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06/21/2016

How to Plan and Run a Bean Bag Tournament

How to Plan and Run a Bean Bag Tournament

Wedding guests, kids, or professional bean bag enthusiasts—the game of Baggo is played by nearly everyone in America. Never heard of Baggo? Even if you don’t recognize the name, it’s likely that you have played the game in some form. Baggo is similar to the game of horseshoe, except players toss bags lled with corn or beans at a board with holes to score points. This game has rapidly grown in popularity in the United States and is now played at all sorts of occasions. If you want to take your party to the next level, consider hosting your own bean bag tournament. All you need is a little preparation, the basic rules of the game, and plenty of food for a great time.

WHY HOST A BEAN BAG TOURNAMENT?

There are many reasons why people plan and run their own bean bag tournaments. Some do it for charity purposes, while others simply love the game and want to have a good time with friends. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, or charity event, it’s easy to see why bean bag games are so popular:

ANYONE CAN PLAY:

Bean bag games are fun because all ages can play the game. The rules are simple and easy to learn.

IT’S VERSATILE:

You can play the game both outdoors and indoors if you have enough room. This makes it a good choice for charity events that want to have an event no matter what time of the year it is.

EASY TO SET UP:

Bean bag games are very easy to set up and take down. Preparing for large tourna- ments can be stressful, but this makes it a lot more manageable.

BEAN BAG TOURNAMENTS CAN BE USED FOR CHARITY:

Speaking of charity, hosting a bean bag tournament for charity purposes is fun and relatively easy to do. It can also make a lot of money because the equipment for a bean bag tournament is inexpensive.

IT’S FUN:

Perhaps the best reason for hosting a bean bag tournament is because it’s fun. There is a reason why this game has grown so much in popularity, both in the United States and around the globe. Bean bag tournaments are almost guaranteed to be a good time.

If you are hosting a bean bag tournament for a good cause, there are some key things that you should keep in mind. Once you have picked a cause or organization to support, consider to do this include:

CHARGING AN ENTRANCE FEE TO THE TOURNAMENT:

This is a great way to raise money for the event, and you can have a donation box that others can contribute to for additional funds.

50/50 PAYOUT:

Give a percentage of the prize money to the top three players and give the rest to charity. 100 percent payout is when all the proceeds go to the charity or cause, but this may require you to acquire more funds well before you host the tournament.

HAVE A RAFFLE:

When guests rst arrive, give them a ticket for a rae that will be announced at the end of the tournament. This will ensure that they stay for the duration of the tour- nament. Plus, raes are incredibly fun and exciting.

PREPARING FOR THE TOURNAMENT

There is a lot to do before you can host a bean bag tournament. Acquiring the game and guring out the details can take some preparation. If you aren’t familiar with the game, you might want to brush up on the rules as well.

ORDERING THE GAME

You can’t exactly host a bean bag tournament without the game equipment, can you? Luckily, it’s a breeze to order the game yourself through Baggo’s website. They even let you customize the game board so that you can put your favorite football team, picture, or cool design on it. For weddings, many people customize the board with a picture of the bride and groom. Others choose to design the board based on the theme of their party. The possibilities are endless, and it’s your choice if you’re the one buying the board, so you should denitely take advantage of this.

Keep in mind that if your tournament will have a large number of guests, it would be a good idea to have more than one board. If you don’t want to buy multiple boards, ask some guests if they wouldn’t mind buying a board to contribute. Baggo boards, in particular, are incredibly portable and can be played with the family for any occa- sion.

SET A DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION

Location is one of the most important details to keep in mind when you plan a bean bag tournament. You will need a space that is large enough for not only the game itself, but for the number of guests that you plan on having for the tournament. Not everyone will play, and some will simply want to watch. Consider hosting the game at a park where you can set up lawn chairs for those who want to be spectators. Also consider certain dates and times when people will be most likely to attend. Rather than have the tournament on a Wednesday at three in the afternoon, it would be better to have it on a Saturday when guests will probably not be working or tied up.

PREPARE THE FOOD

A game of Baggo may not be the most rigorous activity out there, but players and guests still need to be fed. After you have a good idea of how many guests will be attending the tournament, make sure that you have enough food for everyone. Others may bring their friends as well, so plan for extras. Some great recipes for an outdoor bean bag tournament could include chicken wings with blue cheese dip or some pigs-in-a-blanket, although having a vegetarian option like barbeque seitan, tempeh, or tofu is also a good idea. Another option is to hire catering for the event, which will take o some of the pressure to provide food for everyone.

LEARN THE RULES

If you’re wondering how complicated the rules to a bean bag tournament could possibly be, this is understandable. How hard could it be to learn how to throw a bean bag in a hole? While the game itself is incredibly simple and easy to learn, it is important that you understand the rules of the game well (i.e., what you can and can’t do). Inevitably during the tournament, someone will accuse another player of a foot foul or possible interference. Baggo makes remembering the rules simple. They print the rules on the back leg of all Baggo Game Boards!

If you are not participating in the game, it is up to you to know the rules and act as the referee. While the host should always know the rules, it is also a good idea that you print the rules onto invitations or yers that you hand out before the party. This way, all the players will know the rules before the game begins, as well.

THE NAME OF THE GAME

Your tournament, your rules. Well, to a certain extent. While the rules of Baggo are fairly straightforward, you can decide on some aspects of the game. For instance, you will need to know what type of tournament you will be holding and how the teams will be formed before you start.

SINGLES, DOUBLES, OR ROUND ROBIN

Choosing between single elimination, double elimination, and round robin tourna- ment will largely depend on how many people will be participating.

SINGLE ELIMINATION:

In single elimination tournaments, the player that loses in each bracket is eliminat- ed immediately from winning the championship. This style isn’t as popular, because players can be eliminated from the championship so quickly.

DOUBLE ELIMINATION:

A double elimination tournament is when players must lose two games to be ineli- gible for the championship. There are dierent ways to host a double elimination tournament, but dividing the brackets into a “Winners” and “Losers” bracket is a pop- ular way to play double eliminations, in which those who lose their game are moved into a lower bracket, while those who win are moved to a higher bracket.

ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT:

Round robin tournaments are tournaments in which all players will play against every single player in the tournament at least once. The nal match is a single elimi- nation round. This is popular if you have a large number of players, and it is seen as a more fair method of elimination.

FORMING TEAMS

In a bean bag tournament, you don’t have to form teams. You can simply play one-on-one. However, playing with a teammate can also be fun. If you do decide to pair up, there are a couple of dierent ways that you can choose to form your teams. One way is to simply let players choose the teams themselves. Another way is to put every player’s name in a hat and draw for teams. This method tends to be more simple and eective.

PRINTING BRACKETS

After you have decided the teams and what style of tournament you will be having, you will need to print brackets. Baggo has the perfect erasable, custom bracket whiteboards; good for up to 64 team, double elimination! It is a great way to keep track of which team has been eliminated and which team has moved up. And it is reusable! If you are in a pinch a large whiteboard will work. And there are plenty of websites that allow you to create brackets and print them yourself. Now get your teams together and let the games begin!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

The game board is set up, you know the rules, and the teams are formed. It’s time to get your bean bag tournament started!

HOW TO START

According to the Baggo website, they suggest ipping a coin to decide who gets to throw rst and what side each player gets. However, this is the suggested method. If you and your guests are creative and want to have some pre-game fun, you could come up with dierent ways to decide this.

KEEPS THINGS MOVING

Depending on the type of tournament you are having, there can be lulls in the game. It’s important to keep things moving by always having a bean bag game going on. It is also a good idea to announce the standings every once in a while.

HYPE UP THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Once you have the nal teams for the championship game, make sure that it is a big deal for everyone in attendance. Play some fun music and add suspense to the nal game. At the end, announce bean bag tournament.

CELEBRATE IN STYLE

Now that the tournament has successfully commenced, it’s time to award the win- ner(s) of the game and relax with friends. Here are some fun ways to do this:

GIVE THE WINNERS A PRIZE:

Everyone loves prizes! It can also make players a bit more competitive when they know something is at stake besides bragging rights. It doesn’t have to be a big prize, either. Winners simply like to have something that shows their accomplish-ment.

DRAW PRIZES FOR A RAFFLE (IF YOU HAD ONE):

Now is the best time to draw names for your rae. Raes need to take place at the end of the event as a way to reward guests for staying for the duration of the bean bag tournament.

TAKE TIME TO THANK OTHERS FOR COMING:

This is a good opportunity to thank your guests for coming to your bean bag tour- nament and express how happy you are that they are here. If you aren’t wrapping up the party just yet, encourage them to eat, drink, and have a good time with friends.

BEAN BAG TOURNAMENT SUCCESS

Hosting a bean bag tournament is no easy task. It involves careful planning to ensure that all the guests have a great time. However, the payo is something that makes it all worth it. There are many decisions that the host will have to make when it comes to throwing a bean bag tournament, but hosting a successful bean bag tournament isn’t dicult once you get the hang of it. No matter what type of tour- nament you have and how many people attend, you can easily host a bean bag tournament that your guests won’t soon forget.

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