Official CornholeATL League Rules

Everyone has their own, unique way of playing cornhole.  Read below to learn CornholeATL's rules!

Our first and most important rule is to have fun! Like all recreational sports, everyone comes out for a good time, so please exercise sportsmanship!

The Game:

A game is made up of frames wherein each team rotates tossing their team's 4 bags until all bags (8) have been tossed towards the opposite board.  At the conclusion of each frame, the score is calculated and added to the team's net total. A winner is determined when a team reaches or surpasses 21 at the conclusion of a frame.  Number of frames played varies per match.


Each court consists of two boards spaced 27 feet apart front-to-front and two sets of 4 bags.  Boards will be measured by the league manager prior to the first scheduled game time. All boards and bags are provided by CornholeATL.

Schedules and Game Time:

The schedule for each week is posted on the schedule page at  Each match consists of three games with the winner taking 2 out of 3 games. Play time is 45 minutes from the scheduled match time.


The object is to be the first team to reach or surpass 21 points. Points are scored by landing a tossed bag on the board (1 point) and by having a tossed bag drop into the hole (3 points). Once all eight bags have been tossed, players calculate the points scored per team.  The team with the higher number of points is award the point difference. If a team is winning 13-0, it is considered a skunk and the leading team wins the game.

Example: "Team A" scores 8 points in frame 1, and "Team B" scores 2 points in frame 1.  "Team B"'s 2 points are subtracted from "Team A"'s 8 points awarding 6 points to "Team A"'s net total.

Scoring Discrepancies:

All scoring discrepancies need to be taken to the league manager immediately.  The league manager will make the final ruling on all discrepancies.  Please remember, we are out here to have fun!  At the end of the day, it is just cornhole with friends!

Beginning a Match:

The captains begin the match with a coin flip or playing rock, paper, scissors. The winner determines the end from which play will begin and gets the first throw. In the playoffs, the higher seeded team has those privileges.


After the first frame (See Beginning a Match), the team that scores the most points per frame tosses first in the next frame.  If no points are scored, the last team to score points in a frame tosses first.

Knocking Opponents Bags Off Boards:

This is a risky strategy some players like to use.  It is fair game.

Violations Resulting in Bag Being Removed from Board:

Bags may be removed from board if the player crosses the foul line before releasing the bag, the bag hits the ground and bounces onto the board, or the bag strikes an object such as a tree limb, indoor ceiling, person, etc.


The first team to reach a minimum of 21 points at the end of a frame wins the game.


If a team is winning 13-0, it is considered a skunk and the leading team wins the game.

Playing Court:

Players may stand anywhere to the left or right of the board but must stay on that side for the entire match.  Court area is anywhere behind the front of the board.  Teammates stand at opposite boards but must play on the same side.

Foul Line:

The foul line is located at the front of the board. All players must toss from behind the foul line. If a player crosses the foul line on his or her toss, that toss does not count, and they cannot toss that bag again.

Player Requirements and Substitutions:

A minimum of 2 players per team must be present to play. (We recommend teams of 3 to 5 players to ensure enough players each week.) You may substitute players after a frame (all bags have been tossed from one side) has concluded. If a player arrives late, they cannot substitute in the middle of a frame.


Each match is allotted 45 minutes to play the best 2 out of 3.  A team will forfeit their match if at least two players do not show up within 15 minutes of their scheduled playing time awarding the opposing team the win. If a team shows up within the allotted 15 minutes, that team will not receive extra time to play, and must complete the match in the remaining 45 minute allocated match time.  If the best 2 out of 3 has not been determined within the scheduled timeframe, the team that showed up late will lose the remaining games in the match.


A "no-show" will be recorded as a forfeit.  If a team "no-shows"/forfeits twice in one season, they will forfeit their registration and the remainder of the season.

Team Rankings:

Rankings are calculated based on the total overall match wins.  A win receives 1 point and a loss receives 0 points.  The winner of the match will always receive a minimum of 2 points while the loser will receive either 0 or 1 point.


All teams at each location qualify for the playoffs!  Bracket play will occur against teams registered at your same level of play.  In order for a player to play during the playoffs, you MUST be listed as a player on the team's roster and not have an outstanding invoice.

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