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My Newest Obsession: Cornhole

May 30, 2014|Posted in: Uncategorized

I was at the beach last weekend when I happened upon a very strange sight. There were two parallel rows of wooden platforms and people tossing bean bags back and forth.

I wandered over to see what the deal was. I found out I was watching a cornhole tournament. I’d never heard of cornhole before, but it looked like fun.

After watching for a while, one of the contestants talked me into joining. Apparently, it was a charity event—so the more the merrier.

I’m Hooked

At first I was skeptical. The game seemed pretty simple (and in my mind, simple equaled boring). But after just a few hours, I was hooked. After leaving the beach, I went home and ordered my own cornhole bags and boards.

I Think You Should Play Too!

Now that I’m addicted to the game, I feel it is my duty to help educate the masses. First, I recommend you read this blog article; you’ll want to know the cornhole size of things—especially the boards. The cornhole size can vary between distributors; make sure you get an official set that adheres to tournament guidelines.

Next, you’ll need to know more about the game. So here is everything you need to know about scoring cornhole.

How to Score

There are three different end results of a toss.

Corn Bag In-the-Count (or “woody”): refers to any beanbags which are tossed and land on the wooden board without going into the hole for the entirety of the round.

Corn Bag In-the-Hole (or “cornhole”): when a beanbag falls into the hole at any point during the course of the round.

  • If a player tosses a bag and it at first lands on the board but is later knocked into the hole by another tossed bag then it still counts as a corn bag in-the-hole for the purposes of scoring.

Corn Bag Out-of-the-Count (or “foul bags”): any bags which did not land on the board or through the hole are determined as “foul bags” and are not included in the scoring at all.

  • Foul bags can be determined as such for a few reasons. For instance, if a team member steps over the foul line while tossing the bag, the bag is considered a foul and is not included in the scoring, regardless of where it lands. If the player throws overhand then a similar situation is reached where the bag is considered a foul.

Cancellation Scoring: only one team can score per round in a cornhole tournament. Cancellation scoring explains how points are added together for each team and the total points of the losing team are deducted from the total points of the winning team of the round.

  • For instance if one team scores one woody and two cornholes and the second team scores one cornhole, the first team will receive a total of four points (7-3=4) while the second team will receive none.

The Spread and Popularity of the Game

Technically, you don’t really need to know the following information in order to play a game of cornhole. But I think it’s fascinating—and maybe you will too!

Cornhole and Tailgating

As word of mouth spread, cornhole began to grow in popularity especially in and around sporting events and bar games. Currently, the game is a staple of tailgating parties. Because of the portability of a cornhole board and the beanbags themselves, players can enjoy a friendly game after packing it into their car and setting up in the parking lot outside the stadium.

Even though there’s a time and a place for serious tournament competitions, a friendly game doesn’t necessarily need to be precise and measured. Instead it can be a single board and four bean bags among a group of friends, neighbors, or even mutual sports fans. It’s easy to set up and get a casual game going, so it’s a popular past time out of doors or on the road.

Cornhole and the Every-Day

Of course it’s not only tailgating that can benefit from a cornhole tournament. Companies utilize it for team building exercises or even company picnics and game-centered lunch breaks. Parents can use a game of cornhole for fun for the whole family, and those who take road trips easily pack up their boards and bean bags to play on the road. Since the game itself is versatile, easy to transport, and easy to play either one-on-one or in teams, it makes for an ideal past time for any group.

Now, it is time for you to power down the computer, grab a cornhole bag, and hit the courts! Then, come back and tell me what you think of the game!