How to play Cornhole or Beanbags Game.

The Origin of Cornhole

Cornhole is a fun and friendly family game which has grown out of the Mid-West and spread to most parts of the United States. Its origins are argued and may possibly reach back as far as 14th century Germany. It was certainly popular in Kentucky during the 19th century and has more recently spread to NFL fans across the country through a variation known as “tailgate toss” introduced by the supporters of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Concept of Play

Cornhole or Beanbag Toss is a simple, harmless game that requires some skill and practice. In a nutshell, a hand sized bag of corn is tossed at distance of thirty feet towards a hole which is cut in a shallow angled board set up on the ground. Points are scored for bags that disappear down the hole or stay on the board surface. It embraces all ages and levels of athlete and can be played potentially anywhere with enough room. The official laws and dimensions of Cornhole boards are set out by the American Cornhole Organization.

What You Need

You simply need the following for you to play cornhole:

The Boards
You require two identical boards that measure two by four foot with a six-inch hole placed at nine inches from the top of the board. Other available cornhole boards have fold-able legs in the back that create an inclined surface when opened. In addition, the playing surface of each board should be raised four inches from the ground on the front side and twelve inches from the back side.

The Bags
Cornhole matches are played with two sets of bags. There are four bags to a set. Each set should be identifiable from the other; different colors work well. The American Cornhole Organization Official Cornhole Rules call for double-seamed fabric bags measuring 6 by 6 inches (150 by 150 mm) and weighing 15 to 16 ounces (430 to 450 g). Bags can be filled with dried corn kernels.

The Objective

In two against two games, teammates will stand on the opposite playing boards. On the other hand, singles games have the two players throwing from the same side. Players from one board will alternatively throw their four bags toward the board placed on the opposite side. Each player will throw all the four bags after which they will add up the score and the players on the other board throw their cornhole bags. The game usually continues until one team reaches 21 points in total.

Scoring

In order to score, the bags must either be tossed into the hole or land on the board. A bag that falls through the hole is worth a value of three points. The bag can be tossed directly into the hole, slide into the hole, or be knocked into the hole by another bag. A bag that lands on the board and is still on the board at the end of the inning is worth one point. If a bag touches the ground and comes to rest on the board, it is removed from the board prior to continuation of play and not worth any points. The total score for each team for the inning is totaled each round, and the difference of the two scores is awarded to the team with the higher score. Therefore it is only possible for one team to score points each inning. For example, if one team lands two bags in the hole and one on the board for 7 points, and the other team lands one bag in the hole and two on the board for 5 points, 5 points from the round would cancel out, and the first team would score 2 points. Because only one team can score points in each inning, it is impossible for teams to reach or exceed 21 points in the same inning, and therefore ties are impossible. Although, while playing with this method, players who have already reached 21 points can, in any way, discard their bag so they do not exceed their 21 points.

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