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Aug
20

Cornhole Rules the Top Backyard Games

The growing popularity of Cornhole across the nation – and the globe – has propelled the game to the height of all backyard games in America. Cheers and chest bumps all around!

We all know that Cornhole is the best tailgating game ever created. There isn’t a college or pro ball game played anywhere in America that doesn’t feature a few Cornhole boards set up in the parking lot before the game begins. So, it should come as no surprise that Cornhole has now made it to the top ten backyard games in the country – competing against a number of all-time greats. There was some tough competition, for sure, but Cornhole came out on top.

There are a number of classic backyard games that have been played in America since the earliest days. Kickball, originally called Kick Baseball, is one of the all-time greats. Originally invented in Ohio around 1917 by Nicholas C. Seuss, Kickball has grown to become a league game and is now typically played on a softball diamond (which makes it difficult to call Kickball a backyard game these days). Another of the all-time greats is Badminton – which was first played in the 17th Century. The game requires a playing area divided by a net, as well as racquets and shuttlecocks. At present, Badminton is an Olympic sport – something that we’d all like to see happen for Cornhole as well. Horseshoes, a genuine precursor to Cornhole, is a game that dates back over 2,000 years and was popularized by Roman soldiers who liked to spend their free time tossing metal rings over stakes in the ground. We can only guess at this time, but we’re pretty sure that the Roman version of the game was enjoyed with the benefit of a few – ahem – beverages. Also on the top backyard games list was another Ancient Roman game called Bocce (aka Bocce Ball), a game that saw much popularity in Italy and is favored among neighborhoods with strong ties to European ancestry. Croquet also made the list. Although the game has its roots in England (c. 1856), many Americans have Croquet sets and actively play the game.

Not all the games listed on the Top 10 were ancient games, however. There were a number of newcomers such as Washers (also similar to Cornhole and Horseshoes, Frisbee Golf (a game that saw its first Player Union founded in 1979), Ladder Golf (a great game that only dates back to around 1990), and Lawn Darts. That’s right, Lawn Darts.

We can only assume that Lawn Darts made the Top 10 list because of its infamy as one of the most dangerous backyard games ever invented. The original Lawn Dart sets have been banned in the U.S. since December of 1988. Current Lawn Dart sets are made largely of plastic and without the sharp metal point that caused so many gruesome injuries to players decades ago.

The 2012 Top 10 Backyard Games in America*

Cornhole Game Info Graphic

If you’ve stumbled across this article with no pre-existing knowledge of the game, we invite you to check out the How to Play Cornhole infographic. It’s great information about the game, as well as some genuine laughs.

*Rankings based on 2012 English language search trends and average rankings from selected sub-regions of the United States including Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, and the District of Columbia.

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