The Advanced P.E. class is currently playing Cornhole and Horseshoes. They have been learning and playing these games for the duration of the school year, and will be changing units next Monday.

Advanced P.E. is co-taught by Bruce Schmidt and Tom Hudson. It is their first year teaching this class together.

The idea of cornhole and the idea of horseshoes, along with their point scoring system, are very similar. Points are scored by either getting the horseshoe on or close to the ring, and in cornhole getting a beanbag inside the hole on a box.

When the beanbag gets through the hole it is called a cornhole. Cornholes are worth three points each. Just getting a beanbag on the board is worth one point. If the other team scores, you subtract that from your score.

In horseshoes there is a ringer, which scores three points, where the horseshoe completely circles the stake, there is a leaner, where the horseshoe leans on the stake, which are worth 2 points, and 1 point is given to a shoe which is 6 inches or less from the stake.

Players of both games decide what score or number of throws they will go to before the game starts. The first person to the score wins, or the highest score after the decided number of throws wins.

Both of these sports are typically played casually, although there are professional, amateur, and handicapped leagues for horseshoes. You can get a Cornhole or Horseshoe set up for relatively cheap at any sporting store.

“It’s easy, and that’s why it’s a good backyard game,” Bruce Schmidt said, “It’s fun- there’s a lot of comradery between the people you’re throwing with, and it’s just a good, relaxing, fun way to exercise for anyone.”

Horseshoes originated out of a game called quoits, which is very similar. Quoits originated in Greece when the poorer citizens started throwing horseshoes in place of discus, which was too expensive for them to afford. At some point it evolved into the horseshoes that we know today.

Cornhole also evolved from quoits, when Heyliger de Windt sought to recreate quoits into an indoor friendly form. At first it was called Faba Baga, and there were two different sized holes, each of them worth a different number of points. Players also got an extra-large bag which scored double the points.

Cornhole and Horseshoes are now popular sports at tailgating, sporting events, and backyard parties. It is easy to set up and easy to play, so any kid in the advanced P.E. class will be able to teach it to their friends and family.

The next unit the Advanced P.E. class will be doing is volleyball. They will be starting this unit Monday, after they finish their Cornhole and Horseshoes unit. Volleyball is a more competitive sport which takes more athletic ability. There are more competitive opportunities involving volleyball than there are for Cornhole and Horseshoes.