Here are some of my favorite yard games to play outside before club starts, especially during spring-time weather.
Fun and simple. All you need is a tarp and a football. Cut out shapes in the tarp and label each shape with a different a point value depending on size.
If you’ve been to a tailgate party over the past few years, you’ve surely already had the sheer joy of tossing a corn-filled bean bag through a hole in a wooden board 45ft away. If not, trust me, you’re life is incomplete. If you don’t own a set of cornhole boards, you should. But if not, odds are that a friend of YL in the area does, so Tweet it out and borrow a set. Heavier boards are way more fun than the $30 plastic set at Walmart, but it would be fun to build your own custom YL set. Could be a great Campaigners project! I’d recommend purchasing well constructed bean bags instead of making your own.
Fricket (“Frisbee Cricket” or “Flimsee” or “Cups”)
This is a cheap, fun, and unique game that any skill level can play. It basically involves throwing a frisbee between two 5 ft poles with plastic cups on top of each pole. You score points in a variety of ways by either avoiding the cups or by knocking them off. You can get the rules at the “official Fricket website.” I went to Home Depot and bought skinny pvc pipe and made my own poles, but they don’t stick in the ground very easily. Here is a set you can buy for $20 on Amazon. Ski poles actually work, but you want a flimsy pole (thus its sometimes referred to by the name “Flimsee”.) Here’s a random video of some folks playing.
You swing a rope with a ball on each end and try to get it hung on a “ladder.” Its easy to play for any skill level, cheap, and easily portable.
I like this game for its old school simplicity. You just need 2 old large cans (coffee or Costco green beans) and a few washers from the hardware store. Not as fun as cornhole, but the same principle and its cheaper.