Poolside Games: Bean Bag Toss

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Bean Bag Toss (or Baggo/Cornhole) is one of the simplest activities to put on for guests around your pool, and one of the most accessible games too.

Everyone, from 3 to 103 can throw a bean bag in the general direction of a target and that is what makes this game such an inclusive and light-heartened tournament to run.

How To Run A Tournament




The rules of a Bean Bag Toss Tournament can vary, depending on how many people want to join in and how many rounds you want to do.

I aim for no more than 20 competitors (otherwise people are waiting an extremely long time between rounds) and I allow people to sign up as a pair or individually.

You can buy official Baggo boards online, or you can easily make one out of wood or plastic board.

The official Baggo and Cornhole boards have a hole as the target; if you make your own board, you could paint the target circle on if you don't have access to the appropriate tools.

I run a three-round tournament, with each round becoming slightly more difficult than the round before. I sometimes include a fourth round for the top three/five competitors if I feel like adding a 'Final'.




Round One: Thrower stands about 1.5 metres away from the board. Everyone throws five bean bags. Five points if the bean bag goes in the hole/hits target. One point if bean bag lands elsewhere on the board.

Round Two: Thrower stands about 2.5-3 metres away from the board. Everyone throws five bean bags. Ten points if the bean bag goes in the hole. Five points if the bean bag is in any way touching the hole, but hasn't fallen through. One point if the bean bag lands elsewhere on the board.

Round Three: Thrower stands about 4-5 metres away from the board. Everyone throws five bean bags. Twenty points if the bean bag goes through the hole. 10 points if the bean bag is in any way touching the hole, but hasn't fallen through. Five points if the bean bag lands elsewhere on the board.




Round Four/Final: Top three to five competitors throw three bean bags each. The board is twisted so the competitors are no longer throwing directly lined up with the target. Points remain the same as Round Three.

I like to announce everyone's scores at the end, so everyone knows how many points they got. I then award the first, second and third place competitors a medal, prize and certificate.

Throughout the game, I commentate on the tournament using a microphone, announcing points as they happen, and calling the competitors up for their turn.

This activity can last a good 45 minutes if hosted well and with lots of competitors taking part. Encourage people to grab a nice cold drink from your pool bar and bring it over with them to play!




Keep an eye out for more poolside games and activities over the next few weeks - new activities go live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

The VE 🙂

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