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Official Rules of Cornhole

What started out as a fun yard game to enjoy with family and friends has evolved into something much more. Different variations and rules to the game of Cornhole, also sometimes referred to as bean bag toss and many other names, have been around for over one hundred years. Today, the four by two foot ramps with a hole near the top are widely recognized around the world as Cornhole has cemented itself as one of the most popular lawn games. Even leagues and organizations have developed in the U.S. such as the American Cornhole League and the American Cornhole Association, which have laid the groundwork on the official rules for gameplay. 

Official Board and Court Dimensions

The Cornhole boards that make up the playing surface are four feet long, two feet wide and three to four inches in height. The front edge of the board sits directly on the ground while two legs on the other end hold the board up so it measures one foot above the ground. The hole in the board is six inches in diameter and is centered in the board, nine inches from the top. The distance between the boards should be 27 feet (from bottom edge to bottom edge). 

Official Bean Bags

Cornhole is played with eight bean bags, four red and four blue, that are filled with corn kernels to weigh between 15.5 and 16.5 ounces and measure 6" x 6". 

Game Rules

Cornhole is played with a total of four players in a 2 vs. 2 game. Partners will be positioned at different ends of the court which means one of your opponents is positioned at the same end, directly beside you. One end will start with all the bean bags - one team/person having all four blue and the other having all four red. The throwing pattern consists of alternating between players until all eight bags have been tossed. Throws will take place from directly beside the playing board using the front edge of the board as the foul line. Once all eight bags have been thrown between the two players this will complete the top of the inning/round. The players at the opposite end will then take their turn using the same throwing pattern to complete the inning/round.

Scoring

If a player gets a bean bag completely down through the hole this is three points. It can be thrown directly into the hole, land and slide into the hole, or be knocked into the hole. If a bean bag lands on the board and remains, this is one point. A bag cannot hit the ground and then bounce onto the board. This is known as a "dirt bag" and is immediately removed from the board after the the throw. Scoring consists of a cancellation style. For example, if both players in a round get a bean bag through the hole and none are left on the playing surface, no points are awarded. The game is won when a team reaches or exceeds 21 points. A team does not have to win by two or more points. 

Professional Cornhole?

Now that you know how to play, with a little bit of practice you'll be a pro in no time! Yes, we said pro. Believe it or not there are professional Cornhole leagues and these guys are good. Watch Daymon Dennis hit an unbelievable shot to tighten the score. Even his opponent likes it!

 

 

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