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How to Play Cornhole

Step 1: Game Design

A cornhole board surface should be 2 foot by 4 foot, and have a 6 inch hole centered 9 inches from the back, and 12 inches from either side. The board is 2.5 to 4 inches in the front, 12 inches tall in the back, and comes to a 90 degree angle. Place on a flat surface 27 feet apart front to front. There should be 8 bags, 4 bags of each color. Each bag should be 6 inches by 6 inches and have 1 pound of corn kernel inside.

Step 2: How to Play

In doubles play, partners shall stand at opposite cornhole boards on the same side. In singles play, both players will throw from the same board. All 8 cornhole bags begin at one end. Each team will have 4 bags of one color. Flip a coin, or play rock paper scissors to determine which cornhole team goes first. The team who has honors will begin play by throwing a cornhole bag on the opposite board.

A cornhole player may throw from any point behind the front of the cornhole board they are throwing from. Alternate throws between the two opponents until all 8 of the cornhole bags have been thrown. A player fouls by either stepping across the front of the board or if the player goes out of turn. The score does not count when the player commits a foul. The first team who score 21 points without going over wins.

Step 3: Scoring Points

Teams receive one point for a bean bag that lands on the board and 3 points for a bean bag that lands in the hole. Scoring is done by cancellation. The difference between both team’s scores is the score given to the highest scoring team.

For example, if the red team lands one on the board, and the black team lands one in the hole, the black team receives two points. If both the red team and the black team land their bean bag on the board, neither team receives a point. Likewise, if the red team makes it in the hole, and the black team makes it in the hole, neither team receives points. Also, you don’t get extra points for having your bean bag almost in the hole. It’s still only worth one point. And as long as you can lift up the board without your bean bag falling off, it’s worth one point.

After each round, the team that scores the most points goes first the next round. If both teams score the same amount of points, the team that scored the most in the previous round starts the next round. If a team scores over 21 points, then their score needs to be reset back to 11 points.

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Published on: September 9, 2014
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