10 Easy DIY Backyard Games

Pickleball is played with a paddle and a ball similar to the ones used for whiffleball. No actual pickles are involved. © LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters/Corbis

The very first pickleball court was built in the backyard of a man named Joel Pritchard, in Bainbridge Island, Wash. during the winter of 1967, and you can easily build one in your very own backyard [source: Barberio].

Pickleball is a paddle game, played singles (with 2 players) or doubles (with 4 players); it's a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis (ping pong), and to play you need paddles, a perforated plastic baseball (like you'd use in wiffleball), space for a court the same size you'd use for playing badminton and a net -- no actual pickles are involved. Portable, lightweight nets designed for pickle are available for non-permanent at-home backyard games.