GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted March
    4th, 2013


    Ladder Ball: A Great Group Game


    Happy Camper Blog



    Ladder ballInteresting
    fact before we talk about the rules of the game: some speculate that the game
    may have originated as early as the 1900’s and believe the bola is a stand-in
    for a live snake, which cowboys in the western United States used to throw at
    fences or branches for points.

    It takes the saying “In
    my day…” to a whole new level.

    Anyways, let’s get
    into how to play Ladder Ball, aka Ladder Golf, Bolo Toss, Boloball or Hillbilly


    • Two or more players or


    • “Ladder” with 3 rungs: a top, middle
      and a bottom.
    • Each player has 3 golf ball bolas. A bola is two golf balls
      attached by a nylon

    Object of the

    • To wrap your bolas around the rungs of the ladder.

    the Game:

    • Laddar Ball
      can be a two to four player game, individuals or
    • Ladders should be positioned 15 feet apart, for
      the “official toss line”, but most players measure five paces from the game
      ladder to set the toss line.
    • The game is played in rounds
      and each round consists of all players tossing 3 bolas
    • A coin toss is used to decide which player or team
      will toss first.
    • The first player or team must toss all 3
      bolas before the next player or team is able to toss his or her
    • Bolas can be tossed in anyway the player chooses,
      as long as they are tossed individually. They can also be bounced off the
    • The winner of the round earns the first toss in
      the next round.
    • In addition, if players from opposing
      teams have bolas hanging from the same rung at the end of the round, those
      points “cancel each other out” and neither team scores those


    • Points are
      determined by which rung your bola wraps around.
    • The top
      rung is worth 3 points the middle rung is worth 2 points and the bottom rung
      is worth 1 point.
    • Players can score an optional bonus of
      1 point by hanging all 3 bolas from the same step or by hanging a bola on all
      3 rungs in one round.
    • The highest amount of points
      available per player is 10. This is accomplished by hanging all 3 bolas on
      the top


    • Games
      are played to an exact point total of 21.
    • In order to
      win, a player must be the only one to score exactly 21 points after the
      completion of a round.
    • If a player goes over the exact
      point total, that players points for that round do not
    • When one player or team reaches 21 or more points
      before an opponent reaches 20 points, the team or player scoring 21 or more
      is the winner.
    • All games must be won by a least 2
    • If after all players have tossed all their bolas,
      and one team has scored 21 points, but it’s not at least 2 points ahead of
      the other players, then the game continues until one team can outscore the
      other by at least 2 points.
    • In the case of a tie at 21,
      the players that tie will play as many overtime rounds as needed until one
      player ends a complete round 2 points ahead of the other
    • After all teams have tossed all their bolas,
      scoring is determined by the bolas that are still hanging from the
    • Players can knock-off bolas during the course of
      the game, in fact knocking-off other players bolas is encouraged and a good
      way to play defensively.

    Learn how
    to build your own ladder ball game