Corn Hole Tournament Rules


 Tournament Format

  • Teams will be randomly assigned to a group for pool play.
  • Each group will have a round robin tournament, and the top teams from each group will advance to a double elimination tournament
  • In case of a tie based on record, the point differential will be used to determine who advances.
  • If that is a tie, the team who scored more overall points will advance.

Top 3 teams in the “Competitive A” double elimination tournament receive payouts with the amounts to be determined based on number of teams participating.

Winning team in the “Competitive B” double elimination tournament will receive a sweet prize.

Beginning the game

  • A coin toss will determine which team throws first, bag color or which side- coin toss winner only gets choice of one.

Rules of Play

  • The pitcher’s box is the rectangle 4 ft by 3 ft at each end of the court, parallel and on both sides of Cornhole platforms. Each contestant must remain in the pitchers box while pitching the corn bag.
  • One member of each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other cornhole platform.
  • Every Cornhole / Corn Toss match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play each contestant must pitch all four corn bags.
  • The first side of contestants alternate pitching corn bags until they have thrown all four corn bags, then the remaining contestant (pitching from the other cornhole platform) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning completed.
  • A contestant may deliver the corn bag from either the left or right pitchers box but, in any one inning, all corn bags must be delivered from the same pitcher’s box.
  • The contestant who scored in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning. If neither pitcher scores, the contestant who pitched second (last) in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.
  • Each individual contestant shall deliver the corn bag within 20 seconds. The time shall start when the contestant steps onto the pitcher’s box with the intention of pitching.
  • The pitcher must maintain constant contact with the designated pitcher’s box during the entire address and release of the corn bag.

Cancellation Scoring System

  • Corn Bag In-The-Hole – A corn bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a corn bag which is thrown through the hole in the cornhole platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the cornhole platform (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A corn bag in-the-hole has a value of three points.
  • Corn Bag In-The-Count – A corn bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the corn bag resting on the cornhole platform is in-the-count. A corn bag in-the-count has a value of one point. For a corn bag to be in-the-count, it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the cornhole platform. If a corn bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform, it is a foul and must be removed from the cornhole platform prior to the continuation of play.
  • Corn Bag Out-Of-The-Count – A corn bag which comes to rest anywhere except in-the-count or in-the-hole is out-of-the-count and has no scoring value. A corn bag which is declared to be a foul is considered to be out-of-the-count (no matter where it comes to rest) and must be removed from the cornhole surface prior to the continuation of play.
  • In cancellation scoring, corn bags in-the-hole and corn bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during an inning or half of an inning in doubles play cancel each other out. Only non-cancelled corn bags are counted in the score for the inning.
  • The Cornhole match shall be played until the first team of contestants reaches (or exceeds) 21 points at the completion of an inning. The winning team needs to win by two or more points, with a cap at 30 points.
  • The Cornhole / Corn Toss match can never end in the middle of an inning. Thus, if a team that pitches first reaches or exceeds 21 points, the game can not end until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their corn bags and the inning is completed.

There will be referees on site to answer any questions or help as needed.  The referee’s judgment is final.