Baggo

Baggo: A Great Family Backyard Game

Baggo is referred to by various names. Some people refer to it as cornhole, bean bag toss or tailgate toss.

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In fact:

  • Cornhole is a very simple game which has been in existence for very many years and whose origin is still unknown.
  • Baggo is an updated version of Cornhole using much more manageable and convenient equipment.
  • Baggo is much more suited to a family situation and for transportation in a smaller vehicle.
  • Rules for both games are essentially the same.

This yard game is considered as an excellent option for younger players. It is played in the open lawn and players take turns pitching the small bean bags onto the board or platform.
Most game boards are decorated to make the game more interesting and fun or to show your support for your favourite team or state.

While it is a fun backyard game, you will see it all over the parking lots at NFL games and at tailgate parties and cookouts.

Baggo Board Dimensions

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How is Baggo Played?

It’s played with two teams of one (singles) or two (doubles) people.

Two boards are used and spaced at least 8 ft (2.4m) apart. The space between the boards is arbitrary for social play and is usually determined by the age of the players.

As a guide, use the following table. The measurements are from the front of each board (foot foul line) to the other.

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For the game to end, a player or a team must attain 21 points.

A bag that falls on the board earns a player 1 point. A player will earn 3 points if the bag goes into the hole on the board.
To start enjoying the game, you need 2 game platforms and 8 bean toss or baggo bags. Some boards come with a built-in scorekeeper and instruction manuals.

Guidelines and Rules Of Play

  • Teams for the competition face each other from the opposing board.
  • Four bags are allowed per player.
  • Throws are alternated until all of the eight bags from one team are thrown.(doubles).
  • Scores for the round are calculated and everything cleared.
  • Once a round is complete, the last team to score tosses first in the next round.
  • Re toss if any type of interference happens.
  • Foot fouls are to be called if the played has any portion of their foot over the foot foul line.
  • The winning team has the choice of starting ends for the next game.

Competition etiquette requires players to respect each other.
Players should not talk or obstruct an opponent while the opponent is the process of tossing.

In a tournament play or game, only the referee can retrieve the bags when the round or game is completed.
In a social game or play, only one player should retrieve the bags.

The Set-Up or Location

  • The game can be played outdoors or indoors as long as the location has a flat surface.
  • The playing area should be about 10 feet by 30 feet while the minimum overhead clearance should be approximately
    8 feet.

The Stance

While tossing the bean bag, the player can opt to stand astride or with feet together alongside the board. However, the player’s toes should not go beyond the Foot Foul Line or front edge of board while tossing the bag.

The Toss

Just like bowling, golf and horseshoes, a players should concentrate and follow through with the tossing motion for increased accuracy and consistency. To help achieve this:

  • Keep your eyes on the target
  • Keep your wrist straight, but not too stiff.
  • Arms should be aligned with the target. The perfect arc is about 8-9 feet. An approach angle of 45 degrees is recommended.

If it is windy, use lower trajectories. Lower trajectories are also preferable when attempting to push other bags into the hole.

The Hold

A player can hold or fold the game bags in whichever way is most comfortable. Some of the most common folds/holds used in major events have been given their own names:

Chicago Fold: It involves holding the bag’s corner part and letting the filling/particulate to drop to the bottom of the bag. The bag is then folded in half.
Sacramento Fling: Hold the bag at the corner between two fingers and
pitch it underhand.
Frisco Fling: Grasp the baggo bag at the middle and let the filling
drop to the bottom of the bag. After the filling has dropped to the bottom, the toss is made underhand while maintaining the top of the hand upright.
The Wad: A simple one. Just gather the bag and pitch it.
Paducah Pancake: Smooth the bean toss container before tossing it underhand. A related style is the half Paducah pancake in which the bag is first smoothed, then folded in half.

Common Lingo Used in The Game

Ace – A toss that earns 1 point or a bag which has landed on the playing board.
“Baggo”- A bag that gets into the hole and earns 3 points.
Blocker – A baggo game bag positioned in front of the hole to prevent
other bags from sliding in.
Back Door – A bag that goes over the blocker and gets into the hole to
earn 3 points.
The Wad: A simple one. Just gather the bag and pitch it.
Paducah Pancake: Smooth the bean toss container before tossing it underhand. A related style is the half Paducah pancake in which the bag is first smoothed, then folded in half.

Common Terminology Used in The Game

Ace – A toss that earns 1 point or a bag which has landed on the playing board.
Baggo – A bag that gets into the hole and earns 3 points
Blocker – A baggo game bag positioned in front of the hole to prevent
other bags from sliding in
Back Door – A bag that goes over the blocker and gets into the hole to
earn 3 points.
Hanger – A tossed bag that hangs at the edge of the hole.
Foot Foul – Toes going past the Foot Foul Line or the edge of the playing
board.
Grounder – A bag that falls on the ground and does not earn any points.
No Blood – A round/game that is scoreless
Shooter – The player currently tossing.
Skunk or Zip Game – A game where a player or team beats its opponents 11-0.
Slam- Where a player earns 12 points in one round by tossing all their bags into the hole.

Tips on Care and Cleaning of Baggo Sets

  • Put baggo bags in the pockets located at the side of the board.
  • Do not overexpose the board to sunlight or heat.
  • Use a warm and wet piece of cloth to wipe the board.
  • Always hand-wash the bags and air-dry them.
  • Use a paper towel sprayed with a mild glass cleaner to remove the screen from the board. Never use water
    or the spray cleaner directly.

Nowadays, the young generation has a wide variety of games and past time activities to engage in. However, they should consider baggo as an excellent and interesting alternative because it can played by all family members in the backyard.
Moreover, it’s a great family backyard game because it is cheap, easy to learn, occupies little space and does not require special skills.