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Cornhole: America's Favorite Yard Game

Posted by Davis Lakes on Sep 9, 2016 11:48:56 AM

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There’s no more wholesome a game in America than cornhole.
It is played everywhere, from backyards to campgrounds, from the beaches to the mountains, everyone There are a variety of names for the game; bean bags, corn toss, baggo, chuck-o, tailgate toss, lawn toss, and hillbilly horseshoes to name a few. No matter what you call it, the gameplay is simple, the equipment is inexpensive, and anyone at any age can play.

What Do You Need?

how-to-make-cornhole-bags.jpgOne of the best things about cornhole is how simple the equipment is. Players just need two cornhole boards and 8 bean bags. If you don’t have a board, they are relatively easy to make if you are fairly handy and happen to have the tools. Otherwise, they are readily available at big box hardware stores, department stores, and of course, there are plenty of cottage industries cranking out custom boards painted with anything you can imagine. The bags are a simple construction, made from duck canvas. They should measure 6”x 6” and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces. Corn bags are available anywhere the boards are sold, or if you (or a good friend) have a canvas sewing machine and some time on your hands, you can even make these yourself!

So What Are the Rules of Play?

Cornhole can be played singles or as a team of two, but the round of play is essentially the same.

  • Placement of the boards: The cornholes boards are placed facing one another, 30 feet apart.

  • Pitcher’s Box: The pitcher's box is the area that is parallel and on both sides of cornhole platforms. Stepping out or beyond the pitcher’s box constitutes a foul.

  • Start of play: The first player steps into the pitcher’s box and attempts to toss his corn bags into the hole of the cornhole board on the other side. Once the first player has thrown their four bags, the next person throws their four, and in the case of doubles the other two players pitch their bags in turn. When all players have thrown their bags, this completes the inning.

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  • Scoring is conducted at the end of the inning.
    • Bags that have landed on the board (also called “In the Count”) are worth 1 point
    • Bags that have gone through the hole (or Hole-In) are worth 3 points.
    • Bags that land off the board are “Out of the Count” and are worth 0 points.

  • Scoring
    • Traditional
      • The first team to achieve 21 points at the end of an inning wins the game.
    • Cancellation Scoring
      • Once the scores have been tallied, the team scoring highest subtracts the number of points scored by the opposing team from their score, and the opponent team’s score is wiped out. In this manner, only one team puts up points per inning.
    • Skunk game
      • If a team posts 7 points on the board at the end of an inning before the other team posts any points, the game is halted, and the team with 7 (or more) points on the board wins the game.

That’s it! With rules this simple, it’s easy to see why millions of folks choose cornhole as their yard game of choice. Of course, if you dedicate a lot of time to playing and become skilled in play, you can always challenge yourself with joining local leagues and tournaments. If you really pick up your game, you could end up playing in the American Cornhole Organization World Championships! And remember, at Davis Lakes Campground we LOVE to play cornhole! Get out and play!


Heading South to get away from the chilly temps? Stop and see us at Davis Lakes, your Suffolk Virginia Family Campground. We have loads of activities planned for the fall and the surrounding city is loaded with things to do. Check out our free Fall Travel Guide to give you some ideas!

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Topics: Campground, Activities, DIY