Bean Bag Rules

Bean bag boards are to placed 26 ft apart (front to front). Adults (8th grade and older) will pitch from 26 feet (behind the front of the board), children grades 4-7 will pitch from 19.5 feet and children 3rd grade and younger will pitch from 13 feet.

Bean Bag In-The-Hole – A bean bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a bean bag which is thrown through the hole in the platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the platform (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A bean bag in-the-hole has a value of three points.

Bean Bag On-The-Board – A bean bag that is not in-the-hole but comes to rest on the platform. If a bean bag comes to rest on the front edge of the platform while touching any part of the ground, must remain on the board if the front edge is lifted off the ground. A bean bag on-the-board has a value of one point. 

Bean Bag Out-Of-The-Count – A bean bag that comes to rest anywhere except on-the-board or in-the-hole is out-of-the-count and has no scoring value.

Cancellation Scoring – Bean bags in-the-hole and bean bags on-the-board pitched by opponents during a frame cancel each other out. Only non-cancelled bean bags are counted in the score for that frame. It’s possible one team may score points for in-the-hole bags and other team scores points for on-the-board points. The points from the current frame are cumulative and added to the previous total for each scoring team.

Teammates stand on opposite sides of the court. One side of opponents begin by alternating throws, until they have thrown all four bean bags. Then their teammates (pitching from the other bean bag board) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four bean bags are delivered until the frame is completed. 

The team who scored more points in the prevous frame shall pitch first in the next frame. If neither team scored in the previous frame, the team that began pitching in the previous frame starts.

A foul bean bag is a bag which was delivered in non-compliance with one of the rules of the game. It scores as a bean bag out of the count and is to be removed from the court before any more bags are pitched. Bean bags already in the court that have been knocked into foul territory by a foul bean bag should be returned to the scoring area. Additionally, bean bags that are in the count, but are knocked into the hole by a foul bean bag must be returned to their original scoring position.

1. The following are rule violations that must be spotted and called by a contestant. The penalty is to declare the bean bag a foul bag, which requires the bean bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play.

  • Any bean bag pitched when the contestant has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the bean bag is released. 
  • Any bean bag that leaves a contestant’s hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched bean bag. A bean bag that is accidentally dropped by a contestant before the final forward swing has started shall not be considered foul and may be picked up and pitched. 

Point Limits – The Bean Bag match shall be played until the first team of contestants reaches (or exceeds) 21 points at the completion of a frame. If both teams reach or exceed 21 points at the completion of a frame, the team with more points wins.  

Tiebreaker – If there is a tie, teams must play another frame(s) until a winner is determined.

Time Limit – If no winner has been determined at the end of the 20 minutes, the team with the most points at the end of the frame wins.
The Frame Must Be finished – The Bean Bag match can never end in the middle of a frame. Thus, if a team that pitches first reaches or exceeds 21 points, the game can not end until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their bean bags and the frame is completed.