Building a Tetherball Set for Your Backyard

What You'll Need
Pole (about 12 feet long)
Tetherball and rope
Mounting clip
Post hole digger
Wooden braces

A tetherball set is one of the most popular activities on a school playground, though people of all ages can enjoy this game as well. What's better, the tools and equipment necessary for a game of tetherball are inexpensive and easy to come by. It also doesn't take up much space in your yard as well, making it the perfect game to include on your property if you are looking to conserve space. Read on for a brief guide on how to build a tetherball set for your backyard.

Step 1 -- Select an Appropriate Location

The first thing to do is to select the location for your tetherball setup. The pole for the game should be located several feet away from any wall, building, or other obstacles. This will ensure that there is plenty of room for the ball to swing, regardless of how long the rope is, and that the ball won't hit any objects if it does swing too high.

Step 2 -- Clear the Area for the Pole

Next, clear out the area where you want to place the pole. Make sure that you don't run the risk of digging into any electrical or gas lines, as this could be very dangerous. Remove any debris, plant or rocks that might be in the area.

Use the shovel to roughly level out the area. It doesn't have to be entirely level yet, as you'll return to this project after the pole is mounted. However, having a level base for the tetherball area makes it easier to install the pole.

Step 3 -- Dig a Hole

Dig a hole 2 feet into the ground with the post hole digger. Ensure that the hole is wide enough for the tetherball pole base.

Step 4 -- Mix and Pour Cement

Mix the cement with water according to the instructions on the cement packaging. Pour the cement into the hole until about half of it is full.

Step 5 -- Mount the Pole

Place the base of the tetherball pole into the cement in the bottom of the hole before it has a chance to set. Use the level to ensure that the pole is mounted straight. Pour in the remaining cement to bring the hole up to ground level. Set the wooden braces up around the pole to ensure that it stays in a perfectly straight position while the cement sets.

Step 6 -- Complete the Tetherball Area

Once the cement dries, attach the tetherball and rope to the top of the pole using the mounting clip. Make sure that the rope is as long or as short as you'd like so that it doesn't drag the ball on the ground or hit any other items in the area. Figure out how far away you'll stand to play the game, then use the shovel to completely level out the area around the pole to that distance.