Cornhole Rules

Here is a simple set of cornhole rules :


Court Layout




General Cornhole Game Play


Singles or Doubles Play - You can either play Cornhole / Corn Toss as doubles or singles. In doubles, one person from each team pitches from one cornhole board and the other members pitch from the other cornhole board. In singles play, both contestants pitch from the same cornhole board.


Innings - Every Cornhole / Corn Toss game is broken down into innings of play. In each inning of play each contestant must pitch all four corn bags.



Scoring Points


Cornhole! - A corn bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a cornhole bag which is thrown through the hole in the cornhole board, either as a "slam dunk" (goes straight in the hole), or slides in, gets pushed in, falls in, etc. Either way, if it ends up going in the hole, its worth 3 points.


Corn Bag on the board- A cornhole bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the cornhole bag resting on the board is worth one point. For a corn bag to be in-the-count, it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the cornhole board. If a cornhole bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole board, it is a foul and must be removed from the cornhole board prior to the continuation of play.


Scoring is calculated as follows (Cancellation Scoring)

1. The points of both contestants are calculated for hole-ins and on the board cornhole bags.
2. The points of the lowest scoring contestant are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant
3. The total points left for the highest scoring player are the points his team receive for that round. The lower scoring team receives zero for that round. If both teams have the same score, then each team would receive zero for that round.



Pitching the bags


In doubles, the first side of players alternate pitching cornhole bags until they have thrown all four bags, then the remaining players (pitching from the other cornhole board) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning completed.


Delivery in singles play is handled in the same manner (but from the same platform) with each of the two contestants alternating their tossing of cornhole bags until all four bags have been pitched.


Pitching rotation - The contestant who scored in the preceding round shall pitch first in the next. If neither pitcher scores, the contestant who pitched last in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.


Pitching position - The pitcher must maintain constant contact with the designated pitcher's box (See diagram above) during the entire address and release of the bag.



Winning


The Cornhole match shall be played until the first team reaches (or exceeds) 21 points at the end of a round. The winning team does not need to win by two or more points. The Cornhole match can never end in the middle of a round. Thus, if a team that pitches first reaches or exceeds 21 points, the game can not end until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their cornhole bags and the inning is completed.