Sujain Thomas

Understanding the Rules That Apply to the Cornhole Game

Rules are rules and they apply wherever they need to. If there were no rules in this life, it would be unbearable as everybody would live as they wish. That’s the same thing with rules and games. Unless rules are strictly followed, then the game will not be fair.

Cornhole has rules and they ought to be followed every time the players are in action. The cornhole games are governed by certain rules that ensure everyone plays fairly and wins fairly. The most important part of the game is that everyone has to adhere to these rules to be counted as a serious player.

Cornhole rules

These rules are made and implemented by governing bodies like the American Cornhole Association and others and they are classified according to different criteria.

The cornhole court layout rules

The cornhole court should be 8 feet wide by 40 feet long with a recommended vertical clearance of 12 feet. Any tournament court that is less than 12 feet must be noted in the tourney listing before the games begin. The cornhole court consists of two players’ lanes, lane one and two. Cornhole boards are positioned 27 inches from the front edge to the front edge of the board with a designated pitcher box that has an area of 4 inches x 3 inches at the end of the court and on both sides of each board, making them 4 boxes in all. Mark the foul line that is the front edge of the cornhole board.

Note: The cornhole playing area must be kept in perfect condition. Players are responsible for making sure that the court is in good condition all the time prior to starting the match. No foreign substance should be applied to the playing surface or bags before or during cornhole play. A clean dry cloth may be used to wipe down the boards before the game begins.

The scoring rules

The cornhole game is played to the predetermined number of 21 points. The first player to reach or exceed these points is the winner.

There are cornhole terms that are used to define the bags while they are on the board. They include:

• Woody – This refers to the cornhole bag that is pitched and remains on the cornhole board playing surface by the end of the frame.

• Cornhole – This is the cornhole bag that has been pitched and passed through the cornhole hole at any time during the game.

• Foul bags – This refers to the cornhole bag that is not determined as a woody or cornhole because of violation of rules. Foul bags include the bags that are at least one foot or attached completely inside the pitcher’s box at the time of release, any bag pitched within the 15 second time limit, and any bag pitched from the designated pitcher’s box.

Methods of scoring

The approved method of scoring in this game is the cancellation scoring. In this scoring, the points of one player cancel out their opponent’s. This method helps only one player to score in each frame. Each woody is worth one point while each cornhole is worth three points.

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