The game is played with 2 or 4 players (preferably 4).
The boards are to be placed 27 feet apart (front to front). Amateurs may play at a distance of 24 feet and juniors at a distance of 20 feet.
Team partners face each other from opposite boards.
Play starts at either board with all eight bags.
Each team plays with a set of 4 bags. Each team has its own color.
Opponents alternate tosses until all 8 bags are played.
The round is then scored (see scoring).
After scoring the round repeat play from the opposite board. The scoring team from the previous round throws first.
Players cannot cross the foul line. The foul line is an imaginary line extending from the front of the boards.
The first team to 21 or more points wins!
A team earns 1 point for a bag on the board. If any part of a bag is touching the ground after it stops moving, it does not score a point. If a bag touches the ground before landing on the board, it must be removed from the board before play resumes.
A team earns 3 points for a bag that goes completely through the hole.
The score for each round is determined by calculating the difference between the team totals for the round. For example, if Team-A throws 1 bag into the hole, 1 on the board, and 2 off the board, then it is a total of 4 points. If Team-B throws 1 bag on the board and 3 off the board, its total is 1 point. The score of the round is the difference between the two totals. In this case, Team-A scored 3 points (4-1=3).