The history of cornhole is unclear, though it is said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century, and rediscovered in Ohio later. There are rumors that a local Iowa farmer by the name of Jebidiah McGullicutty discovered it in the 19th century. Historians agree that several Native American tribes played similar games for entertainment. Since then, the game has rapidly spread throughout America, and has become very popular.
The wooden board is a slanting platform, with its one side higher than the other. A circular hole, which is the main target, is nearer to the higher end. The cloth bag used for tossing contains corn feed. The other names for this game are Tailgate, Bean Bag, Bean Toss, Corn Toss, and even Bag-O.
Kids playing cornhole
☞ The game can be played in two teams of one or two players each.
☞ The cornhole boards must be separated by a distance of 24 feet for casual games and 27 feet for official competitions.
☞ The game begins with a coin toss to decide which team will begin. Alternately, the winning team of the previous game can start.
☞ The front edge of the cornhole board will be regarded as the foul line, behind which the player must stand while throwing.
☞ Teammates have to stand opposite to one another, beside each board and have to toss bags at the board opposite to them. The player must pitch the corn bag with an under-hand throw.
➔ The board must be 24″ by 48″ in dimensions. A 6″ circular hole needs to be made, the center of which is at a distance of 9″ from the top of the board and 12″ from the sides. The back of the board must be raised at a height of 12″ from the ground to the playing surface. The front of the board should be raised at a height of 3 – 4″ from the ground to the playing surface.
➔ Each corn bag should be made from a 6″ by 6″ square fabric with a double-stitched seam at each of the four edges. The filling should be about 1 pound in weight.
☞ The area beside each cornhole board is called the pitcher’s lane. Players have to stand in this lane and throw their corn bags at the board on the opposite side. They must stay in this lane for the entire game.
☞ The bags have to be thrown alternately by players of the same team. After all four bags have been pitched, the players of the opposite team start tossing their bags in the same manner. This concludes one round of the game.
How are points scored?
♐ A bag that lies on the board, even if it hangs on the hole or the sides, will get you 1 point (called a ‘Woody’).
♐ A bag that passes through the cornhole will get you 3 points (called a ‘Cornhole’).
♐ A bag that touches the ground in any way will not bring in any point (called a ‘Dirty’ bag).
♐ If a bag hits another bag and knocks it off the board, the fallen bag will be placed back in its old place and the thrown bag will not be considered for any point.
☞ The points are counted depending on the position of the bags at the end of each round. The total of the losing team will be deducted from the total of the winning team, and the difference will be added to the score of the winning team. For example,
Team A has 2 bags on the board (2 points) and 1 bag in the hole (3 points). Their total is 5 points. Team B has 2 bags on the board. They get a total of 2 points. The difference (3 points) will be the score of Team A after the first round. In subsequent rounds, this will be added to anything they score .
☞ The winner of one round will start play in the next round. In case of a tie, the winner of the previous round starts.
☞ The game will continue until either team reaches or exceeds 21 points.
What is considered a foul?
✘ When a player’s foot crosses the foul line while pitching.
✘ A bag thrown out of turn.
Any point the player gets on fouling does not get counted.
☀ Tossing the bag at a higher arc may net you a cornhole.
☀ If a couple of bags are lying on the board in front of the hole, tossing at a lower height will knock them into the hole.
☀ While tossing, stand with the knees bent, leaning slightly forward.
☀ Try to aim farther than the hole, taking into consideration that the bags slide back down due to the slope.
☀ Take your first step with the leg opposite to your pitching arm.
☀ Try to toss the bag in a pendulum-like motion, rather than throwing it with brute force.
Before you rush to label it a ‘kiddie’ game, let me inform you that throwing a 1-pound bag into a 6-inch hole that is almost 30 feet away is not a piece of cake. But still, cornhole is fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, including kids. It’s great for family outings, and can basically be played anywhere.
While playing ‘kick the can’, the can need not be an actual can. It could be any designated object that can be placed in the center of the play area to be kicked every time the game reaches a turning point.
Spending a fun-filled evening with friends is something that all kids look forward to. Why kids, even adults love to unwind with those who are fun and great company to be with. As far as kids are concerned, enjoying the outdoors is a perfect way to let your child refresh his/her mind after a day of school work. Outdoor activities and games are essential to a child’s life as they are silent teachers of lessons that go beyond the confines of a classroom.
‘Kick the can’ is a classic outdoor game. It is a great game to learn teamwork, garner good sportsman spirit, and even develop leadership traits. These must-have ideals in life are instilled in kids by interacting with other kids and socializing with them for a cause. So, without further ado, here’s how to play kick the can. Go through the rules of this game with your child so that the playtime is fair and enjoyable.
Gather all your friends together to play this game. More the number of friends, more fun this game becomes. After all, there is a reason why they say more the merrier!
Select a can to serve as the most important part of this game. If you cannot find a can, then pick an object that can serve as a can or one that can be kicked.
Demarcate the play area and lay down the periphery that will be used while playing the game. This is an important step which must not be missed. If an area is not demarcated, the players will get ample of scope to hide in inaccessible or far off areas, which will make the game never-ending.
Out of the group of kids willing to play the game, pick one to play ‘it’ who will search for other kids. There are various methods of picking the ‘it’ person. You can rely on a round of rock, paper, scissors, or ‘1,2,3 or not it!’. The ‘it’ person will seek all those who hide.
Place the can roughly in the center of the play area. Next the ‘it’ person should close his eyes and count to a hundred so that the other kids get enough time to hide. Once the counting is over, ‘it’ has to find everyone who is hiding. Likewise, when ‘it’ is on the move searching, all the other hiding kids have to move around in a stealthily manner to prevent being caught.
As the ‘it’ seeks out all those in the hiding, prevent making any big moves. This will help you be in the hiding for a longer time.
When the ‘it’ spots someone, he or she will dash to the can, place one foot on it and call out ‘I spot… the spotted kid’s name’. The kid whose name has been called out will have to come out of the hiding, and be ‘jailed’.
As ‘it’ goes around searching, and a hider is ‘jailed’, the other players in hiding have to try to free their ‘jailed’ fellow hider, by sneaking up and kicking the can before ‘it’ notices or spots him/her. However, if the seeker finds the others in the meanwhile, the game ends. But, if the jailed person is freed, then the game begins all over again.