to mind. The first is the American Cornhole Organization which is abbreviated "ACO". The second of which is the American Cornhole Association which is abbreviated "ACA". Each has their own advantages and disadvantages that you will have to weigh and see which one makes more sense for you.

Disclaimer

The following facts and opinions are based on information available on the ACO & ACA websites and the internet as of 06/02/2010. If an error or updated information is found you may contact me via my Hub profile or leave a comment below. I will revisit this hub periodically to verify that the information contained in this hub is still correct and up to date. I am not endorsing either the American Cornhole Association or the American Cornhole Organization. I am simply attempting to write an unbiased article concerning hosting a sanctioned cornhole tournament.

American Cornhole Organization

http://www.americancornhole.org

Membership - $19.95 Social membership, $49.95 Players choice, $200.00 Corny Forty 2010.

Membership benefits - Eligible to compete in ACO tournaments, discount on products, newsletter, membership card, Hole Magazine subscription

Forum - Yes

ACO Official Cornhole set - $287.90 Tournament boards, bags and tote. Shipping unknown.

Use own boards in sanctioned event? - Yes, as long as they meet specs

Tournament advertising - Yes, in an array of media outlets. www.cornholeplayers.com www.americancornhole.com www.holemagazine.com

Tournament hosting? - Yes

Official rules - Yes

Tournament brackets - Yes, free to use

Following is a link to informational booklet on hosting a ACO sanctioned tournament - http://www.americancornhole.org/pdfs/ACO_Sanctioned.pdf

American Cornhole Association

http://www.playcornhole.org

Membership - They boast a member base of over 30,000. Membership is absolutely free and can be completed online.

Membership Benefits - Membership card, eligible to enter ACA tournaments, host ACA sanctioned tournaments, eligible for the cornholer of the year award, discounts, voting rights on amendments to the official cornhole rules and regulations.

Forum - Yes

ACA Official Cornhole set - 159.95 bought at above website and includes boards, bags, rule book and how to guide. Shipping cost 49.95 each

Use own boards in sanctioned event? - Yes, as long as they meet specs.

Tournament advertising - Yes, free on their site,

Tournament hosting? - Yes 

Official rules - Yes

Tournament brackets - Yes, free to use

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ACO or ACA?

The strengths of the American Cornhole Organization lies in their ability to market via the internet. They are present on many social networking platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Youtube. They have their own media outlets like holemagazine.com and cornholeplayers.com They can occasionally be heard on radio, and seen on television and the big screen.

The strengths of the American Cornhole Association lies in their large member base. They appear to be a totally not for profit organization whose purpose is to grow the game of cornhole.

So then, who should you pick to sanction your next cornhole tournament? The answer depends on what you are wanting to accomplish and how much you are willing to spend to do it.

American Cornhole Organization Official Equipment on Amazon

American Cornhole "Star Logo" Tournament Series Boards & Cornhole Bags - featured in Cornhole the Movie
American Cornhole "Star Logo" Tournament Series Boards & Cornhole Bags - featured in Cornhole the Movie

Official ACO Pro Cornhole Boards. These are the "Star Logo" Boards featured in Cornhole the Movie genuine Hollywood stars Cornhole Games are Fun for tailgate parties, camping, picnics, any get-together with friends. Cornhole brings the Kid out in Everyone. NO SKILL REQUIRED. Don't be fooled by those cheap pressed-wood knock-offs or bouncy plastic boards. These are the real deal. This is the ABSOLUTE PREMIER CORNHOLE LOGO GAME SET in the industry.

 

American Cornhole Association Official Equipment on Amazon

Natural Cornhole Boards by BestCornBags
Natural Cornhole Boards by BestCornBags

Official ACA Regulation Cornhole Boards

24" x 48" Size

6" Routered & Sanded Hole

Collapsible Legs For Compact Storage

All Wood Construction

 

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    • johnyater profile imageAUTHOR

      johnyater 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ohio

      Frank,

      Thanks for visiting my HubPage on Sanctioned Cornhole Tournaments. I just emailed you my contact information and will be looking forward to updating that information on this page.

      I also want to take the time to thank you for all of the work the ACO has done promoting the sport of cornhole.

      Thanks.

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      Frank Geers 

      8 years ago

      There have been majors changes to our sanctioning process over the last three to four weeks - you just missed all the changes. What is your e-mail? I can be reached at fgeers@americancornhole.com

      I'd love to forward to you our new ACO Sanctioning PDF that explains everything we have going on now from the Social Rankings to the Skill Challenges - the new program has really opened it up more for the general tournament directors across the country - www.holemagazine.com is one of the main marketing venues to help them succeed.

      Anyway - would like to get you the proper information on the ACO to have this page updated.

      Feel free to call and discuss as well.

      Frank Geers @ 513-965-8687

      Thanks

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