Cornhole (Bean Bag Toss): Game Review & How to Play

Cornhole is always commonly referred to as “Bean Bag Toss”. It also has been referred to as, Baggo, Bags, Dummy Board. Playing with 2 backboards with 3 bean bag holes this game offers simple fun for everyone! 

It won’t take longer than your first round to learn the game and then you can work on your arm. This game can be played with 2 or 4 or 8 people and can often excite an audience at your BBQ. 

Its super simple rules and ease of learning make this game an easy choice.

This is also a good game to start your kids learning in the world of backyard games as kids as young as 3 can play and have fun with this game.

There are few games that everyone from ages 3 to 70 to play, Cornhole is one of them!

Fun Fact: Cornhole originally started from throwing Corn Cobs into a trashcan.

cornhole game

Any of the games in our Top 5 Backyard Games are highly rated by us. Cornhole is no exception. Cornhole is also a great BBQ game and has provided lots of entertainment.

If you are looking for an easy simple game, the crowds are sure to love and get right into this Cornhole game.

Because the backboards are quite large, depending on the material you choose to purchase these can be quite heavy. Look for the plastic version for a portable version of backboards for the best trans-portability. 

We also love Cornhole because it has inspired a new generation of amazing backyard games including BulziBucket and Chippo.

Cornhole Set Up

The setup time and the setup process for Cornhole is extremely simple and quick. Simply unlock the backboards, prop up the legs and give each set of Cornhole bean bags to the appropriate team.

How Far Apart Do Cornhole Boards Go?

Set up each backboard approximately 33 feet or 10 meters distance apart. That’s it, you are ready to begin bean bag domination.

How far apart do cornhole boards go?

What’s Included

Included in each Cornhole game is 2 backboards that have fordable legs on a hinge to prop the backboard up at an angel.  Each included backboard has 1 holes for a goal. Also included is two sets of 8 bean bags, one red set, one blue set.

Bean Bags for Cornhole Game or Bean Bag Toss

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The backboards can easily retract their legs and if you place them together can lock them together for easy storage of your bean bags. This will ensure you don’t loose one of those bean bags.

Because you can store the bean bags in between each backboard, there is no reason for a carrying case to be included in your set.

Cornhole and BeanBag Toss Rules

Just like the setup for Cornhole, the rules to play are also just as simple. You can play with teams of up to 2 people.

How many people can play cornhole

After you have set up each backboard 27 feet distance apart. If you are playing with 2 people, have each person stand next to a backboard. 

If you are playing in partners, each person should stand at the opposite backboard.

Decide which person or team goes first to throw the bean bag at the opposite backboard. 

There is a round where each person standing together at one blackboard (one from each team) throws their bean bag at the backboard. 

Throw the bags in rotation until each person has thrown all of their 4 bean bags. Then the team at the opposite end of the game throws their bean bags in a round.

How to Score in Cornhole

There is one hole at the top of the backboard.  If you get into the hole, you get one point, if you get into the second you get 2 points and if you get into the third area you get 3 points. 

If you get the bean bag in the hole you get 3 points.  Because the backboard is at an angle, it presents a challenge for bean bags sliding down the slippery surface. Sliding down right out of the points zone. 

If you miss the board altogether, you don’t get any points.  If your bean bag is half in the hole and half on the board you get 0 points, the bean bag has to make it all the way in.  An optional points system is if the bean bag is half over the end of the board is 2 points.

How to score in Cornhole

Cornhole also plays with a canceling-out points system when counting the round points.  If there is one bean bag from each team in area 1 worth 1 point, they are each canceled out and each team gets nothing.

If blue gets 3 points and red gets 2 points, you give 1 point to team blue.  As you can see, if both teams get close to the same score it can make it challenging.

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