A cornhole league is now forming in St. John and all ages are encouraged to sign up and be on a team.

It’s a new year and time to start a new activity in St. John. The recreation commission is forming a Cornhole League that will run for four weeks in January, said Nick Garcia, recreation director.

The league is forming now and cost is $10 per two player team. Teams can be guys, gals or mixed and there is no age limit, Garcia said.

The league will run on consecutive Wednesdays in January starting on Jan. 9 with games starting at 6:30 p.m. The league will be held at the Witt Community Center.

Teams are forming now and signup deadline is noon on Monday, Jan. 7. To register, contact Garcia at 620-377-7076 or online.

Schedules will be available starting at 1 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the recreation department or online.

At the conclusion of league play, the winning team receives a $50 gift card to a local restaurant while the runner up gets a $25 gift card to a local restaurant. If the league is a success, Garcia said they will look at doing it again and be providing gift cards to other restaurants. Right now, the format is four consecutive Wednesdays but the recreation commission is flexible on the format.

The idea for the cornhole league come out of a cornhole competition during the Jubilee celebration on Memorial Day weekend earlier this year. That competition was very successful with an outstanding turnout, said Garcia who teamed up with his son who is a high school freshman.

There are several activities already available for children and senior citizens so the Recreation Commission is working on getting more activities available for adults. One of those activities is an arts class that has been going pretty good. With the success of the arts class, the Commission decided to try the cornhole tournament.

“We’re trying to generate more adult activities and get more adults involved,” Garcia said.

Garcia has four sets of cornhole boards. Games will be to 21 and he anticipates each team will get to play at least two games per night if not three.

While getting more activities going for adults is the goal, the commission also wants to provide a fun activity that the entire family can enjoy. The format is also flexible and can be changed to fit the desires of the teams. It could be a three week format or a one day event but for now, the Recreation Commission just wants to get the league started.

“Right now were just focused on getting it up and going,” Garcia said. “I hope we get a good turnout.”

Right now, there is no limit to the number of teams. If there is more interest, they may go to an every other month format. But they are flexible and will do whatever they need to do to get people involved.

One thing is for certain. There are a number of good cornhole players and they had a good time at the Jubilee event. So get a partner and signup now to be a part of the newest activity in St. John.