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Official Toss Across Rules

Toss Across is a fun and interactive game that combines the excitement of tic-tac-toe with the challenge of bean bag tossing. It can be enjoyed by players of all ages and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play. Here are the detailed rules for playing Toss Across:


The objective of Toss Across is to be the first player or team to get three of their symbols (X or O) in a row—horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—on the Toss Across target board.


  • Toss Across target board: A game board with 9 rotating panels that display X, O, or a blank side.

  • Bean bags: Typically 6 bean bags, 3 for each player or team, in different colors for differentiation.


  1. Position the Target Board:

    • Place the Toss Across target board on a flat surface where all players have a clear line of sight and access to it.

    • Ensure there is enough space for players to toss the bean bags from an appropriate distance.

  2. Divide into Teams:

    • Divide players into two teams: X and O.

    • Each team takes their corresponding set of 3 bean bags.


  1. Decide Who Goes First:

    • Determine which team will go first by any random method (e.g., coin toss, youngest player, etc.).

  2. Tossing the Bean Bags:

    • Players take turns tossing their bean bags at the target board, trying to flip the panels to their team’s symbol (X or O).

    • Each player tosses one bean bag per turn.

    • The game continues in turns, with each team alternating tosses.

  3. Flipping the Panels:

    • When a bean bag hits a panel, it will flip to the next side (X, O, or blank).

    • Players aim to flip the panels to their team's symbol and create a row of three.

  4. Winning the Game:

    • The game is won when a player or team gets three of their symbols (X or O) in a row—horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—on the target board.

    • If all bean bags are tossed and no player has achieved three in a row, players retrieve their bean bags and continue playing until a winner is determined.

Additional Rules:

  • Distance: Agree on a standard distance from which players must toss the bean bags to ensure fair play.

  • Interference: Players should not interfere with the target board or bean bags after they have been tossed.

  • Scoring Variations: For added challenge, you can keep score over multiple rounds, awarding points for each win (e.g., 1 point per win) and playing to a set score (e.g., first to 5 points wins the game).

Strategy Tips:

  • Aim Carefully: Focus on flipping panels that are strategically important for blocking your opponent or completing your row.

  • Defensive Play: Sometimes it's more beneficial to flip a panel to block your opponent from getting three in a row than to pursue your own row.

Toss Across is an engaging and dynamic game that encourages hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and friendly competition. It's ideal for family gatherings, parties, and playdates, providing endless fun for participants of all ages.

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