Do you like Cornhole and Beer Pong, then check out the new game Pong-O

Pong-O is a new game based on beer pong and cornhole that is featured on Kickstarter.com. The game is social, fun and competitive. “The objective and strategy of the game has been evolving over the last two years. It is finally at a point where we are ready to share it with the world” says Mark, “and Kickstarter.com is the perfect venue”. Different from beer pong, Pong-O does not need to involve alcohol. Points are scored rather than drinking. In this way it is also similar to the popular bag toss game a.k.a. cornhole.

Pong-O.com is the greatest beer pong site

If you would like to learn more, check it out on Kickstarter.com or check out the video below.


Pong-O video

Showing off The Goods March Madness Style!!!

This years NCAA March Madness has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. But no matter if you bracket is busted or not, everyone will still be there tailgating away. Check out some of the custom boards that bagtoss.com has designed in the past and current to represent some of the schools that were and are in the tournament this year.

All I have to say is LET’S GO OSU. (I have them winning it all in my bracket)

 

 

 

Vinyl Graphic Repair for Bag Toss Cornhole Boards and More

Here is a handy video that demonstrates how to easily repair minor vinyl graphic can occur on signs and graphics on bag toss boards or beer pong tables. If you are like most cornhole players, you take your boards everywhere you go. This causes significant wear and tear as you pull them in and out of storage and to different events like BBQ parties and tailgating at football games. Common types of damage are edge delamination, splintering, logo graphic peeling and vinyl strip lifting. This video shows you how to quickly take care of the most common repairs.




New Long Bag Toss Record – 106ft by Aaron Burris

On October 30, 2010, Aaron Burris of Terre Haute, Indiana made history by throwing the first ever 106ft bag toss cornhole three pointer in only 54 attempts! It was quite the shot considering the scatter of his previous shots. It looked as if it would take several more then bam, right in the hole. Nice work Aaron. It will be exciting to see who can 1 up this record. Mark, time to start loosening up that arm. This record will be tracked and stored by Ultimate Long Toss (ULT) association.

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The 100ft Long Toss Barrier Has Been Broken

On September 6, 2010, Mark Pryor of San Diego, CA made history by throwing the first ever 100ft bag toss cornhole three pointer. Afterwards, Mark had this to say: “Arm was a bit sore that day and I really didn’t think i was going to hit it. I was really just testing my set up with the two cameras. I had about 130 tosses at 100ft before I hit it. Definitely some luck involved but I practiced for a few days at 70 and 80ft. One day I hit 3 at 70ft in about 300 tosses. I figured it would take 300+ to hit 100ft. So 100ft is now the benchmark. We’ll see how long it lasts”. This record will be tracked and stored by Ultimate Long Toss (ULT) association.

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Highlights from Bristol – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

If you have never been to a NASCAR race you are missing out. We just got back from our trip to Bristol Motor Speedway where we saw over 40 teams battle it out IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series. There were about 160,000 people in the stadium surrounding a relatively small ½ mile oval track. The stands were steep which seems to amplify the noise that these cars produce. Crazy loud. Ear plugs are a must if you want your ear drums intact. The video below show some highlights of the race. Turn up the volume!

For those of you who think that NASCAR racing is just a bunch of cars going around a track taking one big left turn, you’re right. They went around 500 times. Dizzying at times. But, if you are a competitor, you realize there is a ton of strategy, skills, guts and luck involved. You throw in the shear power of these cars, drama from previous races and the possibility of a huge wreck, well, it makes for one hell of an experience. The scene around Bristol Motor Speedway was something else. I have never seen so many RV’s in one place. And there was a party at about every one of them. We ventured out to other campsites and there were bag toss sets at about every other one. We played in a tournament with about 20 other nearby campers and had a great time. Everyone there were super friendly and slightly buzzed. Bag Toss and NASCAR clearly go well together. Kind of like a cold beer and a bratwurst. I think I’ll go grill up a brat, crack a cold one, and throw down some bags right now. cheers!

Click here for the race results.

 Bristol Motor Speedway IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series

Bristol Motor Speedway IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series

The 5pt Slot

The 5pt slot is becoming very popular and is now starting to gain traction in cornhole leagues such as the up and coming American Tailgating League (ATL). For those of you who are not familiar with it yet, it is a rectangular slot located just above the 3 point hole and is worth 5 points. So why change a good thing? It adds an extra element to the game that is not there otherwise. When you knock down a 3pt shot, it’s no big deal because it is easy to do. When you hit the slot however, it is a whole different feeling. You get excited and people watching it get excited. It is similar to an airmail shot times 5.

The sanctioned boards for the ATL are BT2 boards from BagToss.com with a 5 point slot.

ATL Sanctioned Boards from BagToss.com BT2 with 5pt Slot

Pointing on these boards is 1-3-5. 1 point for getting a bag on the deck, 3pts for getting it in the hole, and 5pts for going slot. Cool. It makes sense, the slot is worth more, but not so much to drastically change the original game. The slot was sized so that a bag can jam it (cover it) to prevent other bags from entering.

The frequency of the 5 pointer is about:
Rookies: 1 in 40 bags thrown
Semi-Pros: 1 in 15 bags thrown
Pros: 1 in 5 bags thrown

Dropping the 5 spot is somewhat luck. You are generally not aiming for the slot unless you need to or you are really good. Pros will be focused on hitting the deck about 6-18 inches in front of the hole so that it slides in. But sometimes you are put in situations where you need a 5 pointer, and it is fun to go for it. I still think of the time when I had this opponent on the opposite side trying to distract me. I told him I play better under pressure but he kept going. I called my shot and swished a 5 pointer. The look on his face was priceless. Sometimes you have bags blocking the hole and you need to go over them. Trying to hit the hole with a direct shot can lead to a slot shot. That feels pretty good.

Anyways, if you are a diehard cornholer and play only the classic version, that’s cool, I love the classic version too. But if you want to try something a bit different you won’t be disappointed. My preference is Bag Toss 2 Tailgate Size (BT2-TG). It’s a fun game, give it a try.

Tossing Tip by Mark Pryor

There are several key elements to perfecting the cornhole toss. What separate the pros from causal players are the mechanics of the toss and the repeatability of those mechanics. Check out our video showing our preferred technique:

Most pros use a spin toss. Adding spin to the bag stabilizes it like a gyro. A spinning bag is more controllable and less likely to move around or “knuckle ball” in windy conditions. When we teach players how to throw the spin toss, it generally takes about 2-3 rounds to start hitting the board. After that, about 80% of those players never go back to their old style. Some players just can’t get the hang of it or feel pressured and want to go back to what they feel comfortable with. Our recommendation is to keep practicing until you get it.
Grip the bag with four fingers under the bag and the thumb on the top in the center. A good starting stance is with both feet together. Knees should be slightly bent and your body should have a slight lean over your throwing arm to allow your arm to swing straight without hitting your leg. Start by stepping forward towards the foul line with the foot opposite of your throwing arm. As you step forward, your arm swings backward. As your weight transfers to your forward foot, your arm will swing past your hip. Release the bag above your waistline and allow your arm and hand to finish at head level. As your arm swings, your wrist should rotate only slightly. Bag spin should really be achieved by your fingers at the top of the release. As the bag leaves your hand, your index and middle fingers stay contact to the bag a little longer generating spin. This is the finesse part that takes a lot of practice to master.
The flight of the bag should be an arc around 5ft-10ft. Any higher and you lose accuracy and you risk bouncing the bag off the board. Any lower and you risk sliding off the end. After you start getting the hang of the toss, your focus should remain on your target and not on the flight of the bag.
To minimize bounce, the bags should land at a slight angle and not flat. This will deaden the impact and the bags will stick much better. As you master this technique, you can spin the bags in a variety of orientations.

JUST HOW GOOD ARE THE PROS

Every wonder how good these “pros” are?   I assumed that they were not much better than me.  After all, I won all the local events in San Diego.  Not just won, but dominated.  I guess you could say that I thought I was a pro.  So, I wanted to go to Las Vegas and compete in the ACO King of Cornhole competition to find out exactly where my skill level was at against the pros.  Lets just say that I was in for a bit of a surprise.

About a year ago I started working for a company called Vorticy Sports, Inc. located in San Diego, CA.  They manufacture high quality Cornhole products under the name BagToss.com.  I met the owner, Mark Pryor, playing softball.  He introduced me to this game while tailgating prior to a football game. He taught me that nothing goes better with a beer and BBQ than Bag Toss.  When I started playing with him he would kick my butt every game.  At first I shrugged it off like I didn’t care, but that quickly changed. The game was like a drug.  I was hooked and wanted to get better.  I started practicing every chance I could.  I used to pitch in baseball and my training from that sport, where technique is everything, helped me to find a natural bag toss swing.  In a few months I was beating Pryor.  I won every event we had in 2009.  My game was really good; so I thought. 

Pryor invited me to attend the 2009 King of Cornhole event held at The Orleans Casino in Las Vegas.  A few weeks leading up to the event we trained everyday for a few hours.  We would compete against each other honing our skills to a new level.  We got to a point where two in the hole was minimum, three in the hole was good and all four in was where we wanted to be.  On average I think we were at 2.5 bags out of four in the hole.  We felt like we were locked in and at the very least we would be tough competition for the pros.   

Dave Wasserman in 1st round of the 2009 KOC Tournament

Dave Wasserman in 1st round of the 2009 KOC Tournament

There were some unknowns going into this competition.  The biggest unknown was the tournament bags.  We had been playing with 400g 10oz duck cloth.  These bags had a great feel, very predictable, nice slide and easy to toss.  We tried to get our hands on the tournament bags but the ACO were out of stock.  We knew this would be a learning curve and we only had two days to practice with the bags prior to the main event. We arrived in Vegas on Thursday and the main event was on Saturday.  We immediately headed over to the event site to get our hands on the bags and see how they feel.  All day Thursday we practiced on the old style ACO tournament bags.  These bags were apparently a little bit smaller and lighter than the new ACO tournament bags.  They had a suede side which was very slow on the boards and synthetic fiber side where was very fast.  This was kind of an uh-oh moment for us.  We were scrambling in our head trying to figure out which side to devote our game to. Certainly there would be times when both sides would come in handy, but which side is the “go to” side.  You know, the one that you start with and the one you feel most comfortable shooting.  The fast side was challenging because the bags would shoot of the back side if you didn’t hole it or put enough arc under it.  But it was great because it would find the hole if you got it close. It would just slip in.  The bag would almost start to slide on its own while on the board.  That’s how slick it was.  The suede side was super grippy.  You had to fire the bag low and hard to get it to slide in the hole.  This was certainly the side if you wanted to put up a blocker or you needed to go airmail and wanted to minimize the chance of going off the back side.  We spent Thursday and Friday watching and learning, but it wasn’t clear cut. For instance, Matt Guy and his son Brent were shooting low and hard with the suede side.   While several others seemed to prefer the slick side like Steve Vanderver.  I preferred shooting mostly with the sticky side while Pryor was favoring the slick side.  We got to a point where we felt pretty good about our game.  We were practicing with other players and we were holding our own.  But what about the pros?

Well, it soon became clear that the pros where just that, pros.   They were playing at a whole other level.  Maybe even two levels.  When they practice against each other, they only count airmails as points (only allowed to touch the rim of the hole).  And they were hitting these just as well as if they slid them in from the deck.  Where we were stoked with our average 2.5 bags out of 4, they were disappointed with 3.5.   These guys had skills and we knew then that we were easy pickens.   Needless to say, we didn’t make it past the first round in a field of 64 players.  Well, actually Pryor made it to the 2nd round only because his first opponent didn’t show.  But in round 2, Pryor went down swiftly.

We had the pleasure of becoming fans at that point and watching some of the best matches we ever witnessed.  The best match of the tournament was played by 2nd seed Steve Vanderver (Ohio) and 18th seed Dave Sutton (Illinois) in the 3rd round.  Watching these guys play was just absolutely amazing. Their best of three match lasted just a bit over two hours.  It was a battle that seemed like every time one would score the other would match it in unbelievable fashion.  After the first 2 games, it was all tied up at one a piece.  The tie breaker was a back and forth battle.  Both were hitting shot after shot not making a mistake.  Sutton was strategically locating blocker bags in front of the hole and Steve with super human skills would fly the bag over Suttons for consecutive airmails.  This drama packed match was exhausting for the fans and it was hard to imagine what how the players felt.   Vanderver came through in probably my most memorable round of the tournament. The game was tied at 20-20 when Sutton and Vanderver both sunk their first 2 bags.  Sutton set a solid blocker.  Vanderver attempted an airmail but missed long over the board.  At this point, all Sutton had to do was to sink his last bag and the match was his.  Sutton took his shot and the bag landed just left of the hole.  The score on the board was now 8-6 Sutton.  Steve must hit an airmail to win the game.  A bag on the board and Sutton wins.   At this point there were about 300 people in the room holding their breath.  Vanderver calmly locates his target.  You know what he needs to do.  He needs an airmail.  He lets it fly, and in remarkable fashion, Vanderver the number 2 seed in the country, drains it!  The crowd erupted in awe.  Sutton, still buzzing by a near victory, looks around in slight disbelief.  Fans quickly rallied around the two players proclaiming this game as one of the best they had witnessed.  Truly a remarkable display of skill and mental endurance.  A battle of epic proportions.  Seriously, ESPN missed out on a great sporting moment.  They are dropping the ball by not giving press to a game that is nationally accepted as the best tailgating game ever.  They will soon learn.    

Matt Guy vs Steve Vanderver in the 2009 King of Cornhole Championship

Matt Guy vs Steve Vanderver in the 2009 King of Cornhole Championship

The Championship match was between 1st seed Matt Guy (Kentucky) and 2nd seed Steve Vanderver (Ohio).  It was definitely a match that had been anticipated throughout the tournament.  Matt Guy was unstoppable throughout the tournament and lost only one game leading up to the championship. Steve fought some amazing battles from the 3rd round all the way to the championship, and in a way seemed destined to steal the title from 3 peat Matt Guy.  Matt came out firing and took the first game with authority.  In second game, Matt was beat by an incredibly sharp Vanderver.   In game three, Matt would start by scoring 6 points which seemed to shake Steve a little.  Steve then closed the gap to tie it at 7.   Matt locked on and hit about 16 of 16 bags and all though Steve kept up the score, Matt was on fire.  Soon the score was Matt 17 and Steve 10. Matt hit 4 bags in the last round to Steve’s 2 bags in the hole and 2 on the board.  Matt wins the 2009 King of Cornhole National Championship. His 4th consecutive title!

Matt Guy and Steve Vanderver Battling in game 3.

Matt Guy and Steve Vanderver Battling in game 3.

Although we felt disappointed with our first national tournament showing, we were really pleased with the event.  We got to meet a lot of new people who love the sport just as much and maybe even more than we did.  The best part about the event was that everyone, even the pros, had a real down-to-earth attitude.  Games carried on in a friendly way.  The only time anyone got upset is when they missed a shot they thought they should have hit.  It was a valuable experience to play against the pros.  To be a pro you need to work really hard at accuracy and consistency.  The airmail shot is important to have.  I plan on working hard to bring my game to the next level.  With enough work and determination, I too will become a pro.

by David Wasserman
BagToss.com

Bag Toss vs. Cornhole

Girls playing bag toss cornhole in san diego

Playing Bag Toss

This is the sport of many names.  The list is actually quite long and it includes: Corn Toss, Bean Bag, Bean Toss, Soft Horseshoes, Indiana Horseshoes, Bag Toss and Cornhole.  Perhaps the two most popular names are Bag Toss and Cornhole, thus the name of this site BagTossCornhole.com.

So where did this sport come from?  It has been said that the game originated in Germany in the 14th century, and then was rediscovered in the hills of Kentucky over 100 years ago. Bag Toss Cornhole is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boards and bags filled with corn, beans or plastic pellets instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Players take turns pitching their bags at the board until a player reaches the score of 21 points. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the deck scores 1 point.  Scoring can be swift and the lead may change hands several times in a match before the winner is decided. The game is generally played tournament style with an individual or team being named the champion at the end of the tournament. Cornhole makes a great tailgating or outdoor family game. Why play Bag Toss Cornhole?  The biggest reasons to play Bag Toss instead of horseshoes or other similar games is that Cornhole can be played anywhere and everyone can play Cornhole. If you can aim and toss a corn bag 30 feet, you can master the game of Cornhole – It’s great for family outings. Cornhole can be played anywhere – driveways, parks, backyard, campgrounds, beaches and even in-doors. Safe for everyone – no metal or pointed objects. Corn bags are made of extra soft 12 oz. duck canvas material and filled with pliable high quality feed corn or plastic pellets. No muss; no fuss. Two cornhole platforms and 8 corn bags and you’re ready to play the game. Very portable. Can be taken anywhere. Fits in most car trunks and there are fold-down models that are even more portable.  Horseshoes require a sand pit and are hard for the kids to pitch, lawn darts require a lawn and hasn’t been seen since the 70’s, ring toss was made for children and bean bags are for wimps; Cornhole is the game for everyone! It’s great fun for the whole family.