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Do you have an old Bocce Ball set collecting dust in the garage? If you do, then Squareball is a GREAT new game for you!  Squareball was developed by the Brothers Jenne, as an “Open Source” lawn game! They created a starting point for the game, and encourage you to take it even further!  Don’t like a rule?  Change it!  Want to add something to the game?  Add it!  It’s up to you! You can even discuss the game on the Squareball Blog

Squareball is a great yard game that can be played with game pieces you may already have!  If you don’t already have Bocce Balls around, you can pick them up pretty cheap wherever games are sold.  The rest of the game pieces are probably things you have lying around already, like rope.  If you don’t have rope around, you can use pretty much anything to mark the square playing area.

Setup

Items required to play:

  • 6 – Bocce Balls :: 3 of each color. Other balls may be used, but Bocce Balls tend to work the best.
  • Minimum 10′ x 25′ Playing Area. A larger area makes for safer and more enjoyable game play.
  • 7′ square target area.  Create using rope, spray paint, etc.
  • Throwing box.  Approx 7′ wide by 3′ deep.  Create with rope, spray paint, etc.

Objective

Score points by trapping your opponent’s balls in a triangle formed by your three balls, and generally score more points than your opponent.

The first player to reach or exceed 15 points wins the game and is declared the winner.

Rules

Create a Playing Area as shown below. The Square should be 7 feet by 7 feet, and should be 12 feet from the throwing area. See the graphic below.

  • There are two players or two teams.
  • To see who will throw first, each player should toss one ball into the square. The player who throws the ball nearest to the front edge will play first.
  • The game is played in rounds. Players alternate tossing 1 ball at a time from the Standing Area into the Square.
  • Once all six balls have been tossed, the round is over and the points for that round are tallied.
  • The player with the highest score for that round subtracts his or her opponent’s score for that round from his or her score and adds the difference to his or her total score. See more on scoring in the next section.
  • Only one player earns points each round. If both players score the same number of points neither player adds points to his or her total score.
  • The player that won the previous round tosses first.
  • If your ball does not land in the square it is out-of-bounds and out-of-play for that round.

Scoring

There are 5 main ways to score.

  • 3 Points – For each enemy ball captured in your Triangle.
  • 2 Points – For each ball that ball that avoids capture from the enemy’s Triangle and V’s.
  • 2 Points – For landing a single ball between 2 enemy balls. Only works if enemy lands 2 in the square to your 1. The “2 vs 1″ rule.
  • 1 Point – For each enemy ball captured in one of your V’s
  • 1 Point – For each ball landed in the Square.

Points are Scored by Cancellation

At the end of each round, each player or team will count their points. The difference of the two scores is the number of points earned for the round.

For example: In a given round Player A scores 5 points and Player B scores 2 points. Player A will add 3 points to his or her total score.

Players should add points earned for all Triangles and V’s.  Both players may capture each other’s balls in V’s.

Points may be scored for capturing an enemy ball AND for eluding capture in the same round. Highest total score is 15 points. See images here.

More Scoring Info

Scoring can get complicated.  For even more information about scoring, see the Original Squareball Website.

Squareball Resources

If you’d like to learn more about Squareball, please check out the Original Squareball Website.  You can comment on the Squareball blog to ask about rules, scoring, etc.

We’ve also created a game page for Squareball on Outdoor Game Players.

For a related game, check out Bocce

Need a Bocce set? Check out this Bocce Set on Amazon

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Kubb Game information

kubb-playing-area-lgKubb is a Swedish game that is well described as a cross between horseshoes and bowling.

The ultimate object of the game is to knock over the “King” piece before your opponent does. Along the way, the game requires a mixture of strategy and skill. This combination of skill and strategy has led many to call the game “Viking Chess.” But unlike chess, and more like billiards, knocking the king down early causes you to lose the game!

The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as sand, concrete, grass, or even ice!

Kubb is a very easy game to make yourself, and a great way to get started on a new Outdoor Game without breaking the bank.

Game pieces

  • 1 King
  • 10 Kubbs
  • 6 Throwing Sticks ( or casting pins )
  • 4 Corner Pins

How To Play

  • The game is played on a level field or open area defined by the four Corner Pins.  Most commonly played on a sandy beach or a level lawn.
  • The ten Kubb are placed on end, 5 on each team’s base line.
  • The objective is for players standing at their base line to topple all 5 of the opposing team’s Kubb with an underhanded toss of the six Throwing Sticks, and to then topple the King ( which is placed in the center of the playing field )

Playing area

Playing Field

  • The Corner Pins define the playing field.
  • The field is rectangular and usually ranges from 7 to 15 feet wide by 15 to 30 feet long.
  • The shorter sides of the rectangle become the respective base line of each team while the longer sides establish the sidelines or inbound playing area.

Kubb Placement

  • Each team places their 5 Kubb at even intervals along their respective base line, but no closer than one Kubb length from either Corner Pin.
    * They may not be embedded in the surface to the point that they become difficult to knock over.
  • The King is placed half way between the two base lines, centered between the two sidelines.

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Rules

Teams

  • The players are divided into two teams, ranging from 1 to 6 players per team.
  • The Throwing Sticks are distributed equally among the players of the teams
    * If only one player, that player would toss all six Sticks.  For six players, each team member have one to toss.
    * In the case of four or five team members, the extra Sticks would be rotated among the team members so that each player in turn would have an opportunity to throw a second pin.
  • To determine which team will begin, one person from each side will toss a Throwing Stick toward the King. The team landing closest to the King without knocking it over starts the game.

Game Play

  • Sticks are tossed underhand, and may rotate only in a vertical, end-over-end manner and not in a helicopter-like horizontal or sideways rotation.
  • Sticks must be thrown from behind the team’s base line.
  • Each member of the team tosses their Sticks at one of the opposing team’s Kubbs, attempting to knock it over.
  • A Kubb is removed for the rest of the game once the opposing team has knocked it over.
    * A Kubb is considered toppled if it should come to rest in a tilted manner supported by another game piece.
  • The King sits in the middle of the playing field. The first team to successfully knock over all the opposing team’s Kubbs then has the opportunity to topple the King and win the game.
  • Toppling of the King prior to having toppled all of the opposing team’s Kubbs constitutes an automatic loss of the game.

Kubb Game Links:

Game Rules
Kubb Forum
Photo Gallery
Game Building
Kubb Information

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If you’re looking for a game that’s fun, simple, and cheap to assemble, Ladder Toss is the game for you!  The ladders are easy to create and assemble yourself, with just a quick trip to a home improvement store and about $20.  The golf ball bolos are something you can make yourself or grab online for about $20.   Ladder Toss is a great game that you can take with you anywhere.

The ability to take your ladders apart means that you’ll always have room to take this game along with you.  The game pieces are light enough that players both young and old will be able to compete.

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Ladder Toss — “In a Nutshell”

Equipment:

  • 2 – Ladder Toss Ladders
  • 6 – bolos ( or bolas ).   3 of each color.

Set Up:

  • Place the Ladders 15 to 21 feet apart
    ( Adjust the distance, accordingly. Shorter for younger players is fine )
  • Give 3 bolos to each team. ( different colors for each team )

Game Play: ( doubles )

  • Partners shall stand across from each other at opposite ladders.
  • Each team has 3 bolos.  All 6 bolos start on the same side.
  • Decide who goes first.  You could flip a coin, toss a single bolo for high score, or just agree between players.
  • Players alternate throwing one bolo at a time until all 3 are tossed.
  • After all 6 bolos are tossed, teams count the points scored during the round.
  • After scoring, the players on the opposite end will then take their turns in the same manner. The team scoring the most points in the previous round will throw first to start the turn.
  • Game is played to 21 points.
  • Singles Play: the players will both walk to the opposite end, throwing the next set from there.

Scoring:

3 points -top ladder rung
2 points – middle ladder rung
1 point – bottom ladder rung

  • Scoring is done by cancellation. After each round, the difference between both players scores is the score given to the highest scoring player. If both players score the same amount, no one will receive any points.

Examples

  • Team A hangs a bolo on the top rung for 3 points and one on the middle rung for 5 total points. Team B hangs 2 bolos on the bottom rung and one on the middle rung for a total of 4 points. Team A would score 1 point for the round.
  • Team A hangs one bolo on each rung for a total of 6 points. Team B hangs two bolos on the top rung for a 6 points.  As each team has scored the same amount, the points cancel out and no points are gained.

Additional Info:

Ladder Toss is known by several other names, too.  You might also hear it called Ladder Golf, Bolo Toss, Polish Horseshoes, Hillbilly Horseshoes, Hillbilly golf, redneck golf, Ladder Ball, Monkey Balls, Testicle Toss, Monkey Ball, Dingle Balls or one of the other 100 names!

Ladder Toss Game Links:

Game Rules
Ladder Golf Forum
Photo Gallery
Game Building
Game Building Article
Ladder Golf Information

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Most games of Washers are played in one of three ways. One Hole Washers, Three Hole Washers, or with Washers Pits. Each game has it’s own challenges, and the one you play may depend on materials available, playing space, or just personal preference. Detailed rules and playing information for each style can be found at WasherPlayers.net. For this article, we’re going to give the basic information to get you started playing One Hole Washers.

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One Hole Washers Game — “In a Nutshell”

Equipment:

  • 2 – One Hole Washers Boxes/Boards.
  • 8 – 2.5″ Washers. Divided in to 2 sets of 4.
    * Each set should be marked to tell them apart

Set Up:

  • Place the washers boxes 21 feet apart.
  • Give 4 washers to each player or team. ( 8 washers total )

Game Play: ( doubles )

  • Partners shall stand at opposite Washers boxes, each on the same side of the box.
  • Each team will have 4 washers of one color. All 8 washers begin at the same end.
  • To decide the starting team, each player should toss one washer toward the opposite box. The team closest to the hole, will toss first. This is called the “Diddle”.
  • The first team will then begin by throwing all 4 washers at the opposite box.
  • The second player will then throw all 4 washers.
  • After all 8 washers are tossed, teams count the points scored during the round.
  • After scoring, the players on the opposite end will then take their turns in the same manner. The team scoring the most points in the previous round will throw first to start the turn.
  • Game is played to 21 points.
  • For Singles Play, the players will both walk to the opposite end, throwing the next set from there.

Scoring:

3 points -in the cup
2 points – in the box
1 point – closest to the box & within one width of a washer

  • A washer that bounces into the box should be removed before the next player tosses.
  • Scoring is done by cancellation. After each round, the difference between both players scores is the score given to the highest scoring player. If both players score the same amount, no one will receive any points.

Examples

  • Team A scores a 3 point hole and one in the box for 5 total points. Team B lands 2 in the box, for 4 points. Team A would score 1 point for the round.
  • Team A lands one in the cup, and one in the box for 5 points. Team B lands one in the cup and one in the box for 5 points. Points cancel out, no points are gained.

Washer Game Links:

Game Rules
Washers Forum
Washers Photo Gallery
Game Building
Washer Players

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