Cornhole Rules

We know there are other variations to this game.  The following rules describe the particular way we will be playing at the Denver Beer Olympics…

At the DBO, the Corn Hole event will be a single-elimination style tournament.  Each team will have two of their team members compete; one guy and one girl.   Games will be played to eleven (11) points [fifteen (15) points for medal games]; winners must win by two (2) points.

The board will be a standard 2’ x 4’ bags board, with a 12” pitch.  The distance will be 27 feet from the near edges of the boards. Players may step to throw to a line equal to the inside edge (or edge closest to the other end of the Corn Hole Set).

TIME LIMIT:   In an extreme case, where games go long, a time limit will come into play.  Most games should be well within the time limit.  However, if the game is not over after 30 MINUTES, the team that is winning at that time AND after both sides have had an equal number of throws will be the winner.  Even if the team ahead is only ahead by one point, they will still when if the time limit is enforced.  A 2-minute warning will be given by the Judge.

GAME PLAY:  Players from opposing teams will stand next to each other on one end of the Corn Hole Set, while their teammate stands with the other opposing player, at the other end.  Paper-Rock-Scissors will determine which team goes first; that team will decide which player is first to throw.  Throws will alternate between players from each team on one end of the Corn Hole Set.  Paper-Rock-Scissors will determine the first team to go, that team will choose the side that goes first.  Thereafter, each side’s turn begins with the team that scored last.  If the previous side did not end in a score, the last time a score was made determines who should throw first.

SCORING:  A throw that lands “in the cornhole” or goes through the hole of the Corn Hole Board is worth three (3) points.  A throw that lands “on the board” or on the face of the Corn Hole Board is worth one (1) point.  If a throw (even a “bouncer” – see below) from either team knocks a bag off of the board, the points that would have been counted are removed.  If a throw from either team knocks a bag into the “cornhole” those points are counted.  POINTS ARE NETTED – Points scored from each team are taken away and are scored “net”.  The team that scores more points has their total reduced by the number of points scored by the other team.  The net amount is added to the higher scoring team’s total.

DBO Judges will determine whether a bag is “on the board” or “in the hole” in cases where there’s a question.  Judges will us, as guidance, the following:

“Leaners” are not counted.  If the bag is supported (and would otherwise fall) by the ground or another bag, it is assumed NOT to be on the board.  This includes instances that involve the “cornhole”. [i.e. If there is some situation where bags inside the cornhole are holding a separate bag ‘out’ of the cornhole, it is assumed that it would have fallen and therefore would count as three (3) points]

“Bouncers”, “Skips”, or “Rollers” are NOT COUNTED and should be removed from the board if they land.  Only throws from the air will count as points; if a throw touches the ground and by touching the ground, the bag is assisted onto the board in any way, that throw is a ‘miss’ and does not count.  However, if a bag that hits the ground first ends up knocking other bags in the hole or off the board, those points should be adjusted (counted) accordingly.