The Yard Games You Need For The Ultimate Summer Party
One of the best aspects of summer is sitting outside, soaking up the sun, and enjoying time with family and friends. Whether this is at the beach, out camping, or right in your own yard, it is a good time. Barbecues, fireworks and yard games are all an integral part of this fun. It seems like each year I am seeing a new yard game. I find myself asking what it is, and then going out and getting one for myself, or making it if that is a cheaper option. So this year, I made a list of the best outdoor games for the summer.
Spikeball has become quite over the past few years. There are even colleges that have added Spikeball as a collegiate sport. This game consists of two teams of two players. There is a round, trampoline style net in the middle. You spike the ball at the net, trying to bounce it out of the reach of the opposing team. When the ball comes to you, your team can hit it 3 times, but the same person cannot hit it twice in a row. Similar to volleyball, the first hit will usually put it in the air, the second will set up the spike and the third goes off the net to the other team. Once you get playing, you realize how fun and challenging this game is.
I first heard of this game a few years back. Since I began playing it, this has become one of my favorites. The objective sounds simple, but it’s harder than it looks. You throw the frisbee toward the opposite can. Your teammate is on the other side and can hit the frisbee at the can. If you put it through the front slot you get 3 points. Hitting the can earns one point and if you put it through the top, you get 2 points. The first team to 21 points wins. For an added challenge, we played it diagonal across an inground pool. If it was falling short, you got a little wet trying to knock it in.
Cornhole has been a back yard favorite for over 10 years now. The object is simple. Toss the bags onto the board opposite of you. One point for landing them on the board and 3 points for getting it in the hole. You alternate shots with the opposing team and the points are tallied after you each throw your four bags. This means you can knock off your own or opponents bags, or knock them into the hole. You can choose to count all the points, or play cancel where if you score 6 and the opponent scores 4, then you get 2 points. This game even has professionals playing on ESPN. Local tournaments are also quite popular, so get a set and start practicing.
This game is said to have been invented around 2,000 years ago, shortly after the invention of horseshoes for horses. This game has evolved much since then. The rules can vary based on how you decide to play. The basics are simple, there are 2 poles in the ground, about 40 feet apart. You throw “horseshoes”, which have been modified for the game, towards the poles in alternation. You can play one on one or two on two. The object is to get the horseshoe to land around the pole, or as close to it as possible. The scoring varies depending on how you choose to play. There are several techniques in how you choose to throw, or pitch, the horseshoe. There are also sets that are made of rubber, or plastic, that are great for kids who want to play but cant throw the heavy ones.
This is a game that is pretty easy to make at home, or you can purchase a set for less than $40. The ladder has 3 rungs, each offering a different amount of points. Rules can vary but it is usually 3 for the top rung, 2 for the middle, and one for the bottom. You throw bolas, which are two balls connected by a string, usually golf balls or something similar. you can play one on one or two on two. Place the two ladders 15 feet apart. The you alternate throwing with the opposing player next to you and try to land your bolas on the rungs. You play to a set score, with scoring depending on how you choose to play. This is the perfect game for tailgating or backyard barbecues. Even better, it can be played by all ages.
Bucketball is very similar to beer pong. Except the buckets aren’t filled with beer, and they are bigger. The balls are a little bit bigger than tennis balls, and the buckets are about a foot tall. they have 2 fill lines, about a third full for sand or two thirds full for water to avoid knocking them over. You can also get racks to hold them in place. These racks float as well, so you can play in the pool, at the lake, or just about anywhere. Most people choose to play the same rules as beer pong, but you can set up your own rules as well. This game is also popular for tailgates, cookouts, and just about any outdoor event.
Remember playing Jenga when you were younger? Or maybe you still play it now. Giant Jenga is the same thing, but on a much larger scale. For this game, you usually start with some kind of box or base. This keeps a level surface for the game, and allows you to play standing up. You set up the tower, and take turns pulling out blocks, and then stacking them back on top. If the tower falls, and you were the last person to touch a block, you lose. There are some rule variations for this game, but one of the most popular is to write rules on the blocks. When you pull a block, you have to do what the rule says. This could be finish your drink, place your block left handed, or just about anything. The possibilities are as big as your imagination.
Do you have other yard games that you love to play? Leave a comment below and let us know. I am always looking for a new game to try.