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Top 5 Outdoor Games for a Backyard BBQ

- Brent Doud

A backyard barbeque is one of the simplest ways to have fun; great friends, good food, drinks and of course, entertainment. For the entertainment you have a ton of options but there are five specific outdoor games that will guarantee you and your guests will have a good time; your friends may never want to leave! Bocce Ball, Cornhole, Ladder golf, Rollers, and Washers are all simple, entertaining outdoor games that provide relaxing fun on a beautiful day.

Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball is actually a very old sport which dates back to the Roman Empire but has evolved into its present form in Italy. Bocce ball can be played in many different ways from tournament play to casual play or as some people call it American or Open Bocce Ball. Most people play this casual style of play where the rules are very simple and you don't need any special bocce ball court. You simply toss the small "Jack" or "Pallino" out and then players toss or roll the bocce balls towards the pallino. Points are scored by being the closest to the Pallino. The beauty of Bocce Ball is that it can be played on almost any open surface like grass, dirt and it's very fun on beach sand.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes is a favorite among many outdoor game players and is perfect for a backyard party because depending on how many guests, this game can be played individually or in teams. There are a few rules but the game is relatively simple; toss the horseshoes onto the stake for 3 points, or in the pit closest to the stake for 1 point. Whoever gets to 21 points first is the winner! The only draw back to horseshoes is that you need a horseshoe pit in your backyard. Once you have the horseshoe pit you might just host all the parties all summer long.

Ladder Golf

Ladder Golf is a relatively new game new to the outdoor sports world but has gained much popularity over the last decade. It's unique design and simple rules make it a favorite amongst backyard olypians. Simply spae the game ladders apart and start tossing your bolas. Score 3 points for the top rung, 2 for the missle and 1 point for the bottom run. Ladder Golf is surprisingly easy to play and similar to Cornhole in that it can be played on any surface, but just like in black jack you try to hit 21 exactly, don`t go over 21 or your busted!

Rollors

When you combine Bocce Ball, Horseshoes and Lawn Bowling, you get Rollors! Rollers was invented by a U.S. soldier while he was serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just space the goals apart and start rolling your disks. The disk that that land the closest to the goals are awarded the point value that is facing up. First to 21 is the winner. It's unique design takes some of the most fun elements from other games and combines it into a fun and challenging game that is perfect to play on your fresh cut lawn this summer.

Washers

The Washers Game is like Horseshoes with a twist! You don't need permanet horseshoe pits to play. Just space apart the washer boxes and starting pitching your washers. Land it in the cup for 3 points and get 1 point for landing in the box. It's very portable so you can take it anywhere and is sure to be a hit in backyard BBQ's all over the Country this year. Don't just make your guests sit around and wait for the food to come off the grill. Get them out into the backyard playing some classic outdoor games. Your guests will remember what they did at your backyard barbeque just as much as they will remember what they ate.

Brent is the founder and CEO of Tosso.com. Also the inventor and designer of the Ladder Golf and Hammer Crown collections of games. Brent enjoys working, playing games, mountain biking, swimming and family time.



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