How to Play Cornhole
As a single or doubles team, contestants take turns pitching corn bags at a cornhole platform until one contestant or team reaches 21 points. A points breakdown:
- Corn bag in the hole scores = 3 points
- Corn bag on the platform = 1 point
Sounds easy, right? It is, but expert players know that it takes a certain finesse to be truly great. Players can strategize by shifting the filling of the corn bag in their hands before throwing it. Here are a few throw options:
Flatten the bag in your throwing hand, then fold the bag in half so that there is equal fill in each half.
Hold the bag by one corner, then fold the corner without any filling in it over the corner holding the fill. After that, fold the bag in half with the other two corners.
Flatten the bag completely and throw it underhand in a spinning motion (similar to throwing a Frisbee)
Hold the bag by one corner with your index finger and thumb so that you can then hurl (or—ahem—sling) the bag at the hole in a backspin motion.
Even if you don’t nail the rules, you can still talk like a pro. Just use our cornhole lingo cheat sheet:
- Ace-A bag that makes it onto the board, earning one point
- Dirty Bag-A bag that touches the ground before it touches the board
- Lipper-A bag that is dangling near the cornhole board’s hole, ready to drop and gain three points
- Sally-Though we don’t love the gendered connotations of this one, a Sally is a bag that falls short of the board
- Skunk-A game with an 11-0 score
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