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How to Play Indoor Cornhole: Tips for Getting Set Up Inside

Cornhole is a popular game played at tailgate parties, graduation parties, weddings, picnics, family reunions, and many other events. Most of these events take place outdoors, but that does not mean that cornhole is relegated to backyards and parking lots. Cornhole is a flexible game that can be played in a wide variety of settings, including indoors.

How do I play cornhole inside, you ask? That question, and others, will be answered in this article.

Playing cornhole in school?  You can.  Learn how and other cool tips.  Read it here.

Do cornhole boards have to be exactly 27 feet apart?

If you are hosting an official tournament regulated by the American Cornhole Organization or the American Cornhole Association, then yes.

If you are hosting a tournament between Uncle Jim and Cousin Sue, your boards can be
as close or as far as you’d like.
Use the space you have available inside as a guide to place your cornhole boards; if you’ve got 15 feet of basement to play in, that’s great. The change in distance may be an adjustment, but for casual players at a party, it will work just fine.

Do I have to use full size boards?



mini cornholeNope! If you’ve got the space and you have a full-size set already, there’s no reason not to, but there are other sizes available.      
Indoor cornhole boards range from micro-mini desktop boards to foldable cardboard sets to junior boards that are half the size of official tournament boards.

If you’re shopping for a set specifically for indoor use, I’d recommend choosing something smaller than a tournament board to allow you more flexibility in where to place it.

Learn about the newest cornhole excitement:  Playing Quarterboardz or mini cornhole with quarters.  Check it out here!

To find out more about different styles of boards, watch video below.

 

 

Do I have to use both cornhole boards?

Again, nope. If you’re really short on space, you can set up one board, and both teams can shoot from the same pitcher’s box opposite that board. It works just as well. Plus, you’re closer to your opponents, providing more opportunities to intimidate the other team. Bonus!

Do I need any fancy accessories?

You don’t need any additional accessories to play cornhole, but it would be beneficial to have some way to keep score handy. This could be a dry erase board, a scoring tower, or an impartial observer with a cell phone, but it is helpful to keep track of your score as you play. Playing cornhole indoors doesn’t mean it is any less competitive.

Are there any benefits to playing cornhole indoors?

There’s a very obvious one, if you’ve ever been outside during the winter months.

Moving your cornhole game indoors provides an additional season of available playing time. Imagine your family Christmas party with the added entertainment of a cornhole tournament in the basement or garage.

Playing cornhole inside takes the element of weather away and allows you to play in conditions otherwise unsuited for the game.

Also, if you’re anything like the average American (or Grizzly bear), you may have a tendency to hibernate when the weather is cold and blustery outdoors. Curling up on the couch in front of the TV can be nice, but it won’t help you achieve those New Year’s resolutions to burn more calories.

If you’ve got a set of cornhole boards set up in your basement, you’re much more likely to get up, challenge a family member to a round, and burn up to 180 calories per hour. That’s way better than sitting around with a bag of potato chips, and more fun, too!

In more competitive tournament situations, playing cornhole indoors can help reduce the effect that weather or geography has on playing styles. In a gymnasium, the cross-winds are a non-issue, and the playing surface is completely level. It is recommended that indoor cornhole be played with 12-foot clearance whenever possible, as players who are used to throwing outdoors may struggle with hitting the ceiling if it’s lower.


In addition, playing indoors allows the game to be played not only at parties, but also in a wide variety of settings.


Cornhole in schoolOne environment in which cornhole is rapidly growing in popularity is within schools.
Physical education teachers are incorporating cornhole in their curriculums and plans due to its flexibility: moving from the playground to the gymnasium easily. In addition, cornhole boards are easy to set up and provide a fun and entertaining way for students to exercise in many locations.

To wrap it up:

If you’re wondering about the logistics of moving your favorite tailgate game indoors this winter season, wonder no more.

Playing cornhole indoors is easy and fun, and can transform a holiday party or lazy evening into an enjoyable competition. Plus, it’ll help keep your skills sharp for those summer graduation parties and tailgating events.

Check out our selection of different sized cornhole boards and quarterboardz , as well as all of our cornhole bags, cornhole lights and scoring towers.

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Katherine Reolfi

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