What Is Cornhole?
(taken from Wikipedia.org)
Cornhole is a lawn game in which players or teams take turns throwing cornhole bags (cotton duck cloth bags filled with feed corn) at a raised platform with a 6" circular hole cut in the far end. These platforms are usually made from plywood or plastic and are often decorated with your choice of color(s) or representing your favorite team or organization. A corn bag that falls in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a player reaches the score of 21.
Cornhole matches are broken down into innings or frames of play. During each inning, every player throws four bags. A player may deliver the bag from either
the left or right pitcher's box, but, in any one inning, all bags must be delivered from the same pitcher's box. It is possible that both players can throw
from the same pitcher's box. Also, the player gets a three foot box to throw in. Each player must deliver the bag within twenty seconds. The time starts when
the player steps onto the pitcher's box with the intention of pitching. The player who scored in the preceding inning pitches first in the next inning. If
neither pitcher scores, the contestant or team who pitched last in the preceding inning pitches first in the next inning.
Cornhole can be played as either doubles or singles. In doubles play, four players split into two teams. One member from each team pitches from one cornhole
platform and the other members pitch from the other. The first side of players alternate pitching bags until both players have thrown all four of their bags,
then the players pitching from the opposing cornhole board continue to alternate in the same manner until all four of their bags are delivered and the inning
or frame is completed. In singles play, two players play against each other. Delivery is handled in the same manner as doubles play. Both contestants pitch
from the same cornhole platform and alternate their pitches until all of their bags have been pitched, completing the inning or frame.
In order to score, the bags must either be tossed into the hole or land on the board. A bag that falls through the hole is worth a value of three
points. The bag can be tossed directly into the hole, slide into the hole, or be knocked into the hole by another bag. A bag that lands on the board and is
still on the board at the end of the inning is worth one point. If a bag touches the ground and comes to rest on the board, it is removed from the board
prior to continuation of play and not worth any points. Usually, cancellation scoring is used. In cancellation scoring, bags that fall in the hole and bags
that land on the board that are pitched by opponents during a frame cancel each other out. That is, if one player scores four points and the other player
scores three points, the first player receives one point for the inning. In case of a tie, the team who ties the game, must go first.
A cornhole match is played until the first player or team reaches or exceeds twenty-one points at the completion of an inning. The winning team does not
need to win by two or more points.