The Rules of Cornhole – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Cornhole – EXPLAINED!

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Ninh explains: The Rules of Cornhole. The object of the game is to score more points
than your opponent. Cornhole, sometimes referred to as ‘American
Cornhole’, is a popular pastime at tailgates and social gatherings that has now become
a televised professional sport in the US. Cornhole is played either as singles with
one player playing against another player. Or as doubles, where two people play against
two people. In doubles, teammates stand at opposite boards. Each player or team has four bags, filled
with corn or something similar, and they will differ in colour to that of their opponents. They will aim to throw their bag into the
cornhole, which is situated on a board that is 27ft away. These boards are a maximum of 24” x 48”,
with the holes six inches from the top of the board. To start the game, a coin toss or rock paper
scissors determines who goes first. Players are permitted to stand on either side
of the board in a 4’x3’ area called the pitchers box. They cannot cross the front of it and doing
so will render your thr6ow invalid and any points you score removed. The idea is to try and throw the bag into
the hole. Once you have attempted this, it is your opponents
turn to do the same. If you manage to land a bag onto the board,
this is known as ‘in the count’ or a ‘woody’ and this scores 1 point. If you manage to throw the bag into the hole,
either directly or by deflecting it in, this is known as ‘in the hole’ or ‘cornhole’
and this scores 3 points. If you miss the board completely, if a bag
ever touches the ground, or if one of the bags falls off or is deflected off the board,
this scores nothing. Once all players have thrown their four bags,
this is known as an inning or a frame. The scores are counted up for each player
and subtracted from each other. The player who has scored more, gets to add
the score difference to his total points score. If both players score the exact same, the
inning is declared as a draw. A new inning will then start from the opposite
board, with the player or team scoring the most in the previous round throwing first. A game is played until someone reaches 21
points. The first person or team to reach 21 total
points is the winner. In most games, the winning margin is 21 points
or over. But in some tournaments you have to score
exactly 21 points. Going over will result in your total score
being reset to 15 points. That’s basically cornhole in a nutshell,
but there’s a few other things you’ll need to understand before playing or watching
a game. For example:
GENERAL RULES There’s a few general rules that you have
to abide by when playing Cornhole. These are strictly enforced when playing in
tournaments, but not so much when playing casually. Some of these rules include. – You may only use the same hand to throw
every bag in a single inning. – You have a maximum of 20 seconds to throw
any one bag. – You may not cross the front of the board
during a throw. – And you must throw the bag in an underarm
manner. BAGS The bags themselves are filled with corn or
similar material. They are approximately 6 inches x 6 inches
and have a maximum weight of 16oz. One of the things you don’t see is that
one side of the bag is rougher than the other. This is intentional, as this affects the types
of shots that can be made with these bags. TYPES OF SHOTS
Players employ a variety of shots and techniques in order to win the game. These include –
A slide shot – where the bag hits the board and slides into the hole. A blocker – where a bag is intentionally
thrown to stop short of the hole to block an opponent slide. A bouncer – where a bag is bounced in and
over an opponent blocker. and the Mailshot – where the bag is intentionally
tossed directly into the hole. This is the hardest shot to make in Cornhole. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on twitter also and share
this video on Reddit – but in the meantime, enjoy Cornhole. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

64 thoughts on “The Rules of Cornhole – EXPLAINED!”

  1. I guess this is where Mike Judge got his inspiration to name Beavis’ alter-ego as The Great Cornholio.

    Edit: and 30 seconds after I post, I see those Cornhole tables.

  2. Rejoice, brothers and sisters, the great Ninh has returned from his 3 week hiatus to do rigorous research on the great sport of cornhole!!!

  3. These guys clearly don't know how to play. You need to hold a beer in your other hand for balance. Both teams must have an alcohol content of at least 0.08% to be able to play this game properly. Any lower and the inevitable argument about what counts as "on the board" may not end in violence.

  4. I never heard of this one before!
    Speaking of precision sports, are you planning doing a Shooting Sport one ? (Pistol 10m, Pistol 25m rapid fire, Rifle 50m, Rifle prone position, Rifle 3 positions, Skeet, Trap, Double Trap etc…). I'd love to see a video on this sport!

  5. I love that this sport got on ESPN. My ultimate hope for the game of (competitive) cornhole is that it reaches the same level of support as pro darts in the UK. Unlikely but you never know!

  6. LOL, at 1:48, that's exactly what I thought when I first got the notification! I need teepee for my bunghole! Is it at Lake Titicaca? [insert other relevant quotes here]

  7. This looks rather difficult actually, combining elements of bowls, darts, curling and that game at a tombola where you throw balls into a hole on a board, usually with a creepy clown face painted on it, to win a silly prize. I probably couldn't do it.

  8. Ah. This I often see at fairs and carnivals etc. In London. I would always bang it out and thrash everyone!

  9. For those of you who were wondering, the 'Great Cornholio' that Mike Judge used for Beavis's alter-ego is actually from this game.
    'Great Cornholio' refers to someone who gets 4 out of 4 in the hole in one inning. It's also known as a 'four-bagger'.,
    True story!

  10. I never knew they had professional cornhole…

    P.S still waiting on that "Cycle-ball" video lol. I really wanna see that.

  11. My friend has miniature tabletop version of this and you place the mini bags on a small catapult you launch with your thumb

  12. Hi Ninh. Love your vids. Sorry I may have missed here how does scoring work for bags which are deflected in by the next shot? e.g. opponents shot or your own next shot. Do they turn into 3pts or do they remain 1pts? What constitutes in the hole? Through the hole and touching the ground, 50% through? What if there is a pile of bags under the board stopping the bags from dropping?

  13. Have you ever considered or looked into doing the rules of beer pong?
    It would be fun to do official rules vs various house rules.

  14. I appreciate the competitive drive of the Americans and even to make Cornhole, a tailgate activity to a competitive match up. Can't wait for competitive buffalo folding table smashing. Nice work Ninh as always!

  15. This is a rather curious one, and also not very hard to set up at home casually. One thing I have been wondering: what happens when a shot pushes an opponent's bag into the hole? how does scoring work then?

  16. arena soccer for next. 🤔
    btw thanks for this video, never know this sport before because I live at malaysia and never visit usa.

  17. I've known about most of the rules of cornhole before I watched this, but do you think Kanjam is based on this game?

  18. I've got a unique "sport" you should do. Tractor Pulling! There are no videos that explain how a tractor/truck pull works, so its something you should do!

  19. There's me across the pond thinking cornhole as a noun meant bumhole and as a verb meant getting beefed up the arse. Thankf for posting.

  20. I have never heard of this sport before,
    But amazing though and what would happen if the bag tears in rare circumstances?

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