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Looking for a great new twist on an old favorite game? Why not group four square.. in the air. The first thing you will need is to build the court. Here’s how we made ours.
1. Buy PVC pipe and connectors from your local hardware store. Here was our list. All pipes and connectors 1 1/2 inch.
28 – 10ft long PVC pipe sections
4 – Corner connectors
20 – T connectors (Corrected)
1 – 4 way connector
1. Cut 16 pipes to your desired height. We used 7 ft
2. Lay out the remaining 10 ft pipes to make four squares
THE CENTER CROSSING PIPES
. Cut one foot off of each pipe in the center. Attach those sections to the 4 way connector. Then attach a T connector to each of those.
4. Cut one foot off of the other end of those 4 center pipes. Attach a T square to the end. Re attach the 1 foot section and add a final t connector on the end – this one will go side ways.
THE OUTSIDE BORDER PIPES
5. At each of the 4 corners measure back one foot and cut the pipes. Reconnect these with a T connector.
6. Connect the pipes in the middle of the sides with a T connector (if not already done)
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
7. Connect one 7 foot pipe to the bottom of every T connector. There should be two on every corner, 4 in the middle, and one in the middle of each side.
And that’s it.
You can play a few different ways.
1. Put 6 or so youth in each square and play a game of volleyball, except four ways. Keep score as usual
2. Have teams in each square and play team 4 square. When the ball lands in a square that team is out, and everyone progresses up like 4 square. Other teams line up outside the starting square.
A few notes:
* It is a little wobbly going up initially, however once all the pipes were together it is fairly sturdy.
** I have plans to add some cross supports on the bottom of the corners and the middle to help secure it some.
*** There are probably many other ways to connect these. Ideally you would have corner connectors that also had a bottom opening, and a 4 way connector with a bottom as well. This would mean using less support poles. While easier I am not sure how this would affect sturdiness.