Remember when you were a kid and you and your friends would get together and go down to the local park and either play cricket of football together? You would all pick yourselves into two teams and then have small meeting to go through your tactics.
Most of the time they did not work and you just played the best you could and with no form of team work or control. Nowadays, kids tend not to do much activity after school with their friends. You do not see local parks full of kids having a kick of the footy, using two trees as goal posts, as they are stuck inside on their computer or watching TV.
Maybe if more AFL goal posts were erected around the place then it would entice more children to head out during winter and get active with their friends. During summer it is a bit different. It is easy to just grab a rubbish bin and use that as cricket wickets and then all you need is a place that gives you a bowling run up and a space big enough to hit the ball around.
As kids got older, they would put electric tape on half of their tennis ball so that it would create more of a swing when bowling and therefore get the batsmen out quicker, making it a more competitive game.
If you are lucky enough to have a big backyard then you can always buy portable soccer goal posts and set them up in small enough area for kids to have shots at goals. The portable goal posts can also be moved to a park or oval where a bigger game can be played.
Sometimes kids would just put bins or t-shirts on the ground to form the goals but if you have one that looks as close as the original and has a net, then it is more fun when you finally kick that mighty soccer score.
Another easy way to get kids out of the house is erecting a basketball ring. You do not need a big area and attaching it to the end of your garage has been a popular place for years. That way the driveway can be used for an area to practise your dribbling and your moves. You can also set up a key, where you can take shots at the hoop from different positions around the driveway.
Whatever sport or set up you choose; it will benefit your kids immensely, as a bit of exercise now could set them up for a fit and healthy future.