Who Else Wants SIMPLE Cornhole Rules?

These Cornhole rules are meant to be easy to understand. There are some rules out there that are pages and pages that basically say the same thing you see below. Cornhole is a pretty simple game. These rules are both simple and complete. They are also the most common “official” rules of the game. We figure there’s no reason to complicate things. Enjoy!

Getting Started

  • For casual play, boxes are generally set up 24ft apart from front of box to box. (For tournament play, boxes are set up 27ft apart from front of box to box)
  • To play the game you will need two teams.
  • Teams can be made up of either one or two people each.
  • For singles play (1 per team), opponents start and play from the same end.
  • For doubles play (2 per team), teammates should line up next to opposite boxes and on opposite sides.
  • Start with all bags (8) at one end.

How to Play

  • Previous game winner or coin toss should determine which team throws the first bag.
  • Alternate throws between teams until all bags are thrown.
  • The foul line is made by the front of the boxes and all throws must be made from behind the foul line.
  • If a player breaks the foul line or throws out of turn, the player will lose a turn.
  • The team that scores the most points in a round, starts the throwing for the next round.
  • If the round is tied the last team to win a round throws first.
  • Any bag that touches the ground during a throw should be removed from the board and not counted.

Points

  • 1 point for any bag thrown that is on the board but not touching the ground.
  • 3 points for any bag in the hole
  • Any bag that touches the ground during the throw or while hanging from the board does not count.

Tallying the Score

  • For each throwing round, the team with the most points wins the round and subtracts the other team’s points from theirs.
  • The difference is added to the team’s score that won the round.
  • The first team to 21 wins.

53 Responses to Who Else Wants SIMPLE Cornhole Rules?

  1. Daniel June 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Ok so forget the bust rules right now….the majority of ppl I play with state if I make one in the hole and they make one on the board I get 2 points….ACA says that only holes in can cancel holes in and on boards can only cancel on boards….so if I made a hole and dude makes on board I get 1 he gets 3…..why do ppl insist on everything cancels everything?? Why should your on board decrease my hole in which was a better shot?? Is there anyone else that agrees that boards should only cancel boards and holes only cancel holes???

  2. Daniel June 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    I meant I get 3 he gets 1

  3. RollTide October 27, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    @Daniel – Yes, there are others (myself included) who agree that hole only cancels hole & board (in-the-count) only cancels board (in-the-count) but you’ll be hard pressed to find them as the majority of the amateur cornholing population seem to be misinformed about the proper way to score the game.
    Per the ACA Official Rules for Cornhole – “In cancellation scoring, corn bags in-the-hole and corn bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during an inning or half of an inning in doubles play cancel each other out. Only non cancelled corn bags are counted in the score for the inning.”
    Aside from this being the correct – and official – way to keep score, it also allows for a more fair & balanced game, especially between players/teams of unequal skill. Both sides have the opportunity to score points in each inning/frame therefore reducing the likelihood of the better team scoring all of the points in every inning & basically, running away with the game.
    But, as I have learned, it’s impossible to replace “convenient” with “correct” – at least it is with my people & they insist on using the “redneck scoring system” as I call it, where everything cancels everything & a beautiful cornholed shot can be cheapened by a mediocre board bag! :)

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