I don’t know about you but as soon as 1 season ends, I am ready for the next. The downtime in between seasons is way too long! Here is a list of upcoming ACL events. They have already locked in some dates and venues but things could change. Events will be added to the schedule below as they are confirmed, so check back often!
The ACL National events are only for the 256 ACL Pros to compete in. ACL Open events are open to the general public for competing, and are the best way to earn points towards qualifying to be an ACL Pro next season.
ACL Events for this season
ACL National Events
February 11-13, 2022 – California – ACL Kickoff Battle
March 18-20, 2022 – East Coast – ACL Cornhole Mania
May 6-8, 2022 – Central USA – ACL Bag Brawl
July 1-4, 2022 – Gulf Coast – ACL Final Chase
August 2022 – TBD – ACL World Championships
ACL Open Events
Open #1 – West Dundee, IL
October 8-10, 2021 @ Lifezone 360, 999 W. Main St, West Dundee, IL 60118
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Open #2 – Rapid City, SD
October 22-24, 2021 @ 444 N Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Open #3 – Cincinnati, OH
November 5-7, 2021 @ 2323 Ferguson Rd #1, Cincinnati, OH 45238
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2021-2022 ACL Formats and Points
ACL National Series
The ACL National Series consists of the 4 ACL National events and the ACL World Championships
Each event for Pro Singles and Pro Doubles will consist of the field of Pros being divided equally into 4 ACL Stack brackets, with the winners of each stack bracket meeting in a single elimination playoff
ACL Pro Shootout Series
The ACL Pro Shootout Series will consist of 8 ACL Pro Shootouts followed by an ACL Pro Shootout Championship
Each ACL Pro Shootout will have a Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, and Doubles tournament
Winners of each ACL Pro Shootout will qualify for the ACL Pro Shootout Championship
Every tournament will feature ACL Rounders for seeding followed by single elimination brackets
All Pro Shootout games will be limited to 10 rounds of play
ACL Pro Shootout tournaments do not count towards Pro Singles or Pro Doubles rankings
ACL Pro Invitational
After the conclusion of the third National, the top 8 ranked ACL Pro men and top 8 ranked ACL Pro women via ACL Pro Singles standings will qualify for the ACL Pro Invitational event, which takes place alongside the ACL Final Chase
2022/23 ACL Pro Qualification
There are five ways to qualify to become an ACL Pro for the 2022-2023 Season:
- ACL Pros for the 2021-2022 season who finish in the Top 100 of the ACL Pro Singles standings or Top 50 of the ACL Pro Doubles standings will automatically be eligible to be an ACL Pro in 2022-2023. This allows 100-200 of the current ACL Pro’s to retain their Pro Status.
- A minimum of the top 24 in the ACL Events Open Standings who do not qualify as an ACL Pro outlined in #1 above will be allowed to become an ACL Pro for the 2022-2023 season. ACL Pros will appear in Open Standings assuming they compete in their regional, conference, local, and open events.
- A minimum of 32 spots will be open to play for at the 2022 ACL World Championship in the “ACL Pro Qualifier” event. All 2021-2022 ACL Pros who did not qualify in #1 or #2 above will be eligible to play in this event along with other players.
- Each ACL Conference Director (14 total) is eligible to host an ACL Pro Qualifier event between the conclusion of the 2022 ACL World Championships and September 15, 2022 open to the top 100 or more ranked players in that particular conference.
- All remaining spots will be filled via an ACL Pro Application.
ACL Pros are required to pay entry fees for the season up front, totaling $1,000 per player, which is highly recommended (but not required) to be paid by a sponsoring business or organization. Players who qualify for the 2021-2022 ACL Pro Divisions via the ACL Pro Qualifier can apply a $100 credit towards their entry fees. A payment plan option may be requested. ACL Pros will sign a contract with the ACL. This will include certain restrictions and expectations. It is not a player representation contract. ACL Pros may obtain their own independent agents or represent themselves in business matters.
ACL Pros are expected to actively promote the ACL and the sport.
Officially licensed ACL Pro jerseys may be purchased directly through the ACL, or another officially licensed ACL distributor. Purchasing of these jerseys is not required. In the event of an ACL Pro reaching a nationally televised game and does not have an ACL Pro jersey, they will be provided a generic ACL Pro jersey.
ACL Pros are expected to play in only ACL points events or approved special events, no other nationally organized Cornhole association tournaments are permitted.
ACL Pros are expected to honor agreements with any sponsors.
ACL Pros are held to the highest standards found in the ACL Player Code of Conduct.
ACL Pros will no longer be permitted to participate in Advanced, Competitive, Intermediate, or Novice division tournaments at ACL World Championships. For Conference, Regional, and Local events, ACL Pros are required to compete in the Advanced division. This requirement does not apply for Open style events where players all enter the same playing pool and are seeded based on performance in preliminary play.
ACL Pros are expected to maintain a positive social media presence that facilitates the growth of the game.
ACL Pros are expected to attend and be seated for all ESPN and CBS Telecasts when attending events and seats are available.
ACL Pros are required to use officially licensed ACL Pro bags in all ACL tournaments.
Look here for all the ACL Rules and Regulations
Click here for the finalized 2021-22 ACL Approved Bag List
For more information on the ACL or to become a member, be sure to visit iplayacl.com and tell them Cornhole Addicts sent you!