Rules & Bag Policy

Official Cornhole Tournament Rules

  • Two Cornhole Board Platforms approximately 24" x 48" with a 6" diameter hole, centered 9" from top of board and centered 12" from each side edge
  • The front of the board is 3"to 4" from the ground to the top of the playing surface.
  • The back of the board is 12" from the ground to the top of the playing surface.
  • 8 Bags , 4 each of two different colors. Each bag is made from two fabric squares with double-stitched seaming. The bags should be made from a durable fabric like canvas, twill, or synthetic suede. Each bag measures roughly 6" by 6" and weighs 15 to 16 ounces.

Cornhole Court Layout 

  • Cornhole Boards:  Boards are positioned 27' from the front edge to front edge of the board.
  • Cornhole Pitchers Boxes:  A designated pitchers box is a 4' x 3' area at each end of the court and on both sides of each board; (4) boxes in all.
  • Cornhole Foul Lines: The front edge of the cornhole board is the foul line.


  • For competitive play, place a set of cornhole boards 27 feet apart from front edge to front edge. Beginners, juniors and recreational players may want to start at a shorter distance. We recommend decreasing the distance in three foot increments to find a comfortable beginning playing distance
  • There are 4 bags per set. 2 sets of different colors are needed to play singles or doubles
  • The front of the board represents the foul line. Players may not step in front of the board or behind the board. Players must remain within three feet of their side of the board


  • Bag on Board = 1 point
  • Bag through Hole = 3 points
  • Bags that hit the ground prior to landing on the board or going into the hole do not count
  • Any bag hanging off the board and touching the ground does not count
  • Any bag hanging in the hole only counts as 1 point
  • Cancellation scoring is used at the end of each round. After all 8 bags have been thrown; the score is calculated based on the bags that remain on the board and have gone in the hole. If Team A has 4 points and Team B has 3 points, Team A will get 1 point
  • A game is played to 21+. There is no win by 2 or bust rule for going over 21


  • Coin toss takes all Ã?¢?? The player that wins the coin toss choses the initial side of board to throw from and whether to start out throwing first or second
  • Players will alternate throwing their 4 bags down to the board on the other end
  • Throwing out of turn or outside the throwing box is a foul. The bag that was thrown when the foul occurred does not count and is immediately removed from play.
  • In Singles, once the first round is completed, players will walk down to score the round, stay on the same side and then throw back for the next round. This means that if Player A throws down from the right side of the board in the first round, Player A will be throwing back from the left side of the board in the second round
  • In Doubles, partners stand on the opposite side from each other. This means that one player from Team A will throw from the right side of the board on one end and the partner will be throwing from the left side of the board on the other end

These rules serve as a basic guideline and mirror how we run our tournaments. There are many variations that are played among friends and family. If you are unsure about the rules of a recreational game or tournament, make sure you ask the person in charge before you start playing.

If you have any questions, issues with playing conditions or concerned about equipment, raise it prior to start playing. Nothing can be done after the fact.

BYOB Policy

The ACL has established the parameters for what is an acceptable competitive cornhole bag. The ACL approves and promotes Bag Manufacturers that can be used at ACL National Events. Players will only be able to play with bags on this list that are stamped with the Bag Manufacturer Logo and remain within specs. Approved bags will be available for players to use if they do not have approved bags. At this time, the ACL does do not require Regional and Local Directors to strictly enforce this policy. Check with a specific Director for Regional and Local details.


  • Length: Bags should measure 6" x 6" when laid flat - accepted tolerance is 5.75Ã?¢?? Ã?¢?? 6.25Ã?¢??
  • Weight: Bags should weigh 16 ounces Ã?¢?? accepted tolerance is 15.5 oz Ã?¢?? 16.25 oz
  • Thickness: Bags should measure 1.25Ã?¢?? thick Ã?¢?? accepted tolerance is 1.00Ã?¢?? to 1.50Ã?¢??
  • Outside Material may be anything that does not damage or create residue on the board
  • Inside Material should be resin only. No metal and nothing that will damage or leave residue on the board

Players playing in ACL National Events will need to play with bags from one of the approved manufacturers. The bags must be stamped and must remain within specs at the time of play. Players are responsible and accountable their bags remaining within specs. Players may not alter bags from approved manufacturers. The BYOB Policy is optional for Regional Directors for the rest of the 2016 - 2017 Season but will be in full effect for the following season.

Players may inspect opposing player�¢??s bags prior to playing. A player may request to inspect and toss an opponent�¢??s bag prior to a match starting. A player may ask the Tournament Director to inspect the opponent�¢??s bag prior to starting a match. If the players do not agree on acceptable bags prior to a match, the Tournament Director will make the final decision on whether or not the bags are acceptable and may replace a player�¢??s bags with house bags. Once a match starts, the bags are deemed to be acceptable and the result of the match will stand regardless of proof in the future that the bags did not conform to the current policy.

Players that finish in the money at ACL Events are subject to a bag inspection prior to collecting prize money. While the results of the event may not change, if a player violates the bag policy or has altered approved manufacturer bags in any manner, then that player will forfeit the prize money and be subject to additional disciplinary action. All decisions by the Tournament Director will be final.

Manufacturers that would like to be added to the approved list may contact the ACL and request the ACL Bag Manufacturer Form. The Manufacturer List will be updated at the end of June for the next season.

View List of ACL Approved Bag Manufacturers

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