Ring Toss: Another Underestimated Yard Game
What is Rope Ring Toss
Rope ring toss is one of the most straightforward yard games. It can be played by adults and kids alike, making it an excellent way for families to pass the time.
This rope ring toss game is played much like any other ring toss game. A player’s goal is to toss the rope ring so that it lands around a target post. Each successful toss earns the points associated with the target. Whichever team has the most points at the end of the game wins.
How to Play Rope Ring Toss
To play this ring toss game, start by setting up the playing area. Put the targets in an open space where you have room to move around. Next, mark a throwing line. This line is where everyone stands to make their toss. The line should be far enough from the posts to make the game challenging without making it impossible to hit the targets.
If the targets are marked with point amounts, set them up so that the targets worth the most are the hardest to hit. If the targets do not have pre-assigned points, set them up however you please and then assign a point system.
Next, divide all the players into two equal teams. Try to balance out the teams with people of similar skill. Each team then receives the same number of rope rings.
Each team then takes turns tossing their rope rings from the throwing line. Whichever team accumulates the most points after all the rings are thrown wins the game.
There are some rules to rope ring toss that most players follow. Of course, this is your game, so you can choose to ignore or add rules as your group sees fit.
The first rule is that players cannot cross the throw line when they toss their rope ring. If they do, the toss does not count, and the player must throw again.
The next rule is that the ring must be fully around the post for the points to count. If the rope ring is barely hanging on to the post, points are not awarded.
Finally, if the rope ring knocks over the post, the points do not count. Even if the rope is entirely around the post, it does not matter because the post was knocked over.
Like most yard games, different variations of the game can be played. Consider playing variations when you have young kids participating or when you want to mix-it-up.
The first variation works well if you are playing with kids. Create two separate throwing lines – one for adults and one for the kids closer to the target. Play through as you normally would, allowing each person to toss from their respective lines.
In the second variation, the game ends when all the rings have hit the targets. At the end of each round, collect all the rings that are on the ground. The players then take turns to throw the remaining rings at the targets. This cycle continues until every ring is on a target. The team with the most accumulated points wins.
The final version has no point system. Instead, the team that lands each one of their rings first wins. Teams still go back and forth, taking turns tossing. This version is best for groups looking to make the game more competitive.
Tips for Success
While rope ring toss is a fun and easy yard game, there are a few things you should take into consideration.
Firstly, before you start the game, try giving everyone some time to practice. It takes a few throws to get the feeling of the game. The practice also allows you to move the targets or throw line if they are too difficult.
Secondly, make sure the targets are on flat ground. If they are on unlevel ground, they may tip over too easily. It slows the game down to be continually fixing the targets.
Pull this game when you are hosting a backyard BBQ or on a sunny Saturday afternoon. As your skill level improves, use your imagination to come up with variations to keep the game fresh and exciting.