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Horseshoe Pitching


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General Information

Doubles & Singles – Saturday, July 17, 2021

TIMES: Doubles competition begins at 9 a.m. with Singles to follow.

SITE: University Place Courts (49th & Francis, Lincoln) – 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 2020 state or club ringer percentage. All others throw shoes and 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


*Handicapped based on ringer percentage
**Optional handicap based on ringer percentage
***Combined ringer % of both players

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. If used, handicapping will begin after deducting five points from the difference between each player’s ringer %.

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

$33 per participant until July 15

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 in the 2021 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Sponsor gifts and coupons.

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

Athlete Packets

Athlete packets will be shipped directly to the athlete at no extra charge.  Packets will not be available for in-person pickup. Packets include athlete shirt and one free Arby’s sandwich certificate per person. Athletes will receive their packet prior to competition.

The athlete packets DO NOT contain any sport specific information such as schedules, maps, bib numbers, etc. For sport-specific details, refer to your sport General Information.

Opening Ceremonies

The show begins at 8 p.m. at Seacrest Field, Lincoln!

Admission is FREE!

• Parade of Athletes
• Skydivers
• National Anthem
• Oath of Athletes
• Mascot Showcase
• Super Retriever Series Demo
• Mystery Torchlighter
• Fireworks

The Opening Ceremonies will be televised statewide by News Channel Nebraska.

For more details regarding Opening Ceremonies, please refer to the Opening Ceremonies web page.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Director Rex Robison at 402-910-6578 or

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or

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Po Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

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