Cornhole Rules

The Cornhole Game Players’ Rules

These rules are your standard rules for Cornhole play, as created by the members of the Cornhole Game Players forum. These rules are based on the way most people play the game of cornhole. Use these rules or any variation that you find to be the most enjoyable.

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Cornhole Playing Area

— Two Cornhole platforms should be placed on a flat surface, with the front edges distanced 27 feet apart.
— Players toss from either side of the box, with the foul line being the line parallel to the front edge of the platform.
— Players can toss from anywhere behind the front of the platform from which they are throwing, but all turns should be taken from the same side of the platform as the first toss.

Cornhole Playing Equipment

— The front end should be 4” off of the ground. The rear of the platform should be 12” high.
— The Cornhole platform’s playing surface is 24″ x 48″.
— The hole in the cornhole platform should be a 6” hole, centered 9” from the back and 12” from either side.
— Cornhole bags should be made from duck canvas, and may be any color that is easy to see during Cornhole play.  Finished bags should be a minimum of 6″ X 6″ square and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces.
—  Bags are generally filled with approximately 2 cups of feed corn, however, some players choose to play with bags that are filled with plastic or other synthetic materials.  The fill isn’t important, as long as all the bags are consistent.
— The game should be played with 8 bags. Each team has 4 bags, all the same color, & usually a color that is easily distiguishible from the other team’s bags.

Cornhole Scoring

  • 3 points – a bag that goes through the hole completely.
  • 1 point - a bag remains on the playing surface, a bag that is hanging into the hole, but does not fall completely through, a bag that is hanging off the edge of the platform, but does not touch the ground.
  • 0 points – a bag that hits the ground before coming to rest on the platform, a bag that is on the playing surface, but is also touching the ground or another bag that lies on the ground, a bag that is hanging off the front edge and is resting on a cornhole bag that is on the ground.

– A bag that bounces on to the board does not count, and should be removed before the next player tosses.
— Scoring is done by cancellation. The difference of both teams scores is the score given to the highest scoring team. If both teams score the same amount, no team will receive any points.

Cornhole Game Play

– In Doubles Play partners shall stand at opposite cornhole boards on the same side. In singles play both players will throw from the same board.
— Each team will have 4 bags of one color, all 8 cornhole bags begin at one end.
— If an agreement can not be made as to which team shall take the first turn of the game, a coin flip will suffice.
The first team will then begin by throwing a cornhole bag at the opposite platform.
— Teams take alternate throws until all 8 cornhole bags have been thrown. Teams then count the points scored during the round.
— After scoring, the teams on the opposite end will then take their turns in the same manner. The team scoring the most points in the previous round will throw first to start the turn.
— Play continues until either team reaches the 21 points.

Additional Cornhole Rules

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Cornhole 4 Kids Page | Dowload Kids’ Rules
BIDS Rules Page | Download BIDS Rules