Outdoor games are a great way to enjoy the amazing weather we experience on the SF Peninsula.. We’ve rounded up the rules so you’ll have your go-to games on hand for gatherings or just those long, lazy weekends in your Bay Meadows backyard.
It’s playtime at Bay Meadows… Grab some friends and neighbors, prepare your picnic spreads and enjoy the great outdoors just steps from home – any day of the week! Get the rules and description to any of these games in the links below and play ball!
Bocce in Landing Green Park!
Bocce. Eight large balls and one smaller target or object ball called a pallina are used. There are four balls per team and they are made of a different color or pattern to distinguish the balls of one team from those of the other team.
Ping pong next to the beer garden and just steps from Survey Monkey’s HQ in Town Square!
Ping Pong. The ball must rest on an open hand palm. Then it must be tossed up at least 6 inches and struck so the ball first bounces on the server’s side and then the opponent’s side. If the serve is legal except that it touches the net, it is called a let serve. Let serves are not scored and are reserved.
Badminton or Ultimate Frisbee on the large lawn space in Paddock Park!
Badminton. The aim of badminton is to hit the shuttle with your racket so that it passes over the net and lands inside your opponent’s half of the court. Whenever you do this, you have won a rally; win enough rallies, and you win the match.
Ultimate Frisbee. The object of the game is to move the frisbee disc down the field to score more goals than your opponent. Ultimate Frisbee is a super fun, fast-paced football-type game that uses a disc instead of a football.
Volleyball, Spikeball or Cornhole in Bay Meadows Park!
Volleyball. Get ready to bump, set and spike! Volleyball is played by two teams of six players on a court divided by a net. The object of the game is to send the ball over the net so that the opposing team cannot return the ball or prevent it from hitting the ground in their court.
Spikeball. The sport of roundnet is played 2 vs 2, with a hoola hoop sized Spikeball net placed between the teams. A player starts a point by serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets up at his opponents. They have up to three hits between them (just like Volleyball) to control the ball and bounce it back off the net. When they miss, you score.
Cornhole. Set up your boards directly facing each other with 27 feet between the front edge of each board. Cornhole can be played with 2 or 4 players. Pick which side of the board you’ll throw from. In a 4-player game, your partner’s pitching box will be directly across from you.
… and if you are lucky enough to live or have friends at The Russell apartments, there’s a Petanque Court, a French lawn game similar to bocce!
Petanque. Petanque and boule can be played by singles, doubles or triples. In singles or doubles, each player has 3 balls. In triples, each player has two balls. The game is about getting your own balls placed closer to the jack than your opponent’s.
At Bay Meadows, we’re home to more than 18-acres of rambling open space, sustainably designed streetscapes, ribbons of trails and a series of one-of-a-kind pocket parks. Get out and enjoy!
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