So, What is Cornhole?
is a combination of the skills required in bowling, horseshoes, and
softball. The two cornhole bean bag toss game boards are
placed on the ground facing each other.
distance varies according to age and skill level.
Players stand alongside the board and toss a small bag at the hole
in the opposite facing board.
in the hole is a "cornhole" or 3 points.
that lands on the board but does not go in the hole is 1 point.
toss of equal value thrown against an opponent cancels out the
1. For 2 or 4 players. (2 Teams)
2. Place the boards approximately 20 feet apart.
3. Team partners face each other from OPPOSITE BOARDS.
4. Play starts at either board.
5. Each team plays with a set of 4 bags.
6. Opponents alternate toss until all 8 bags are played.
7. The round is then scored. (See Scoring)
8. Repeat play from the other board.
9. The scoring team has the honor of tossing first in the next
= 21 points.
points for each bag in the hole is a cornhole!
point for each bag on the board.
is the difference in the team totals. For example: After 1 round
or 8 bags played; #1 Team with 1 bag in the hole = 3 points. #2
Team with 2 bags on board = 2 points. Score 1st round for #1 team
= 1 point.
pushed in by an opponent's toss count.
Selection of Players and Positions
flip usually determines the side of the board where a player chooses
to stand. After a completed game, the losing player has the choice
of sides. The losing player or team has the option to switch sides
or positions to minimize the effect of wind and sun. The winning
team shoots first or has "honors".
players choose to stand along side the board with feet firmly
planted behind the foot foul line (the front of the board the player
elects to throw from), or elect to stride as they toss
the bag. Others may wish to stand directly behind the board and
toss, sacrificing distance for an angle reduction. Whatever the
players stance, the opponent should always show proper respect for
the players concentration by stepping back from the board until the
player has completed his or her turn. A players toes must not
project past the front edge of the board (foot foul line) when
tossing the bag or a foot foul will occur.
Folding the Bag
Folding the bag is a key element in order to obtain consistency. There are
no secrets to bag folding, just personal preferences. The "Chicago
Fold" has been a favorite of the top tournament cornhole players. Hold
the corner of the bag, let particulate drop to the bottom, fold in
half and then fold in half again. The "Paducah Pancake" is one
other most consistent folds among the underhand throwers. The bag
is smoothed out and delivered flat or saucer like towards the hole.
The "Half Paducah Pancake" is the same, only folded in half.
"Sacramento Sling" is accomplished by holding the bag by the corner
or edge between two fingers and then tossing underhand. An "Omaha
Overhead" delivery is usually the choice of basketball shooters with
the bag wadded up in a ball. The "Frisco Fling" has become very
popular and is designed to give the shooter instant follow through
techniques. Using your fingertips, gently hold the bag in the
middle of one side of the bag. The particulate will stay
consistently on the bottom of the bag. Then toss the bag underhand
with the top of your hand upright.
Fun Cornhole Terms
- A one point
play, a bag on the board
- A 3 point play, a bag in the hole.
Blocker- An ace or a bag on the board positioned in front of the hole
to prevent sliders.
Door - A cornhole tossed over a Blocker Bag.
- An Ace on the lip of the hole ready to drop.
- The team that scored last tosses first or has the "Honors".
Foul - Stepping past the front edge of the board while tossing.
- A bag on or touching the ground.
Ellen - A toss that falls short of the board.
Blood - A no score round
- The person currently tossing.
- 4 cornhole's by one player in one round (truly a great player).
- A cornhole that slides into the hole.
- A cornhole that goes straight into the hole.
- An 11-0 game.