Building a Ladder Golf Ball Toss Lawn Game Instructions and Rules
The ladder structure is built out of 3/4″ PVC pipe. You will need the following items:
• 24 ft of 3/4″ PVC pipe
• (6) 3/4″ PVC "T" fittings
• (6) 3/4″ PVC 90 degree fittings
The next step is to cut the PVC pipe. For each ladder structure you will need the following: (can buy already cut, or store will cut to size)
• (9) 2 foot long pieces
• (6) 1 foot long pieces
Now comes the fun part. Put the pipes together into the ladder assembly. Use the diagram in the video.
Structure will not need to be glued together because it should be more than strong enough without glued joints, and it will then be easy to disassemble for storage or for taking along to special events.
Making the Bolas
A bola consists of two golf balls, one on each end of a string.
Supplies that you will need to make two sets of three bolas:
• 12 golf balls (2 different colors and 6 balls of each color)
• 20 feet of 1/4" nylon rope (3 jump ropes from Dollar Tree store will work)
NOTE: You have to be aware of golf ball construction. Pinnacles and Top Flites are 2-piece balls and always have a hard core (this is the type you need).
The trickiest part of this project is drilling a perfectly centered hole through the golf ball. This can be done by clamping golf ball with a Locking C-clamp. Use a 1/4" diameter drill bit.
Slowly drill a hole all the way through the golf ball (see photos). Repeat this with the rest of the golf balls.
Next thread the 1/4" nylon rope through the holes. It helps to have a good clean end of the rope to make the golf balls slide on a little easier. Tie knots in each end of the rope so the outsides of the golf balls are approximately 20 inches apart. After tying the knots, melt the frayed edges of the rope to keep it from fraying further. Repeat threading rope process for the other five bolas and you ladder toss ball game will be complete.
Ladder Ball Game Rules
Ladder Toss is played with 2 players. Each player has 3 golf ball bolas. The object of the game is to wrap the bolas around the steps of the ladder. The ladder consists of 3 steps, a top, middle, and a bottom step.
Playing the Game:
Prior to game play a toss line must be set. The official toss line is 15 feet away, but most players measure 5 paces from the game ladder to set the toss line. This allows for a closer toss line for young children. Ladder Ball is played in rounds, each round consists of both players tossing 3 bolas. To see who plays first, toss a coin -- heads up wins the honor. (The winner of the first round is to be the first player in the next round, etc.) The first player must toss all 3 bolas before the next player is able to toss bolas. The player that gets the most points after the completion of THREE rounds is the winner. When done playing the game, the player with the most rounds of wins must put the game away!
Points are determined by which steps your bola wraps around. The top step is worth 3 points, the middle step is worth 2 points, and the bottom step is only worth 1 point. Players can score an optional bonus scoring 10 points by hanging all 3 bolas on the top step or by hanging a bola on all 3 steps (top, middle, and bottom) in one round. The highest amount of points available per player per round is 10.
After each player has tossed all their bolas, scoring is determined by the bolas that are still hanging from the steps. Players can knock off bolas during the course of the game, in fact knocking off other player's bolas is encouraged and a good way to play defensively. Bolas that are knocked off during play do not count as points. Only bolas that are left hanging after all bolas are tossed are counted as points.
Etiquette of the Game:
Touching the player during tossing is never allowed. In the course of play NO ONE is to walk to the ladder or be near the ladder prior to completion of the current round of play.
Safety is Important in All Games:
• DO NOT swing the bolas unless tossing them at the ladder during normal game play. Injury to yourself or others may occur if bolas are used improperly.
• DO NOT pull excessively on the bolas (tug-of-war) as abuse of the bolas may cause the rope to pull away from the ball, ruining the game and possibly injuring someone.
• DO NOT attempt to wrap bolas around body parts.
• DO NOT climb on the steps of the ladder. They are designed for normal game play only. Any misuse of the ladder may result in injury or damage to the ladder.
• NEVER leave the bolas in the sun for extended periods. Excessive sunlight may deteriorate the nylon rope connecting the bolas.
• KEEP YOUR BOLAS DRY. Water will let the nylon rope stretch, changing the design of the game.