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Cornhole Rules

Although rules may vary by region or competion level, the basic rules for a game of cornhole are:

Playing Area
  • A cornhole court contains two cornole boards placed 27 feet apart (or 33 feet from one hole to the other).
  • A regulation board is 2 feet wide by 4 feet long. A 6 inch hole is centered 9 inches from the high end of the board. The high end of the board should be 12 inches from the ground and the low end should be 3-4 inches from the ground.
  • Two sets of 4 bags are required for play. Each bag should measure 6" by 6" and weigh one pound. Bags are typically constructed of duck cloth and filled with feed corn or popcorn.
  • The "pitcher's box" is the area on each side of the board. The pitcher's box is 3 feet wide and 4 feet long. A player pitching a bag should not step beyond a line which extends from the front of each board.
  • For team play, there are two players per team, with one player from each team standing across the court from each other.
  • For singles play, both players will pitch towards the same board.
  • Players will alternate turns pitching bags, with the team who scored the most points in the previous round going first.

  • 3 points are awarded for a bag in the hole and 1 point is awarded for a bag on the board.
  • Points are offsetting and each round is scored only when one player/team has more points than the other. For example: Team A has two bags in the hole and one on the board for 7 points (3+3+1). Team B has one bag in the hole and three on the board for 6 points (3+1+1+1). Team A would be awarded 1 pont for the round (7 - 6 = 1).
  • Players alternate turns pitching bags, with the team who scored the most points going first.
  • The first team to reach 21 points at the end of a round is the winner.