To play cornhole you'll need 8 bags, 2 boards and a place to set them up as a court.

Boards

how to play cornhole boards bagsYour cornhole boards should be 24" wide by 48" wide with a 6" hole centered 9" from the back edge of the board. The front edge should be about 3" above the ground, and the back edge should be 12" above the ground. There are travel/tailgate-sized boards that are 36" long, but 24x48 is the official size for all serious tournaments and players. Your board should have a deck that's at least 5/8" thick, and idealy 3/4". Unfortunately many "sporting goods store" and lower end boards feature 1/2" decks that cause bags to bounce when they land, instead of sliding.

Cornhole Bags

Cornhole bags are 6" square, weigh one pound. They can be made from a wide variety of fabric, and filled with corn or acrylic pellets. Most casual players are used to corn-filled canvas bags, but competitive cornhole is generally played with pellet-filled bags that feature one sticky side and one slicker side. More on that later. The two major governing bodies, ACO and ACL, have detailed specifications for bags used in their tournaments, and in fact maintain lists of "approved bags" that can be used in tournament play. Here's a bunch of bags we recommend.

Court Layout

The boards are placed with the front edges 27 feet apart. Each player or team plays from one of two "lane" on oppsite sides of the court, and must throw the bag from behind the front edge of the board, keeping at least one foot within 3 feet of the edge of the board.
how to play cornhole court

So you've got bags in hand and boards set up -- lets learn how to play cornhole!