Pacific University students, faculty and staff can now play the game of cornhole every Tuesday during their lunch or break times.

Cornhole, also known as beanbag, bean toss and or soft horseshoes, is played by tossing soft beanbags into and onto boxes known as cornhole platforms.

The game is similar to horseshoes, and concludes when a player reaches 21 points. When a bag is thrown and it goes through the hole on the platform, it is worth three points, and when a bag lands on the platform, without going through the hole, it is worth one point.

No one knows where the game of cornhole originated from; some believe it originated many years ago in Germany, some say it started right here in the United States. Regardless, it has been a party game for many years.

“It’s my latest binge,” faculty member Peter Morgan said, who helped to start the weekly cornhole challenge games. “I thought the best way to get people to come out and play with me was to start running a league.”

“You can interact with coworkers and or students in a fun and new way,” Angela Moberg said, the Director of Intramurals and Recreational Sports.

People who are interested can come play cornhole just for fun, alone or with some friends, and for those who are competitive, there is a leaderboard. As the league continues to grow and as participation rises, prizes will eventually be up for grabs.

“The American Cornhole League does some state championships and then they have a big national championship tournament that they do,” Morgan said.

For the last three years, Pacific has hosted the Oregon state ACL championship tournament. If the ACL sees enough interest in cornhole at Pacific, they may hold the tournament on campus again, which students could possibly participate in.

Even if you have never played cornhole before, everyone is encouraged to join.

“It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to play,” said Morgan.

According to Morgan, the organizers of the cornhole league are more than happy to teach the ways of cornhole to anyone that may not completely understand how it works.

The weekly cornhole event will be held every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Games are commonly held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Center, and if the weather permits, the cornhole games will be played on the UC Patio.

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