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SLOAN COLUMN: Cornhole tips: Toss like a boss

on Monday, 15 August 2022. Posted in Columns, Local News

SLOAN COLUMN: Cornhole tips: Toss like a boss

Calling all cornholers! Make plans now to take part in the CARE House of the Pee Dee’s “Toss N’ Taste” on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Southern Hops Brewing Co. in Florence. The event will include a pair of competitions. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants can toss some bags while tossing back a few cool brews during a cornhole tournament. They can also throw down on some serious chili during a chili cook-off In addition to the double-elimination tournament and cook-off, there will be children’s activities (including inflatables and face painting), a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. It won’t cost you one red cent to attend the event, so no excuses. Early registration for the cornhole tournament is $50 ($60 day of event). The chili cook-off has a $20 entry fee ($30 for late registrants). To taste the chili you’ll need to fork over $10 for a wristband. You can bet you’ll get your money’s worth. While all the fun, games and food is great, the most important thing is the proceeds go to a great cause. The CARE House is a non-profit that helps children who have been abused. It began in 2005 when law enforcement identified a need for a more effective and efficient facility to provide forensic services to victims of maltreatment. The CARE House opened its doors in 2006 and has been caring for children ever since. Last year it provided services for 729 children from the Pee Dee region. For those wanting more information, to purchase tickets or possibly become a sponsor, visit www.thecarehouse.com/toss-n-taste. Now here’s a real good question: When and how did the simple children’s game of beanbag toss transition into cornhole? Could it be when a bunch of grown-ups, most of whom surely had one hand occupied with an adult beverage, were bored and decided to give it a go? I suspect it was probably about 10 to 15 years ago when the game began its rapid ascent to its current popularity. It’s gone from a children’s schoolyard game to an adult backyard party favorite to – get this – a professional sport. Yes, there is an American Cornhole League and a Professional Cornhole Tour. I was a pretty mean beanbag tosser back in the day, and in the day I mean third grade, but my skills have severely deteriorated over the last few decades. With this in mind I decided to visit www.cornholeofficial. com to see if I could find a little something to improve my game. It was there that I found these four can’t miss tips to toss like a boss: Tip No. 1 - The Prep. The way you hold your cornhole bag affects the trajectory of the toss. You want to make sure that your bag is evenly placed in your hand with the weight equally distributed. Many pros suggest holding the bag between your thumb and forefinger. Tip No. 2 - The Aim. It’s best to aim for the exact center of the board. Most people go wrong by aiming straight for the hole. They forget that the bags slide and end up missing. If you aim for the middle you are more likely to land on the board and slide into the hole. Tip No. 3 - Toss & Release. While the aim is all about the planning, the toss is where the prep and aim come together for the action. The key to a perfect toss is the arc. Don’t release too soon. Don’t release too late. Lastly, remember to follow through. Tip No. 4 - The Victory Dance. By far, the most important aspect of your cornhole technique is the … victory dance. When everything comes together in one beautiful fluid motion to get a cornhole, you must celebrate with the perfect victory dance. Top it all off with a shimmy, a cartwheel, a robot dance, or various flailing limbs. And, of course, you can’t become king of the cornholers without speaking the lingo. Here’s some slang I found on www.ajcornhole. com: Cornament - A cornhole tournament. How to Holy Moly Triple Cornholy - Three cornholes in a row. Cornstar - An extremely confident cornhole player. Cornholed - When a stray bag hits you. Skunked - Finishing the game with zero points. Shucked - What you are if you are losing or lost the game. The Great Cornholio - Four cornholes in a turn. (This can also be known as a Gusher, Jumanji, Double Deuce, Catorce, Cornzilla, Four Bagger, 12-pack, Golden Sombrero, or Galbraith). “Get that corn out of my face!” - What you say when you stop your opponent from scoring. Cornfusion - Disagreement about scoring and points. Corn on the cob/Leprechaun/Four-leaf clover - When all four bags land on the board. Sally - A weak toss (Also known as Candy Corn, Short Toss, Suzy, Mary, Corn Patty, and Weak Sauce). Nothing But Hole/ Airmail - A bag straight in the hole that doesn’t ever touch the board Cornholer - One who plays cornhole fanatically. Cornado - A player that has the highest points and is on a roll. Dirt Bag -A bag on or touching the ground (and anyone who cheats in cornhole). Don’t forget - “Toss N’ Taste” on Saturday Oct. 1 at Southern Hops Brewing Co. to benefit the CARE House of the Pee. See you there. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@florencenews journal.com.

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