The Tailgate toss will be a double-elimination tournament.
Doubles (Team) Play:
Each team will consist of two members. In doubles play two contestants are partners against another team of two contestant.
In doubles play, one member of each team pitches from one platform and the other members pitch from the other tailgate toss platform.
Every Tailgate Toss match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning there is a top and a bottom round of play.
In doubles play, the top of an inning is completed when both contestants pitching from the first tailgate toss platform pitch all 4 corn bags; the bottom of the inning is completed when the remaining contestants (pitching from the other platform) pitch all 4 corn bags.
An inning is never completed until all contestants pitch all four corn bags.
Value Of The Bean Bag:
- A bag in the hole (hole-in) is worth 3 points and a bag on the platform is worth 1 point (in-the-count or on-the-board).
- Bag In-The-Hole - A bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a bag which is thrown through the hole in the tailgate toss platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the platform (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A bag in-the-hole has a value of three points.
- Bag In-The-Count - A corn bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the bag resting on the platform is in-the-count (sometimes called on-the-board). A bag in-the-count has a value of one point. For a bag to be in-the-count, it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the platform. If a bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the platform, it is a foul and must be removed from the platform prior to the continuation of play.
- Bag Out-Of-The-Count - A corn bag which comes to rest anywhere except in-the-count or in-the-hole is out-of-the-count and has no scoring value. A corn bag which is declared to be a foul is considered to be out-of-the-count (no matter where it comes to rest) and must be removed from the surface prior to the continuation of play.
Delivery Of Bags During Play:
- In doubles play, the first side of contestants alternate pitching corn bags until they have thrown all four corn bags, then the remaining contestant (pitching from the other platform) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning completed.
- A contestant may deliver the corn bag from either the left or right pitchers box but, in any one inning, all corn bags must be delivered from the same pitcher’s box.
Pitching Rotation During The Game
The contestant who scored in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning. If neither pitcher scores, the contestant who pitched second (last) in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.
Length Of The Game:
The Tailgate Toss tournament matches will be 20 minutes each (will be timed on a large clock). The match can never end in the middle of a half-inning. When the buzzer sounds, each match will finish the half-inning they are currently playing.
If the Corn Toss match is tied at the end of the 20 minutes, play continues until one team or the other achieves a higher score at the end of a half-inning and wins the match.
In cancelation scoring, bags in-the-hole and bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during a half of an inning cancel each other out. Only non-cancelled corn bags are counted in the score for the inning.
- Bags In-The-Hole – Hole-ins (HI’s) cancel each other. A corn bag in-the-hole of one contestant shall cancel a bag in-the-hole of his competitor and those bags shall not score any points. Any non-cancelled corn bag in-the-hole scores three points.
- Bags In-The-Count – Corn bags in-the-count cancel each other. A corn bag in-the-count of one contestant shall cancel a corn bags in-the-count of the opponent and those corn bags shall not score any points. Any non-cancelled corn bags in-the-count score one point each.
Cancellation scoring may be easily calculated as follows:
- The points of both contestants are calculated for hole-ins and in-the-count corn bags.
- The points of the lowest scoring contestant for hole-in corn bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for hole-in corn bags. The result is the hole-in score for the highest scoring contestant. The hole-in score for the lowest scoring contestant is zero.
- The points of the lowest scoring contestant for in-the-count corn bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for in-the-count corn bags. The result is the in-the-count score for the highest scoring contestant. The in-the-count score for the lowest scoring contestant is zero.
- The hole-in score for each contestant is added to the in-the-count score for each contestant to derive the recorded score for the inning.
- In this manner hole-in and in-the–count bags from each team of contestants are cancelled out and only non-cancelled corn bags are counted in the score.