Corn Hole

Basic Rules

Point System

You are awarded 3 points when the cornhole bag goes into the hole. You get 1 point when a bag lands on the surface of the board and if the cornhole bag is hanging into the hole. You also get only one point if the cornhole bag is hanging off of the surface of the board but not touching the ground. If the bag is touching the ground then no points will be given to that player. It also does not count if the bag is hanging on the edge of the board and resting on a bag that is already touching the ground. However, If you can remove the bottom bag without the other one falling off then 1 point is awarded to that player.

The team with the highest round score, adds the difference of the two scores to their game score. The team who wins the round throws the first bag of the next round. If both cornhole teams have the same round score then the game score stays the same and honors stays with the team who had it the previous round.

Cornhole Fouls

A cornhole players foot goes past the front of the cornhole board. A Player goes out of turn. - The throw the foul occurs on doesn't count. If the bag is on the board remove it.

Game Play

  1. In doubles play partners stand at opposite cornhole boards on the same side. In singles play both players will throw from the same board.
  2. Each cornhole team will have 4 bags of one color.
  3. All 8 cornhole bags begin at one end.
  4. A coin flip or rock/paper/scissors determines witch cornhole team has honors in round one.
  5. The team who has honors will begin play by throwing a cornhole bag at the opposite cornhole board.
  6. A cornhole player may throw from anywhere behind the front of the cornhole board they are throwing from.
  7. Alternate throws between the two opponents until all 8 cornhole bags have been thrown.
  8. If a cornhole bag hits the ground then bounces up onto the board, remove that bag for it does not count.
  9. Count the points scored during the round. If no team has reached the 21 point mark start the next round until a team reaches 21. The team that scores the highest amount of points on the previous round will have honors.


Board - The cornhole board surface should be 2' x 4'. A 6” hole, centered 9” from the back and 12” from either side.


  1. (1) ½” FIBERBOARD (PLYWOOD) SHEET - 4’ X 8’
  2. (3) 2” X 4” BOARDS - 8’ LONG
  3. (1) Box dexk screws
  4. Primer Paint
  7. Pencil and strings
  8. Tools
  9. Tape Measure
  10. Jig saw
  11. Drill
  12. Circular/Miter-saw
  13. Painting supplies
  14. 150 Grit sandpaper


  1. Take 4’ x 8’ sheet of fiberboard (smooth plywood) and cut into four (4) equal sections, all 2’ x 4’ in dimension. Then take (1) of those 2’ x 4’ sections and cut that into 4 equal sections, all 11 ½” x 2’. Tip: Have the supply / lumber store cut the fiberboard for you. Most of them will do all of the cuts for you and save you a lot of time and effort.
  2. Take (2) of the 2” x 4” x 8’ boards and cut them into four (4) equal lengths, all 3’ 11 ½” in length. Tip: These boards will become the sides of your cornhole platform. The reason for the 3’11 ½” length is for the rear riser later in the assembly process. After cutting, you are left with (3) 2’ x 4’ platforms and (4) 11 ½” x 2’ risers. (1) of the platforms and (2) of the risers will be spares or extra. Save them!
  3. Next take each of the 3’ x 11 ½” boards and affix them with deck screws to each of the long sides of the (2) platforms. Set the board on edge and position them flush with the projected bottom of the platform, leaving ½” gap at the projected top of the platform.
  4. Measure between the side rails boards for the exact measurement for the top and bottom rails on each platform. Then cut the remaining 2” x 4” to each measurement. Tip: Note that this is an inside measurement, and due to the varying board widths, each measurement may be slightly different. It is usually approximately 21”, but it pays to double check.
  5. Now affix these top and bottom rails, again on edge, to the bottom of the platform with deck screws in between the side rails. Tip: Again be sure to make the top rails flush with the side rails thus leaving a ½” gap at the top of the platform.
  6. Set the platform on the ground (right side up) and locate the top of the platform (the side that has the ½” gap). Now find the proper location for the “cornhole” by pinpointing the center of the “cornhole” which should be 12” from each side and 9” from the top. Mark this center.
  7. Taking the center of the “Cornhole”, you must draw a circle, 3” in radius (6” in circumference). There are several ways to do this, but the easiest way is to take a compass, set it to 3” and draw a circle around the center. Tip: If you don’t have a compass, wrap a piece of string around a nail and connect a pencil to the other side 3” from the nail. Hold the nail in the center and draw a circle.
  8. After drawing the circle, use a drill with a large drill bit (1/2” or more) and drill a starter hole on the inside of the circle, on the edge of the line. Then insert the blade from your jig saw inside the hole and cut around the circle. Use sandpaper to shape any imperfections in the hole.
  9. Now take one of the previously cut 11 ½” x 2’ boards and affix that to the top of the platform. This would go on the side with the cornhole and fit exactly under that ½” gap (overhang) and be connected with deck screws to the wood underneath the platform.

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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 inserted into each bag.

General Description

Cornhole, or Corn Toss is a game in which players take turns pitching small bags filled with corn (or sand or beans) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. The game ends once someone gets to a score of 21. This game can be played by yourself or you can play doubles.


This game originated around 1999 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the past years Corn Hole (Corn Toss) has spread through the Midwest.