Cornhole might not seem like much, just people tossing beanbags into holes, but it is extremely fun and challenging despite its simple premise. Everyone both young and old can enjoy the game, and the history behind it is as fascinating as the game itself.
Cornhole is played with a team of players and eight bean bags, along with the cornhole boards set opposite from one another. Players stand behind their board and then attempt to toss their four beanbags across the field and into their board from a small pitching box behind their board.
If a beanbag goes in the hole, they get three points, while a bag that lands on the surface of the board only earns one point. The players play, going one after the other until one side gets more than 21 points. It might sound simple, but it can get tense when beanbags slide across the board and simply refuse to go into the hole!
One of the many origins of the game was created in 1883 as a variant for quoits, as innovators tried to bring the popular outdoor game inside, and the game went through several variants over the years. This included one where several holes where added to the board that gave more points, and several other players and groups have made their own rules.
These include more holes or beanbags, a higher point cap to prolong the game, and even a wider tossing distance to make scoring points much harder. With all of the house rules, you’ll be hard-pressed to play two of the same games!
Cornhole boards are extremely easy to make or buy on the cheap, and it’s even become a game that is for tournaments and tailgate parties across the world. Almost anywhere that people go for gatherings, a game of cornhole can probably be found.