How to Make a Tether Ball Court

Tether Ball is a marked yard game that originated in North America. Two opposing players attempt to hit a ball that is tethered to the top of a stationary metal pole while standing within a marked court. One player hits the ball clockwise, the other counterclockwise, until the winner is crowned when the ball is successfully wound all the way around the pole. You can easily build your own tether ball court with a few inexpensive supplies and some time and energy. Read the article below to learn how to make a tether ball court.

Steps

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    Build a tether ball pole.
    • Weld two 10-inch (25 cm) pieces of steel rebar together in a cross formation.
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    • Weld a 10-foot (3 meter)-long piece of 2-inch (5 cm) pipe vertically to the center of the welded crossbars.
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    • Weld an eye bolt to the top of the vertical pole.
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    Secure the tether ball pole.
    • Lay a used car tire on its side and place it inside a large heavy duty trash bag.
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    • Place the bottom crossbar stand of the tether ball pole inside the used tire.
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    • Mix concrete per its label instructions and fill the tire with wet concrete, cementing the tether ball pole firmly in place.
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    • Allow the concrete to dry fully. You will typically need to dry the cement overnight, but check the manufacturer's label for specific instructions.
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    Attach a tether ball to a 6-foot (1.82 meters) length of rope. Then, attach the other end of the rope to the eye bolt.
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    Create the tether ball court.
    • Select an appropriate play area, free of obstruction and on level ground.
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    • Draw a circle on the ground, approximately 12 feet (3.65 meters) in diameter. Use spray paint to draw the circle on grass or dirt. Use chalk to draw the circle on cement.
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    • Relocate the completed tether ball pole to the center of the circle.
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    • Draw a line through the center of the circle, separating it into two halves. The line should intersect the tether ball pole's midpoint.
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Tips

  • To make a mobile tether ball court, attach wheels to the base of the tire.
  • A volleyball, soccer ball or large rubber kick ball may be used in place of a tether ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Welding equipment
  • 2 10-inch pieces of steel rebar
  • 1 10-ft long (2-inch wide) pipe
  • 1 eye bolt
  • Rope
  • Tether ball
  • Garbage bag
  • Cement mix
  • Used car tire
  • Chalk
  • Spray paint

Article Info

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