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How to Play: Football Toss Contest

Swing it! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a tire, a rope, four or more footballs, and a place to hang the tire (tree, jungle gym or monkey bars).
How to play: Hang the tire at a level that all players can...
Throw the ball through the tire to win this game.

How to Play: Maul Ball

Goal! Credit: Getty Images What you need: You need a large ball (basketball, football or soccer ball), an adult to serve as referee and a large outdoor playing field. How to play: Designate a goal about 30 to 50 yards away from...A game where sharing is not a good idea!

How to Play: Dodgeball

Hit and run! Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a standard red kickball, an outside wall, and at least seven players. How to play: One player is chosen to be the hitter, and the other players are runners. The hitter stands with the ball...
Dodge, duck, dip, and dive until all of the players are gone!

How to Play: Kickball Kitty Corner

Cats get the corners! Credit: Michael Nagle, Getty Images
What you need: You need two or three standard red kickballs and a large, rectangular area outdoors. How to play: Choose two or three players to be "it." All other players are "cats."...
It's the cheetah vs the cougar, may the best feline win!

How to Play: Head Catch

Do the opposite to win the game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a standard red kickball and an outside wall. How to play: All players line up against an outside wall. One player is chosen to be the thrower. This player gets...
It's opposite day! Well, at least it is when you're playing this game.

How to Play: Three Strikes You're Out

Three strikes you're out! Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a bat, a tennis ball, an outside wall, and chalk. How to play: This game can be played with two teams of one or more players. Each team has a pitcher and fielders, if you have...
Teach your kids the basics of baseball with this bouncier version. You'll appreciate the tennis ball substitute when their bad aim sends the ball in your direction.

How to Play: Pickle

Sour pickle! Credit: Chiot's Run, Flickr
What you need: You need two bases, a softball, and two softball gloves. How to play: Set up the bases 20 feet apart from each other. You can use rugs, mats, or chairs for the bases. Pick two of the...
Get the kids off the couch and into the backyard for a rousing game of pickle!

How to Play: 500

Catch that ball and gather points. Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a ball (any kind of ball). How to play: Designate one person to be the thrower. The rest of the players gather within throwing distance from the thrower. The rules:...

How to Play: Crack Up

Dodge the ball, but catch it to win! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a dodge ball and a group of four to 10 kids. How to play: Designate one player to be "it." He will have the ball. The other players must avoid getting hit by...
Dodge the ball, but catch it to win!

How to Play: Hang Time

Defy gravity! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a tennis ball and someone to referee with a stop watch. How to play: The object of this game is to see who can throw the ball up in the air for the longest amount of time, or "hang...

How to Play: Mummy

Be the last man standing. Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a standard red kickball. How to play: The players spread out in the playing area. One person is chosen to go first, and she gets the ball. She throws the ball to another...

How to Play: Cat

Fly ball! Credit: smohundro, Flickr
What you need: You need a whiffle ball or Nerf ball, two bats, and two bases. How to play: You need two batters and two catchers/pitchers. The batters and catchers play paired up. All other players can play...

How to Play: Spud

Don't be a SPUD! Credit: Old Sarge, Flickr
What you need: You need a standard red kickball.
How to play: One player is chosen to be "it." "It" has the ball and counts to 10 as the other players scatter around the playing area. Once...

How to Play: Wall Ball

Hit the ball against the wall. Credit: chidorian, Flickr What you need: You need a tennis ball, one outside wall, and at least two players. How to play: The object of the game is to throw the ball up against the wall, let it...
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How to Play: Stickball

Play ball! Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a baseball bat, a tennis ball, and a playing field. How to play: This is a simplified version of baseball. There are no teams. One player is chosen to bat first, and everyone else is in the...

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