Though beanbag games have been around for quite some time, a renewed interest in beanbag toss occurred in the mid-1980s, starting in Cincinnati. Its popularity as a game grew in part because people of all ages and abilities can play it just about anywhere. Slightly different versions of the game exist with different sized boards and different materials inside the bags, which is part of the reason for the various names, including beanbag, bean toss, corn toss, and cornhole.

Equipment and Set Up

Place two boxes or boards 21 or 30 feet apart. The World Bean Bag Association uses boards that measure 24 by 36 inches and are 12 inches high in the back and 4 inches high in the front. Foul lines are even with the front of each box. Divide the beanbags so that each team receives four.


Two or four players may play the beanbag game. If four are playing, team members stand by opposite boxes. Teams take turns tossing a beanbag. A player may stand on either side of the box but must not cross the foul line when throwing or the throw does not count and the bag is out of the game.
It is not a legal play if a bag bounces off the ground and lands on the board. That bag must be removed from the board before play continues.


Because points cancel each other out, only one team can score during a round. A beanbag that lands on the board is worth one point. A beanbag that lands in the hole is worth three points. Both teams add up their points for the round based on these values but then the lower score is subtracted from the higher score to determine how many points the round's higher scoring team earned for that round.