Member Name: Ted Dillon
What has been your most memorable experience playing this game? Too many to mention. The two that stand out the most are the World Championship of Cornhole tournaments I’ve been to. One in Evansville, Indiana and the last one being in Huntington, WV. Jack Williams put’s on a great tournament. Plenty of playing time! Another one was a friend of mine talking me into driving 1 1/2 – 2 hrs to play in a single elimination tournament. Lucky for us….we won!
How do you develop your skills? (practice/tournaments/leagues?) Explain: Thursday night $5 blind draw’s with the Cult of Cornhole members and whoever else shows up.
What is the best way to support the growth for cornhole? Cater to the social players by giving them plenty of playing time and cheap entry fee’s to tournaments.
What are some issues or concerns that could be improved upon? I see a lot of the advanced players get so mad at their own performance and throw a tantrum. This is not good for the new players or fans to see.
If you could better develop one aspect of your game what would that be? Definately the air mail shot. No one can stop an air mail!
Have you ever participated in a cornhole league? If so, tell us about it: No
Describe the ideal cornhole league: Have a point system like NASCAR. At least 2 blind draw/luck of the draw tournaments a night. Payout as singles at the end of a “season”. Each player is paired with a new partner each game. The better players may not like it because they can’t bring their own partner and clean house but it is very good for the growth of the sport. Keeps the new players in contention with the experienced players. Using a 20 player league as an example, each win is worth 10pts per player. 2nd place is 9pts per player and so on down to 1pt per player for last place. (Point system can be changed as per how many players are in the league.) At the end of the season, payout to the top 4 players or however many you decide in the point standings? I have also played in a very social setting where we have about 8-10 players. $5 a person. That includes pizza! We rotate partners every game. The top 3 players with the most wins split the pot after the pizza.
What is the best part about playing cornhole? I have made a lot of friends from playing cornhole that last few years. That is the best part of playing cornhole to me.
Why did you become a member of the Cornhole Players Association (CPA)? To help support and try and grow the game in an organized setting.
What needs to be done to keep players participating in tournaments? Payout deep! Spread the money out. Have a socials tournament for players not making it into the money round. I make my own cornhole trophies to hand out to the players that go 0-2 in bracket play or don’t make the money round. Keeps players around and gives them more games which they love!
Do you think there should be two divisions for cornhole and why? (Recreational/Competitive) Yes. The recreational players are tired of paying $30-$40 each tournament and going 0-2 in bracket play against the competitive players. Put the recreational players in their own bracket. Make it fun for them.