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3 Affordable Ways to Create a Summer of Sports in Your Backyard

Posted by Team Funsicle

With the 2024 Summer Olympics fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to bring the excitement of team sports to your own backyard! Create lasting memories, encourage physical activity, and foster collaborative play inspired by the Olympic spirit. We’ll show you how to transform your backyard into a hub of games for the whole family.

#1 – Soccer Fever

Get family members moving with a friendly game of soccer. All you need is a clear open space, a soccer ball, and goals. If you don’t have a soccer net, you can create goals with buckets, cones or bean bags. Once the game is set up, run a few drills to get everyone warmed up and motivated. Then divide into teams and let the competitive spirit take over as you dribble, pass, and score! 

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Soccer offers your family plenty of benefits beyond exercise. It encourages teamwork, strategic thinking, and sportsmanship – while providing them with a space to have fun and enjoy themselves. In a backyard, the smaller playing field means even young children can participate and feel involved. To make the game more inclusive, try using a larger, softer ball and adjusting the field size and goal width accordingly.

kids playing soccer in backyard
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#2 – Volleyball Ventures

Volleyball is another classic summer sport that can be adapted beautifully to your backyard. To get started, string up a volleyball net between two trees, posts, or even your patio furniture. If you have an in-ground or above ground pool, you can set up a floating volleyball court for a game that also keeps your teams cool and refreshed.

kids playing volleyball
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#3 – A Hole in One

If you’re looking to switch it up from traditional sports, you’ll love Frisbee golf. Using household objects like buckets, cones, or even just marked spots on the grass as the "holes," players have to aim their frisbees and try to get as close as possible. The point of the game is to see who can navigate the whole course with the fewest throws. Frisbee golf is easily adaptable to suit different age groups – younger kids can have shorter, easier holes while older participants tackle more challenging shots.

donut frisbee

This year, don't just watch the Olympics– bring that enthusiasm and energy to your own backyard and create cherished memories that will last long after the closing ceremony. Get your nearest and dearest involved for the ultimate season of fun backyard games!

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