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No tailgate party is quite complete without a Cornhole Game. This go-to favorite is quick to set up and easy to play, even with a beer in hand. The next time that you and your friends get together to cheer on your team, you can get everyone amped up with some brewskis and a friendly Cornhole game competition.

All About Cornhole

Cornhole game isn’t exactly a recent innovation in the world of gaming. People have been playing variations of this game for hundreds of years. While no one knows quite where Cornhole originated, the game can be traced back to historical civilizations across the globe, from the Blackhawk tribe of Illinois to the people of 14th century Germany.

Nowadays, Cornhole game goes by many names–the Corn Toss, the Bean Toss, Soft Horseshoes, and Indiana Horseshoes, to name just a few. It’s a common sight at fairs, festivals, tailgates, and other parties. The Cornhole game is a go-to favorite thanks to its simplicity. It’s portable, making it easy to play anywhere from lawns to parking lots, and requires little to no cleanup afterward. The game is also perfectly safe for everyone, even after a couple of beers. There are no sharp or heavy items involved, so you don’t have to worry about any impromptu trips to the ER.

Essential Equipment

Cornhole Game
The only equipment you need to play Cornhole is bean bags and a board. Believe it or not, there are official standards and regulations set in place by the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) when it comes to game pieces:

  • The board must be a wooden playing surface measuring 47.5” to 48” x 23.5” to 24”.
  • The playing surface should have a minimum thickness of 1/2” with cross-section backing, or 3/4” with or without cross-section backing.
  • The board should weigh at least 25 pounds.
  • The hole in a board should be 6” diameter, centered 9” from the top of the board and centered from each side edge.
  • The front of the board must be 3” to 4” from the ground to the top of the playing surface.
  • The back of the board should be 12” from the ground to the top of the playing surface.
  • The surface of the board should be sanded and finished to a smooth texture. You may want to opt for a board painted with a high gloss latex paint or wood varnish.
  • Bags should be made from two squares of a durable fabric such as canvas, twill, or synthetic suede that are connected with double-stitched seaming.
  • Each bag should measure about 6” by 6” and weigh between 15 and 16 ounces.

You can purchase a ready-made regulation board online or in-store, or you can make your own using plywood and a few simple tools. It can be fun to decorate your board like a football pitch for game day or deck it out in the colors of your team.

The Cornhole Court

Like many other outdoor games, the Cornhole toss requires a court set up to play.  A regulation-size court measures 8 feet wide by 40 feet long. It’s recommended that you give players a vertical clearance of at least 12 feet, but you can get away with less.

The court is divided into two lanes, one for each player. There are pitching zones on either side of the Cornhole board, with each zone measuring 4 feet by 3 feet. Foul lines run parallel to the front of the board and are located 30 feet from the hole in the opposing Cornhole board. If multiple games are going on at once, they should be at least 10 to 12 feet apart to prevent any confusion when throwing and scoring.

Rules to Remember

The rules of Cornhole are simple enough for players of all skill levels to participate, even if they’ve never heard of the game before in their lives. Teams of two take turns tossing bean bags towards their opponent’s board, scoring one point if they hit the surface and three points if they make it through the hole. The first team to reach 21 points wins. There are official terms used when scoring points:

  • Woody: A bag that hits the board’s playing surface.
  • Cornhole: A bag that makes it through the hole.
  • Foul Bags: A bag that touches the ground or violates game rules. This includes bags pitched outside the designated area, bags that bounce off of other objects, or bags not pitches within the 15 second time limit.

Playing to Win

Cornhole is a simple game to understand, but a difficult one to master. It takes time and patience to perfect your throwing technique, but there are a couple of things you can do as a beginner to improve your scores. Here are a couple of helpful tips on how to become a Cornhole legend:

Safe and Fun for Everyone

The Cornhole game is a classic tailgate game that puts you and your friends’ hand-eye coordination to the test as you gear up for game day. The game is simple and safe, even after a couple of beers, and just about anyone can join in on the fun. Cornholing is a definite must-have event at any tailgate party.

Feature image via FamilyFocusBlog , Other image via  LOWE’S                                                              

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