Cornhole – The Fastest Growing Game You’ve Never Heard Of

Unless you live in the American Midwest then you have probably never heard of the sport of cornhole bean bag toss.  But be prepared, because the popularity of the game is growing at such an impressive clip that it will surely become a nationwide past-time in short order.  You’d be wise to educate yourself about the sport now so that when it becomes a part of every barbecue and tailgate event that you attend you’ll already be in the know.

The concept is simple enough.  Two raised boards are placed 27 feet apart on a level outdoor surface.  Each board has a six inch wide hole in the middle.  Each of two players is given four corn-filled bags (and a cold beverage).  Players take turns tossing their bags at the opposite side board, with the general goal being to sink your cornhole bags into the hole.  A hole-in-one is worth three points, while simply landing a bag on the board will net you a single point.  The first player to reach a score of 21 is the winner.

This sort of activity might sound like a silly undertaking, but it is highly addictive and many a skeptic has been converted after only a single game.  Try it out at your next backyard event and you’ll be amazed by how much it livens up the party.  Combine it with a hot grill, a cool swimming pool, and a cooler full of refreshments and you’ll have quite a shindig on your hands that guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

If the name “cornhole bag toss” just sounds too bizarre for your neck of the woods, then simply call it corn toss, bean bag toss, or whatever else you please!  Keep in mind, however, that if you truly become addicted to the sport and start competing in official tournaments then you’ll need to abide by cornhole game rules.  These stipulate that you must use 6″ by 6″ bags filled with whole kernel corn, you must use 2′ by 4′ boards made of real wood, and above all, you must concede to the fact that the true name of the sport is “cornhole”!