These rules serve as a basic guideline and mirror how we run our tournaments. There are many variations that are played among friends and family. If you are unsure about the rules of a recreational game or tournament, make sure you ask the person in charge before you start playing.
If you have any questions, issues with playing conditions or concerned about equipment, raise it prior to start playing. Nothing can be done after the fact.
The ACL has established the parameters for what is an acceptable competitive cornhole bag. The ACL approves and promotes Bag Manufacturers that are acceptable for playing in any ACL Regional, Conference and National Events. Players will only be able to play with bags on this list that are stamped with a clearly defined Bag Manufacturer Logo and remain within specs. Approved bags will be available for players if they do not have approved bags. All bags are subject to inspection at all Regional, Conference and National events.
ACL BAG PARAMETERS
ACL BAG Rules
Players playing in ACL Regional, Conference and National Events will need to play with bags from one of the approved manufacturers. The bags must be stamped with a logo that is visible and the bags must remain within spec at the time of play. Players are responsible and accountable for their bags remaining within spec. The Bring Your Own Bag Policy is mandatory for Regional, Conference and National Directors for the entire season.
Players have the option of inspecting opposing player’s bags prior to playing their match. A player may request to inspect and/or toss an opponent’s bag prior to a match. A player has the option of asking the Tournament Director to inspect the opponent’s bag prior to a match. If the players do not agree on acceptable bags prior to a match, the Tournament Director will make the final decision on whether or not the bags are acceptable and may replace a player’s bags with approved tournament bags. Once a match starts, the bags are deemed to be acceptable and the result of the match will stand regardless of proof in the future that the bags did not conform to the current policy.
Players that place in the prize money at ACL Events are subject to a bag inspection prior to collecting prize money. While the results of the event may not change, if a player violates the bag policy or has altered approved manufacturer bags in any manner, then that player will forfeit the prize money and be subject to additional disciplinary action. All decisions by the Tournament Director will be final.
Players must throw matching bags of same type and color (sticky sides match and slick sides match but both sides do not have to be all one color.) Players will not be allowed to throw bags of different colors or types. Example a player throws 2 Cheetah bags and 2 Reynolds bags or a player throws 2 bags that are blue and 2 that are red. Mismatched bags will not be allowed in any ACL events.
Bags must be distinguishable between opponents. On ACL National Broadcasts, bags used must have a primary color on both sides of the bag. As an example, Cheetah bags may have a primary color of orange with its black lines and logo infused on the sticky side of the bag. Orange cloth with black lines on white suede with logo on the sticky side WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE. If player A wins the coin toss and chooses Orange Bags, then player B must play with a distinguishable color from Orange. For non-broadcast matches, players must agree among themselves if their bags are distinguishable. For broadcast and non-broadcast matches, any dispute will be resolved by the Tournament Director. If the Tournament Director and players cannot reach an immediate resolution to a dispute, the Tournament Director will provide distinguishable bags to BOTH Players.
This policy will be strictly enforced by all Directors beginning January 1, 2018. Manufacturers that would like to be added to the approved list may contact the ACL and request the ACL Bag Manufacturer Form. The Manufacturer List will be updated at the end of September 2017 for the 2017-2018 Season
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