ACA Official Rules of Cornhole / Corn Toss
These are the official rules and regulations of the:
American Cornhole Association (ACA).
The rules and regulations have been developed and ratified by a majority of ACA members for ACA sanctioned tournament play. The rules are not a mandate, but rather a guideline to promote consistent and standard Cornhole / Corn Toss play around the country.
It is the responsibility of each ACA member to strive to meet these rules and regulations in all ACA sanctioned tournaments.
See ACA Sanctioned Tournaments for a listing of scheduled tournaments.
OFFICIAL RULES OF CORNHOLE / CORN TOSS
Published By The AMERICAN CORNHOLE ASSOCIATION (ACA)
(Last Revision July 13, 2009)
RULE 1 - COURT LAYOUT
Section A. Dimensions -
A Cornhole / Corn Toss court shall be a level rectangular area 10 ft wide and a minimum of 45 ft long. The court should consist of two corn platforms, designated pitchers boxes and foul lines. A north-south setting is recommended for outdoor courts to minimize the effects of the sun.
Section B. Pitcher's Box - The pitcher's box is the rectangle 4 ft by 3 ft at each end of the court, parallel and on both sides of Cornhole platforms.
Each contestant must remain in the pitchers box while pitching the corn bag.
Section C. Multiple Courts - To eliminate distraction and safely separate activity, Cornhole / Corn Toss courts adjacent to each other shall be a minimum of 10 feet apart.
A greater distance (at least 12 feet) is preferable.
Section D. Foul Lines – There are two sets of foul lines:
(1) open adult play and (2) junior play.
The open adult play foul lines shall be defined as an imaginary line 30 ft. from the beginning of the hole in the opposite Cornhole platform.
For Cornhole / Corn Toss sets that meet ACA specifications,
this foul line will be parallel to the front of the cornhole platform.
The junior play foul lines shall be defined as an imaginary line 21 ft. from the beginning of the hole in the opposite cornhole platform.
Section E. Covered Or Indoor Courts - The regulations for covered and indoor Cornhole / Corn Toss courts are exactly the same with the additional stipulation that they shall have a minimum 12 foot vertical clearance to the lowest possible obstruction.
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RULE 2 - PLAYING EQUIPMENT - CORNHOLE PLATFORMS AND BAGS