Official ND Pond Hockey Championships Tournament Rules

(Team composition is made of a maximum of 6 players. The game will be played 3 on 3.)

1. The winner of a captain's coin toss will determine which goal to defend. Teams will switch goals after first half.

2. All players must wear helmets and hockey skates. Protective equipment is optional but highly recommended for adults. All protective equipment is required for youth players.

3. No goalie equipment or goalie sticks permitted.

4. All teams must have light and dark jerseys or uniforms.

5. There will be one off-ice pond official to monitor the play (scoring, time, puck reset, and arbiter of infractions).

6. Penalties will be called for rule infractions. Penalties called by referees are final. A minor penalty will result in possession of the puck awarded to the opposing team. Referees will have the discretion to also award a goal to the opposing team when a minor penalty is flagrant and/or a team is consistently playing in a reckless manner.

7. Any major penalty, which includes any action that could possibly injure another player, will result in that player being ejected from the tournament. An automatic goal is awarded to the opposing team. Off-ice pond official will determine major penalties.

8. Abuse of officials will be considered a major penalty. This includes yelling, swearing, or arguing about calls.

9. No checking is allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty unless deemed serious enough to be a major (see off-ice pond official).

10. No slapshots allowed. Such action will result in a minor penalty.

11. Players cannot fall or lay on the ice in an effort to protect the goal area. Such action will result in a minor penalty.

12. Goaltending is not allowed. A player may not patrol, "camp out" or remain stationary in the crease area and act as a goaltender. A defender may deflect the puck in the crease area, but the defender must do so while continuing to move through the crease area. The crease area is defined as an imaginary box extending out four feet from the outside corners of the goal.

13. Contacting the puck with a stick above the waist will result in a loss of possession.

14. Saucer passes (i.e. pucks that are lifted low, below the knee) are acceptable.

15. If a puck goes out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. During restart, the defender must give his opponent 2-stick lengths of space.

16. There are no off-sides or icing calls.

17. Goals must be scored from the attacking side of center ice.

18. Referees will call out the score after each goal. This includes goals scored by players or awarded from minor penalties.

19. Teams must give their opponents 1/2 ice after a goal is scored or an infraction takes place.

20. Games will be composed of two 15-minute halves with a 2-minute halftime.

21. In the event of a tie during both qualifying and championship games, the play will move to sudden death format.

22. All games are running-time and substitutions can be made during play ("on-the-fly") or while a puck is being retrieved. There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored, or after a penalty is awarded. It is up to each team to ensure that there are only three players on the ice.

23. Players can only play on one team.

* The ND Pond Hockey Committee reserves the right to make changes deemed necessary to the official rules.

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ND Cornhole Tournament Rules

The play of this tournament is a Doubles Tournament.

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 cornhold 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 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 which 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.

Recording the Score

No cornhole bags shall be moved before the scoring is determined. If this decision is in doubt, a Certified 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 uppon the Certified 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


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.

Players must deliver the bag with an under-hand release.

One foot or appendage must be completely within the pitchers 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.

Pitching the Next Frame:

The player/team who scored in the preceding frame shatll 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.

Accidental Release:

Any cornhole bag that leaves a players had 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.

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 contine and be scored accordingly.

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

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. Moving Cornhole Boards and Bags:

A player can only straighten cornhole boards in between frames and with the approval of their opponent. A Certified Official may be called to determine re-placement 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.

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