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The Pioneer is the home to BEAN BAGS!

What is BEAN BAGS? BEAN BAGS, also know as CORNHOLE is one of the fastest growing games sweeping across America. Many cities claim they started it all, but no one really knows where it all started! This game is currently one of the hottest games around. This is an addictive game you will not want to stop playing once you start.

BEAN BAG boxes have a surface area of 2-feet by 4-feet, and they gradually slope upward so the rear is several inches taller than the front. A grapefruit-sized opening is situated close to the back. The goal is to toss one pound 6-inch square beanbags - filled with beans, peas or corn kernels - toward the hole at a distance of thirty feet.

Teams of two compete with four beanbags per person and two total boards; first team to 11 points wins. A hole-in-one counts as three points, and every other beanbag that lands on the board counts as one point. Players can cancel opponents' point values by earning the same amount of points in a single turn.

Once you play, you'll see that it's very addictive, easy and fun.

The Pioneer has 4 person Bean Bag Leagues week nights May through September. The Bean Bags courts are available 7 days/nights a week for practice or just for fun. If you only have two players, that's ok, we can find you two more to make up your team. Leagues for two person teams may also soon be starting!

Numerous tournaments are also held during the summer!

Pioneer Bean Bag Rules

The game of bean bags is a soft bag toss onto an inclined wooden board that is very similar to the game of horseshoes. When comparing this variation of bean bags to horseshoes, bean bags require less skill to be able play, much more skill to master, and involves a great deal more strategy than the game of horseshoes.

It is usually played outdoors on a cement patio area. Equipment consists of two wooden bean bag boards and two sets of four bean bags. Teams consist of one or two players. The object of the game is to throw the bean bag onto the bean bag board and into the hole in the center of the board. The court and placement of the players is similar to the game of horseshoes. Player A of team A throws one bag first (careful not to step past the front of the board) followed by player A of Team B, etc., alternating throws until all four bags have been thrown. After the points are scored the bags are then thrown back to the opposite board in the same manner. The game is won when a team obtains an exact score of eleven. Points are given as follows: three points for each bag in the hole and one point for each bag on the board (the bag must stay on the board when the board is lifted to be counted as a point) Opponents cancel out each others score so only one team scores on each set of throws. Example: Team A scores 5 points and Team B scores 3 points, then only Team A obtains points for this set of throws which would be 2 points. The team who last scored points must always throw first. No consideration is given for being close to the hole, the bag is either on the board, off the board or in the center hole. As previously mentioned, to win you must be the first team to obtain exactly eleven. If you go over eleven you are penalized by subtracting the amount you went over eleven from your score at the beginning of the volley. Example: You are on a score of 10 and obtain 3 additional points on the volley. Ten plus 3 is 13, or 2 over 11, so you subtract 2 from the score you began with which was 10. Ten minus 2 is eight. Eight is now your score. Each team must always throw all four bags before counting the score, even if they are thrown off the board. Having to obtain exactly eleven and being penalized for going over is where the strategy comes into play.

Equipment consists of two bean bag boards with a top surface measuring two feet wide by four feet long (12 inches high on the back end thus forming an incline) with a 6 inch diameter hole in the middle of the board’s surface with the center of the whole twelve inches from the end. The bean bags must weigh exactly one pound and measure 6 inches by 6 inches. The boards are placed exactly 30 feet apart from center of hole to center of hole. The bags may be covered with any material you desire. (Please be aware that different material has different degrees of slipperiness when thrown onto bean bag boards under different weather conditions.

Bean bag games are usually considered to be a child’s game. This is not! This is a very competitive game that requires skill and strategy to master. Yes, the game can be played by anyone; children, elderly, physically challenged, etc., at any age or skill level. That is the wonderful part of this game, it is fun for all, yet extremely safe! It takes only a few minutes to learn but years to master! The Pioneer offers players a chance to play on Bean Bag Leagues four nights a week, hosts Bean Bag tournaments, and offers four Bean Bag courts for you to practice on at any time they are not busy. Bean Bag season starts in May and usually ends about the end of September.

Note: You cannot play any time the playing surface is damp as it will moisten the bags thus causing the beans inside the bags to swell and expand which will ruin the bags.

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