Frisbeer – Your New Backyard Gaming Obsession
Move over horseshoes, washers, cornhole, and ladder golf, there's a new game in town.
During my family's recent Memorial Day camping trip, a friend introduced me to a new game called "Frisbeer". Like any other backyard game, it's another way to pass the time and have some fun during a get together.
Creating a Frisbeer court is fairly simple and cheap (total cost = $10 - $20). Here's what you'll need:
- Two small buckets
- 1 - 10-foot, 2-inch diameter PVC pipe (shorter if you can find it)
- 1 - 10-foot, 1-1/2-inch diameter PVC pipe
- 1 bag of quick setting concrete mix
- 2 empty beer bottles
- 1 frisbee
- 4 drinks of your choice (one for each player)
- Using a hacksaw, cut the 2-inch diameter pipe into pieces just long enough they will stick out of the top of the buckets.
- Following the directions on the bag, mix just enough concrete to fill the bucket half to 3/4 of the way up.
- Insert the cut pieces of 2-inch diameter pipe into the center of the concrete and leave until concrete solidifies.
- Once set, cut the 10-foot, 1-1/2-inch diameter pipe into two 5-foot pieces and slide each piece into the 2-inch pipe.
- Find an open area in the backyard, campground, wherever.
- Space the posts apart at a distance everyone involved is comfortable with, set one empty beer bottle on top of each pipe, and you're ready to go.
While not technically part of the assembly, I would advise covering the bucket with cardboard or stuffing some kind of cushion in the bucket to prevent the beer bottle from shattering on impact. One website suggests wrapping the bottle in duct tape.
Teams consist of two players each, standing together on the same side of the court, instead of opposite ends as you would in a game of horseshoes, washers, cornhole, or ladder golf. The goal is to score points by knocking the bottle off the post on the other side of the court. However, there are some stipulations.
Each player can only use one hand to play. The other hand must be holding your beverage of choice. Usually beer, hence the name.
Teams alternate Frisbee throws, taking turns between teammates. For example, you throw first, then your teammate throws on your next turn, so on, and so forth. Teams may not obstruct the opposing teams throw in front of the post. Basically, no NBA-style blocked shots.
According to my friend who brought his setup to the campground, scoring is up for interpretation depending on how long you want the game to last. We played a version where points could be scored for nearly everything, making the games relatively short in duration. Here's how we did it (hopefully I can explain it without confusing the living daylights out of you):
- 1 point is scored by your team if you throw the Frisbee, it misses the post, and the opposing team fails to catch it.
- 1 point is scored by the opposing team if they catch your throw after it fails to hit the target.
- 2 points are scored if the bottle falls to the ground as a result of your throw.
- 2 points are scored by the opposing team if they catch the bottle before it hits the ground.
- No points are scored if a throw is deemed "uncatchable" by all players. For example, the Frisbee hits the ground in front of the post.
- The first team to 21 wins.
The most a team can score on one play is three. That would involve a throw hitting the post causing the bottle to hit the ground, and the other team failing to catch both the bottle and the throw. Got it?
Again, the points are up for interpretation. You could play it where there are no points awarded for the opposing team catching your throw, or the bottle, or you could award more points (say, five) for a clean hit on the bottle.
However you decide to play, I'm sure you'll find it to be an addictive and fun game to play.