Horseshoe Pitching

General Information

– Saturday, July 21, 2018
Doubles – Sunday, July 22, 2018

TIMES: Competition begins at 9 a.m. both days.

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 2018 state or club ringer percentage. All others throw shoes and record the number of ringers out of 50.


Singles - 40’ Distance:
49% & Over

Singles - 30’ Women & Seniors:
**46% & Over

Singles - 30’ Junior Boys & Girls:
*Novice 0-10%
*Open 11% & Over

***Open Doubles (Sunday only)

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

Competition Format & 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.

For more information before registering, please read the Complete Event Details.

Registration Fees & Deadlines


$30 per participant until July 6
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.

Competition in the 2018 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; Sponsor gifts and coupons.

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

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Director Neal Craig at 402-261-5735 or

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