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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cornhole: The Best Game in the World!

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I know this is kinda a bold statement to make, but it really is the best game in the world. Not only does it take athleticism, skill and concentration, but it also can be played while having a beer. If you have never played Cornhole then you are missing out....Basically it is the same idea and concept of Horseshoes but it is portable and way more fun. When I was in college, my buddies and I would play this game all day. I had a sweet board set that my father, grandma (The Sewing Master of the Universe) and I made and I would haul it around everywhere with me. Unfortunately after a few years of play it broke from a friend falling on it. Since then I have been thinking about building a new and improved set. You can buy a whole set online but it is usually outrageously expensive and I don't even want to know how much shipping would cost. I would recommend going to the hardware store and fabric store with these Cornhole Specifications and making it yourself.....It really isn't that hard.

Once you have the boards and the bags all you need are the rules...
• Place boards 30 feet apart facing each other. (measure the playing distance from the center of each hole on the boards).

• 2 teams (2 or 4 players); teammates stand at opposite ends diagonal from each other.

• A Cornhole set includes 8 bags (4 red and 4 blue). Each team gets 4 bags (same color) to throw per round.

• Players must throw from behind the front of the board to avoid a foot fault. A foot fault results in the bag being removed from the playing surface ( if applicable). The same rule applies if a player throws out of turn.

• Each team alternates shots beginning with the team that scored last. To determine the first throw of the game, a player from each team throws one bag. The players closest to the hole throws first.

• Bags must land and stay on the board (without touching the ground) or go completely through the hole to score.
A bag on the board surface = 1 point.
A bag in the hole = 3 points.

• Points cancel each other out.
For example: The Red team has 3 bags on the board (3 points) and 1 bag in the hole (3 points) totalling 6 points. The Blue team has 3 bags on the board (3 points) and one bag off the board (0 points). The Red team wins the round with 3 points (6 points minus 3 points).

• The first team to 21 points wins the game. 11-0 is a "Cornzilla" or "Skunk".

• Knocking an opponents bag off the board is Legal.

• A bag that bounces from the ground onto the board surface is disqualified and removed before the next throw.


External Links:
-PlayCornhole.org
-AmericanCornhole.com and AmericanCornhole.org
-CornholeTheMovie.com
-Cornhole Specifications

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