How To Play Cornhole

SCORING:

Scoring is simple. After all bags have been thrown, a bag remaining on the board is worth 1 point. A bag that went in the hole is worth 3 points. Add up how many points you earned and compare them to your opponents. Equal points cancel each other out so that only one team can score per round. For example, if you scored 5 points and your opponent scored 3, you will add 2 points to your overall score and your team will throw first in the next round. If you scored 6 points and your opponent scored 6 as well, there will be no points awarded and whoever threw first in the last round will throw first again. A game is won when a team reaches 21 points with a lead of 2 or more points. The first team to win 2 games wins the match.

Of course, you can play with your own rules. For example, some play with the rule that you must reach 21 exactly. If you go over in points, your score is automatically reduced to 11 and play continues. Another set of rules is to play until someone reaches 21 or over. It doesn’t matter how far over 21 you are, you just have to win by 2. The last variation is to count every point (no negation of equal points) and see who has the most points at the end of 13 rounds

HELPFUL HINTS:

  1. Clear the area of any debris that might ruin your bags, especially dog poop!
  2. You can pace out the 27 feet, but if you’re a real fanatic you’ll keep a small measuring tape or pre-measured string attached to the undersurface of one of your boards.
  3. Make sure your boards are in a very flat area. There is nothing worse than a moving cornhole board or one that collapses on itself!
  4. Keep in mind that if you’re right handed your throwing arm will be more in line with the opposing board when you’re on the left side of the board and vice-versa if you’re left-handed.
  5. Cornhole is awesome for spectators… BUT… be aware of your fans. Some people love to get in the way, steal your bags, or walk in front of your throw. However, studies show that a bag to the head is an excellent method for teaching people to stay away.
  6. Balance yourself by holding the other bags, a beverage, or any other random object in your non-throwing hand. This really helps! Furthermore, when your spouse tries to stop the game by insisting you hold the baby, you can thwart their evil plans by holding the baby AND playing cornhole. It’s a beautiful thing.
  7. Learn to toss the bag in different ways. A low, fast pitch will knock an opponent’s bag off the board. A high, lofty toss with some back spin will help you clear a barricade of bags without pushing your opponents into the hole. Spin your bag like a pancake and it will land gracefully on the board and slide right into the hole. The list goes on and on.
  8. If a bag hits the ground during play, and lands on the board, you may remove it from the board before the next person throws. Any bean bags that come in contact with the ground (without going through the hole) do not score points and are considered “OFF BOARD”. This isn’t bowling! Clean up the slop so you don’t impact the game!