The term “cornhole” is foreign to many people in our small world.  The term itself sounds strange, and it is not as self-explanatory as it seems in certain regions of the United States.  Separating the words does not help define it.  Corn is a word that is easily defined, but combining it with “hole” puts a spin on it that makes people scratch their heads, wondering what this could mean.  A hole literally means “an opening through something, or a depression in a solid mass.”  What does this definition have to do with corn?  Would it be more believable if you knew that cornhole applied to a sport? Here is a look at what cornhole actually means.

There are many stories relating to the origins of cornhole.  There are no exact facts as to where the term originated, since the stories vary from one place to another.  If the reader investigates stories from Cincinnati, Ohio, they will hear and read that the term originates from that region.  The same would apply in Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and as far away as Germany.  It is even stated that ancient civilizations such the Aztecs played the sport, although they did not coin the term as cornhole.

To explain what “cornhole” means, it is a combination of small bags of corn that are tossed toward a hole in a piece of wood, a board or in the ground to score a point.  It was considered a game of skill, of chance that some would gamble on, depending on the skill of the player, or simply a game of fun during county fairs, family gatherings, or times of boredom.  Normally, the game was played in the fall, since that is considered harvest time for most types of corn.  The cobs would be peeled of solid, dried corn, and pouches weighing approximately one to two pounds would be sown closed.  A board or smooth surface measuring two and sometimes three feet wide would be provided, with one hole cut in it that measured at six inches toward the top of the board.  If the player could toss a bag of corn in the hole, a point was scored.

So began a sport named cornhole.  The rules have been set, and teams are formed to show the skills of the players.  This simple game has evolved from simply throwing bags of corn at a hole in a piece of wood or in the ground to a full sport.  There is more to be said about cornhole, its origins and how it has evolved.  Exploring the term itself will help to understand how it came about and the interest that it has sustained through time.



Source by Larry