What Is Ladder Ball and Why Should You Play?
Ladder Ball, also called Ladder Golf, is a 2 or 4-player game, where players throw a Bola across the yard towards a ladder ball goalpost.
Each rung that you wrap the Bola around gives you different points, depending on the difficulty of the rung.
We love a lot of different Backyard Games so Ladder Ball is no different. Ladder ball is such a good game to play at a BBQ with family or friends.
It’s easy to assemble and when collapsed, portable enough it can even be a hit at your next camping trip.
One minor drawback to Ladder Ball is that some of the widely available sets can be somewhat fragile. As you throw your bola at the Ladder Ball ladder, it might occasionally disassemble, requiring you to put it back together.
Meanwhile, your bola may miss the ladder due to this unexpected interruption.
Try the game and if you like it you might find yourself wanting to build a DIY Ladder Ball post or buy a more heavy-duty version. Obviously then, the more heavy-duty, the less portable the game becomes.
Overall, this game is still one of our entertaining “go-tos”. Keep reading for the rules to play.
What’s Included in Ladder Ball Game
Check the latest price of Ladder Ball online to get your own before you begin. Included in the Ladder Ball Game set is the plastic “pvc-like” piping that has connectors at each end for assembly.
You’ll receive plastic tubes to assemble a base and an upright structure.
Also included in the game are the throwing pieces, called Bolas. Bolas means two balls connected by a string.
Each string has 1 ping pong ball at each end of the string. Receive a set of 3 Bolas for a red set and a set of 3 Bolas for a blue set.
How to Setup Ladder Ball
For setup, take the PVC piping that has round connector ends and place a straight plastic piece in each of them, take another end and place it on the other side of those sticks.
Do the same for the last remaining sticks however, place the 3 horizontal pipes in the square before you connect the 2 pieces. Once you have the 3 horizontal pipes secured then place them in the base. Now your post will be set up.
Place each post at the opposite side of your playing area, the distance for Ladderball is approx 15 feet or 5 paces between each post. Give each teammate or person 3 of the throwing pieces, either red or blue.
Now you are ready to play Ladder Ball.
How to play Ladder Ball:
You can play this game with either 2 or 4 people.
If playing with 2 each person stands with one person on each side. If you are playing a doubles team, you and your teammate stand opposite of each other.
Similar to how you would play horseshoes, the ladder ball rules are pretty simple. Decide which person or team gets to go first.
That person gets to throw the Bola first at the post opposite them. You are aiming to wrap the Bola around one of the three ladder rungs.
How to Score in Ladder Ball:
- The top bar equals 3 points
- The middle bar equals 2 points
- The lower bar equals 1 point
- If you wrap it around the side of the ladder, the point is applied to whichever row it is on
- If you miss the Ladder rungs altogether, 0 points
The points system works so that if each person gets 3 points it cancels out and no one gets any points. If blue gets 3 and red gets 2, you give 1 point to team blue.
So for example: Team blue gets 2 pieces on the lower and middle rows. Team Red gets 1 piece on the top row. Each team got 3 points in total which cancels each other out so each team is still at 0 before the next round. As you can see, if both teams get close to the same score it can make it challenging.
It can also be a fast game if one person gets lucky and wraps 3 Bolas around the top row for a total of 9 points. It’s harder to aim for the top row so this attempt can be a risky play.
Beware, it is possible for your piece to fall or slide off when another Bola lands on that same rung, so the round isn’t over till it’s over.
The game is won when the first player or first team reaches 12 or 21.