Your Comprehensive Guide to Cornhole Terminology

by | Cornhole, Outdoor Games

Cornhole is one of the most popular backyard and tailgate games out there. But it’s not just a game, it’s a whole culture with its own language. If you’re new to the game, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of terms that you might hear during a game or tournament. Some of them are so common that you’ll pick them up in no time, while others are more obscure. So get ready to sound like a real cornhole pro when you bust these out on the competition!

General Terms

Cornado

A term for a player who is on a roll and keeps racking up the points.

Cornament

A  fun a playful name for a cornhole tournament.

Cornholed

When a player is hit by a beanbag. It can happen by accident or on purpose, so watch out!

Cornholer

A person who is absolutely obsessed with playing cornhole.

Fill

This refers to the material inside the beanbags. Traditionally corn was used, but you can also get bags filled with beans or resin beads.

Honors

The player or team who pitches first in the inning, either because they won the coin toss or scored in the last inning.

Inning or Frame

This is a round of a game of cornhole. An inning consists of each player pitching all four of their bags.

Lick Side (also called a cross)

When a player has to pitch from the same side of the board as their dominant hand, such as a right-handed person throwing from the right side of the board.

Newbie (also called a noobie, or newb)

A person who is new to the game of cornhole and is still figuring out the rules and pitches.

Police

No, those aren’t sirens you hear, this is just what we lovingly call the ref.

Stepper

A term for a player that takes a step forward while they are pitching.

Stiff Bag

A pitch that was poorly thrown because a player let trash-talking or pressure get to them.

Parts Of The Cornhole Field

Foul Line

A line that is marked by the front of your cornhole board. Your feet must be behind your foul line at the time of release. Each foul line is twenty-seven feet apart.

Junior Foul Line

This foul line is a shorter distance between boards, usually twelve-fifteen feet to make it a bit easier for younger players.

Pitcher's Box

An area that extends three feet by four feet on either side of each cornhole board. Your feet must remain in your pitcher’s box at the time of release or it your toss will be a foul.

Types Of Grips

Fold-Over

The most basic and common of the cornhole throws. It involves placing the bag flat on your hand, folding it in half, and then using an underhanded toss.

Frisbee Toss

For this toss, you hold onto the corner of your bean bag and then sling it horizontally towards the board like you would with a frisbee.

In-Betweener

A toss in which you swing the bag with both of your hands in between your legs, hoping to get a nice underhanded arc going. It might look silly, but players report it being a pretty accurate throw.

Jump Shot

This throw is exactly what you think it is. A player shoots the beanbag like a basketball, using an overhanded arc. This pitch has a lot of flair, but not great accuracy.

Types Of Throws And Bags

Airmail (also called a swish)

A bag that goes directly into the hole without sliding, bouncing off, or touching the board at all.

Back Door (also called a jumper, or dirty roll-up)

Refers to a bag that goes into the hole over the top of a blocker.

Backstop (also called a backboard)

A bag that lands on the cornhole board, behind the hole. It creates a backboard for a player to knock into without going off the board themselves.

Berlin Airlift

When an opponent’s bags are completely blocking the hole, the only option is to “airlift” your bags directly into the hole.

Berlin Wall (also called hemorrhoids)

When an opponent has lined up their bags in front of the hole, creating a wall and making it hard for you to score.

Blocker

When a bag lands in front of the hole, making it impossible for the next player to use a slider without knocking the opponent’s bag in.

Candycorn

Any bag that lands on the ground between the cornhole boards.

Clover (also called a leprechaun, or corn on the cob)

When a player gets all four of their bags onto the board in an inning. The bags cannot be knocked off the board or into the hole, allowing the player to score four points.

Cornhole (also called Drano, or bag-in-the-hole)

Any bag that goes into the hole earning the player three points.

Dirty Bags

A bag that touches the ground before it touches the board, or that hangs off the board.

Flop (also called a floppy bag)

A toss that has no spin either horizontally or vertically.

The Great Cornholio

This term goes by many names, including a four-bagger, 12-pack, double deuce, gusher, cornzizzle, cornzilla, Jumanji, or golden sombrero, but this is our favorite. It simply means getting four cornholes in one inning. Some families have a tradition where The Great Cornholio is invited to sign the cornhole board.

Hammer

A hammer is a special kind of airmail bag, using a high arc, when there are multiple hangers lined up around the hole. The goal is to pull some of those hangers into the hole with the airmail bag.

Hanger

A bag that is hanging on to the lip of the hole, ready to drop in.

Hooker (also called around the world)

A bag that first hits the board and then boomerangs around a blocker to wind up in the hole.

Jumper

A bag that hits another bag on the board and caused it to jump into the hole.

Rolly Polly

A bag that is thrown and rolls over a blocker, falling into the hole.

Screaming Eagle

This is when a player misses the entire cornhole board without touching it at all.

Shortbag

A bag that land on the ground just before the cornhole board, without touching it.

Shucker

When a player throws their bean bag, and knocks an opposing player’s bag off the board entirely.

Six Pack

When a player makes two cornholes in an inning, earning the player six points.

Sky Bag

Any bag that is thrown so hard that it lands on the ground well beyond the cornhole board.

Slide (also called a slider)

A cornhole that is scored when a bag slides into the hole as opposed to being dropped in the hole from above.

Stanker

This is any type of foul that earns a player zero points.

Woody (also called a bag-in-the-count, ace, or cowpie)

This is a bag that lands directly on the cornhole board and remains on the cornhole board at the end of the inning. Each woody earns that player 1 point.

Scoring Terms

1 Penny

One point.

Cornfusion

When the players or teams don’t agree on the scoring of an inning which usually leads to the ref or a third party needing to get involved and settle the dispute.

Skunk (also called a whitewash or shutout)

A game that ends in a score of 21-0 meaning one team or player stopped their opponents from being able to score.

Wash

An inning in which each player or team scored the same number of points is called a wash because cornhole uses cancellation scoring so scoring the same number of points is the same as scoring no points at all.

Click here to check out our list of just the top 7 terms you need to know if you are a complete cornhole newbie.

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