Is There a Right and Wrong Way on How to Play Cornhole?

Okay, so this is going to sound really dumb but I have to say it. We were at a family picnic arguing over the rules of how to play cornhole. Everyone seemed to have a different idea of how far the boards with the holes in them had to be apart. Then there was a disagreement on how far away you need to stand from the board you are throwing at. Horseshoes has rules, so we thought cornhole would too. No, it’s not as crucial as playing chess for money, but it is still a game with rules. Right?

I had one relative get all exasperated throwing her hands up and saying, “Who cares? It’s just a game!” Well, that is exactly the point. It is a game and games have rules. Why was it getting important? It all started with an uncle who was declaring himself the cornhole champion. He’s the kind of guy that would go bowling, repeatedly step across the foul line and then declare himself champion for having the highest score. He breaks the rules and still says he is the winner. Is that petty to be arguing it? Yes, it most certainly is. And isn’t that what families do? They argue over petty things.

For me it is all in fun. I like to get them going a bit. What I really wanted to do was find out the real rules, official rules, of how to play cornhole. I don’t know if there is a governing body for cornhole like there is for chess and other games but if there is not, there should be. I have seen different sizes of cornhole bags and boards. I have seen different hole sizes too. I want to deny my uncle every advantage and then win a cornhole competition. Sort of knock him down a peg and be the champion. At least until the next reunion.

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