About this project
Here We Are Again On:
By: David McRee
LOW TIDE TOSS is Kicking It Forward!
Hanna Marie Lei
HISTORY OF THE GAME
Low Tide Toss, originally named Rollerball, was invented in the 1970's by Pennsylvania natives, George M. Johnson Jr. & Hugh Gallagher. The two lads were both the eldest born sons in large Irish Catholic families. As such, they were often charged with the responsibility of managing their many exuberant siblings. It was this need to provide entertainment, coupled with a lifelong love of sports like Golf, Basketball, Baseball, and Football, that sparked the idea for the game.
For decades, the game consisted of hand dug, inconsistently sized holes, court boundaries dug by foot, and a severely weather-worn softball. It remained this way until the 1990’s, when George showed the game to his 7 kids along the private shores of Bethany Beach, DE. His fourth born, Daniel, took particular interest in the game. He vividly recalls asking his Dad about getting a US Patent as early as age 12.
This fascination stuck with Daniel into adulthood and through four years of collegiate education in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. It was during this time that he began envisioning the game on beaches all across America and started hatching plans to bring the game to market. In 2011, he filed for a Provisional US Patent and began experimenting with a variety of materials to enhance the functionality and set-up time of the court.
Upon graduating, he moved to Philadelphia, his birthplace, and took a job as a Marketing Rep for a digital marketing company. Then, during the summer of 2012, after seeing the public response of the newly revamped game on the public beaches of the Jersey shore, he quit his job, launched Low Tide Toss, LLC and filed for the Non-provisional US Utility Patent. Now, after 8 months of research and preparation for this Kickstarter campaign, Low Tide Toss is finally available for pre-order.
In an effort to keep production of the game in the USA, the funding achieved by this campaign will be put toward the tooling costs associated with the manufacturing of the hole-supports and ground stakes by a manufacturer located in the Greater Philadelphia area, where the company headquarters reside. This local manufacturer has the capability to mass produce these items using recycled plastics pellets in their injection molding processes, enabling Low Tide Toss, LLC to shrink its ecological footprint, while also helping its local economy AND eliminating initial shipping costs.
With hard work by the company’s team, the generous help of the Kickstarter community, and a little bit of luck, this 40 year old dream can become a reality. Pick up your Low Tide Toss Game Set today and bring a new tradition to your family vacations!
Risks and challenges
The potential for production delays exists in every industry when creating a new product. Planning for unfavorable scenarios that have even a slight possibility of occurring is critical to success, especially for a small business. In our case, we want to have every LOW TIDE TOSS Game Set and all merchandise signed, sealed, and delivered in time for the July 4th holiday.
That leaves us about one month from the time the campaign ends to procure all the materials, package each unit, and deliver each finished product. After 8 months of careful preparation, we are confident we can accomplish this goal; however, just in case there is an unforeseen delay, we have a contingency plan in place that will allow us to complete every delivery on time. The major drawbacks in this scenario is that we would not be able to mold the hole-supports and ground stakes from recycled plastic and we would have to import materials in from overseas, but we would still be able to fulfill our primary obligation to our backers.
Lucky for us, our product does not contain anything that is particularly difficult to manufacture so the risk of a delay in production occurring is considerably smaller than in most other industries. What’s important for our backers to know is that we take our promise of delivering ON TIME extremely seriously and we will do everything in our power to make it happen!
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