Cornhole Rules

Any intramural policies not mentioned here may be found in the Intramural Sports Handbook.  Unless specifically mentioned below, play is governed by American Cornhole Association rules.

  1. Team Composition
    1. Teams will be comprised of two players.
  2. Doubles Play
    1. Each team will stay in their designated lane for the whole game.
    2. Players at the headboard will alternate pitching bags until each player has pitched all four of their bags.
    3. Players at the footboard will take score and resume pitching back to the other board.
    4. The top of an inning is completed when both players pitching from the headboard pitch all four bags; the bottom of the inning is completed when the remaining players pitching from the footboard pitch all four bags.
  3. Value of the Bag
    1. In cancellation scoring, the points of one player cancel out the points of their opponent. Using this method, only one player/team can score in each inning. 
    2. Any bag which comes to rest anywhere on top of the board. is worth one (1) point. 
    3. Any bag which is thrown through the hole or knocked through the hole by another bag is worth three (3) points. 
  4. Pitching Rotation During the Game
    1. The player or team who scored in the preceding inning has honor pitching first in the next inning. If neither player or team scores, the player or team who pitched first in the preceding frame shall retain first pitch in the next frame
  5. Position of Players During PItching
    1. The pitcher must be within the pitcher’s box or behind the foul line at the time of release.
    2. A player must pitch all four bags from their designated pitcher’s box.
    3. Players must pitch the bag with an under-hand release
  6. Foul Bag
    1. A foul bag is defined as:
      1. Any bag pitched when the player has (1) made contact with or crossed over the foul line, or (2) started or stepped completely outside the pitcher’s box before the bag is released 
      2. A bag pitched from a different pitcher’s box than the first bag
      3. Any bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the board 
      4. Any bag that struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc. 
      5. Any bag on the board that is also touching the ground
      6. Any bag removed from the board before scoring has been agreed upon for that bag 
    2. A bag that leaves a player’s hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched bag.
    3. A bag that is accidentally dropped by a player before the final forward swing has started shall not be considered foul and may be picked up and pitched.
    4. A bag hanging off the edge of the board has value unless it is touching the ground.
  7. Traditional 21 Scoring
    1. The game shall be played to the predetermined number of twenty-one points. The first player/team to reach (or exceed) that amount at the conclusion of an inning is the winner.