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Are you looking for a fun, competitive, easy-to-learn outdoor game for your next gathering? Look no further than Kan Jam! This exciting game has rapidly gained popularity and is perfect for backyard parties, beach outings, and competitive leagues. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about Kan Jam, from its origins to playing tips and why it stands out as the ultimate outdoor game.

Origins of Kan Jam

Kan Jam originated in the 1990s in Buffalo, New York. It was created by Charles Sciandra and Paul Swisher, who initially called it “Garbage Can Frisbee.” The game began with makeshift goals made from large garbage cans with the lid cut off. Over time, the game evolved, and in 2005, the official company was founded, standardizing the equipment and rules. The game quickly became popular across the United States and eventually gained a loyal international following.

Kan Jam’s appeal lies in its simplicity and ability to be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. The game’s rise in popularity was bolstered by its inclusion in schools, camps, and community events, making it a staple for outdoor fun.

How to Play Kan Jam

Kan Jam is straightforward to play and requires minimal equipment. Here’s a breakdown of the rules and how to play:

Equipment Needed

  1. Two Kan Jam Goals: These are cylindrical targets with a slot in the front.
  2. One Flying Disc: Typically, a 168-gram disc is used for the game.


  1. Position the Goals: Place the two Kan Jam goals 50 feet apart on a flat surface.
  2. Form Teams: The game is played with two teams, each with two players.

Rules of the Game


The primary goal is to score 21 points by throwing the disc and hitting or landing it in the Kan Jam goal.


Dinger (1 point): Your partner deflects the disc to hit the goal.

Deuce (2 points): The disc hits the goal directly without assistance.

Bucket (3 points): Your partner deflects the disc into the goal.

Instant Win: The throwing team wins immediately if the disc goes through the front slot or the top of the goal without deflection.


Each team takes turns, with one player throwing the disc and the partner attempting to deflect it towards the goal. Teams alternate throwing and deflecting until one team reaches 21 points. If a team goes over 21 points, their score drops back to 17, and the game continues.

Winning the Game

The game continues until one team scores exactly 21 points or achieves an instant win by slotting the disc. If both teams reach 21 points in the same number of turns, the game goes into overtime, where each team gets one throw per round until one team scores more than the other.

Tips for Success

While Kan Jam is easy to pick up, mastering it requires practice and strategy. Here are some tips to help you and your team succeed:

Perfect Your Throwing Technique: Consistent and accurate throws are key. Practice aiming for the goal and controlling the force of your throws to increase your chances of scoring.

Communication is Key: Work closely with your partner to anticipate and execute deflections. Clear communication about positioning and timing can significantly improve your game.

Deflection Practice: The deflector’s role is crucial. Practice different deflection techniques to maximize your chances of hitting or landing the disc in the goal.

Stay Focused: Distractions can lead to missed opportunities. Stay focused on the game, especially during crucial throws.

Adapt to Wind Conditions: Wind is often a factor in outdoor games. Adjust your throwing angle and force to account for wind direction and speed.

Why Play Kan Jam?

Kan Jam stands out among outdoor games for several reasons:


Kan Jam is easy to learn, making it accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. The simple rules and minimal equipment requirements mean anyone can join the fun without extensive preparation or prior experience.

Social Interaction

The game fosters social interaction and teamwork. Playing in pairs encourages communication, cooperation, and friendly competition, making it a great activity for family gatherings, parties, and team-building events.

Physical Activity

Kan Jam is a fantastic way to get moving. The game involves throwing, deflecting, and quick movements, providing a moderate physical activity that is both fun and beneficial for health.


Kan Jam can be played in various settings, including backyards, parks, beaches, and campsites. Its portability makes it easy to bring along on trips, ensuring you always have a fun activity ready.

Competitive and Casual Play

Kan Jam caters to both those looking to play casually with friends and those looking to compete in a more structured environment. Local leagues and tournaments exist for those seeking a competitive edge, while casual players can enjoy a laid-back game with friends and family.


Compared to many other outdoor games, Kan Jam is relatively affordable. The basic set includes everything you need to start playing, making it a cost-effective option for hours of entertainment.

Community and Events

The growing Kan Jam community is vibrant and welcoming. Many events and tournaments are held throughout the year, providing opportunities to meet new people, improve your skills, and enjoy the game in a competitive setting.

Get Kan Jam at Outdoor Games N Sports

With its origins rooted in simplicity and fun, Kan Jam has evolved into a beloved outdoor activity that continues to captivate players worldwide. Outdoor Games N Sports carries several official Kan Jam sets so you can play anywhere anytime.  Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time player, it offers endless enjoyment and is the perfect addition to any outdoor gathering. So grab a disc, find a partner, and get ready to experience the ultimate outdoor game!