League Rules


We have Social and Competitive cornhole leagues, but we still have a few "rules". Just remember that everyone is out there to have fun! 

How to play: Begin the game with a coin flip or play rock, paper, scissors between the two captains. The winner determines the end from which play will start and gets the first throw. In the playoffs, the higher seeded team has those privileges. Players may not cross the foul line, which is located at the front of the board. All players must throw from behind this line.

How many people on a team? A minimum of 2 players per team must be present to play each week. We recommend signing up a team with 3-5 players per team to make sure enough people show up each week. You can always sub people in each night too! Substitutions can happen after a frame. If a player arrives during play, they may only join their team after a frame. 

How does cornhole work?  A game consists of frames. Each team rotates throwing their bags until all bags are thrown to the other side, at which point, the frame is complete. Each frame consists of calculating the difference of all the bags on the boards and in the hole at the end of the frame per team. The net points is kept track of from each frame. Example: Team A scores 8 points in frame 1 and Team B scores 2 points in frame 1. This would mean that Team A would receive 6 points for that frame and would also be the team to throw first in the next frame. The object is to be the first team to reach 21 points by either trowing the bag onto the board (1 point) or in the hole (3 points). Board will be placed approximately 27 feet (front to front) from each other. This distance is placed out by the league manager. Cornhole boards and bags will be provided. Each court consists of 2 boards and 8 bags.

How long is a game? A regulation game lasts 45 minutes from the designated start time or until one team reaches 21 points in each game. You do not need to hit 21 exactly and can go over 21. We will play best out of three games against your scheduled opponent each night. If a team is winning 13-0, it is considered a skunk and that game is considered done. 

What area can I stand in? You can be anywhere to the left or right of the board, as long as you stay on that side for the entire match. You can stand all the way up to the front of the board. Team mates will stand on opposite ends and on the same side. 

What happens if a bag is knocked off the board?  It is fair game and points are added up at the end of the frame.

How do I know when I play? The schedule for each week is posted on the schedule page at  www.cornholeatl.com.

Rankings: These are calculated on the total overall match wins, followed by game win differentials. A win is given 1 point and a loss is given 0 points. So the winner each night will always get 2 points total. The loser will either have 0 points or 1 point. 

Playoffs: In order to play in the playoffs, you MUST be listed as a player on the team's roster and not have an outstanding invoice. 

What happens if the other team doesn't show up? A team has 15 minutes past the designated start time to show up.  If they do show up late, but within the allotted 15 minutes, your teams will not receive extra time to play and you must complete your game in the remaining time. If they do not show up, the result is a forfeit.  The team that shows up will win with a score of 21-0 two out of three times. If a team "no-shows" twice in one season, they will forfeit their registration and forfeit the rest of the season.

Violations that can result in a bag being removed from the board/hole:  1) If a player crosses the foul line before the bag is released. 2) If a bag hits the ground before getting to the board. 3) If a bag strikes an object such as a tree limb, indoor ceiling, etc.

What is there is a scoring issue/dispute? All questions and issues will be handled by the league manager. The league manager will make the final ruling on all protests. Please remember, we are all out here to have fun! At the end of the day, it is just cornhole with friends! 

Have Fun! Like all recreational sports, everyone in the league comes out for a good time, so please exercise good sportsmanship.


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