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NJ Play Sports Cornhole Rules



Set Up

  • 2 on 2 format
  • 2 players required to start a game.  No warm-up time will be provided.
  • Teams play 2 best-of-three sets to 21 with teammates positioned on opposite ends of boards, followed by one final game to 21. Both best of the sets and final "game" are valued as 1 point each. (3 winning points available each week)
  • Games will be up to 21 using cancellation scoring. Teams are allowed to go over 21, without being penalized.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping their own score on provided sheets - games are self scored and officiated.
  • Rock, paper, scissor or coin flip will determine which team goes first in the first game. The winning team will go first in the following games and sets.
  • If a team wins the first 2 games of a set they won't play the 3rd game.
  • All 3 sets will be played and count in team standings.
  • When there are 10 minutes remaining, the game will switch to rally scoring.


 Forfeiture Penalties/Notification

  • First Offense: Loss of game.
  • Second Offense: Loss of game and removal from the playoffs.
  • Third Offense: Removal from the rest of the schedule.
  • If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, you MUST contact us at least 2 hours before your game time at
  • Once NJ Play receives notification of forfeiture, it is final, and the other team will be notified.
  • If sub is participating, he/she must register in advance at If this is not done in advance, the player will not be permitted to participate. If it is found that you are playing with someone who has not registered to sub, your team will receive a forfeit.



  • Getting a bag in the hole is worth 3.
  • Getting a bag on the board is worth 1.  
  • Cancelation scoring example: Team 1 lands 1 bag on the board and two bags in the hole (7 points). Team 2 lands 3 bags in the board and no bags in the hole (3 points). Team 1 will receive 4 points and Team 2 will receive 0 points. If switching to rally scoring in the last 10 minutes, every point will count and cancelation will no longer take place.
  • If both teams go over 21 in the same game during rally scoring, the team with more points wins
  • If both teams hit 21 or more in the same game during rally scoring, it is a tie.


Illegal Throws

  • Foot Fault - Throwing while a foot is in front of the board
  • Bouncing a bag onto the board of the ground, wall or any other object.
  • Leaner - If a bag is on the board but also touching the ground. In all cases the illegally thrown bag will be removed from the board and no points will count for that throw. The bag MUST be removed before the next throw is made



  • Ranking Points (Win: 3, Tie:1, Loss: 0) --- All three sets count each week.
  • Win Percentage 
  • Head to Head
  • Points Against
  • Power Index (Strength of Schedule Metric)
  • If none of the above tie breakers resolve seeding issues there will a coin toss to break the tie


  • NJ Play Sports' ultimate goal is for you all to have fun. Please keep this in mind while participating. While games may become intense, please maintain sportsmanship. Any behavior or abusive language to another player, and is considered unacceptable by NJ Play Sports, may result in suspension or ejection from a game or the league.