How to Install a Tetherball


Tetherball is a simple game consisting of two or more players hitting a ball tethered by a rope to a pole. The object of the game is to wrap the rope around the pole by hitting the ball back and forth. Installing a tetherball pole is a simple way to have fun with a fairly limited amount of space.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-foot steel pole 2 to 3 inches in diameter
  • One back quick drying cement
  • Shovel or post hole digger
  • Tetherball
  • 8-foot tetherball rope
  • Swivel hook or eye-bolt

Installing the Pole

  • Drill a hole in the top of the pole and insert the swivel hook. This will give the ball full range of motion when done.

  • Use a shovel or post-hole digger to make a hole 2 feet deep and about 6 inches in diameter. Place the pole in the hole.

  • Fill hole with mixture of quick-drying cement and water, following the directions on the bag. While the cement dries, level the pole so that it stands at a 90-degree angle from the ground. If desired, you can tie the pole to stakes to be sure it doesn't shift while the concrete dries.

  • Chip away extra cement so that the platform is level with or below the ground to avoid players tripping or stubbing their toes.

Attaching the Tetherball

  • Tie the rope to the swivel hook at the top of the pole.

  • Tie the rope to the tetherball. Depending on the type of tetherball you've purchased, you will tie a knot to an external loop or around a recessed pole in the ball.

  • Measure the distance between the hanging ball and the ground. It should be about 2 feet.

  • Check the swivel to ensure 360-degree rotation. Lubricate or reinstall swivel hook if there's a problem.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan on keeping your tetherball and rope inside, install a 3-foot length of chain from the top of the pole and attach the rope to that so you don't have to use a ladder to get it down.
  • This pole will be there forever. If you want to be able to remove it occasionally, install a 2-foot long pipe sleeve in the ground using the quick-drying cement so that the pole can slide in and out fairly easily.

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