Professional Cornhole Is a Sport. 

Grant Button

Seriously.

Professional cornhole is an actual sport. It seems hard to believe, but in the span of one season (7 weeks), professional players can make up to $25,000. That’s not even including the $5,000 in sponsorships they may receive. Some of these sponsorships include a jerky company, peanuts, and a cornhole type game but with dice instead of beanbags. The American Cornhole Association manages league events and has an online website featuring $30 beanbag sets and nearly $200 cornhole boards. Now these events may seem like a joke (and to some extent I agree) but the competitors are good; like really good.  I first found the game when scrolling through channels with nothing else to watch and stopped at the cornhole game just simply out of curiosity for what the heck it could be. After watching a few matches, the loser generally misses the hole only once or twice, meaning the other person was near perfect at getting it in the hole every time. They have a decent sized and nice looking arena of sorts where around 10-20 spectators watch. The competitors take it really seriously and rarely crack a smile which seems impossible to do. However, the competitors are very engaged, each having their own unique routine in terms of how they throw the bean bag and their style leading up to the throw. There is also some strategy involved. For instance, if they did not land their first bean bag in the hole, they strategically curved the next bean bag in the air to try and get the previous bean bag into the hole. In addition to a slightly interesting game, the American Cornhole Association does a very good job displaying the event on TV from many different camera angles, including a camera above showing where the bean bags land (which is very helpful). They have the competitors’ names and scores in the bottom right hand corner, which are continually updated. 

Overall, would I go back and watch these matches again? Probably not. However, I am glad that I managed to stumble upon this odd and laugh worthy game to see how seriously some individuals take the game and also how shockingly well organized the events seem to be. Are you now interested and want to check out a few events for yourself? Well lucky for you the good old American Cornhole Association has their very own youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1GiLSy47kTj1nzgA-c5UyQ

Works Cited

American Cornhole Association | Original Governing Body of Cornhole, https://www.playcornhole.org/. Accessed 5 December 2021.

“How much do professional cornhole players make? – CornholeAce.” CornholeAce, 28 November 2019, https://cornholeace.com/blog/general-cornhole/how-much-do-professional-cornhole-players-make/. Accessed 5 December 2021.

“Sponsors – American Cornhole.” American Cornhole Organization, https://americancornhole.com/sponsors/. Accessed 5 December 2021.