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DATES: July 14, 2024

TIMES: Doubles competition begins at 10 a.m.
Singles will follow at 1 p.m.

SITE: Pawnee Park (3420 Pawnee Plaza, Columbus, NE) – View Map

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

QUALIFYING: Use 2023 state or club ringer percentage. All others pitchers record the number of ringers out of 50.


Event Name                         

Singles – 40’ Distance
49% & Over

Singles – 30’ (Women & Seniors)
46% & Over

Singles – 30’ (Junior Boys & Girls)
Novice 0-10%
Open 11% & Over


***Combined ringer % of both players
Handicapping IF used shall be determined by Tournament Director/Using NHPA guidelines

Competition Format and Rules

RULES: National Horseshoe Pitchers Association rules will apply, with the exception of some Cornhusker State Games modified rules based on entry numbers.

FORMAT: The 30’ divisions are limited to pitchers who normally pitch using a 30’ distance. All games in the 30’ divisions will be 40 shoes. Handicapping events will be optional at the discretion of the tournament director, depending on the range of ringer percentages. 

SINGLES: 6-8 entries per class, competing in a round-robin tournament as two groups of eight or nine. This format may be adjusted according to the number of entries and time schedule. Scoring will be 40-shoe or 50-shoe games. During round-robin play, ties will remain ties (1/2 point each).

DOUBLES: Doubles is limited to 48 teams, which will be placed into eight groups consisting of a maximum of six teams in each group. Combine the team players’ total ringer percentage for placement in the round robin tournament. Competitors will pitch 50-shoe games. In doubles events, only team ringer percentages will be kept.

TIES: First place ties will be settled by ladder playoffs. Other ties in standings will be settled by ringer percentage.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

NEW THIS YEAR! Updated Registration Software!

  • Visit your sport-specific webpage to find the registration link.
  • Fill out a separate form for each participant and sport you are registering for.

PRICING DEADLINES:$25 for first event until July 2 (no FREE shirt)

Additional events – $7

MULTI-EVENT DISCOUNT NOTE: If registering for multiple events, all entries must occur in the same transaction to receive the multi-event discount.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOTE: If registering for a doubles event, the participant must still select “Myself” or “Another Participant” (NOT “Team”) on the first step of the registration process. The participant will be asked to list the doubles partner’s name. Entering their name DOES NOT register them for the event. Each participant must register themselves, or the participant can register their doubles partner by selecting “Another Participant” on the first step of the registration process.

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:  Competition and Summer Fun Freebies (coming soon) courtesy of our sponsors.

SHIRT SHIPPING: Athletes who register by June 19 will have their shirt shipped to the address they provide. Upgrade and additional shirts will be available to purchase during registration. There is no packet pickup—information or items needed for competition will be provided onsite or online according to instructions emailed to athletes.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $5 processing fee. Registering online saves time, money and trees.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Director Rex Robison at 402-910-6578 or robisonmachine@gmail.com

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com.


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