Cornhole, also known as bean bags, baggo, bags, or sack toss, is a common lawn game where players (singles or teams of two) throw bean bags at a hole on an angled board to score points. Players score three points for throwing a bag through the hole, and one point for each bag that lands and remains on the platform. Cornhole is commonly scored with cancellation scoring where the total points for each team are tallied and the difference is awarded to the higher scoring team. Games are played until one team reaches 21 points.

When was cornhole invented?

Modern cornhole was invented in 1883 as a game called ‘Parlor Quoits’ that substituted horseshoes with bean-bags so that the game could be played indoors.

Where is cornhole played?

Cornhole is commonly played in a variety of venues that typically include backyards, bars, breweries, camp sites, and tailgating events.

Why is cornhole popular?

Cornhole has gained popularity for a variety of reasons that may include the simplicity of the game rules, the social nature of competing in teams or watching others play, and the ease of transporting the required game equipment.

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Cornhole Distance - Regulation

Cornhole courts are most commonly placed on lawn surfaces with the two cornhole boards (platforms) placed 27’ (8.23 m) apart. Pitching boxes are located on both sides of the boards and designate the zones for players to throw from. At the front edge of the boards and pitching boxes is the foul line which players cannot pass when throwing their bean bags.

Regulation Cornhole distance between the two opposing boards is 27’ (8.23 m), resulting in the central board holes being spaced at 33’ (10.06 m) apart. Pitching boxes are sized at at 3’x4’ (91x122 cm) and are located on both sides of the 2’x4’ (61-122 cm) boards. The resulting entirety of the Regulation Cornhole court is 35'x8' (10.67 x 2.44 m) with an overall area of 280 ft2 (26 m2).

Pair of drawings with dimensions showing the regulation distances of Cornhole (Bags) with people playing
Cornhole courts are most commonly placed on lawn surfaces with the two cornhole boards (platforms) placed 27’ (8.23 m) apart. Pitching boxes are located on both sides of the boards and designate the zones for players to throw from. At the front edge of the boards and pitching boxes is the foul line.

Regulation Cornhole distance between the two opposing boards is 27’ (8.23 m), resulting in the central board holes being spaced at 33’ (10.06 m) apart. Pitching boxes are sized at at 3’x4’ (91x122 cm) and are located on both sides of the 2’x4’ (61-122 cm) boards. The resulting entirety of the Regulation Cornhole court is 35'x8' (10.67 x 2.44 m) with an overall area of 280 ft2 (26 m2).

Pair of drawings with dimensions showing the regulation distances of Cornhole (Bags) with people playing
Cornhole Distance - Regulation
Height:
Width:
8' | 2.44 m
Length:
35' | 10.67
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
280 ft2 | 26 m2

Distance (Edge of Board): 27’ | 8.23 m
Distance (Between Holes): 33’ | 10.06 m
Distance (Total): 35’ | 10.67 m
Team Pitching Boxes: 3’x4’ | 91x122 cm
Boards | Platforms: 2’x4’ | 61-122 cm

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Cornhole Bags
Size comparison diagram of a cornhole bag compared to a baseball and volleyball

Cornhole bags, or bean bags, are the objects thrown in the backyard game of cornhole. Wrapped in assorted fabrics and traditionally filled with corn kernels, today's cornhole bags are available in a variety of colors, though are commonly blue or red to signify the two different teams. Each team has a set of 4 bags that they throw during each round.

Cornhole bags are square bags that measure 6"x6" (15.24 cm x 15.24 cm) with a thickness between 1.125"-1.5" (28.5-38.1 mm). The weight of cornhole bags is regulated at between 14-16.5 oz (440-470 g).

Dimensioned pair of drawings of a standard Cornhole bag measuring width and height
Cornhole bags, or bean bags, are the objects thrown in the backyard game of cornhole. Wrapped in assorted fabrics and traditionally filled with corn kernels, today's cornhole bags are available in a variety of colors, though are commonly blue or red to signify the two different teams.

Cornhole bags are square bags that measure 6"x6" (15.24 cm x 15.24 cm) with a thickness between 1.125"-1.5" (28.5-38.1 mm). The weight of cornhole bags is regulated at between 14-16.5 oz (440-470 g).

Dimensioned pair of drawings of a standard Cornhole bag measuring width and height
Cornhole Bags
Height:
1.125"-1.5" | 28.5-38.1 mm
Width:
6" | 15.24 cm
Length:
6" | 15.24 cm
Depth:
Weight:
14-16 oz | 397-454 g
Area:

Material: Fabric, duck-cloth
Fill: Corn, plastic resin

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Cornhole Distance - Kids
Comparison of two recommended cornhole distances for younger players—kids courts and junior courts

Kids-sized cornhole courts are modified playing areas meant to accompany the skills of younger players. The distance between cornhole boards is decreased by nearly half, shrinking from the regulation distance of 27' (8.23 m) to 15' (4.57 m). This shorter distance helps kids learn the basics of gameplay without the strength and accuracy needed to throw bags at the longer distances.

The distance between cornhole boards for young kids should be set at 15' (4.57 m), resulting in the central board holes being spaced at 21’ (6.4 m) apart. Like regulation cornhole courts, the pitching boxes remain sized at at 3’x4’ (91x122 cm) and are located on both sides of the 2’x4’ (61-122 cm) boards. The resulting entirety of a kids cornhole court is 23'x8' (7 x 2.44 m) with an overall area of 180 ft2 (16.7 m2).

Dimensioned drawings of cornhole distances for kids and younger players
Kids-sized cornhole courts are modified playing areas meant to accompany the skills of younger players. The distance between cornhole boards is decreased by nearly half, shrinking from the regulation distance of 27' (8.23 m) to 15' (4.57 m).

The distance between cornhole boards for young kids should be set at 15' (4.57 m), resulting in the central board holes being spaced at 21’ (6.4 m) apart. Like regulation cornhole courts, the pitching boxes remain sized at at 3’x4’ (91x122 cm) and are located on both sides of the 2’x4’ (61-122 cm) boards. The resulting entirety of a kids cornhole court is 23'x8' (7 x 2.44 m) with an overall area of 180 ft2 (16.7 m2).

Dimensioned drawings of cornhole distances for kids and younger players
Cornhole Distance - Kids
Height:
Width:
8' | 2.44 m
Length:
23' | 7 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
180 ft2 | 16.7 m2

Distance (Edge of Board): 15’ | 4.57 m
Distance (Between Holes): 21’ | 6.4 m
Distance (Total): 23' | 7 m
Team Pitching Boxes: 3’x4’ | 91 x 122 cm
Boards | Platforms: 2’x4’ | 61-122 cm

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Cornhole Boards

Cornhole Boards are the angled targets used for scoring points in a game of cornhole. Placed at a regulation cornhole distance of 27' (8.23 m) from front to front, players from each team throw their cornhole bags at the platforms in an attempt to land the bag successfully on top, or even better, through the center hole. Cornhole manufacturers produce boards most commonly out of wood or plastic.

Regulation Cornhole Boards have a width of 2' (61 cm) and length of 4' (122 cm). The cornhole hole at the upper center of board for measures 6” (15.24 cm) in diameter and has a center located 9” (23 cm) from the top of the board. The surface of a cornhole platform is slightly angled at 10° starting from the bottom. Cornhole boards have a front height of 4” (10.2 cm) and rise to a top point of 12” (30.5 cm).

Drawings with dimensions of a regulation Cornhole Board measured in plan and multiple elevations
Cornhole Boards are the angled targets used for scoring points in a game of cornhole. Placed at a regulation cornhole distance of 27' (8.23 m) from front to front, players from each team throw their cornhole bags at the platforms in an attempt to land the bag successfully on top or through the hole.

Regulation Cornhole Boards have a width of 2' (61 cm) and length of 4' (122 cm). The cornhole hole at the upper center of board for measures 6” (15.24 cm) in diameter and has a center located 9” (23 cm) from the top of the board. The surface of a cornhole platform is slightly angled at 10° starting from the bottom. Cornhole boards have a front height of 4” (10.2 cm) and rise to a top point of 12” (30.5 cm).

Drawings with dimensions of a regulation Cornhole Board measured in plan and multiple elevations
Cornhole Boards
Height:
4"-12" | 10.2-30.5 cm
Width:
2' | 61 cm
Length:
4' | 122 cm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Hole (Diameter): 6” | 15 cm
Hole Distance (Top): 9” | 23 cm to center
Hole Distance (Bottom): 3’ | 91 cm to edge
Height (Bottom): 4” | 10.2 cm
Height (Top): 12” | 30.5 cm
Angle of Surface: 10°
Material: Wood, plastic

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