Time to get out and stretch your arms, legs, and vocal cords with a fun game of Frisbee 500! This game can get a little physical depending on the players, so if your group is a rough and tumble one, you may want to get out the football helmets and pads for safety! If you’re playing with kids, it’s a great math exercise and they won’t even realize they’re doing it!
How to Play
The more players you have, the more fun this game will be, but you need a minimum of 3 to play. In the beginning, choose someone to be the thrower. The rest of the group will all be catchers. The thrower tosses the Frisbee out into the group and yells out a point value (usually between 50 and 500). Whoever catches it gets the amount of points called out. If it hits the ground before anyone catches it, then no points are awarded. If someone catches the Frisbee, but then drops it, those points are subtracted from their score! The first person to 500 points wins the game and becomes the thrower for the next game.
There are some bonus things you can call out when throwing the Frisbee. A common one is "Jackpot!" which means that the throw is worth 500 points and whoever catches it is the automatic winner. This is great for someone who is maybe sick of throwing or has to leave the game. Another one is "Peanut butter!" and whoever catches it is stuck to the ground for the next throw. Or "Flush!" which means that whoever catches it loses all his/her points. These are fun to call out to try to trick players who aren't listening.
The rules of this game are easy to alter for different groups of players. If you’re playing with a group of younger kids that may have a hard time keeping up with changing values, you can assign each catch a standard number of points, such as 100, so they know that if they’ve caught it 3 times they have 300 points. Just make sure everyone knows the rules before starting so there's no fighting over how to play the game.
Don’t have a Frisbee? No problem, just grab a football or even a Nerf aero flyer! Any type of ball or disc will work.
Tips for the Thrower
If you’re the thrower you can easily be the most fun person or the biggest drag on the game depending on how you handle yourself. If you like being the thrower, it may be tempting to call the lowest amount of points possible each time so you can hang onto your spot longer. Don’t be a ball hog! No one likes that! If you want to keep your throne for a while but not be accused of calling the smallest amount of points, just try to throw it near the worst catcher when you call high point values. If you notice that someone is being too aggressive or pushy, throw the Frisbee as far from them as possible a few times and hopefully they’ll get the hint.
Tips for the Catcher
The variations of Frisbee 500 are endless! Not only does this get some friendly competition going, it gets everyone outside and in the fresh air no matter what version of Frisbee 500 you choose. You can even try to get campers at nearby sites to join you as a great way to make new friends!