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Cornhole

HistoryUnited Social Sports Cornhole

The true history of the game is mostly unknown, though stories abound. One story claims that the game was first played during the 14th century in Germany, then rediscovered in Kentucky within the last century. Despite debate about whether the game was actually created in the Kentucky farmland, Champaign, IL or the West Side of Cincinnati, some sources credit the invention to western Cincinnati, but by whom or when is unknown. Popularity of the game began to increase in the late 1990’s in Cincinnati area universities, particularly Miami University where cornhole became a mainstay at parties and as a casual drinking game. Helped along by the advent of commercial cornhole bags and boards under the trademark Baggo, cornhole is now a popular game in and around the Midwest and Rust Belt states.


Rules The Setup

1.1 For outdoor play two boxes shall be set up such that their fronts face each other and their hole centers are 30 feet apart. 1.2 For indoor play two boxes shall be set up such that their fronts face each other and their hole centers are 26 feet apart. 1.3 The front of the box has constitute the the foot foul line.

Game Play

2.1 Two teams of 4-12 people, shall play. Teams will form pairs amongst their players. Partners shall stand at opposite boxes on the same side, from the perspective of a third person, and face each other, so there is no advantage given to one team. 2.2 Each team shall have 4 bags of one color. 2.3 All 8 bags begin at one end. 2.4 A coin flip shall determine who has honors in round one. 2.5 One of the partners on the team who has honors shall begin play by throwing a bag at the opposite box. 2.6 A player may throw from anywhere behind the foot foul line. 2.7 Game continues by alternating throws between the two opponent players until all 8 bags have been thrown. 2.8 If a bag hits the ground then bounces up onto the board, that bag shall be taken off the playing surface. 2.9 Refer to section 4 for scoring and honors. 2.10 The next frame starts when the other player on the team, which has honors, throws their first bag. 2.11 The game continues until 12 frames have been thrown.

Fouls

3.1 A foul occurs when any of the following happens. 3.1.1 A players foot goes past the foot foul line, termed a foot foul. 3.1.2 A player goes out of turn. The player who caused the foul loses the throw when the foul occurred and the bag shall be removed if it landed on the playing surface.

Scoring

4.1 The score shall be taken after all bags have been thrown for a frame. In League play teams DO NOT subtract scores but instead each run their own tally. 4.2 Points shall be given as follows. 4.2.1 Three points for a bag that goes through the hole. 4.2.2 One point for a bag that is on the playing surface. 4.2.3 One point for a bag that is hanging into the hole. 4.2.4 One point for a bag that is hanging off the edge but not touching the ground. 4.2.5 Zero points for a bag that is on the playing surface, but also touching the ground. 4.2.6 Zero points for a bag that is hanging off the front edge and is resting on a bag that is on the ground, unless the bag on the ground can be removed without making the hanging bag fall to the ground, then one point is given. 4.3 Each team is given a frame score according to section 4.2. A perfect score would be 4 "holes" or 12 points 4.4 The team who wins the frame is given honors to throw first in the next round. 4.5 If both teams have the same round score then the game score stays the same and honors stays with the team who had it the previous round. 4.6 The winner of the game is the team with the most points earned through the 12 frames.

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