Backyard Baseball

Backyard Baseball captures the spirit of an impromptu game played by two teams of two kids each. The game lasts three innings. Each half-inning consists of a series of plays, each of which has four steps:

1. The fielding player positions the fielder pawn, then secretly chooses a pitch card.
2. The batter chooses a batting card, both players reveal their cards, and roll the die.
3. Compare the roll to the # on the pitcher’s card; if it’s less, check the pitcher’s card to see where the ball goes, otherwise use the batter’s card. If the fielder pawn is there, it’s an out, otherwise it’s a hit!
4. The batter may try to extend the play and advance the runner(s), but the pitcher gets to play a card to try to throw the lead runner out.

The batting team only has two pawns, so when a pawn that’s on base has to bat, it’s replaced with a ghost runner.

If a runner reaches home, the batting team scores a point (run).

After three outs, the teams switch roles and repeat the process.

The team with the higher score after three innings wins!


All proceeds from the sale of this game will be donated to CurePSP, the society dedicated to finding treatment for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, in memory of my Dad, who passed away from the disease in 2007.


NOTE:  You are purchasing the digital files for this game.  You will need to print the files out to make the board and cards needed play the game.  In addition you will need to provide:

  • 1 die
  • 7 pawns or tokens (2 blue, 2 red, 3 white)
  • 5 cubes or markers
  • 1 disc or coin




BoardGameGeek Backyard Baseball page: A good place to view or post ratings, comments, reviews, session reports, or rules questions.


Additional information

Game Design

Jeff Warrender

Graphic Design

Jeff Warrender


Belltower Games (web-published)