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Official Standards and Rules for the game of Cornhole
1 The Boxes
1.1 The box shall be in surface, rectangular, 4 feet in length and 2 feet
in width. It shall be supported so that its upper surface, termed the
playing surface, shall lie on a sloped plane with the back side held 12”
above the ground and the front side held 3” above the ground. 1.2
It shall be made of any material and shall yield a maximum deformation
of 1/64” when 8 bags are stacked and placed on the playing surface.
1.3 There shall be a 6” hole, centered 9” from the back and
12” from either side.
2 The Bags
2.1 There shall be 8 bags, 4 of one color and 4 of another color.
2.2 Each bag shall be a finished size of 6” by 6” and weigh
1 pound. 2.3 The bags shall be filled with any material that yields 1
pound at a volume of 2.25 cups.
2.4 A bag shall be made of a material such that when it is placed on the
playing surface, which has its back raised to two feet above the ground,
it does not slide off the ramp, and does slide off the ramp when the back
is raised to 2’ 6”.
3 The Setup
3.1 Two boxes shall be set up such that their fronts face each other and
their hole centers are 30 feet apart.
3.2 There exists an imaginary line that continues in either direction
from the front of the playing surface, termed the foot foul line.
4 Game Play
4.1 Two teams of two people, termed partners, shall play. Partners shall
stand at opposite boxes on the same side, from the perspective of a third
person, and face each other, so there is no advantage given to one team.
4.2 Each team shall have 4 bags of one color.
4.3 All 8 bags begin at one end.
4.4 A coin flip shall determine who has honors in round one.
4.5 One of the partners on the team who has honors shall begin play by
throwing a bag at the opposite box.
4.6 A player may throw from anywhere behind the foot foul line.
4.7 Game continues by alternating throws between the two opponent players
until all 8 bags have been thrown.
4.8 If a bag hits the ground then bounces up onto the board, that bag
shall be taken off the playing surface.
4.9 Refer to section 6 for scoring and honors.
4.10 The next round starts when the other player on the team, which has
honors, throws their first bag.
4.11 The game continues until one team reaches 21 or more points.
5.1 A foul occurs when any of the following happens.
5.1.1 A players foot goes past the foot foul line, termed a foot foul.
5.1.2 A player goes out of turn.
The player who caused the foul loses the throw when the foul occurred
and the bag shall be removed if it landed on the playing surface.
6.1 The score shall be taken after all bags have been thrown for a round.
6.2 Points shall be given as follows.
6.2.1 Three points for a bag that goes through the hole.
6.2.2 One point for a bag that is on the playing surface.
6.2.3 One point for a bag that is hanging into the hole.
6.2.4 One point for a bag that is hanging off the edge but not touching
6.2.5 Zero points for a bag that is on the playing surface, but also touching
6.2.6 Zero points for a bag that is hanging off the front edge and is
resting on a bag that is on the ground, unless the bag on the ground can
be removed without making the hanging bag fall to the ground, then one
point is given.
6.3 Each team is given a round score according to section 6.2. The team
with the highest round score, adds the difference of the two scores to
their game score.
6.4 The team who wins the round is given honors to throw first in the
6.5 If both 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.
6.6 The following is a possible scoring turn:
1st throw: Team A throws and it lands on the ramp, team B throws and it
goes through the hole.
2nd throw: A goes through hole, B lands on ramp.
3rd throw: A lands on ramp knocking team B’s 2nd throw into hole,
B lands on the ground. 4th throw: A lands on ramp, B lands on ramp knocking
A’s 1st throw onto ground. A gets 5 pts and B gets 7 for the round,
so B adds
7-5 = 2 pts to their game score and has honors for the next round.
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