Backyard games are a way of making a BBQ fun, instead of sedentary. To keep yourself from lounging with beer bottle in hand, you should investigate Ladder Golf ($100), aka Blongo. The word golfis a little misleading because there are no clubs or holes involved in Ladder Golf, and sorry, no golf carts either. It's a game of hand-eye coordination, but I'd explain it more as a glorified tossing game, similar to horseshoes.
For Blongo, there are two goals (that look like laundry drying racks) and two teams. The game is played in rounds and each player on the team alternates throwing three bolas (also called BlongoBalls), which are short nylon ropes with a golf ball attached to either end. Each team's objective is to toss the bolas in such a way that the BlongoBall gets stuck on a ladder rung. Points are determined by which rung your bola hangs from, and the team that reaches an exact score of 21 is the winner. Check out laddergolf.com for the official set of rules and etiquette.
OK, so I admit that this game involves about as much action as a game of Bocce Ball or Croquet, but at least you're tossing a ball-like thing instead of tossing chips into your mouth. Plus any kind of game that gets you on your feet is good in my opinion.
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