Section A. Doubles Play - In doubles play two contestants are partners against another team of two contestants; in singles play a contestant competes against another contestant. In doubles play, one member of each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other cornhole platform.
Section B. Innings - Every Cornhole/Corn Toss match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play each contestant must pitch all four corn bags.
Section C. Value Of The Corn Bag -
1. Corn Bag In-The-Hole - A corn bag in-the-hole (or Hole-in) is a corn bag which is thrown through the hole in the cornhole platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the cornhole platform (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A corn bag in-the-hole has a value of three points.
2. Corn Bag In-The-Count - A corn bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the corn bag resting on the cornhole platform is in-the-count. A corn bag in-the-count has a value of one point. For a corn bag to be in-the-count it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the cornhole platform. If a corn bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform, it is a foul and must be removed from the cornhole platform prior to the continuation of play.
Section D. Deliver of Corn Bags -
1. In doubles play, the first side of contestants alternate pitching corn bags until they have thrown all four corn bags, then the remaining contestant (pitching from the other cornhole platform) continues to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning completed.
2. A contestant may deliver the corn bag from either the left or right pitchers box but, in any one inning, all corn bags must be delivered from the same pitcher's box.
Section E. Pitching Rotation During The Game - The contestant who scored in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning. If neither pitcher scores, the contestant who pitched second (last) in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.
Section F. Foul Corn Bags - A foul corn bag is a bag which was delivered in non-compliance with one of the rules of the game. It scores as a corn bag out of the count and is to be removed from the Cornhole/Corn Toss court before any more corn bags are pitched. Corn bags already in the court that have been knocked into foul territory by a foul corn bag should be returned to the scoring area. Additionally, corn bags that are in the count, but are knocked into the hole by a foul corn bag must be returned to their original scoring position.
The following are rule violations that must be spotted and called by a contestant or assigned judge. The penalty is to declare the corn bag a foul corn bag, which requires the corn bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play.
(a) Any corn bag pitched when the contestant has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the corn bag is released.
(b) Any corn bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform. A contestant's corn bags shall be called foul if the contestant removes any corn bag before the scoring of that corn bag has been agreed upon. A judge shall be called if a decision cannot be reached. The judge shall determine the scoring for the inning.
Section G. Protests - If a contestant desires to make a protest, the protest shall be made to the judge or tournament official at the time the problem occurs. The tournament judge shall make the final ruling on all protests.
Section H. Scoring -
1. Point Limits - The Cornhole/Corn Toss match shall be played until the first team of contestants reaches 21 points at the completion of an inning. The winning team does not need to win by two or more points. If a team goes over 21 points after any inning that team will go back to 15 and play will continue.
2. The Inning Must Be Finished - The Cornhole/Corn Toss match can never end in the middle of an inning. Thus, if a team that pitches first reaches 21 points, the game cannot end until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their corn bags and the inning is completed.
3. Ties at the End of an Inning - If the Cornhole/Corn Toss match is tied at 21 or more at the end of an inning, play continues until one team or the other achieves a higher score at the end of an inning
and wins the match.
Section I. Cancellation Scoring - In cancellation scoring, corn bags in-the-hole and corn bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during an inning or half an inning in doubles play cancel each other out. Only non cancelled corn bags are counted in the score for the inning.