The BackYard is the bright new shiny thing in town.  Every new person who comes in for whatever function has nothing but good things to say about the BackYard.  It is extremely relaxing and inviting, and anyone joining us on a Friday night says it is an amazing, positive experience.  This is a testament to the family of Cornhole that I love and have valued for years.  I have met and am great friends with people I would have never met in my normal life because of Cornhole.  

As much as the game of Cornhole is awesome, it is the people that make it that much better.  No matter the skill level, everyone always tries to help each other improve. The SCA players remember where they came from and started from and do everything to set our new players up for success. 

This week started like it always does with:

Monday Night Ladies Fun Night. It was a smaller turnout, probably due to the long weekend, but 12 ladies showed up to battle for the Monday night title.  Sarah P and Wendy Z scathed off a double dip attempt from Debbie West and GMA JO to win the night.  I say this every week, but the PPRs are rising on Monday night, and next season, I look forward to watching some of these Ladies play in tier 5 season, maybe even tier 3. 

Tuesday Night Singles League play is one of my favorite nights every second week.  It isn’t because I like to walk back and forth getting my butt kicked in tier 3, but more about it is an accurate indicator of how my practice is improving my game.  I do not look at my wins and losses because they are inaccurate indicators.  Everyone else’s game is also improving, so I look to other stats to see if I am improving.  On Tuesday, for instance, I shot an average of 7.51 PPR and only won one of my games.  The key stat for me was my opponent’s PPR.  They averaged 8.42 PPR collectively, and the only other person to have tougher competition was Caesar at 8.67 PPR.  The other Stat was my off-the-board percentage, which was in single digits.  So, I guess my message is that it is easy to get bogged down with wins and losses, but looking deeper into the stats can better indicate your improvement. 

Tuesday night’s play had Spilly and Newson battling for the first spot.  Spilly was in the King seat, but Kevin was firing the high average PPR, sitting close to 9, but Spilly was right behind him.  Kevin came out fast and gained the early lead, but his confidence led to a couple of mistakes that opened the door for a Hawk to fly in and take the win.  Spilly was shooting fire all night, and once he found his spot, he ended Kevin’s night in one game to take the Singles win.  Great shooting.  

In tier 4, Stich was in the King seat, but guess who was coming from the B side to double-dip him?  That is right, Bonnie P.   Bonnie was on the B-side due to Stich putting her there with a win on the A-side, but it was time for Bonnie to get her revenge when she made it back to meet Stich in the final.  Bonnie dominated game one.  This can happen because Jason was sitting for a while waiting on the B side, but usually, it changes in game 2.  Game two was not much better as Bonnie came out strong, tossing 3 Four Baggers and an 8.46 to take down the title.  These two have battled it out all year, and really, one would think in tier 4, a 7.46 PPR would be enough to win, but on this night, it was not.   

Friday’s Night FunHolio is a night that is gaining traction because our other nights are filling up with events that are filled up with closed events.  The idea behind Friday Night is Fun and inviting for people to play Cornhole.  Where else can you get 6 hours of entertainment for $20?  It is not meant to be competitive. That is what we have Tuesdays and our Regionals for. The FunHolio did not disappoint with a turnout of  


The TIER 3 power ranking. This division is stressing me out.  The level of play is ridiculous.  The top 4 are always the same players, but even ranking them within the top 4 is difficult.  The play of the top 3 this week is getting so good that it is almost impossible to keep the player from being able to play in the top spot.  So, I have made some changes. 

 1st – Spilly – Back on top after Tuesday’s performance.  Spilly moved down a bit because he could not throw after his wedding and honeymoon, but you can tell he is putting in the work as he regained the top spot in League play. 

 2ND – Newson – Kevin has been throwing darts for a long time.  I honestly think if Kevin hits his stride, he is almost unbeatable.  His ability to go in the hole, time after time, is fun to watch. 

 3RD – Krentzy – Parker is one of my favorites to play against and to watch Play.  His game is different than everyone else’s, and he forces you to be on your game. Parker will force you to focus, or the game will not last long.  His ability to Block, cut, roll, and airmail is second to none in our league.  That is not to say if he wants to go in the hole, he can’t whenever he wants.  

 4TH – Jonathon – This pick is strictly my pick because Jonathon does not get out enough for people to see him on the stat sheet, but until someone de-thrones him at a Regional, he will be in my top 5 because I think he is one of the best throwers in our League.  

 5th – Sure Fire – Franco, with a steady week and a third-place finish, moves into the fifth spot.  This was a close one because the Stats would have Caesar maybe taking this spot, but in the end, the Stats do not win games; the players do, and this week, that was Franco. 

Tier 4/5 power ranking – This tier outside the Top two is getting complicated.  I know some players will be in this ranking but have not had the time to get out and prove that they belong.  Jennifer, Bonnie Day, Lynette, and Amber can be in the top 5, in my opinion, but life is busy, and I understand that too. 

 1ST – Bonnie P – With a decisive victory on Tuesday against this week’s number 2, Bonnie has moved back onto the tier 4 throne.  Bonnie’s PPR is inching to tier 3 territory, and her consistency is improving weekly.  Now that she has regained the number one spot, we will see if she can keep it. 

 2nd Stich – Jason is also throwing very well, and he will tell you sitting in the King seat Tuesday and not throwing had him off in the final.  He still managed a 7.5 PPR, and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back when he gets the opportunity. 

 3RD – Ritzy – Danny is very tough to play when he is on.  I think Ritzy has the ability to climb to the top with a bit more playing and practice.  It will be interesting to see if he can tighten up his consistency and stay in the top three. 

 4Th – Ringo – What to say about Ringo?  He will ensure that Ritzy does not stay in the top 3 if he has his way.  Ringo can be one of the best throwers in this division, and like Ritzy, I am looking forward to the day he pulls it all together.  Ringo is good at beating the players he should beat but struggles with some of the better competition.   

 5Th – The Kid – Lucas did not play this week as he was chasing his hockey dreams, but he will stay in my top 5. Some outstanding players are nipping at his heels. 

Once again, the Oopsidacey and Sarah P are on the edge, looking in on the top 5.  I am waiting for a top 3 finish for either of these two to slide them into my top 5.  Mark my words; it will happen because I see each of their games moving in the right direction. Many players who have not been able to come out would make this tier so much more interesting, and hopefully, in January, some of them can come out and play. 

My name is Kevin Bittman, and I am on the Board at the SCA and a proud member of the BackYard Pigeon Coop. I have been playing Cornhole for a couple of years, and I would say I am not great, but I try and get better every week. Cornhole, for me, is a fantastic community of people that, no matter your skill level, you can come out and have fun at the BackYard at the SCA. The blog is my opinion and how I see things in Regina’s Cornhole scene. It is meant to be a way to keep people engaged in what is going on at the Backyard and the SCA. My hope is we can continue growing the game in Regina and Saskatchewan. The BackYard at the SCA is located at 2363 2nd Avenue in Regina. The venue has eight regulation cornhole lanes and a bar and kitchen. Each week, the BackYard hosts events for all skill levels, and I will attempt to highlight some of these events and give my perspective on the club and the players in Saskatchewan.
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