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The game of cornhole is also known as tailgate toss, baggo, bags, bean bag toss and many more. It is a very popular backyard game that can be seen at parties and tailgates across the nation. This game, founded in America, involves tossing corn filled bags back and forth at a hole in a wooden board. Sounds simple right? It is incredibly easy to learn and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Here at Skip’s Garage, we are nuts about this game and want to show the world how passionate we are by offering top quality cornhole boards and accessories at the best prices. We’ve partnered with a number of the top manufacturers in the country, so we can guarantee the best quality products for you and all of your friends. We also want to make a point to educate anyone on the history of the game as well as teach them the official cornhole rules. This page is dedicated to teaching anyone the common way to play this popular tailgating game.


The Best Set of Cornhole Rules


For us, we encourage you to always start with 2 teams of 2. We feel this is the best way to play and will allow you to experience an authentic and traditional style of playing. Each cornhole set consists of two boards that are usually 24" wide by 48" long. The set also features 4 bags, two per team. Most bags are 6" by 6" and are filled with corn or crushed river rock, hence the name cornhole.

The official ACA rules state that you should always play with two teams of two players. We also feel this is the best way to play and it will allow you to play an authentic game of bags, every time. You can play one on one, but standard tournament play requires two on two.

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Each game set consists of two boards that are typically 24 inches wide and 48 inches long. You can find a variety of boards are both smaller and larger. However, the ACA states that the standard boards should be 2x4. Each set also comes with 8 bags, 4 for each team. All bags should be 6 inches by 6 inches and filled with either corn or crushed river rock, hence the name cornhole.


On each board, there needs to be a pre-drilled hole that is 6 inches in diameter and approximately 9 inches below the top of the board. The highest part of the board should be about 12 inches off of the ground, while the lowest part is 3 inches off of the ground. Each board should be facing each other, 27 feet apart.


Each team has a total of 4 bags, 2 thrown by each player when it is his or her turn. If you decide to play a singles match, you can throw all 4 bags by yourself. Traditional rules state that the game should be played to 21. This means that as soon as 1 team gets to 21 points, they are deemed the winner. However, you must always win by at least 2 points. That means if you are tied at 20 to 20, you keep playing until someone gets ahead by 2 points. This game is very simple to learn and play and is also incredibly fun for all parties involved.

Even More Cornhole Game Information


As we previously mentioned, cornhole has a lot of different names. A lot of people refer to it as tailgate toss, since it is typically played at tailgate parties. Some call it baggo and some just bags. It really doesn’t matter what you call it because it is still the same old fun game.


If you take a look at the image below, you will see some scoring examples. This will help you understand how the scoring system works and what bags will count towards points. Remember, similar to beer pong, there are a lot of different variations to the game and rules. We modeled ours off of the ACA, so they are as close to official tournament rules as they can be.


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We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about our style of playing or scoring. We always appreciate feedback and love to entertain conversations about any of our products or information. If you are serious about learning how to play cornhole or need a little more information, it is always great to freshen up on the rules and official ways to play the game.


More importantly, you need to make sure that you have your own set of corn hole boards for official game play. You can take a look at our licensed sports teams page to browse our NCAA team boards
and support your favorite team today! You can also visit this page to learn more about this fun party game. We are confident that we can help you learn to play the game and get you set up with the best equipment for your next event.