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The Rules Of Cornhole

The Rules of Cornhole

Everyone knows about Cornhole; some of you might have even been playing Cornhole without actually knowing it. While the rules of Cornhole are not sanctioned, the rules that were developed by the American Cornhole Association (ACA) were meant to serve as a guideline to promote consistent play. Every Cornhole player usually has their own unique set of rules in which they play by and no two games of Cornhole are ever the same. However, if you are planning on joining your first game of Cornhole this summer, it might be good to know the rules and techniques of playing Cornhole so you can be as prepared as possible when it’s your turn to throw the bags.

The Rules of Cornhole

For the true beginners, you will want to make sure you have a nice, flat surface on your lawn or driveway to set up your Cornhole boards. You will want them facing each other with 27-feet between them. Now, after your board has been set up and you have your team(s) assembled, you’re ready to play.

Whether you are playing with two or four players, the rules of Cornhole are the same. After deciding who throws first, each team will alternate throwing their bags across the playing field. Players can throw from anywhere they want as long as their feet do not go past the front edge of the board. If a player crosses the front of the board, a foul is called and the opposing team may determine their own method of punishment. After each team has thrown all of their bags, you may begin scoring.

Any bag landed on top of the board is worth one point, any bag that went in the hole is worth three points, equal points on the board or in the hole are canceled out, and any bag that landed on the ground or touched the ground before landing on the board is removed from scoring. For example, if your team scored five points and the opposing team scored three points, your overall score will be two points and you will move onto the next round with a score of 2-0. The team that has scored the most points in that “round” will throw first in the next set of tosses and if no team scores any points in a round, then whoever threw first in the previous round will throw first in the upcoming round. The game is won when a team reaches 21 points.

Be A Cornhole Pro This Summer

You may notice how simple the rules of Cornhole are and that’s because they are! For the most part, you can have your own fun with the game as long as you follow the general guidelines of the game. Some people like to play with a rule that a team must reach 21 points exactly in order to win and any team that goes over has their score reduced to 11 before play resumes. Some people like to play with a rule that you must have a lead of two or more points in order to win. Like we said, each person plays Cornhole in their own unique way and own set of “house rules,” but you should never be intimidated to join in on a game of Cornhole. You may not be the best player right from the get go, but luckily there are ways to throw off your opponent’s game and increase your chances of victory. Get out there and have some fun this summer!

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