Must have more than 5 in each division, or they will bump up and play in the next division.
Even though all of the events are sanctioned through the NHPA (National Horseshoe Pitchers Association), this tournament is open to non-NHPA members and has a unique format of:
Games are 30 Shoe, Count All, Ringers Only
A ringer is a live shoe that comes to rest while encircling the stake. A straightedge touching either the points or any part of the heel calks of the shoe must clear (not touch) the stake in order for it to be declared a ringer. “Ringers Only” – A variation of count-all scoring where the contestants only receive credit for the ringers they pitch, for all innings of the game. In this format, each ringer is worth one (1) point. Each contestant may score zero (0), one (1), or two (2) points per inning.
Wins, losses, and ties do not count in this round, only averages are used to seed the player from Saturday Qualifier to Sunday Finals.
In the finals, players will be set into groups of 6-7, based on qualifying averages and number of registrations (A-B-C-D-etc.) and will play Round Robin.