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->'''Sunny Day:''' "[[CatchPhrase Hi-de-ho]], sports fans!"

'''''Backyard Sports''''', formerly called ''Junior Sports'', is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sports]] video game series originally made by Creator/HumongousEntertainment, which was later bought by Creator/{{Atari}}. It is currently owned by Day6 Sports Group, who has since rebooted it as a MobilePhoneGame series, which is far from the series' original computer game roots. It is the only game series that had licensing from all the major professional sports leagues in North America: UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball, UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer, the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, the UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation, and the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague.

There have been over thirty games published in the series, the first few of which are regarded as quite good and the last few of which are regarded as awful. There are six main brands associated with the series:
* ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Backyard Baseball]]''
* ''[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Backyard Soccer]]''
* ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Backyard Football]]''
* ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} Backyard Basketball]]''
* ''[[UsefulNotes/IceHockey Backyard Hockey]]''
* ''Backyard Skateboarding'' (which has only produced one game and its [[UpdatedRerelease Game of the Year Edition]]).

The series has also spawned [[TheAnimeOfTheGame a TV special]] (''NFL Backyard Basics: Football Tips from the Pros'') and [[TieInNovel a few books]], as well as a ComicBookAdaptation (a {{prequel}} to the game ''Sandlot Sluggers'').

The series was originally only CompetitiveMultiplayer, but starting with ''Backyard Football '10'', CoOpMultiplayer is also in the games.

A demo version of ''Baseball 2001'' can be [[ftp://ftp.infogrames.net/demos/backyardbaseball/bbdemo.exe downloaded]] from Infogrames, and a trial version of ''Sandlot Sluggers'' can be [[http://files.atari.com/installers/BYS_SandlotSluggers_PC_Atari_demo.exe downloaded]] from Atari.
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!!The series in general provides examples of:
* AnachronismStew: The pros being kids in modern times. Not only that, but also by the time some of the pros were born, others would've already been teenagers or even adults. ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame NFL Backyard Basics]]'' handles this by having the present-day pros turn into kids while they're in the Clubhouse.
* BigBrotherWorship: Amir Khan, to Achmed. In some games, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration he even gets a massive stat bonus]] if he and Achmed are on the same team.
* CelebrityPower: The pros, who are always better than the neighborhood kids. Justified if you think about it, since the pros specialize in their respective sports while the neighborhood kids [[JackOfAllStats play many different sports]].
* CelebrityStar: The pros.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: 13 characters.
* CommutingOnABus: Amir, Gretchen, and Stephanie in ''Backyard Baseball 2007''.
* ConspicuousCG: When the player sprites were changed to pre-rendered images, the spectators in the background were still 2D drawings. Likewise, when the camera zooms in on the game (i.e., when someone's at bat or doing penalty kicks), the players look like cartoons again.
* CousinOliver: Joey, Samantha, and Arthur.
* DeskJockey: Many of the announcers.
* DummiedOut: [[{{Area 51}} Area 51½]]/[[TheTropeWithoutATitle A Nameless Field]] from the ''Soccer'' series.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first three games seem heavily stripped down compared to the later ones. The first two lacked the pro players that would become such an icon of the series mere years later, ''Baseball'' only allows for one-color teams instead of two, the menu navigation was completely different and did not use the streamlined forward-and-back arrow mechanic, the player stats were measured on a one-to-four scale instead of one-to-ten, you couldn't pick a home field for a season game, and several other things that would be considered major staples are completely absent (for instance, the "power-up obtained" sound). The outfield viewpoint also featured hand-drawn figures instead of the CGI ones that became more prominent later on.
* FiveTokenBand: The series featured 30 characters and lot of them were ethnic, so most of the time you could make your team like this trope. These included nine blacks (Keisha, Jocinda, Dante, Stephanie, the Dobbs, Mikey, Ricky, and Ernie), three Hispanics (Maria, Jorge, and Pablo), three Asians (Luanne and the Kawaguchis), two Arabs (the Khans), and thirteen whites (Annie, Billy Jean, the Webbers, the Delvecchios, Lisa, Dmitri, Gretchen, Kimmy, Pete, Reese, and Marky).
* FourFingeredHands: Most characters have these.
* GenreBusting: The series in its early days runs on the SCUMM[[note]]Script Creation Utility for ManiacMansion[[/note]] engine, mostly used for LucasArts adventure games and the other HumongousEntertainment series. While the point-and-click aspect remains, mainly for menu selection and player drafting, seeing an adventure game engine run a sports game seems ''bizarre.''
* GeographicFlexibility: The Neighborhood changes in every game.
* HelloInsertNameHere
* HolidayMode: Some games have a dynamic menu that changes with the season. However, in all games, playing the game on a kid's birthday will buff their stats for the day.
* InSeriesNickname: Every playable character has one.
* JackOfAllStats: Meta-example--the neighborhood kids are always [[CelebrityPower overshadowed by the pros]] because the pros specialize in their respective sports, while the neighborhood kids play many different sports. Each specific game also has their own general Jack of All Stats. Ex. in ''Baseball 2005'', it's Jorge Garcia, while in the 2001/03 versions it was Sally Dobbs.
* LampshadeHanging: The announcers often do this.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Every playable character has one.
** When the games went 3D, each character got a ''new'' leitmotif... except Pablo.
* LighterAndSofter: The series became this over time, despite attempts to make it DarkerAndEdgier.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: 30 main characters plus countless others.
* LongRunner: The series started in 1997 and put out installments every year through 2010.
* MadLibsDialogue: Sunny Day. Her partners avert this, however (as does Sunny herself in ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame NFL Backyard Basics]]'').
* MarketBasedTitle: The series is sometimes called Junior Sports, its original title, in Europe.
* TheMissingno: The generic kids can be put on your team in ''Backyard Baseball'' through [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/580459-backyard-baseball/faqs/60092 editing the coach file]], but since they were never intended to appear on the Strategy screen or Meet the Players their graphics are garbled into pieces from other graphics. At worst, they crash the game from trying to display non-existent ones.
** This is averted in games starting with ''Backyard Hockey'' however, as they are all properly set up yet only scripted to not appear on the bleachers.
* NotQuiteStarring: Obviously, the pros do not do their own voices (except in ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame NFL Backyard Basics]]'').
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The custom players, due to technical limitations -- except in early games where it was just "Custom Player".
* OnlySixFaces: There are only a few "custom" player faces available.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: The kids, by the pros.
* ParentalBonus: The references to 1980s culture.
* ProductPlacement: Parodied with 110% Juice.
* PunnyName: The announcers and certain unlockable players and coaches.
* RaceLift: The generic season kids have a different appearance in every game.
* RecycledSoundtrack
* SecretCharacter: There have been many, Mr. Clanky being the most common.
* SelfImposedChallenge: A relatively popular one is picking all the worst players on the highest difficulty and trying to go undefeated in Season Mode. Doubly so in the games that include the pros.
* {{Sequelphobic}}: This was IGN's reaction to the series.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The pros, again.
** As of ''Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers'', they were gone until the handheld games in 2015.
* StealthPun: Sunny Day's name is a nod to the name of HumongousEntertainment's co-founder Shelley Day.
* TeamShot: In every game except ''Backyard Skateboarding''.
* TieInNovel: The Backyard Books.
* TookALevelInBadass: The kids' stats vary between sports, causing kids with awful stats in one sport to suddenly become very good in another. For example, Ricky Johnson has a ''terrible'' batting stat in ''Baseball'', but is an excellent kicker in ''Football'' and ''Soccer''. Some also invert this trope, going from being good to awful.
* UnnamedParent: No kid's parents have names.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Upon winning a championship, photos of your team's players celebrating their victory are usually shown alongside the credits. How they celebrate depends on the game.
* WorldOfPun: Most team names are puns, as are those of most of the announcers.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Many characters in the later games have weird hair colors.

!!Certain installments of the series provide examples of:
* AbandonedWarehouse: A stage like this, appropriately called Vacant Warehouse, appears in ''Backyard Soccer''.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Cactus Gulch in ''Backyard Football''.
* {{Area 51}}: [[DummiedOut Area 51½]] (also known as [[TheTropeWithoutATitle A Nameless Field]]) from the ''Soccer'' series.
* ArtificialStupidity: The Mul-T-Puk air hockey minigame in ''Backyard Hockey'' has exceptionally stupid AI. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL3RVCzf5uw This video says it all.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Invoked and lampshaded in ''Backyard Baseball 2001/Soccer: MLS Edition/Soccer 2004''; one of the {{Credits Gag}}s is "Click here to listen to the awesome credits song. Oh, and see the Smarty Pants who made this game."
* BananaPeel: There is a powerup called Banana Peel in ''Backyard Hockey'' which sends the opponent into a Slippery Skid, even though there is no actual banana peel in the powerup except for the icon.
* BarrierWarrior: A force field that lasts a few minutes is a powerup in ''Backyard Football''.
* BattleInTheRain: The opening cutscene in ''Backyard Football 2002''.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: There is a Yeti ''team'' in ''Backyard Hockey 2005''.
* ContinuityNod: from ''Baseball 2005''; in [[DriveInTheater Starlite Orchards]], you can see the intro movie from ''Football'' playing on the big screen.
** Also, Buddy Cheque (the ''Hockey'' commentator) makes an offhand reference to Vinnie the Gooch, the original commentator for the ''Baseball'' games.
* ContinuityReboot: Arguably, ''Backyard Baseball 2007''.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Although ''Soccer 2004'' was the last game to feature the kids' original designs, the box art depicted their then-new appearances.
* ClockTower: There is one in the neighborhood in ''Backyard Skateboarding''.
* CreditsGag: If you simply hover the mouse over the credits button in ''Backyard Baseball 2001'', ''Backyard Soccer: MLS Edition'' and ''Backyard Soccer 2004'', you get some humorous messages at the bottom of the screen.
* DeadlyGas: A powerup in ''Backyard Football 2006''.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: ''Backyard Skateboarding'', for the bosses. Also, Jimmy Knuckles in ''Sandlot Sluggers''.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''Football 2002'' has the NFL license, and thus the Miami Dolphins are a playable team. However, one custom team name is the Orcas, which are a species of dolphins.
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: Played straight in ''Backyard Football'', where the twister powerup blows the opponents away when they touch it.
* DriveInTheater: Starlite Orchards Drive-In in ''Backyard Baseball 2005''.
* EasierThanEasy: T-Ball mode in ''Backyard Baseball''.
* EasterEgg: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIctEzMuP0Y All your base are belong to Humongous.]]
** Entering "Houstons" as a coach name in ''Backyard Football 2002'' adds the Houston Texans as a team name and logo.
** In the original ''Football'', the kicker for the Dolphins in season mode is named Ray, the same name as the kicker who wanted to [[AceVentura kill Dan Marino]] (who happens to be in the game himself).
* {{Feelies}}: Earlier installments came with promotional cards of the Backyard kids and pros. The ones that came with ''Baseball'' were an ObviousBeta, however, as some kids' clothes are differently colored, and their pitching and fielding stats are inaccurate and labeled as "Throwing" and "Catching".
* FireIceLightning: Powerups in ''Baseball'' are based off all three, along with [[MakingASplash water]] (the spitball).
* FollowTheLeader: The 3D Football games are similar to ''VideoGame/{{Madden|NFL}}'', while ''Skateboarding'' copied the gameplay of ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4]]'', right down to the control scheme.
* FlyingSaucer: In Wheeler Acres in ''Backyard Baseball 2005''.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: A stage in ''Backyard Football 2004''.
* GhibliHills: The forest in ''Football 2006''.
* GloriousMotherRussia: The Cagey Bees team in ''Backyard Soccer''.
* GuideDangIt: Merry Olde Englandland in ''Backyard Skateboarding'' has coins that are on top of the castle towers, but there is no way of reaching them normally, which is a pretty bad thing in a game where hard-to-reach areas are usually accessed by grinding on hard-to-see power lines and wires. What's the solution, you ask? You jump into ''perfectly normal looking rocks'' which teleport you to the towers. There is no hint in the entire game that you're supposed to do this, and on top of that, ''it doesn't even work on all the rocks!'' The Game of the Year Edition partially solved this by adding wooden arrows pointing to the specific rocks, but even then, that's still hardly an indicator the rocks actually ''do'' anything.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Juice heals you in ''Baseball'' and ''Basketball''.
* AnIcePerson: Freezing is a powerup in several of the games.
* ItsAlwaysSpring: Averted in ''Football 2004'', where the climate changes with real-world climate.
* JokeItem: The powerup The Fang in ''Baseball''. It will always be a ball even if it is thrown in the strike zone.
** LethalJokeItem: It's designed to trick the batter into swinging (if they do, they'll always miss).
** Actually you can get it in the corner of the strike zone if the player's strike zone is big enough.
* KungFuSonicBoom: The Sonic Boom powerup in ''Football''.
* LimitBreak: Hot Hand and Dunk in ''Basketball''.
* LoadingScreen: In ''Football 2006''.
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Screaming Line Drive in ''Baseball''.
* MeaningfulName: In ''Backyard Hockey'', Beverly Backstop is the best goalie in the game...because she stops the puck.
* MultiMookMelee: In ''Baseball 2005'', the Fielders' Challenge is against an endless team of dummies.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: From the original ''Baseball'' 's credits: "No hot dogs were consumed in the making of this game. Okay, maybe a few."
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Tokyo Field in ''Baseball 2007'' is an obvious replica of Tokyo Dome.
* NoEnding: ''Football'' on the GBA has ''no ending at all.'' You don't even get a trophy for winning the Cereal Bowl.
* NonIndicativeName: ''Hockey'' does not take place in a backyard.
* NostalgiaLevel: Steele Stadium in ''Baseball 2005'', looking exactly as it did in the original (except it is in 3D).
* ObviousRulePatch:
** In the original ''Baseball'', the only way to get a batting power-up was to make a successful base hit off a special pitch. However, in order to get a special pitch in the first place, the pitcher has to strike someone out. Obviously this meant a skilled player might never have the opportunity to ever obtain a batting power-up. ''Baseball 2001'' fixed this by also making them obtainable through double plays.
** ''Football 2002'' had a power-up called the Invincible Run. It was extremely unbalanced and did little more than make a touchdown completely guaranteed unless the player ran across the field way in advance until the power-up wore off, but even then the if the opposing player was anywhere past a third of the way down the field, the power-up would last too long and the running back would typically make it to the endzone before it wore off. The [=GameCube=] version {{Nerf}}ed this pretty considerably by having the running back slow down every time he was tackled when the power-up was in effect.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: ''Backyard Soccer: MLS Edition'' is the only one to not be named after a year, up until ''Sandlot Sluggers''.
* OldSaveBonus: Having a ''Basketball'' [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] save file unlocks Barry Dejay in ''Baseball'' [=PS2=].
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Batting in ''Baseball''.
** Outside shooting from ''Backyard Basketball''. Create a custom character, max that stat, repeatedly throw 3-pointers from anywhere on the court.
* OneSteveLimit: Happens in the original ''Baseball'' and ''Soccer''. Averted in the later games, due to the pros -- I.e. Lisa Leslie and Crocket in ''Basketball''.
* PalmtreePanic: The Boardwalk in ''Baseball 2005''.
* PatchworkMap: The island in ''Football 2006''.
* PowerupLetdown: The Chameleon play in ''Football'', which turns your team uniforms into the offense uniforms. It really backfires, as it's still easy to tell what players are yours, and it's [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard impossible to fool the computer]]. 2-player mode doesn't do any better; you can't highlight the pass icon over the defense, so the power up becomes worthless.
* ProductPlacement: In ''Soccer 2004'', Carlos Valderrama mentions that his favorite TV program is ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' (which counts as one of Humongous' self-promotions, as they made many of ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues''' {{Licensed Game}}s).
* RecycledINSPACE: ''Football 2006'' is ''Football''...[[foldercontrol]]

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* {{Retraux}}: [[spoiler:Babe Ruth]] in ''Backyard Baseball 2009'' is done in a retro style.
* RogerRabbitEffect: ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame NFL Backyard Basics]]''.
* SaveScumming: The six save slots in the original ''Baseball'' were probably meant for this.
* SelfInsertFic
** Typing in certain names for your coach in ''Hockey'' gave you three different teams featuring the game's art staff, producers, and programmers as kids.
** As well, in ''Football 2004'', Rhett Mathis, the original games' music composer, can be seen as an NPC kid on Season Mode teams.
* ShoutOut: Angela Delvecchio was the main character in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Friend_to_Die_For a Friend to Die For]]''.
** Jorge Garcia is the name of [[Creator/JorgeGarcia a comedian]], best known for his role of Hurley in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. This may have been unintentional, because the games came out years before ''Lost'' premiered.
** The Weber sisters are based off the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_sisters Williams sisters]].
** Although probably not intentional, Ronny Dobbs is also the name of quite possibly the most well known recurring character from ''Mr. Show''.
** ''Baseball 2003'' has Keisha Phillips enter with her saying "Uh, oh, here she comes" (the hidden captions add "Maneater" at the end; making this a reference to the 1982 Hall & Oates song "Maneater").
* SillinessSwitch: Cheat codes in ''Basketball'' for the [=PS2=] make really big and small heads.
** Even more so in ''Football 2006'', where cheats can give characters big/small heads, big/small hands, etc; even different footballs-- from a watermelon to a chocolate eclair to a ''banana slug''.
* SinglePalletteTown: Cyan Lane (which is, well, cyan) in ''Football 2006''.
* SlipperySkid: A powerup in ''Hockey'' causes this to happen.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The pros in ''Soccer: MLS Edition'' did have unique themes, but they can't be heard in the "Meet the Kids" screen. Instead, the menu song/previous kid's theme keeps playing, resulting in things like a lot of pros using Billy Jean Blackwood's cajun leitmotif.
* SpinningPaper: Whenever you unlock something in ''Baseball 2005''.
* SprintMeter: The juice meter in ''Baseball''.
* SprintShoes: There are sprint skates in ''Hockey''.
* StealthPun: There are a few examples, such as Duksana Pond in ''Hockey''.
** In some of the pros' endings, they are checking out something related to their team name.
* StopPokingMe: One of Kiesha Phillips' quotes in ''Basketball'' is "[[BreakingTheFourthWall Stop that clicking, man! It tickles!]]"
* StuffBlowingUp: The Bomb Ball in ''Soccer''.
* SuperMode: There is an invincibility powerup in ''Hockey''.
* SuperSpeed: A powerup in ''Basketball'', ''Hockey'', and ''Skateboarding''.
* TakeThat: Not in the game proper, but in a pitch for the original ''Backyard Baseball'' that former developer Richard Moe shared on the Humongous Alumni page on Facebook, there was one pretty harsh one towards [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Sports]] games.
--> Designed for kids aged 5 to 10, Backyard Baseball will provide all the gripping realism of an adult-style baseball simulation but allow you to actually win, instead of having the computer beat you every single time by a score of 12 to nothing and you get so mad you want to rip the CD into little shreds and call up EA Sports and tell them how crappy their little game is because you can never get a hit, let alone a win and whatís the point of playing if you canít do well at all, even once in a while, is that too much to ask?
* {{Tomorrowland}}: Quantum Field in ''Baseball 2005''.
* ToonTransformation: The pros who visit the Clubhouse in ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame NFL Backyard Basics]]''.
* TheTropeWithoutATitle: [[DummiedOut A Nameless Field]] (also known as [[{{Area 51}} Area 51½]]) from the ''Soccer'' series.
* UnderTheSea: The Aquadome in ''Baseball 2005''.
* TheVoice: The mother calling for dinner in Dobbaguchi Arena in ''Basketball''.
* AWinnerIsYou:
** The GBA games, except ''Football'', which has no ending.
** ''Backyard Baseball 2001'' and ''Soccer: MLS Edition'' removed the rewards for winning, besides getting a picture in the Hall of Fame.
** In the ''Football'' games on the PC, beating the game as Mr. Clanky's Tackling Dummies gives you a simple victory photo. Justified as this team only consists of robots who probably aren't programmed to [[spoiler:ride rides at an amusement park]].
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-->'''Sunny Day''': "This is Sunny Day, signing off!"