Updated: December 2017
Tetherball Set Reviews:The classic game of tetherball has been played on playgrounds across America for decades. I grew up playing the sport with my friends at school and we used to have the old fashioned tetherball set that was planted securely in an old tire with cement in the middle. I remember my hands hurting after hitting the ball at recess so some of us brought ski gloves to play with. The newer tetherball balls are much softer and way more forgiving on your hands. The object of the game is to get the ball (attached to a thin rope line) to wind all around the pole with no slack left in your direction. The players go back and forth hitting the ball over and around their opponent. The game is fast paced and can be played by kids and adults of all ages. Usually the one that is taller has an advantage but that is not always the case. If your kids are asking for a tetherball set then you should look into your options for a home set.
The best kind are the portable tetherball sets that you can put anywhere in your yard. Many reviews we read online from owners mentioned that they actually had a few locations in their backyards that they used them. Some owners said they placed the pole in a perminent spot with cement which made it very sturdy. Most of the tetherball sets we looked into had a 12 inch sleeve that fits into the ground (can be cemented in) and the pole fits into to that securely. The top rated Park & Sun TP-158 Deluxe Power Pole Tetherball Set is the best seller on Amazon and features everything that you would need. The only complaint was that the ball seemed a bit flimsy either fading in the sun easily or loosing air too quick. The best solution to making any tetherball pole a portable one is to create a solid base with a tire filled with cement. Place the sleeve or pole directly into the cement for a solid fit. Steel poles are the highest quality and so that is what should be a main concern when purchasing a set. The tetherball balls are about $20 to replace so if you do go through one they are replaceable. The top brands are Halex, Olympia Sports, Park & Sun, and SSG. We found tetherball sets available in stores like Target, Costco, Walmart, and Toys R Us. You can browse the most popular tetherball sets and equipment online here.