The ACL is proud to introduce ACL Virtual!
ACL Virtual is the latest development to the ACL's technology platform that now allows players to compete in cornhole tournaments everywhere without having to leave their home! With social distancing dictating most of our interactions during this time, creating a new way to compete in cornhole games became a top priority for the ACL team. With the launch of ACL Virtual, ACL Directors will be able to organize and operate ACL Local events for anyone. Additionally, international players will also be able to compete in these events, giving them an opportunity to compete against American talent for the first time.
So how does ACL Virtual work? It's easy! First, an ACL Director will create an event within the ACL Admin Portal. They will set the number of players, the game type (singles, doubles, or blind draw), the entry fee, match type (single game or best 2 out of 3) and the bracket type (single or double elimination). Once created, they can open the event for registration at https://app.iplayacl.com. Once the event is open for registration, players can immediately login to their player profile and go to "Event Registration" to find a list of available tournaments in which they can compete. Players will pay the registration fee directly from the app. All matches will be limited to 10 rounds (max score is 120). Doubles matches will combine the score of partners for a max score of 240. Since players will be using the ACL Bag Tracker to keep their deckaround score, stats from the round will become immediately available at the conclusion of the match!
Once all players have registered, the tournament director will initiate the start of the tournament and provide players with their time limit to complete each round of the tournament. Most tournaments will provide 24 hours to complete a single match, but directors can choose to make that time limit sooner or later based on player availability. For each match, a player will receive a text message assigning them an opponent letting them know the round has begun. Players can go to https://app.iplayacl.com and click on My Account from the slideout menu to verify that they have an accurate mobile number associated with his or her account.
From there, players will head back to https://app.iplayacl.com and login. After clicking on 'My Events', players should see the event that they have registered for (Note: just like for registering for National events, only the registering partner for doubles will receive the email). Clicking on the event will bring them to the dashboard where they will be able to see the list of matches being played, including their match. When ready to complete their match, the player will click 'Start Game'. Then, their screen will be transformed into the bag tracker, where players will track every bag from all 10 rounds of play. You do not need to send your score to the director assigned to your tournament. The scores will automatically transfer to the tournament software once you save your round.
In addition to tracking each bag, players will also be required to live broadcast their match. Each ACL Director will set the individual rules for broadcasting, but the standard method for live streaming a match to maintain integrity of the program will be by streaming to a Facebook Event page created by the ACL Director. The live streaming prevents a player from taking multiple attempts to complete a single game. Each director will set up a Facebook event, which will be shared to the ACL Virtual Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualACL/. It is important that players either record directly into their specific event within the ACL Virtual Facebook page or share their videos into the corresponding event within that group.
At the end of the specified time limit, the Director will verify the scores that have been tracked, save the match scores, and progress to the next round. Players will then receive their next text message letting them know who their next opponent is and the process repeats until the end of the tournament. Contact the director assigned to your tournament immediately if there is a score or winner discrepancy.
There will be more developments to come with ACL Virtual and we could not be more excited to launch this new feature. The videos below shows the exact workflow for how the process works from a player perspective. ACL Directors are being trained as we speak, with an expected launch date of 4/3/20 to the public.
Anyone can play, and anyone can win!
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