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Cornhole Rules

Here are the official rules set by the American Cornhole Association. These have been created as a general guideline to try and make a set of standards for tournament play around the country. We want to make sure you have every chance at learning these rules and carrying them out during your cornhole game.

1. Cornhole Game Layout
a) Dimensions of Cornhole Court - You should try to make the area of play around 10 feet by 45 feet. This will give you a lot of room without worrying about throwing your bags into spectators or cars. Within this area is where you will place your boards. You will also have a pitchers box and a foul line which is indicated by the image. A quick tip is to try to setup your cornhole area north to south to avoid being blinded by the sunlight.

b) Cornhole Pitcher's Box - This isn't a steadfast rule, but if you plan on playing in some tournaments, it is definitely good to know. The pitcher's box is typically a 4 ft by 3ft invisible area on each side of the boards in which you will be throwing the bean bags from. When it comes to tossing the bags, it is ok for children to move up so they have a better chance at scoring points.

c) Foul Lines - If you were to step past the pitcher's box when tossing the bags, rules state that you have now crossed the foul line. Tournament rules dictate you aren't allowed to throw past the the front of the cornhole boards.

2. Cornhole Playing Equipment
a) Cornhole Boards
I. Each bag toss board needs to be 48" X 24" rectangle made of half inch plywood. Wood is the most commonly used material for boards and therefor rules want a consistent play time after time.

II. The hole cut within the boards should be six inches in diameter. The location of the hole is always centered at the top of the set. The exact measurements are 9 inches from the top and 12 inches left to right. This gives plenty of room for the bags to land and slide.

III. The front of the board needs to be 2-1/2" inches from top to bottom.

IV. The back of the board needs to be 12" inches from the ground to highest point.

V. The bag toss playing surface needs to be sanded to a very smooth texture and and there shouldn't be any blemishes or chips in the wood that could disrupt play.

VI. The cornhole board can be painted with a high gloss paint allowing cornhole bags to slide, but not not slippery enough to allow them to slide back down.

VII. Cornhole Bags will be made of two fabric squares with at least double stitching a quarter inch in on all sides. Each bag toss bag should be made of duck canvas and filled with corn feed. Once completed, bags need to be 6"X6" and 14 to 16 ounces.

3. Pitching Distances
a) Adult Play - As long as you stand behind the foul line and in the pitchers box, you are good to go. The average distance is around 30 feet..

b) Juniors - Kids can really play from any distance depending on age. They should know the basics of the rules, but we want it to be fun for anyone.


cornhole bag toss 4. Play of the Game
a) Singles or Doubles Play - Cornhole / Bag Toss is a game that is suited for either 2 or 4 people. If you plan on playing singles, you are essentially going up against one other person. If you are playing doubles, you then have a partner and are going up against two other people. Most common play and rules are to have a four person game to make the game go faster and be more enjoyable.

b) Innings - Every time you throw your 4 bean bags, the corn toss inning is considered over. There are no min or max amount of innings, but rather the rules say the first team to 21 wins. Just make sure you throw all four of your cornhole bags.

c) Points from the cornhole bag

I. Corn Bag In-The-Hole - If you land one of your bags in the hole cutout on the board, you will have scored three points.

II. Corn Bag In-The-Count - If you land one of your bags on the boards platform, but not in the hole, you will have scored one point.

III. Corn Bag Out-Of-The-County - When your land a cornhole bag off the board and not in the hole, you are awarded no points.

d) Throwing of the cornhole bags
I. In doubles, the first side of contestants will alternate pitching the bean bags until all 8 bags are thrown. Once thrown, the next group of contestants will start tossing.

II. A player may throw the bean bags from either side of the boards. However, once you do choose a side, you must throw all four of your bags from that area until the next innning.

III. We aren't not sure how this rule is enforced, but each person is giving roughly 20 seconds to throw a bag after they are in the pitcher's box. Failing to do so will penalize you one throw for that inning.

5. Length of the game
a) Point Limit - The rules of cornhole have the winning team be the first to reach 21 points.

b) The inning must be finished - The cornhole game can't be finished in the middle of throwing. The losing team will have a chance for a comeback until they have thrown their four bags.

c) Ties as the end of an inning - If by chance both teams are tied, the game will continue until one of the teams scores. We prefer the win by 2 rule in most cases.

d) Skunks - Official rules do have a skunk rule which is a team scoring 7 points before the other team scores any.

cornhole scoretower 6. Cornhole Scoring
a) Cancellation Scoring - The people who score the most points in an inning will subtract their total from the other teams points to get their actual score for that round.

b) Score Calculation

I. Points are scored for getting the bags either on the boards platform or within the hole of the board.

II. Rules dictate that you will take the higher score and subtract that from the lower score to get the rounds points. This continues on until one team has scored 21 points.

Happy Cornholing!