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Basic Cornhole Tips To Play

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Today we are going to go in depth on the official rules of cornhole. Although there are several different ways people like to play the game, standards have been set up to ensure consistancy from one game to the next. Obviously these standards can change a bit when you get into different age groups, but here is the overall outline on how the game should be played.

1. Setup of the Cornhole Field - Before you even begin playing the game, you need to find an area that will work to set up the boards. Try and locate a flat surface on your lawn, at the park, in a parking lot etc...The goal is to make sure you are on a level playing field so no one side has an advantage. Once you have located a good area to set up shop, the next step it to set the boards up 27 feet from one another. To the left and right side of the boards is where you will be tossing the bags (known as the pitchers box). With the boards facing each other, it's now time to start cornholeing.

2. Game Play - With everything set up, the next step is choosing who goes first. There isn't a science behind this so flip a coin, see who can chug a beer faster, or just start throwing the bags. With 4 people typically playing the game, you will want to alternate throws until all 8 bean bags are 27 feet across the way. Once all 8 cornhole bags have been thrown, the score is calculated and the opposite side can begin to throw them back.

3. Scoring - Scoring cornhole can be simple unless you are tailgating and have one too many drinks. Just remember:

- 1 point for landing your bag on the cornhole board

- 3 points for having your bag go into the hole cut out within the cornhole board

- 0 points for your bag not landing on the board or going in the hole.

Once all 8 bags have been thrown, calculate the points for both teams and subtract the smaller score from the larger score. (ex. Red scores 5 points, Blue scores 3 points -- Red gets 2 points for that round). The first team to hit 21 points wins the match and the next opponents are up.

4. Tips To the Game -  Here are several tips to make sure the game of cornhole stays fun.

- Clean area. This should go without saying, but if you plan on playing in a park or in your backyard, make sure there isn't any dog poop or debris lying around the area. Clean up the area to make sure nobody goes home smelling like feces.

- Solid boards. There is nothing worse than having boards collapse or wobble on you everytime you hit them. Make sure your cornhole set is in a sturdy position and can take a beating from the various ways people will toss the bags.

- Depending on if your right or left handing, stand on the opposite side of your dominant hand. For instance, if your right handing, it's easier to toss the bean bags from the left side of the boards than the right.

- Although children can play, they are often a big distraction at tailgates or backyard bbqs. Try and keep them occupied while it's adult time and then let them go nuts when it's time to eat or pass out.

- Learn some different throwing techniques. Cornhole is a game that can take a while to master. Try some different shots and see what works best. You may have a toss that works well for sliding, a toss that works well for trying to cornhole (just hit the hole), and even a toss for getting your opponents bags off the boards. Whatever it may be, never stop training.

This in a nutshell is the basic rules to cornhole. The main rule is have fun. The game is meant to be played with friends and family so if things get heated, just remember it's only a game :)

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