Cornhole has taken hold of America in the last few centuries if some historians are to be believed. It’s a simple enough game—two boards, 8 bean bags, 2 to 4 players, and a race to a score of 21. Nothing complicated about it really. But the question now is where to buy a cornhole board, bags, and other accessories.

Here are some of the important things you need to know about cornhole:

What is cornhole?

Cornhole is considered a lawn game, something played during tailgate parties, barbeques, and weekend get-togethers.

Mechanics of cornhole

Two to four players can play this game—one-on-one or as a team competition. The objective of the game is to toss the bean bags through the ‘cornhole’, which gets a score of three points (if you make it); if the bag lands on the board, it is scored one point.

Cornhole equipment

cornhole equipment

While YouTube has a host of videos showing cornhole DIY, it’s a lot more fun to explore the world of cornhole-related merchandise. There is a wide variety of cornhole boards available—stained boards, theme cornhole boards, customized boards, even personalized cornhole boards. Add to these the cornhole bags, wraps and other cornhole-related accessories, and you’ll be looking like a cornhole pro in no time.

Here are the things you need to get started:

Cornhole boards – The cornhole boards are identical; each is a two-foot by four-foot board with a six-inch hole located at nine inches from the top. It is essential that the boards stand at a sloped angle; the front part should be four inches from the ground and 12 inches from the ground in the back.

Bags – Eight bags are needed to play the game, four each of two colors. The bags measure six inches by six inches. Its weight should be between 15 to 16 ounces. Some bags are suede on one side and twill on the other, but cornhole bag materials should be durable enough to withstand repeated throwing.

Other accessories – When you buy cornhole equipment, they typically come in a cornhole bag. You can also declare your loyalty to your favorite team—yes, there are official teams—by designing your boards with official decals.

Set-up and Gameplay

  • Stand the board exactly 27 feet apart, front to front. The surface on which you will play must be as flat as possible. Players stand right beside the board within an imaginary box that’s three-feet-wide. This is the “safe area”. When throwing, you should stay within this area. If your foot oversteps this box, it is a foul. The front of the box is the indicator of the foul line as well.
  • Throwing. The rule of the American Cornhole Organization says that the underhand release is the only throw allowed in the game. The objective is for both teams to throw one bag alternately into the hole of each board until all bags are spent. When a bag lands in the hole, it scores 3 points. If your opponent lands a hole right after you, that score is cancelled because you have the same score. If it landed on the board, it gets a score of 1, which is deducted from the other team’s score of 3, giving that team a score of two. The first team to reach a score of 21 wins the game, as per the official rule of the ACO.

Cornhole as a game is played for fun, with food, drinks, and friends lend it an air of a not-so-serious game. But with a league that officiates official tournaments, cornhole is one tailgate party that’s staying for a long time.