Cornhole Rules

June 5th, 2020 by

Cornhole Rules

Our Cornhole rules are created and design to maximize play and social opportunities for all participants.  We want to encourage players of all levels and skills to play for the maximum amount of duration to improve their game and to allow opportunities to socialize and mingle with others.  We hope you enjoy playing with us!

Cornhole Rules For League Play:

Waivers: All players and participants must sign a waiver before playing their first game.

Sportsmanship Goal: Providing a safe and fun environment for the players. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
No swearing directly at another player or official
No intentional acts of violence (pushing, shoving or intentional physical contact)
No verbal threats or comments to instigate an altercation with any person the player will be suspended immediately from play and the park, and further game suspensions may follow and will not necessarily include or be limited to the player.
If at any time during a game if there are any concerns with the opposing team players, the team captain will address the issue with the other team captain with the presence of the official during a break or halftime. If the issue has not been resolved by the end of the game please forward any concerns to play@niagarasportandsocial.com

Niagara Sport & Social Club Cornhole Rules:
1. ROSTER/WAIVERS:
There is no maximum number of players allowed on a cornhole team roster; however, players must be registered with Niagara Sport & Social Club and must sign the Niagara Sport & Social Club waiver to be able to participate.

2. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:
Niagara Sport & Social Club staff may require players to verify their eligibility at their discretion. If a player is ruled ineligible, the offending team will be assessed a loss for that game.

3. SPORTSMANSHIP:
Niagara Sport & Social Club expects all participants to play with the highest level of sportsmanship. Rude or demeaning behavior to venue staff, the opposing team, your own team members, and/or spectators will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player being ejected from the game. An ejection may result in further suspension from participation in current and/or future Niagara Sport & Social Club sports. An ejected player is required to leave the premises immediately. Refusal to leave the premises may result in a team forfeit and/or suspension.

Any disputes or complaints regarding sportsmanship or ejection can be addressed with the league after the day of play in which the incident took place. On the day of the incident, the decision made by Niagara Sport & Social Club staff or venue staff will be considered final and disputes will not be addressed by the league.

4. TEAMS/FORFEITS:
The minimum number of players required to play a legal game is 2 players. All games will have a 15 minute grace period if a team does not have 2 players present. If a team does not possess the minimum amount of players to start once the grace period has expired, the opposing team will receive a win for the first game of the match. If the team does not possess the minimum number of players by 30 minutes past game time, a forfeit will be assessed.
If you know your team can’t make it.  Please email us right away at play@niagarasportandsocial.com so we can ask a team to come in earlier or later to fill in your spot so your opponent can have a game.  If a team doesn’t show,  please see if you can find a team at the bar that can come down and play an extra game for fun.  As that is the main purpose of our leagues is to play and make friends.

5. TEAM POINTS AWARDED:
The winning team will be awarded 1 point.
The losing team will not be awarded any points.
In the instance of a tie, play continues until a team wins by 2 points.

6. GAME EQUIPMENT:
All cornhole equipment will be provided by Niagara Sport & Social Club

7. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME:
There are 8 bags provided, 4 for each team. Captains will play rock, paper, scissors (best 2 out of 3), with the winner choosing which team tosses first. Teams alternate throwing first each set, i.e. the team that tosses first to start the first set will toss last to start the second set.

Partners will face each other at opposite board sets so as to not provide an advantage to one team or another. Once a set has started, partners must remain on their same side of the cornhole board for the entire set.
Teams may have up to 2 pitchers on each end for at total of 4 players per team, however, they must rotate every toss throughout the set. 
Example:
Blue Team Player 1 Tosses,
Then Red Team Player 1 Tosses,
Then Blue Player 2 Tosses,
Then Red Team Player 2 Tosses,
Then Blue Player 3 Tosses,
Then Red Player 3 Tosses,
Then Blue Player 4 Tosses,
Then Red Player 4 Tosses.

Teams can switch pitchers between sets. If a player arrives late, they must wait until the set is over to enter the game, unless the captain of the opposing team consents to them joining in the middle of the set.

If a team only has 3 players – The Third player that throws the extra bag must rotate to allow someone new to be the third player with the extra throw.  This way, each player on the team has the opportunity to toss the extra bag.  This rule is in place to prevent the best player from always throwing the extra bag.

Teams will alternate pitches ( pitches must be an underhand toss – overhand is not permitted) until all bags are thrown. Once all 8 bags are thrown, teams will agree upon the scoring (as prescribed below) and will update the scoreboard. If there is a scoring dispute, the league coordinator should be pulled in for a ruling prior to the bags being moved.

Players must stay behind the foul line when pitching. The foul line is defined as the imaginary line that runs horizontally from the front edge of the board.

The team that scores points will toss first in the next frame. If nobody scores, the order will remain the same, i.e. the team that tossed first in the prior frame will toss first again.

Play will continue until a team reaches 21 points (or more) first must win by 2, no cap. The team that reaches 21 points will win the set.

Matches are the best 2 out of 3 sets.
The idea is to play for approximately 1 hour.
If you match finishes fast / early please continue to play more to use up the hour game time allotment. 

SCORING:
“Cornhole!” – 3 points will be awarded for a bag in the hole, which is defined as a bag which thrown through the hole in the platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the platform by being knocked in by another player’s bag.

“Woody!” – 1 point will be awarded for a bag in the count, which is defined as a bag that has any portion resting on the platform. If a bag touches the ground and then comes to rest on the platform, it will be considered a foul and must be removed from the board immediately and no points will be awarded.

Bag Out of the Count – 0 points will be awarded for a bag out of the count, which is defined as a bag that comes to rest anywhere except in the count or in the hole. A foul bag will be considered to be out of the count and must be removed from the court immediately.

Cancellation scoring will be in effect!, i.e. the score recorded at the end of each frame will be the difference in the points between the 2 teams.
For example:   If Team 1 makes 2 bags in the hole for a total of 6 points and Team 2 makes 2 bags in the count for a total of 2 points, the result would be Team 1 scoring 4 total points (6 – 2 = 4).

FOUL BAGS:
A foul bag is a bag that is delivered in non-compliance with the rules of the game. All foul bags are considered out of the count and must be removed from play immediately. If a foul bag contacts any bags that are in the count, those bags will be replaced at their original positions, even if the bag is in the count and is knocked in the hole by the foul bag. Foul bags will be assessed in the following instances:
Any bag not delivered within 20 seconds of a player’s turn beginning.
“Dirty Bag!” – Any bag that contacts the ground.
A player crosses the foul line on the toss.
A player tosses out of turn.

PLAYOFFS:
SEEDING:
Playoff seedings will be determined by the best overall records. In the event that 2 teams are tied with the same record, head-to-head matchups will determine higher seedings whenever possible. When head-to-head matchups cannot clearly determine a higher seed, or when 3 or more teams are tied, tiebreakers will be determined in the following order:
1) Head-to-head matchups (for 2 way ties when possible, described above)
2) Highest team set differentials for the season
3) Highest team point differentials for the season
4) Highest team total sets won
5) Highest team total points for the season
6) Lowest team total points allowed for the season
7) Coin Flip

These basic cornhole rules are there help your team have a fun and enjoyable game fair to all participants.  Should you ever have any questions or concerns about our cornhole rules please call or email us anytime!

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Cornhole Rules

Volleyball Rules

June 4th, 2020 by

Beach & Indoor Volleyball Rules

These volleyball rules are designed based to encourage continuous play to allow more opportunities to get play started and continue playing with minimal amount of stoppage during play.  We use our many years of playing, coaching, and administering the sport of volleyball to create rules that enhance the sport for enjoyment and safety for all.

Waivers: All players and participants must sign a waiver before playing their first game.

Sportsmanship Goal: Providing a safe and fun environment for the players. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
No swearing directly at another player or official.
No intentional acts of violence (pushing, shoving or intentional physical contact)
No verbal threats or comments to instigate an altercation with any person. The player will be suspended immediately from play and the park, and further game suspensions may follow and will not necessarily include or be limited to the player.
If at any time during a game if there are any concerns with the opposing team players, the team captain will address the issue with the other team captain with the presence of the official during a break or halftime. If the issue has not been resolved by the end of the game please forward any concerns to play@niagarasportandsocial.com

General Volleyball Rules / Regulations
Time-outs are NOT permitted.
Games played are best 3 out of 5, no cap. Games to 21 (25 for Indoor) with 5th game to 15. In the 5th game, teams switch sides at 8 points.
Play will continue in all weather conditions. When lightning is present please meet at the courts and the league officials will give direction. Any concerns please call 289-686-PLAY.
Teams unable to meet minimum player requirements 15 minutes after the scheduled start time will default their first game. After 30 minutes after the scheduled start time if the team is unable to meet minimum player requirements they will forfeit their second game. After 45 minutes after the scheduled start time if they are still unable to have the minimum player requirements they will forfeit the entire match (scores will be 21-0, 21-0, 21-0).

Court dimensions will be 9m x 9m on each side.
Start the game paper, rock, scissors for the choice of serve or side. If a serve touched the net on the way over, the ball is in play.
A serve can not be blocked.
The official will call if the ball hit the line to the best of their ability with the assistance of players. If the ball touches any part of the line, it is in. The official will ref the game to the best of their abilities without bias. No centerline for under the net exists unless interferes with opposing team player or near play.

NEW!! 5 Serve Maximum for RECREATIONAL LEAGUES ONLY!
A deflection off the block is not considered a touch, three touches allowed. (Competitive League teams see next rule below)(Beach 2’s Competitive Division Only Rule: Block will be considered a touch and one of your three contacts) The ball may be played off any part of the body. Imaginary 3m attack line (approximately) in effect (Ref’s Discretion) – This should prevent backcourt players coming into the front row to attack above the height of the net.

There is no limit to the number of players on a team.
Extra subs/players can be used at any time but must sign a waiver before playing.

MISSING / SHORT A PLAYER(s) RULE:
A player may be borrowed from other teams if short only if agreed upon by both teams and official before the start of play.

INJURY SUBSTITUTION RULE:

A player may be borrowed from other teams to help the team replace an injured player if no other teammates are available to replace the injured player. Please try to find a replacement player similar to injured players’ skill and ability if possible.

PLAYER MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS BREAKDOWN:
The minimum amount of players on the court is as follows;
Beach 4’s:
maximum 2 males, minimum 1 female
The minimum amount of players is 2 to avoid default (one male and one female or two females)
For example:
4 females
3 females and 1 male
2 females and 2 males
3 females
2 males and 1 female
2 females and 1 male
1 male and 1 female
2 females

Beach 5’s
maximum 3 males, minimum 1 female
minimum players is 2 to avoid default (one male and one female or two females)

For example:
5 females
4 females and 1 male
3 females and 2 males
2 females and 3 males
4 females
3 females and 1 male
2 females and 2 males
3 females2 females
and
1 male1 female
and
2 males
2 females
1 female and 1 male

Beach / Indoor 6’s
maximum 3 males, minimum 1 female
minimum players is 2 to avoid default (one male and one female or two females)

For example:
6 females
5 females and 1 male
4 females and 2 males
3 females and 3 males
5 females
4 females and 1 male
3 females and 2 males
4 females
3 females and 1 male
2 females and 2 males
3 females
2 females and 1 male
1 female and 2 males
2 females
1 female and 1 male

Number Of Games Played Requirement Rule:
Beach League = Players must play a minimum of 3 league games to play in the year-end tournament.

Indoor League = Players must play a minimum of 5 league games to play in the year-end tournament.

GHOST RULE:
ONLY APPLIES FOR TOURNAMENTS & SEASON-END TOURNAMENTS

GHOST RULE is: If a team decides to play with 5 players, the “ghost” (non-existing player) will start off the match in position six. When the “ghost” rotates into position one to serve, the team forfeits their serve, a point is awarded to the opposing team and the other team takes possession of the ball to serve. The rotational order of the six-player lineup must be maintained including when the “ghost” rotates into the front row (positions 2, 3, 4,). Thus only 2 players would be permitted to attack in the front row when the “ghost” occupies the front row rotations (positions 2, 3, 4,). This process repeats itself for the duration of the match or until the sixth player arrives to play and then at that point in time a substitution is immediately made to sub-out the “ghost” for the active player no matter the rotation.

NEW!! Competitive Beach League Divison ONLY – No Open Hand Tips!

These are our most common volleyball rules for both our beach volleyball leagues, indoor volleyball leagues, and volleyball tournaments.

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Volleyball Rules

Womens Beach Volleyball

June 4th, 2020 by

Our womens beach volleyball league offer the best level of competition in the region. Many of our female players are advanced level players (in the competitive division) which creates some great rally opportunities and fantastic games.

Womens beach 2’s (2 players versus 2 players)  volleyball is one of our most popular leagues, selling out quickly each year. We use mostly traditional beach volleyball rules, but have incorporated a couple of indoor rules such as allowing the first receiving contact to be a volley off of a serve. This is to help indoor players who are transitioning to beach and not quite familiar to the different rules of beach volleyball. We like our players to be able to transition back and forth between indoor and beach volleyball without too many drastic changes to improve athlete skill development.

The womens 2’s league is played at our downtown location at 16 Melbourne Ave. St. Catharines. Nets and courts are set up and balls are provided. Games are best 3 our of 5 sets to 21 (5th to 15). Downtown courts have a great social atmosphere with music playing and a bar with food and drinks just upstairs.

For our rec and intermediate level players looking to register their womens beach volleyball team please keep in mind that an all women team can play in any of our coed volleyball leagues as well!  Many of these all female teams have done very well in our coed leagues and continue to play year after year.  Playing in our leagues is a great way to keep in touch with your friends on a weekly basis while getting out for an evening of activity as well!  Sports leagues are important for socialization with your peers, you deserve a night out!

Womens indoor volleyball league is also one of our quickest leagues to sell out. The women’s 6’s (6 players versus 6 players) is a competitive division, many females in the league have played in high school, club, and College or University, and some have played and improved in our leagues enough to play at the competitive level.

The women’s indoor volleyball league is played at our St. Catharines location at 8 Gale Cres. The facility has high ceilings and high quality equipment, including balls that are provided. Games are best 3 out of 5 sets to 25 points (5th set to 15). Our downtown location is a short walk or drive from our sponsor bars which helps making socializing before and after games easy.

Click Here To Register for our Womens Beach Volleyball League players can register with a team.

If you don’t have a team you can register as an individual and we help to build a team.

You can register for a women’s volleyball league at www.niagarasportandsocial.com

Womens Beach Volleyball