Guide to ACL Board Dimensions

An ACL board is a type of board used when playing cornhole, also known as sack toss or bean bag toss. It is a game that was invented in America and is now a commonly played lawn game at fetes, festivals, and garden parties. It involves a board that is raised at one end to create a slanted playing surface, with a single hole toward the top end of the board.

Players must throw a bean bag at the board with the aim of getting it through the hole, though points can also be scored in other ways. Traditionally, the bean bags would be filled with dried corn kernels, which is where the name ‘cornhole’ comes from; however, modern materials such as plastic are now commonly used to achieve a more consistent weight between each bag.

A game of cornhole is played between two or four people. Each game will consist of two identical boards, also known as platforms, along with eight bean bags split into two sets. The bean bags in each set should be visually distinguishable from each other, usually made from different-colored fabric.

The American Cornhole League states that each beanbag should be made to measure 6 by 6 inches, with a weight of between 15.5 and 16.5 ounces, though these measurements are not strictly adhered to in casual games, such as those taking place at school fairs.

Each beanbag will commonly be made from two different kinds of fabric, with a rough fabric on one side and a smooth fabric on the other side. This means that users can throw the bags in different ways depending on whether they want the bag to slide on the board or grip it.

The aim of the game is to be the first player or team to reach 21 points. If you manage to get a beanbag through the hole on the board, you will receive 3 points, while any bag left remaining on the board at the end of the game will receive 1 point. In some versions of the game, 2 points will be given to a player if their bean bag is hanging through the hole but doesn’t fall, but this is not an official rule.

The dimensions of the cornhole board are important because they can affect the difficulty level of the game. For official matches, the American Cornhole League (ACL) dictates the board sizes to ensure fair play. They also have regulations regarding the materials used and surface textures. Rules for ACL boards include:

Material

Material

ACL regulation boards should be made from wood. Typically, they are made from oak or birch, but other types of solid wood will be accepted. The surface of the board should be half an inch thick with a cross-section underneath to support it, or the board can have a surface of at least three-quarters of an inch without a cross-section for support.

The surface of the board should be smooth, ideally with a finishing coat of paint or lacquer applied so that the bags do not get caught on a rough surface. It is recommended that the board be painted in a color which contrasts the material of the bean bags, enabling the bean bags to stand out against the board after they have landed.

Foreign substances should not be applied to the board before play, such as silicon spray or cleaning sprays, which can impact how slick the surface is. Instead, a wipe down with a dry cloth before a game begins is allowed to remove any loose dirt or debris.

ACL Board Sizes

ACL Board Dimensions

The dimensions of a board’s surface should be two feet in width and four feet in length. There is a tolerance of a quarter inch each way. There will be a single hole on the surface of the board, which should measure 6 inches in diameter, with an eighth of an inch tolerance.

The hole will need to be centered across the width of the board, and the middle of the hole will need to be 9 inches from the top of the board, with an eighth of an inch tolerance.

Weight

The total weight of the board should be a minimum of 15lbs.

Position

The board will be positioned at a diagonal angle so that the bottom edge of the board is close to the ground, and the top of the board is raised to create a downward slanting angle. The front edge of the board should be at least 2.5 inches off the ground but no more than 3.5 inches off the ground.

The top edge of the board should be raised at a measurement of 12 inches from the ground. This will ensure the correct angle is achieved for a fair game.