Published on October 23rd, 2011 | by Spencer
Cornhole: Motivational Tool?
It looks like the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs have turned the humble game of cornhole into a team-building practice activity.
According to a story in The Washington Post, Chiefs coach Todd Haley needed a way to get his players to relax–after getting outscored 89-10 in their first two outings, he was beginning to think outside the box. And that’s where cornhole comes in. Haley had a set of boards brought to the locker room, and since then the Chief have won two straight games. One of these wins was a road game against Indianapolis–a struggling, Peyton-Manning-less Indy, true, but a road win is still a road win.
For this cornhole junkie, it comes as no surprise that the game has a positive effect on mood and performance. Think about it: Is it possible to be uptight when you’re tossing bags? There’s something about the gentle swing of the arm, the arc of the bag through the air, and the oh-so-satisfying thud of the bag landing on wood that has a way of calming the nerves.
Chiefs players talk about the friendly competition and rivalry that cornhole has sparked off the field. Kicker Ryan Succop and long snapper Thomas Gafford are pegged by teammates as the elite players, and everyone is gunning for them. For now, it seems that the off-field competitive spirit has made its way on the field in the form of better Sunday performances. At less than midway through the season, only time will tell if the morale boost of cornhole matches will sustain these Chiefs.