Annual National Championship

Cornhole Tournament help on Opening Day of the USSSA National Championship.

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Cornhole Tournament Rules

2022 Cornhole Schedule

There will be a Doubles Tournament and each team MUST have two players.  You can have up to three people on your team but only two playing in a match.

We will provide all Boards and Bags.

Scoring System

  1. Game scoring will be held on an honor system. If an agreement cannot be made between players, DO NOT MOVE ANYTHING, there will be a tournament official on site to make the final decision. If a bag or board is moved before an official is able to make a decision, those points will be forfeited. Do not argue with tournament officials, it’s annoying and you will be asked to leave the tournament. Take the official ruling with a grain of salt and remember - it’s just a game!

  2. A Traditional 21 Point Game is a game played until one team reaches or exceeds 21 points. The winning team does NOT need to win by two or more points. If there is a 21 tie – additional frames will be played until one teams has more points at the end of a frame.

  3. This is a cancellation format where opposing players’ frame points cancel one another out. Only those points that do not cancel out apply to the total overall score. For example: Red team scores 7 points and Blue team scores 9 points in the same frame. The difference is 2 (9-7=2). Blue Team scores 2 points in that frame.

Point System

  1. 3 points for a bag that goes through the hole whether it be thrown through, slide in or pushed in by another bag.

  2. 1 point for a bag that lands and stays on the playing surface.

  3. 1 point for a bag that is hanging into the hole but does not fall completely through.

  4. 1 point for a bag that is hanging off the edge of the playing surface but is NOT touching the ground.

  5. 0 points for a bag that is on the playing surface but is ALSO touching the ground.

  6. 0 points for a bag that lands on the playing surface after touching the ground first (this bag must be removed before another bag is thrown).

  7. 0 points for a bag that is hanging off the edge of the playing surface and is resting on another bag that is on the ground. If you can remove the bag on the ground without the one on the board falling then touching the ground – then a point is given (you might want to also practice your Jenga skills for this situation).

Game Play

  1. In doubles play, partners shall stand at opposite Cornhole boards on the same side (one player will be throwing from the right and one from the left).

  2. Each team will have 4 bags of one color.

  3. All 8 bags will begin at one end (the decision will be made by the winner of the coin toss).

  4. A player may throw the bag in any manner they choose (overhand, underhand, hook shot etc.), however; it MUST be from behind the front of the board they are throwing from. If a player crosses the front of the board they are throwing from it’s considered a foul – 0 points will be awarded and the bag must be removed from play before another is thrown. The pitching area in which a bag must be thrown is a 4’x3’ area. (This is between the front and the back of the board and 3’ to the side. ) 

  5. A player has 15 seconds to throw a bag or it is considered a foul.

  6. Alternate throws between the two opponents are made until all 8 bags have been thrown.

  7. Count the points scored during that frame. If no team has reached the 21-point mark, start the next frame until a team reaches 21 or more. Once the 21 mark is broken and all 8 bags from the same side have been thrown – the game is over.

  8. The team who wins the frame throws first in the next frame. If both teams have the same frame scores then the game score stays the same and first throw stays with the team who had it in the previous round.

Cornhole Fouls

  1. A Cornhole player’s foot goes past the foot foul line (front of the board).

  2. A player goes out of turn. The throw the foul occurs on is voided and the bag must be removed from the playing area before another can be thrown.

  3. If a player does not throw their bag within 15 seconds. 

#1 Gameplay Rule
HAVE FUN!  Make friends, have good sportsmanship, and be a true role model for your kids.