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Summer is the perfect time for backyard games, and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than by hosting a backyard game tournament? Whether you’re planning a family reunion, a neighbourhood block party, or just a fun get-together with friends, a backyard game tournament is a great way to bring everyone together for some friendly competition and outdoor fun. Here’s how to plan a backyard game tournament that everyone will love.


Choose Your Games

The first step in planning a backyard games tournament is to choose your games. There are plenty of options to choose from, and you should select games that are easy to set up, fun to play, and suitable for all ages and skill levels. Some popular backyard games include cornhole, ladder golf, horseshoes, bocce ball, and frisbee. You can also consider adding some more unique options like portable disc golf, Spikeball Pro set, Cliff Hanger, and Laddergolf-single to keep things interesting.

At Outdoor Games n Sports, we have a wide selection of backyard games that are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Here are some of our current favourites. 

Portable Disc Golf

A fun yet challenging game, the Franklin Sports’ Portable Disc Golf Set is easy to learn but still challenging and fun to play. This kid’s set comes with everything you need to enjoy a game. It includes an umbrella-style disc golf target and three golf discs. Disc golf can be set up and taken down in minutes, making it perfect for the backyard, the beach, the park, and more. 


Spikeball Pro Set

If you’re looking for an exciting new addition to your backyard games collection? Look no further than the Spikeball Pro Set! This set includes everything you need for a thrilling game of Spikeball, with 33% stronger legs and rims for a more consistent experience. With inverted colours, you’ll stand out from the rest, and the newly designed ball allows you to strategically add spin to your hits in ways you’ve never done before. Plus, the portable ball pump and gauge ensure that your ball’s pressure is just right, and the official serving line will mentally prepare you for competitive tournaments. 



Cliff Hangercliff hanger toss game

A fun, new, challenging spin on the traditional cornhole game, Franklin Sports’ Cliff Hanger game set challenges players to toss bean bags at the target to score points. Double your points or lose points depending on the position of your bean bah position. Like cornhole, the first one to 21 points is the winner. The staggered shelves positioned along the game board vary in size and height. If your bag lands on a shelf, you gain those points. If your opponent’s bah lands on top of your bah, they steal the points. If your bag hangs over the shelf (a cliff hanger) without falling off, that player receives double the points! This set includes a sturdy wooden target, six bean bags, and a carry bag. No tools are needed to assemble the game.


Ladder Golf

Ladder Golf is a fun and challenging game that’s perfect for backyard gatherings. The game is played with two or more players, and the objective is to toss bolas (two golf balls attached to a string) onto a ladder-shaped target. Players score points based on where their bolas land on the ladder. The game is easy to learn but difficult to master, making it a great choice for players of all ages and skill levels. Plus, the compact size of the game makes it easy to set up and take down, so you can bring it with you to the beach, the park, or anywhere else you want to play. Ladder Golf is a must-have for any backyard games tournament, and it’s sure to provide hours of fun and friendly competition for everyone involved.


Backyard Game Tournament Tips:


Divide into Teams

Once you’ve chosen your games, it’s time to divide your guests into teams. You can do this randomly, or you can have guests sign up ahead of time and choose their own teams. Make sure to balance each team’s skill levels so everyone has a fair chance at winning.


Establish Rules and Guidelines

Before the games begin, it’s essential to establish rules and guidelines for each game. Make sure everyone understands the rules and knows what is expected of them. You should also have a clear system for keeping score so that everyone knows who is winning and who needs to step up their game.


Set Up Your Tournament Bracket

Once you’ve established the rules and guidelines for each game, it’s time to set up your tournament bracket. This will help keep the tournament organized and ensure everyone has a fair chance of winning. You can use a whiteboard or poster board to create your bracket, and display it in a prominent location so that everyone can see it.


Provide Refreshments

No backyard games tournament is complete without refreshments. Ensure to provide plenty of water, soda, and snacks to keep everyone hydrated and fueled up for the games. You can also consider grilling up some burgers and hot dogs for a more substantial meal.


Have Fun!

Most importantly, remember to have fun! A backyard games tournament is a great way to bring people together and enjoy the outdoors. Take plenty of photos and videos to capture the memories, and don’t forget to award prizes to the winning team.

Planning a backyard games tournament is a fun and exciting way to spend a summer day. You can create an unforgettable event that everyone will enjoy by choosing the right games, dividing into teams, establishing rules and guidelines, setting up a tournament bracket, providing refreshments, and having fun. So gather your friends and family, head outside, and get ready for friendly competition and outdoor fun. Let the games begin!