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How Cornhole is Played

Updated on March 3, 2016

Cornhole is exciting and easy to do. To start, all a player needs to know how to play cornhole are

1. the number of teams and its members.

2. board set up.

3. bags.

But by merely telling a beginner how to play cornhole with that basic equipment needed may not entirely be useful to him. Step-by-step instructions would be the best for him/her.

Players may begin by flipping a coin to settle on which group goes first. The first team starts tossing one bag at a time, taking turns with the challenging team each time a bag is thrown. The team that has the most points after each round will be the first to start throwing bags in the next round. Then the two teams alternately throw bags as in the preceding round.

To count the score, players may follow the following:

1) each bag that lands on the board's surface tallies as one point;

2) each bag that shoots in the board hole counts as three points;

3) then deduct each team's points to tally the score. The game ends when one team makes 21 points first.

Remember that challengers must stand at opposite cornhole boxes on the parallel side. The game carries on with each team taking turns in tossing the bags until all 8 cornhole bags have been pitched.

If a bag lands on the ground and springs back on the platform, the same shall be removed off the playing area. There are also corresponding punishments should a foul occur. The player who commits the foul drops his turn and the bag he throws landing on the ground must be taken away as well.

For the game arrangement, it would be best to look for a flat ground in any desired venue, like on a lawn, in a parking lot, at the beach and others. Two boards are installed in a straight line facing each other amid the front edge of every board. The partners’ pitching box is straightly crossways. Once a player starts throwing bags, he/she would strides directly across to the opponent’s board and pitches back from the right area. These are the common things to know on how to play cornhole.

For a brief background about the game, it is comparable to horseshoes, except for tossing a bean bag on top of a wooden platform with a hole in it. Like baseball, the game can also be broken into innings, having two teams alternately throwing bags. The first side to earn 21 points wins.

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