Cornhole -a.k.a. Bean Bag Toss Rules

Have a family reunion, graduation party or a bunch of teens gathering at your place anytime soon? Get a game of cornhole and enjoy some friendly competition. Cornhole, also referred to as bean bag toss, is a fun two or four person yard game to play. Using 2- 24 x 48 inch cornhole boards set up 27 feet apart, the opponents underhand toss bean bags trying to ultimately get the bean bags in the 6” hole on top of the board or at least get the bag on the surface of the board.

EQUIPMENT:

You can purchase a cornhole set that has the boards and the bean bags all together. You can make the boards and the bean bags as described in my D.I.Y. tab, or make the boards and buy the bean bags.

The set will include eight bean bags, four of one color and four of a different color. It is best to have bean bags that are of a high quality so that they do not break open from use. If the bags are made out of duck cotton material they withstand the repeated tosses and if you buy ones that are double stitched, they last longer. I recommend not using those made of nylon, they slide and don’t stick on the board as well. If they do need to be replaced there are many places to purchase them.

 

2,4,6 or 8:

If playing singles, both players stand on the same end and toss their four bean bags alternating who throws. When all bags have been thrown, walk to the other end and total up the points and then throw from that end for the next frame with the honors going to the person who score points:

It would be unusual to play with 6 people, 3 on each team, but I suppose you could do it. With 8 people, there would be four people on each team and each would throw one bean bag. This would be bit crowded, but it could be done.

I definitely enjoy the 2 or 4 person game instead of having more.

Playing 2 on 2 Cornhole

SCORING:

You can choose any method you want to decide who goes first, some suggestions are: throw and see who gets closest to the hole, age before beauty, beauty before age or rock, paper, scissors.

After the first round, the person who scored has the honors to throw first the next round. If there is no score, the person who had honors will continue to throw first until the other team scores points.

3 points for a bean bag that goes into the hole, called a cornhole

1 point for a bean bag that is on the top of the board but does not go in the hole, called a woody or boarder.

Games are played up to 21 points and the players points cancel each other out. So the points that can’t be cancelled out are awarded to that player. The first team or person to 21 points or more wins, as long as they win by 2 points or more.

If a bean bag is hanging part way on the board and part way off, gently lift the board, if the bean bag stays on the board, a point is awarded.

Any bag that touches the ground before hitting or landing on the board is called a “dirty” and is worth zero points and should be removed before the next person throws a bag.

 

POSITIONING:

When playing doubles, partners are on opposite ends, across from each other. Opponents from one end throw their bean bags, count their points, then the other two throw.

Players may step up on the side of the board and be equal with the front of the board.

Players can step up even to the front of the board when throwing the bean bags.

ALTERNATIVE RULES:

  • Teams could also play frame play and that includes 13 frames and you get a grand total score to determine the winner.
  • Some people will play on boards that have a one-inch circle painted around the opening of the hole, and if the bean bag is touching that circle, they are awarded 2 points.
  • Have teams play until a team gets exactly 21 points.

 

HOP ON THE “BAND WAGON”, PLAY CORNHOLE:

This is one of my favorite lawn games, and I hope it will become one of yours. My students enjoy making these games in their shop classes at school and many of the families in our area have one because of the fun and ease of the game. Get one soon to join in the fun.  Since you know the rules, the next step is to purchase a set of cornhole boards.

If you have a handy person around, you can make your own cornhole sets with the directions under my DIY page or at

diy network.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I found this is an informative and interesting post so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.

    1. Thanks, I appreciate the feedback and hope that it is beneficial to you and others as well. Have a great day.

      Keri

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