CORNHOLE RULES

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Semi Official Cornhole Rules


Layout

A Cornhole court is a rectangular area 8 ft. wide and a minimum of 42 ft. long. Each board is placed 27 ft. away from each other. Pitcher must remain in 4×3 ft. pitcher area on either side of box while tossing bag. Front edge of box acts as foul line.

Pitching Distances

Pro
27ft
Amateur (casual)
24ft
Junior/Wheelchair
20ft

Game Play

Cornhole can be played as doubles or singles.
Doubles Play
One team members pitch from opposite boards. So each team has one player throwing from the left pitcher’s box and one throwing from the right.
Singles Play
A player competes against another player (both pitch from the same board). All other rules are the same for doubles or singles play.
Every match is broken down into frames of play. Players alternate pitching until all 8 bags have been pitched, completing the frame. The player who scored in the preceding frame shall pitch first in the next frame. If neither pitcher scores, the player who pitched first in the preceding frame shall pitch first in the next frame.

Points

Cornholes 3 points
A bag thrown through the hole in the board. A bag can be pushed in by other bags from either player.
Woody or Boarder 1 point
A bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion resting on the board.
If the bag touches the ground before hitting the board or lands hanging off the board while also touching the ground it is called a “Dirty.” Any “Dirty” bags must be removed from play before the next bag is tossed.
Stanker or Foul Bag 0 points
Any toss that is not a Cornhole or a Woody.
Bags knocked into foul territory by a foul bag should be returned as closely as possible to their original position. This also applies to bags that are knocked into the hole by a foul bag.

Scoring

Traditional 21 Scoring
In this game opposing players’ frame points cancel one another out. Only those points that do not cancel out apply to the total overall score. example Team A scores 5 points in a frame and Team B scores 6 points in the same frame. Team B scores 1 point for that frame.
Frame Game Scoring
Players try to accumulate as many points as possible over 13 frames, with the maximum amount of points being 156.

Length of Game

Traditional 21 Game
The game is played until a team reaches 21 points at the completion of a frame.
If a team pitching first reaches or exceeds 21 points, the game is not over until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their bags to complete the frame.
Frame Game
The game is played until each team or player has pitched 13 complete frames. The winning team is the team scoring the most cumulative points out of an available 156 points.
52 of 52 Cornholes is a perfect game for a 156 total score.