The Game of Cornhole

The Game of Cornhole

 

Cornhole, commonly referred to as bean bag toss, has a fairly uncertain history of where it came from. Some say Native Americans from Illinois filled animal bladders with corn and tossed them competitively, others say German farmer boys threw rocks throw a man-made hole to pass time. Regardless of its origin, cornhole is a fun picnic game that is played by millions of people worldwide.

 How to play Cornhole

What started out as a popular picnic game evolved into a highly competitive sport with lucrative tournaments all throughout North America and Europe. Cornhole may sound like a straightforward game, but there’s actually some strategy that goes into it.

Players will toss their bean bags from one side to another trying to get as many bags on or inside the board to score points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Top tournament players are highly accurate, and usually have a few different throwing techniques up their sleeves.

Rules of Cornhole

  • Cornhole can be played with either two individual players or, more commonly, with two teams of two.
  • The game is played with two 48 inch by 24 inch plywood boards that sit on a slight angle facing the opposing team. These boards should be 27 feet apart.
  • Teams will take turns throwing their three bags onto the opposing board. If a bag lands on the board, that counts as one point. If the bag lands in the hole, that counts as three.
  • Bags that land on the corner of the board, or are halfway on the board, can count as a point if it passes the “lift test.” This is when the board will be slowly lifted at the end of a round. If the bag stays on, it’s a point. If the bag falls, it’s not a point.
  • Players cannot obstruct with a bag at any point during a round. Depending on the rules, this can either lead to a re-throw or an automatic three points for the opposing team.
  • A bag that bounces and then lands on the board does not count as a point.
  • Points are calculated after both players throw, and then points will cancel out. For example, if I score 7 points and my opponent score 1, than my team score for that round is 6.
  • Depending on the game type, the team first to 21 points will win. In other variations, a team must hit exactly 21 -- anything over 21 will bring them back down to 11 to retry.

 

The strategy of cornhole Game really comes into play when many bags are around the hole. For example, a player can throw their bag harder in order to knock their opponent’s bag off the board. More gentle throws with a high arc are useful when an opponent’s bag is close to the hole because it causes less friction with the board.

 

 

 

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