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What's the Deal With Cornhole?

What's the Deal With Cornhole?

You may have noticed it at the beach, your cousin's barbecue, or the graduation party you went to last weekend. It may just look like adults playing bean bag toss, but it's more than that: It's cornhole.

Cornhole has been, dare I say, sweeping the nation, and it makes a great Memorial Day activity because it's generally pretty portable and basically anyone can play. A cornhole set consists of two boards with a hole in them, placed about 30 feet apart, and eight bags filled with corn kernels. The basic object of the game is to get a bag into the hole, though points are awarded for just getting a bag on top of the board. You can buy cornhole sets at most major sporting goods stores or online (the one pictured is pricey at $200, but you can get them for less). It's not the most active of all backyard games, but it does get you up and moving.

Yes, I agree, it sounds a lot like bean bag toss for adults, but I know from personal experience that calling it bean bag toss does not sit well with serious cornhole players. For simple steps on how to play, just

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Here's how to play:

  1. You'll need 2 teams of 2 people each. (Or two teams with one person on each team.)
  2. Set up the cornhole boards 27ft / 9yds from front to front.
  3. You need a total of 8 bags. 4 bags for each team.
  4. It doesn't really matter which side you or your teammate stand, as long as you're throwing to different boards.
  5. Flip a coin to determine which team goes first.
  6. Start throwing one bag at a time. Opponents alternate throws each time.
  7. The team that collects the most points after each round, throws first next round. If the score is tied or there is no score after the round, then the throw alternates teams from the previous round.
  8. Scoring:
    Each bag on the board's surface counts as one point.
    Each bag in the board's hole counts as three points.
    After each round, subtract the number of points from the team with the fewest points from the score of the team with the most points. The resulting number is the score that goes to the tally.
    The game is over when the first team's tally reaches 21 points. You do not have to win by any number of points, nor does it matter if you go over 21.
    11-0 is a skunk.

So get a set and start practicing for this year's barbecue. Are you already a cornhole fan? Tell us below.

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justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
just the name is just wrong
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
just the name is just wrong
JennaV JennaV 7 years
I second that this is VERY popular in Ohio! And it might not sound like much, but if I play for an hour or 2, the next day my booty and legs are sore from all the lunges I do.
BeautifyMyLife BeautifyMyLife 7 years
Love cornhole! My fiancee made a set last summer, and now we bring it whenever we go to tailgate at baseball games.
heineken67 heineken67 7 years
Never heard of this game. When I saw the title, Beavis and Butthead was the only thing that came to mind.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
We made ours, much cheaper!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
We made ours, much cheaper!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 7 years
Very popular in Ohio! It's a Buckeye tailgating tradition.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Whiplash - I was starting to think the same thing! Like I was crazy or something. But I saw the headline for this post and that was totally my first thought!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We played variations of this game all the time. My dad used scrap plywood and I sewed beanbags out of scraps of cloth and we made this cool target game that we played at all our family gatherings. We also played horseshoes a lot, but the littler kids always had trouble tossing the shoes because they were kinda heavy.
emalove emalove 7 years
We played this at my family reunion last summer! I had no idea what it was called though. It's actually really fun!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
WhiplashGirl...I had the exact same reaction ;)That and I instantly went back to Beavis and Butthead's "Cornholio" episodes...hehe
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
WhiplashGirl...I had the exact same reaction ;) That and I instantly went back to Beavis and Butthead's "Cornholio" episodes...hehe
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
ElleJay that's a much better idea!
Classy101 Classy101 7 years
Yes, it is VERY popular here in Cincinnati. We love it :) Be cautious when you Google Cornhole.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I can't believe that 15 people have commented on this so far and not a single one has brought up the fact that cornhole is slang for butthole. I can't stop giggling. Yes, I am a 12 year-old boy sometimes.
aanyanka aanyanka 7 years
We've been playing this in West Virginia for years. This past year at Bridge Day we put lights on the board to illuminate the hole so we could play at night
MindayH MindayH 7 years
I am HORRIBLE at Cornhole
MindayH MindayH 7 years
I am HORRIBLE at Cornhole
The-FBGs The-FBGs 7 years
My neighbors are OBSESSED with this game. A lot of people in our neighborhood have them. Must be a Midwest thing catching on from the looks of the comments above.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
Actually it has a really similar feel to it as playing horseshoes, which I can remember my parents playing a lot when I was a kid. This seems a little safer.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
I must say... I was VERY anti-cornhole for the longest time. Mainly because it was all the frat/tailgate type people that were doing it and talking about it the most. But then we played at a family reunion and it was a lot of fun actually. Much more fun that just sitting around. So now I am the proud owner of a NICE Jim Beam cornhole board. My dad offered to make me one, but I have a friend who is a buyer for a liquor store chain, and he is buddy-buddy with some of the sellers and he's given him some for free! We're gonna pack it up and take it to my bf's family reunion this weekend! And I was one of those people who were like "How is that different than 'bean bag toss' as a kid??". Actually at the graduation party I went to my friend jokingly complained that her bf was addicted. He played from the moment he quit eating, until the sun went down (about 3 hours).
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
I must say... I was VERY anti-cornhole for the longest time. Mainly because it was all the frat/tailgate type people that were doing it and talking about it the most. But then we played at a family reunion and it was a lot of fun actually. Much more fun that just sitting around. So now I am the proud owner of a NICE Jim Beam cornhole board. My dad offered to make me one, but I have a friend who is a buyer for a liquor store chain, and he is buddy-buddy with some of the sellers and he's given him some for free! We're gonna pack it up and take it to my bf's family reunion this weekend!And I was one of those people who were like "How is that different than 'bean bag toss' as a kid??". Actually at the graduation party I went to my friend jokingly complained that her bf was addicted. He played from the moment he quit eating, until the sun went down (about 3 hours).
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