HOW WE GOT HERE
Josh and Kevin were friends for 15 years before they invented RampShot, an exciting lawn game for kids and adults. The inspiration behind the startup came from their love for the great outdoors, getting together with friends, and being the best at as many yard games as possible. With Josh’s background in physical education and Kevin’s business expertise, the two took the idea and turned it into a fun, high-quality outdoor game that anyone can enjoy.
Josh and Kevin launched RampShot in 2014, and it took off rapidly. Even with healthy competition from classic yard games, they realized that RampShot could quickly be the next big thing in outdoor games! Summer 2022 marked a significant achievement for the two owners as they launched their second game, BOUNCE.
People of all ages can enjoy RampShot and BOUNCE wherever they play other popular yard games. Both are simple to set up in the backyard, at the beach, during a weekend camping trip, or at your favorite team’s tailgating scene!
Let’s dig into a little more about how Josh and Kevin came up with the idea for RampShot and BOUNCE and what inspired the friends to create their first startup together.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Life is full of great moments but also carries with it busy schedules, a fast-paced society, stresses at work, and that weekly push to get to Friday. We created RampShot to stress the importance of slowing things down, escaping the monotony of the daily grind, and making more great moments happen. RampShot was designed to give players the chance to make the big play and experience the exhilarating feeling of hitting a game-winning shot.
What makes your product special?
RampShot and BOUNCE are completely unique outdoor games. The sets include two quality plastic ramps and four racquetball-style balls. The two games are the only yard games where players can toss and/or catch for points.
When playing traditional cornhole, one person tosses a bag and three players watch. We wanted to kick things up a notch: RampShot is an action-packed game involving three out of four players on every play. That way, you never have a dull moment.
BOUNCE is more relaxed, allowing you to play the game with a drink in your hand. It’s the perfect game if you’re trying to unwind. Two players are involved in every play, both working together tossing and catching for points. If you would like to learn more about how to play either of these games, head over to our How To page to watch videos and learn more.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Since day one, we set out to create a quality product that friends and families everywhere can enjoy. Creating a new product comes with challenges: deciding on a design, manufacturing for the first time, and getting a product to market just to name a few. We learned a tremendous amount throughout the creation process and couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Tossing games such as cornhole, ladder golf, and flying discs require a fair amount of setup, and even old-school games like bocce ball, horseshoes, lawn bowling, and lawn darts require the tools to set up and play them. We love yard games just as much as you and want to spend less time setting up and more time playing!
RampShot and BOUNCE are perfect additions to these other games! We encourage you to add one of our games to your yard game collection and enjoy it in the great outdoors.