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How to play Cornhole

- Brent Doud

Although the history of Cornhole is not confirmed it is extremely interesting. Who invented it and where it was first played is a heated debate around the Country. I'll leave the history for the historians and just play the game. Cornhole has provided entertainment for countless tailgaters, beach goers and barbequers. Here are the rules and regulations of the game!

Cornhole Equipment

  • 2 Cornhole Boards- Raised platforms make up the Cornhole boards. The surfaces of the Cornhole Boards should be 2' X 4.'
  • 8 Cornhole Bags - 6"X6" bags; four of each color for opposite teams. Bags weigh one pound.

Cornhole Play

Cornhole is a four player game with two players on each team. To begin, place Cornhole Boards 27 feet apart measuring from the front of the board to the front of the other board. One of the partners starts the game by throwing one of their Cornhole bags towards the opposite box and the game continues with each of the opposing partners taking turns throwing the rest of the bags. When all the bags have been thrown for that round, points are totaled and the next round begins from the opposite box with the other opposing partners taking turns tossing their bags. Determine the team who throws first by a coin toss and every round after that, the first throw goes to the team that won the previous round. Rounds continue until one of the teams reach 21 points or more.

Points

Points are determined based on where the Cornhole bags land in relation to the boxes. Three points are awarded when a bag goes through the hole in the box, one point is earned if the bag lands on the box, hanging onto the hole or hanging off the box but not touching the ground. There are no points earned if a bag is hanging off the box but touching the ground or if a bag is hanging off the front of the box being supported by another bag unless you are able to remove the Cornhole bag on the ground without the other moving.

Scoring

Points are totaled after each round. The team with the highest score of a particular round adds the difference between their score and the opposite teams to their running total. If both teams have the same score in any given round then no points are awarded to either team. The score stays the same and the first throw goes to the team who had the honors in the previous round. Now that you know the rules you can master the game of Cornhole! The great thing about this outdoor game is that it is simple and doesn`t require much effort to set up. All you need to do is place your Cornhole boxes grab a cold beverage and it`s ready to enjoy!

Brent is the founder and CEO of Tosso.com. Also the inventor and designer of the Ladder Golf and Hammer Crown collections of games. Brent enjoys working, playing games, mountain biking, swimming and family time.



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