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    New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    This summer, I made a new cornhole bags game with three holes and made rules that replicate a college football overtime.

    This weekend I will paint it and add five lines/hash-marks. If you don't use the rules for bags landing on the board, it also works for ladder ropes.

    Warning: this is not a drinking game and probably won't be much fun if you are drunk because it is fairly complicated. I know, many of you will say "then why bother?" Because I like football and tailgating, not just drinking. That can come after a few games of OT Bags.

    I think it does a pretty good job of capturing the dynamic of offense/defense and degree of difficulty in particular situations. So far, one guy keeps track of the down and the other guy keeps track of the line of scrimmage. This weekend, I hope to make a scoreboard as described below.

    I'm still tweeking the rules to give the correct level of advantage for the offense and try to account for as many dynamics of an OT period as possible. Please let me know your thoughts.


    OVERTIME: A Game of Bags based on College Football Overtime Periods

    Basic Idea: Two people (or teams) simulate a college football overtime period. Both take turns starting on the “25 yard line” and playing until they score a touchdown (with extra point) or field goal. You can earn first downs. The winner is the one who finishes an overtime period with the most points earned by touchdown and extra point(s) or field goal.

    Board: The board has three holes and five lines. The far hole is worth 5 points/yards, the middle 3, and the close 1. A bag that stays on the board, but doesn’t go through a hole is worth 1 to 5 points depending on which line it crosses.

    Coin Toss: Players take alternating turns for each to throw three bags per turn until one scores more points during a turn. The previous winner (or the oldest) goes first. High score picks whether to start on offense of defense. Low score picks the side from which to start.

    Game: Both players start throwing from one end, then move to the other end (unless you are playing with teams and have players on both ends). Players alternate throwing one bag each, starting with the player on offense. The “line of scrimmage” starts at the “25 yard line” and moves according to the results of each turn (set of throws). Bags must fall completely through a hole, but they may be knocked in by the throw of another bag by either player. Bags on the board may be pushed around or off the board. Points/yards are not determined until the end of a round.

    Gain/Loss: The line of scrimmage moves based on the net number of yards gained/lost by the offense (or according to the results of special plays described below). A bag in the far hole is worth 5 yards, the middle hole 3 yards, and the close hole 1 yard. Yards are doubled or tripled for the offense if two or three bags are thrown into the same hole. A bag that stays on the board, but doesn’t go through a hole is worth 1 to 5 points depending on which line it crosses.

    First Down: The offense earns a first down by gaining 10 yards within four turns. The offense may earn an automatic first down (in addition to the yards) if the offense puts three bags in one hole (or one in each hole) with the defense putting none in.

    Loss of Down: The offense loses a down if the defense puts all 3 bags in one hole (or 1 in each hole) even if the offense puts a bag in a hole, unless the offense puts all 3 bags in one hole (or 1 in each hole).

    Turnover: The offense turns the ball over by failing to gain 10 yards within four turns. It is also a turnover if the defense puts 3 bags in one hole (or 1 in each hole) with the offense putting in none.

    Additional OT Periods: If both players score the same number of points in an OT period, you must play another OT period. Offense and defense switch order for each additional period. From the second OT period on, players must go for two point extra points after a touchdown.

    Touchdown: A touchdown is scored when the offense reaches or crosses the goal line. It is also a touchdown if the offense puts 3 bags in one hole (or 1 bag in each hole) with the defense putting in none.

    Extra Point: After a touchdown, the offense can attempt to kick an extra point by putting one bag in a hole (or on the board). The defense can block by making 3 bags in one hole (or 1 bag in each hole). The offense can declare that they are going for two points. The offense must have a net gain of 3 yards. There is no doubling or tripling of yards. Or the offense can put all 3 bags in one hole (or 1 bag in each hole) unless the defense puts all 3 bags in one hole (or 1 bag in each hole).

    Field Goal: The offense can declare that they are kicking a field goal. To make a field goal:
    • From the 1-9 yard line, put 1 bag in a hole or on the board.
    • 10-19, 2 in holes or on the board.
    • 20-29, 3 in holes or on the board.
    • 30-39, 3 in holes or on the board with at least 1 in a hole.
    • 40-49, 3 in holes or on the board with at least 2 in holes.
    • 50-59, 3 in one hole.
    The defense can block a field goal attempt by making all in one hole (or 1 in each hole).

    Scoreboard: Paint 50 white "yard lines" on a PVC pipe painted green to be held up by PVC posts. Use a cardinal & gold clamp to indicate the line of scrimmage. Use an orange clamp for the first down marker. Mark 1 through 4 on one of the support posts. Use a black clamp on one post to indicate the down.
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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    and then after you all have to do several long division problems, create a scale sized paper mache model of Tokyo, and cure cancer. Thats when it really gets fun.



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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    Holy complicated. Sounds like it could be fun though after you figure out the rules.



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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    Holy complicated. Sounds like it could be fun though after you figure out the rules.

    I know. My son says, "why can't we just throw the bags and count the ones that go in?" We can. But sometimes it is fun to do something a little more complicated. I'm going for the more sophisticated tailgate crowd!

    Essentially, you are just trying to put bags in the holes. You often get bonuses for putting more than one bag in a hole or all in one hole.

    Originally, I wanted to try to replicate a whole game, but even I thought that was too complicated. Then, I thought about trying to replicate an OT period and it seems to work. We have played a few times and it seems to have similar game dynamics and variation as real college football OT.



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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    The last hole needs to be worth more then 5 pts if the lines are worth up to 5 pts. You have no reason to try and make it in the last hole, because it is just as good to be to the left of the hole and deep on the board.



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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUME View Post
    The last hole needs to be worth more then 5 pts if the lines are worth up to 5 pts. You have no reason to try and make it in the last hole, because it is just as good to be to the left of the hole and deep on the board.


    Except that if the offense puts more than one in the hole, their yardage is doubled or tripled. If the offense gets all in one hole, they get a first down (or a TD if the defense puts none in the holes). If the defense gets all in one hole, they get a loss of down (or a turnover if the offense puts none in the holes). And, once a bag goes in a hole, it can't be knocked off the board which makes it worth nothing.

    Keep the comments coming. I really want to tweek the rules. Having to defend the rules helps me find the weak spots.



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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    I stopped reading when you said no drinking



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    Re: New Tailgate Game: College Football OT Period with Bags

    Quote Originally Posted by WhatchaGonnaDo View Post
    I stopped reading when you said no drinking


    I should have put that in the thread title!



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