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Cornhole Rules

Often dubbed bags, corn toss, bean bag toss, or baggo, the popular game of Cornhole has become a tradition deeply rooted in backyard and tailgate America. To play this game, two teams throw bean bags into the holes of a board on the ground. Points are scored if the bag stays on the board or goes in the hole.

Equipment

  • Two sets of bean bags. Each set has four bags, with one color per set to differentiate. For example: Team 1 = red, Team 2 = white. Each bag should be 6” x 6” inches and have roughly the same weight. Bags are typically filled with corn (hence the name of the game) or beans. Avoid smaller/larger bags and light/really heavy bags.
  • Two corn hole boards. Official boards are 2’ x 4’ feet with a 6” inch wide hole centered 9” inches from the top-center of the board. Larger or smaller boards are used but don’t work as well.

Play Area

Find a level area approximately 40’ x 10’ feet and position the boards 27’ feet apart facing each other. A parking lot or grassy area is perfect. The front of the boards should be 27’ feet apart, not the back of the boards. Note the sun’s position when placing your boards; you don’t want to be throwing directly into it when playing.

Players

You’ll need two or four people to play the game. Each team should have one or two players. Team members stand opposite of one another; for example, you and your teammate do not stand at the same board...you stand opposite each other at each board. You throw from the same board for the entire game.

Rules and Scoring

  1. Decide which team throws first. Flip a coin, spin something, or have the previous winner go first.
  2. You and your opponent stand at the same board and have four bags each of opposite colors. For example, you have the red bags, your opponent has the white bags.
  3. Alternate throws at the opposite board until all bags are thrown. Throws must be made from behind the front of the board inside an imaginary 3’ foot wide box that extends the entire length of both sides of the board (see image above).
  4. All bags remain on the opposite board until the score is tallied.
  5. Tallie the score after all bags are thrown from a side (also known as a turn or inning). The team score is determined using cancellation scoring:
  • A bag on the board is worth 1 point.
  • A bag in the hole is worth 3 points.
  • Determine the total per team and subtract the score of the lower point team from the higher point team. For example, if you have one bag on the board and one in the hole, and your opponent has one in the hole and no other bags on the board, you receive one point (4 - 3 = 1). The team point winner of that turn begins the next turn. If there’s a tie, the previous winner goes first.
  • First team to 21 wins. Winning team must win by 2.

Fouls

Fouls result in the previous throw being removed/forfeited. Return any bags affected by the foul throw to its pre-foul position. Common fouls are:

  • Player throws outside the throwing area (this is the imaginary 3’ foot wide box that extends the entire length of both sides of the board).
  • Throw out of turn.
  • Bag touches the ground before landing on the board (for example, it bounces off the ground and rests on the board).
  • 20 seconds elapse before a throw is made (official games follow this format).
  • A bag is thrown overhand or from the side (all throws must be underhand, not like a baseball or frisbee throw).

How to Play Video

Below is a great how to play video by CountryBox:


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