Top 10 Tailgating Games To Play

Top 10 Tailgating Games To Play

Hey there, sports fan! Ever been to a tailgate party? Of course, you have — but let's recap for anyone new around here. 

Tailgating is like the ultimate pre-game, a long-standing tradition where fans gather before the game, hang out at the back of their cars (hence the "tailgate"), enjoy some food and drinks, and get pumped for the action to come.

Now, what's a tailgate without some fun and games? It's like a burger without the cheese — and that's where tailgating games come into play. They add some extra sizzle to your gathering, turning up the fun factor and getting everyone laughing, competing, and bonding before the main event. 

We've done the hard yards and come up with a list of the top 10 tailgating games you've got to play. Now sit back, relax, and let's dive into this fun-filled journey.


1. Frizbowl

First up on our list is an absolute crowd-pleaser  — the Frizbowl! This flying disc game all started with a couple of buddies messing around, catching bowls on their heads, and voila — After countless hours designing and engineering the idea into a real, usable, safe, and fun game- a tailgating sensation was born. 

Here's the lowdown: Frizbowl is basically the world's first Frisbee hat. It's like your classic game of catch, but with a twist — you're catching the Frisbee on your head. Sounds wild, right? Plus it's made of foam, so you won’t need to worry about those accidental fumbles.

The rules are simple — two throws per side, and the goal is to score 21 points or more to win, with points given for successful catches and recoveries. There's even a drinking game variation if you're up for it. So why not give Frizbowl a whirl at your next tailgate?



2. Kan Jam

Next up, let's jam with Kan Jam. This game has earned its spot in the tailgating hall of fame and for good reason.

Kan Jam involves a Frisbee, two cans, and an aim to get the Frisbee into the can. It's a perfect blend of skill, luck, and just plain fun that's sure to get everyone at your tailgate involved.

Just like our friendly Frizbowl, Kan Jam is all about scoring points. But remember, the ultimate glory is when you manage to throw the Frisbee right into the slot on the can — the instant win.

Get ready to witness some crazy celebrations when that happens. 


3. Spikeball

Let's bounce to our next game — Spikeball. It might sound like something from an alien sports league, but trust us — it's an Earthly delight.

Spikeball has teams of two serving and hitting a ball off a small trampoline-like net. Think of it as an epic blend of volleyball and Four Square. It's fast, it's furious, and it's crazy fun.

You score points when the other team misses the ball, hits it out of bounds, or breaks the rules. And rules? They're simple enough that you'll be spiking like a pro in no time. Whether you're tailgating on the grass or asphalt, Spikeball is a surefire way to spike the fun!


4. GoodSport

Ever dreamed of becoming a sporting hero? Well, GoodSport is your chance to shine at your next tailgate.

GoodSport is all about hitting the target. It involves a board with different holes, each one assigned with a certain point value. The aim? Toss the bag into the holes and rack up the points. Sounds simple, right? But add in the tailgating vibes, and the competition heats up real quick!

It's a game that demands a bit of aim, a bit of luck, and a whole lot of spirit. And when you hit that high-scoring hole, you'll be the tailgate hero, no doubt about it. So why not add GoodSport to your tailgating roster? The cheers when you score big — now that's what we call a good sport!


5. Funsparks

Get ready for a whole lot of sparks at your tailgate, because we're rolling into game number five: Funsparks. This game takes the love of throwing and catching to a new level, making your tailgate party the talk of the town.

Funsparks is all about a disc and a target. It's a challenge of accuracy and, let's be real, it's all in the name — the fun sparks fly when you play. It's simple, engaging, and the competition can get intense, especially when you land that perfect shot.

And you know what the best part is? Everyone can play! From the young ones to the young at heart, Funsparks brings everyone together. It's the ultimate recipe for a memorable tailgate.


6. Go Sports

Speaking of memorable tailgates, let's chat about Go Sports. Trust us — this game will have everyone rallying for more.

Go Sports is a brilliant mix of agility, precision, and strategy. It's a ladder toss game where you're trying to hang bolas on different rungs of a ladder, each with varying points. The aim? To score the most points, of course.

With Go Sports, every toss could be a game-changer, making for some exhilarating tailgate moments. Plus, it's easy to set up, and within no time, you'll have everyone tossing, cheering, and having a ball. So, are you ready to go for it?


7. Cornhole

How could we talk about tailgating games without mentioning the classic Cornhole? It's like having a tailgate without the grill —simply unthinkable!

Cornhole has got it all: the suspense, the rivalries, and that amazing feeling when you sink the bag in the hole. It's the essence of tailgating, a simple game of tossing bags at a hole-cut board that always brings out the competitive spirit.

Whether you're a tailgating newbie or a seasoned veteran, Cornhole never fails to impress. Get ready for some legendary battles and unforgettable victories, because when it's Cornhole time, everyone's game!


8. Washer Toss

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we bring you Washer Toss. This game is a staple at tailgates, offering plenty of fun and excitement that lasts all day long.

It's all about tossing washers into a box, aiming for the cup in the center to score the most points. It may sound simple, but when the washers start flying, you'll find out just how competitive it can get.

Washer Toss is a true test of skill and accuracy, with the added benefit of being super portable and easy to set up. So why not toss some washers at your next tailgate? It's a game that guarantees good times, good laughs, and maybe even some bragging rights.


9. Bottle Bash

Next up, we've got Bottle Bash, and trust us — it's as fun as it sounds! This one is all about Frisbees and bottles, and it's bound to get everyone at your tailgate up and playing.

The aim? To knock a bottle off a pole by throwing a Frisbee at it, all while the opposing team tries to catch the bottle before it hits the ground. It's a great blend of accuracy, agility, and some good ol' competitive fun.

With Bottle Bash, every throw counts, and every catch is crucial. So, if you're looking for a tailgate game that's dynamic, competitive, and just a whole lot of fun, Bottle Bash has got you covered.


10. Bocce Ball

Last but certainly not least on our list is the timeless classic — Bocce Ball. This one's an oldie but a goldie, and it's a must-have at any tailgate.

Bocce Ball is a simple yet strategic game that involves throwing balls to get as close as possible to a smaller target ball, the "pallino.”. It's a battle of precision, strategy, and sometimes, just a lucky throw.

Whether you're going for the risky shots or playing it safe, Bocce Ball always brings suspense and laughs. Plus, it's easy to learn and fun for all ages, making it the perfect game to round off our top 10 list.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Which Game Can I Play if I'm Not Sporty?

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy tailgating games. Try something like GoodSport or Funsparks. They're simple, engaging, and don't require any advanced athletic skills. Remember, it's all about having fun and getting into the tailgate spirit.


Can I Play These Games With a Drink In My Hand?

We see where you're going with this one, you party animal. While we don't recommend playing with a drink in your hand, there are certain games, like Frizbowl, that even have a drinking game variation. So you can combine the fun of the game with the spirit of the tailgate. Drink responsibly, though!


What's the Best Game for a Large Group?

Got a big crowd? Awesome — many tailgating games work great with larger groups. Spikeball, for example, is a super fun choice that can accommodate more people. Split into teams and make it a mini-tournament! The more, the merrier, right?


Are These Games Kid-Friendly?

Absolutely! Games like Frizbowl, Funsparks, and Cornhole are perfect for kids. They're safe, easy to learn, and tons of fun. Just remember to keep an eye on the little ones during the more competitive games!


What If We Tie in a Game?

A tie? Bring on the drama! Many games have rules for ties. In Frizbowl, for instance, a tie at 21 points sends the game into sudden death — the first to drop a hat loses. So, a tie just amps up the excitement.


How Do I Decide Which Game To Bring to My Tailgate?

The beauty of tailgating games is that there's something for every taste and crowd. Think about what your group enjoys. Do they love a bit of competition? Are they more into casual fun? 

Consider the ages and interests of your group, and you'll find the perfect game from our list. Can't decide? Bring a few and make your tailgate the ultimate game day.


The Bottom Line

And there you have it, sports fans — our top 10 tailgating games that promise to take your pre-game festivities to a whole new level. From the Frisbee-catchin' fun of Frizbowl to the timeless thrill of Bocce Ball, there's something for everyone.

So next time you're packing the car for a tailgate, don't forget to grab one (or more!) of these games. Trust us — whether you're there for the competition, the camaraderie, or just to have a good time, these games are sure to score a touchdown at your tailgate.


What is a Tailgate Party? | Sports n Hobbies

KanJam, it all started with a trash can | Kan Jam 

A Brief History of Bocce Ball | World Bocce League 

Cornhole: The Game and Its History | Historic Hudson Valley