Fire Up Fun with Johnsonville: Set Up the Ultimate Summer Tournament With These 6 Backyard Games

You deserve the best summer ever. TeamSnap has teamed up with Johnsonville to put together this ‘Fire Up Fun with Johnsonville’ blog series to spark your playful spirit and help your family make the most of the 2021 summer season. And for even more backyard fun, enter for a chance to win the Best of the Backyard Sweepstakes. The Ultimate Backyard Prize Pack includes a year’s supply of sausage and beans, a premium cornhole board set, and a Pit Boss Sportsman Grill. Enter today by visiting 

Let’s get ready to rumble! It’s March Madness meets a backyard barbeque with this awesome guide to help you set up the ultimate summer tournament series. The six different backyard games we’ve chosen will make your summer tournament one that your kids and their friends will never forget. 

The Rules

They’re simple – win the most events! The top three scoring people will win a first, second, and third place prize respectively.

Getting Started

  • Choose a team name
  • Create a team flag or mascot
  • Draw a scoreboard on an extra-large poster board that you’ll use for the length of the tournament. You can organize it either by the player or by game.
  • Make a winner’s trophy by pulling out all the crafts, the glue, the glitter, and the paint. Let the kids go wild!

The Stakes

An ice cream sundae party is an awesome way to cap off your summer tournament series. Crown your winner with the winner’s trophy that you made at the beginning of the tournament, and then dig into the ice cream!

The Games


Though there are a number of ways to play cornhole, at its simplest, the object of the game is to get the bean bag into the hole in the opposite board. A player tosses their bean bag at the hole of the opposite board, aiming to get it into the hole. For each bag that makes it through the hole, a point is scored. The first player to 11 points wins the game and the losing player is eliminated. The final two players will face off for first place.

Watermelon Eating Contest

Set up the watermelon slices in a line along your table or surface. Players step up to the watermelon with their hands behind their backs, mouths open, ready to munch. On the count of three, each player will eat their watermelon slice as fast as possible. Whoever eats all of their pink fruit first wins the game!

Water Balloon Toss

Divide the players into pairs and hand each of them a water balloon. Starting close together, the players must toss the water balloon to the opposing player. The players take one step back away from each other after each toss. The player who drops the water balloon first loses that round. Pair up the players again for a second round until you’ve reached the final two players. The final two players will compete for first place.

Sack Race 

Each player steps up to the start line and jumps into their sack (if you don’t have a potato sack, a pillowcase words great too!). On the count of three, each player must hop their way to the finish line. The player that crosses the finish line first wins the game!  

Frisbee Golf

Start by establishing 4-6 “holes” by using natural elements in your yard. A tree, a rock, a stump, or even a birdbath can all be used as holes for your backyard frisbee golf course. Then, choose a par for each of the holes. The players each take turns throwing their frisbee towards the “holes” and whoever gets theirs to the hole first wins the round!

Shark-Infested Waters

You’ll need 4 beach towels laid out across your backyard for this one. At the start of this game, each player becomes a scuba diver exploring the ocean. Players wander around the ocean (backyard) until the referee spots a shark! Players must scramble to get both feet onto an island (beach towel). After each round, the beach towels get folded into smaller and smaller islands and then removed until you only have one tiny island left. Players who do not make it onto an island when a shark is spotted are eliminated. The last player left standing is the winner of the game.

Johnsonville wants to help you fire up the fun this summer! A summer tournament full of innovative, imagination-filled backyard games is a great way to build memories with your friends and family and have an unforgettable summer weekend.  And you know that after a full day of tournament games, your little athletes are going to be hungry, so celebrate their wins with a delicious Johnsonville barbeque. For recipes and meal-time inspiration, visit  

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