The Best Backyard Games for 2023
Enjoy hours of fun outside with the best backyard games of the year. Check out top picks like cornhole, Spikeball, KanJam and more.
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Make the most of your outdoor space with the best backyard games available at DICK’S Sporting Goods. Whether you need activities for your next get-together or boredom-busting ideas for the kids, you’ll find plenty of awesome options on this list. Check out our top picks and get ready for hours of fun in your own yard.
Badminton is a backyard classic, and it’s a great game to have on hand for outdoor get-togethers. To play, you’ll need a net, shuttlecock (you might know it better as a “birdie”) and at least four badminton racquets so you can play doubles. If you’re just getting started, consider buying a complete badminton set that has everything you need to play. When a player/team fails to return the birdie over the net, the other side gets a point. Points are scored after every serve, and the first player/team to reach 21 points wins.
Do your kids love to play wiffle ball? Then it’s time to try blitzball, a game meant to keep the batter guessing every time they play! Blitzballs provides more speed, distance and curve than traditional baseballs. The set, which includes a plastic power bat and one blitzball, offers great backyard fun for all ages. You’ll be sure to strike out your opponent when they step up to the plate for some fun with this exciting new approach to a backyard classic.
If you’ve never played bocce, you’re missing out. Bocce is one of the oldest-known lawn games in the world, and it can be enjoyed with up to eight players of all ages. A bocce ball set will include everything you need to play: eight bocce balls and a smaller ball called the pallino. To start the game, a team will toss out the pallino which then becomes the target. Teams will then alternate tossing bocce balls toward the pallino, trying to get as close as possible.
You can also try to knock your opponents’ balls away from the pallino, which adds a level of competitive fun. Whichever team is closest to the pallino at the end of the frame gets a point — if a team has multiple balls closer to the pallino than the opponent’s closest ball, they will receive a point for each one. Whichever team scores in the frame throws out the pallino to start the next frame. Play continues in this manner until one side reaches 12 points (or whatever amount you decide).
At DICK’S, you’ll find a great selection of bocce ball sets from top brands. Learn more about this classic yard game with our guide on how to play bocce.
Cornhole has arguably become the most popular yard game in the country. To play, you just need two cornhole boards and eight bean bags (four of one color and four of another). You’ll set up the boards at opposite ends of your yard — the regulation cornhole distance is 27 feet between the front of each board, but that’s just a suggestion. Get three points for each bag you toss in the hole and one point for each bag that lands on the board. Cornhole is most commonly played with four people (teams of two), but it’s also fun to play one-on-one.
DICK’S carries a great selection of cornhole sets that include everything you need to play at home or on the go, like the Rec League 2’ x 4’ Regulation Cornhole Board Set or the GoSports 2’ x 4’ Foldable Rustic Cornhole Set.
Check out our article on how to play cornhole for rules, tips and more.
Ready for some ultimate competitive fun? The CROSSNET Volleyball Game Set includes everything you need for your next pickup game: travel backpack, volleyball and pump. This net is designed in a four-square configuration, giving it an exciting twist to a classic game. The rules are simple — grab four players (one per square) and play to 11 points. The winner must win by two! It sets up quickly and easily, adjusts to men’s, women’s and youth regulation heights and is ready for your next backyard bash.
Disc golf, also known as frisbee golf, is a hugely popular sport played all over the world. Why? It’s fun, easy to play and energizing. It’s a game in which players attempt to throw a frisbee disc from a tee box into a standing basket. It is similar to traditional golf in that players try to get their disc into the basket in the least number of throws, or strokes. The player with the least number of strokes in a round, which is 18 holes, wins.
Requiring very little equipment, DICK’S is your one-stop shop for everything you’ll need to hit the course. Shop online or visit your to browse the complete assortment and find the frisbee disc that’s perfect for you.
Love playing cornhole? Then we know you’ll love this new take on a tailgating favorite: Fowling. This hybrid game that combines the equipment of football and bowling, played with a similar layout to horseshoes or cornhole. The rules are simple: two teams set up bowling pins across from one another and take turns trying to knock each other’s pins down by throwing a football. The first team to knock down all the opposing team’s pins wins. It’s played one-on-one, in teams of two, or with doubles, and teams stand on opposite ends called lanes.
Sets come with everything you’ll need to play, including two wooden platforms, 20 bowling pins and a regulation-size football.
Put your Frisbee skills to the test with KanJam. How does it work? You’ll set up the two black “kans” at opposite ends of the yard – the regulation distance is 50 feet, but do whatever works for you. You and a teammate will stand at opposite kans. One player will throw the disc while the other can try to deflect it to hit the kan (one point) or, better yet, land inside of the kan (two points). If the disc hits the kan without any assistance from a teammate, you get three points, and if you can manage to throw the disc through the slot on the front of the kan, you win instantly.
The official KanJam game comes complete with two durable kans and an official 168-gram KanJam disc.
Find out everything you need to know to get started with our article on how to play KanJam.
PaddleSmash is the next beach or backyard game that combines the best elements of pickleball and spikeball. It’s played 2 vs. 2 with teammates starting on opposite sides of the court. To serve, players strike down on the ball so that it hits off the court to their teammate. Teams then get up to three alternating hits (think bump, set, match) to hit the ball back into the court. Points are scored when 1) the ball does not clear the net in a single bounce, or 2) the ball hits the ground. The first team to score 11 points wins.
Perfect for playing in your backyard or at the beach, PaddleSmash is a fun and easy-to-learn game for family and friends.
Pickleball has exploded in popularity over the past decade. In this addictive game, players use a paddle to hit the pickleball over a net that’s slightly shorter than those used in tennis. The ball can be played out of the air or on a bounce, making pickleball a unique cross between badminton and Ping Pong. While typically played on courts at parks, pickleball is becoming increasingly popular on driveways across the country. A regulation pickleball court is 20-feet wide and 44-feet long, so if you have a hard, flat space close to those dimensions you should be able to enjoy pickleball at home with a backyard pickleball court. Get everything you need to play in the top-selling Monarch Complete Pickleball Game Set or, if space is tight, consider the smaller Franklin Half Court Pickleball Starter Set.
If you’re new to the game, check out our guide on how to play pickleball.
If you’re looking for a backyard game with action and excitement, Spikeball may be your best choice. The game centers around a circular net that sits eight inches off the ground and acts like a mini trampoline. To start, teams of two line up on opposite sides of the net. The serving team initiates play by tossing and “spiking” the ball into the net so that it bounces toward the other team. The receiving team will then have up to three chances to return the ball — just like a bump-set-spike sequence in volleyball. The crazy part is, once the ball is served, players are free to move around the net in any direction, which can make for fast-paced, heart-pumping volleys.
A spikeball set comes with everything you need to play, including the frame, net, three balls, an inflating needle and a carry bag. For full rules and tips, check out our article on how to play Spikeball.
Looking for some casual competition? A fun game of TowerBall just might do the trick. This backyard toss game fuses cornhole with darts. TowerBall is played by taking turns tossing four balls into holes on a four-sided tower. Start by lining up two or more players 10 feet from the side of the tower with one hole. Each player (or team) gets four tosses at this side, scoring one point for every toss made. Players then move around the tower, or rotate the tower if space is limited, to side two. Repeat these steps to play sides two, three and four, increasing the points scored for each round — a shot made is worth as many holes as there are on a given side, i.e. two points on side two, etc. After the fourth side has been played, the player with the most points wins.
It's perfect for all ages and group sizes, and includes a collapsible tower, 8 hackey-style balls and a backpack carry case. The best part? It’s 100% weatherproof. Play outdoors or beat the heat and play inside.
Volleyball is an exhilarating sport that can be enjoyed indoors or at the beach. Played by two teams, usually consisting of six players on each side, players use their hands to bat the ball back and forth over the net. The goal is to try to make the ball touch the court within the opponents’ playing area before it can be returned. A team is allowed only three touches of the ball before it must be returned over the net. Only one point at a time is scored for a successful play, and the first team to score 25 points (that is ahead by two or more points) wins.
Check out our guide on volleyball positions and their roles to learn the basics.
Need ideas for a rainy day? Check out our list of the best indoor games.