As we reach peak summer heat, it’s the perfect time to plan your Corn Hole Tournament for when it cools back down a bit. In the past, we have expressed the importance of implementing outdoor amenities that would be fun for all! One of those amenities is Corn Hole Boards.
When it comes to planning a tournament there are a few key factors you have to consider if you want it to be a success! Before we dive in, the most important thing to decide on is whether you want the tournament to just be for fun, if you want the competitors to win something, or if you want it to be a fundraising tournament.
If you want the tournament to just be for fun with the tenants/employees in your park then your first order of business is deciding on a date. We highly recommend aiming to host the tournament in September or early October when it’s cooler outside! From there you can decide on the tournament structure. Since this will most likely be a smaller tournament you can easily get away with either a double-elimination format or have teams play the best 2 out of 3.
Next, you should schedule the food trucks and music for all to enjoy! Make sure you let the food trucks know how many people you anticipate.
Once you have the base of your cornhole tournament figured out, it’s then time to send out a notice to your office park and have people sign up their teams. An easy way to do this is through Google forms.
If you have a ton of teams sign up and you realize you don’t have enough corn hole boards you could always ask teams to bring a set! Remember this tournament is just to have fun!
If you decide that you’d like the tournament to be for fundraising or competitive, there are a few changes you should make to help you plan. First, you can try to find a local corn hole board company that would be interested in supplying their boards as free promotion. Then, see if you can find a company that will sponsor the food for the event. We recommend finding a food truck that will sponsor or at least give discounts for the event. Next, since there will be a prize, winners, and donations you need to determine an entry fee for each team. This way your event will raise money and cover your operational costs as long as you have teams sign up. Lastly, don’t forget to have a silent auction or a 50/50 raffle (or both!) and you’ll be set up for success!
One thing is for sure, if you plan on making your tournament a fundraiser we definitely recommend allocating a half a year to a year to plan/market and find sponsors. You’d rather have more time to plan rather than not enough.