Introducing Uball: a new version of basketball that you can play on a beach or at a field.
Uball is a basketball hoop set that can be packed up, carried on your back, and secured into the ground like a beach umbrella. Its reduced height of 8.5 ft. (adjustable down to 5.5 ft.) and smaller basketball allows everyone to experience one of the greatest plays in basketball: the slam dunk.
Uball is more than a new product: it is a new sport.
Uball is a movement that is reinventing the way people play and think about basketball. Check out the basic rules of Uball below. We also have an in-depth rule book you can view here.
Assembly: Whether on a beach or a field, you will be ready to ball anywhere with our five-step set-up that converts your Uball set from a backpack to your own hoop.
Step 1: Similar to a beach umbrella, secure ground screw into ground by turning it
Step 2: Attach rim to pole and backboard with two knobs
Step 3: Join poles together with two pins at your desired height
Step 4: Lift backboard, rim, and pole and place it on the ground screw
Step 5: Tighten three knobs on ground screw to pole
Uball basketballs are at a slightly reduced size (25.5" circumference instead of 29.5" circumference), so the average person can now palm the ball. The basketballs are still large enough where you can shoot it normally.
We have invested heavily in the engineering of Uball, hiring one of the top design firms in the country. No detail was too small for our engineering experts. Through multiple rounds of development, testing and redesign, we are bringing to the world a product built for optimal portability and durability.
Portability: Your Uball set is converted into a backpack so that everything can be carried on your back on any adventure.
1. The ground screw, the rim, and the balls are easily attached to the backboard.
2. The backboard can be converted into a backpack with adjustable straps.
3. The pole and its pad come with a strap that you can sling over your shoulder for easy transport.
Durability: A high-quality product created to keep up with you.
- RIM: custom-designed to withstand the force of slam dunks through its steel-faceted curve. We have developed a rim that can handle powerful dunks from athletes in the NFL, NBA, and elite college basketball programs, as well as the hundreds of students from 12-23 years old that have tested the strength of the rim over the past six months.
- BACKBOARD: structured with a steel frame so that it will maintain its integrity and rigidity in travel and play.
- POLE: made of steel in order to handle the strength and stress of any type of shot.
- GROUND SCREW: screws into the ground 12-15 inches deep, and is what makes the system stable.
In a family of four kids, we all loved playing basketball. Yet, we always had to find the nearest blacktop or gym. Sitting on the beach, we saw every other sport. It didn't make sense to us why we weren't seeing basketball. And so, Uball was created to make basketball accessible for everyone, everywhere.
Tim Shields, CEO, and Molly Shields, Vice President, are co-founders of Uball. Tim left the University of Virginia to pursue Uball full-time, while Molly is entering her senior year at UVA. Their love of sports and their entrepreneurial spirit helped them see an opportunity to create something completely new - revolutionizing the way people play basketball. Uball is a backpackable hoop set that can be carried on your back, set up like a beach umbrella, and played on any beach or field. Along with its portability, Uball is played at a reduced height, ranging from 8.5 feet down to 5.5 feet. Now, everyone can dunk.
After creating six different iterations, we finalized our beta-prototype to create the exact version of our product to go to manufacturing. Therefore, our Kickstarter funds will go directly to manufacturing costs to get Uball to our backers as quickly as possible.
Uball is powerful: it brings people together.
Whenever we set up Uball, it becomes a spectacle. Everyone stops to take videos, pictures, and even asks to play. Uball is both completely new and familiar, all at the same time: hoops on the beach or a field is something few people have seen before. But it is instantly recognizable because people see basketball.
Uball is the next big thing in sports: Everyone will be playing it. You can create your very own arena and dunk on your friends.
Risks and challenges
Uball uses a ground screw so that it can be secured into the ground like a beach umbrella. It is able to withstand the constant force of dunks. Just like a beach umbrella, the screw requires moderate effort so that the hoop can handle the play of the game. In other words, you might have to break a sweat. While Uball can handle the force of any dunk, no hoop secured in grass or sand will be able to handle the force of people hanging on the rim with all of their body weight.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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