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Tyler YonkerBy Tyler Yonker
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Tyler YonkerBy Tyler Yonker
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$186
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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 2 2018

About

WHAT IS KIKINGRASS

KikinGrass started as a game to keep ourselves entertained during afternoon barbecues, drink in hand. The first model was made of PVC pipe, a few tent stakes, and super glue.  When we went to the beach, a tailgate, or the park, we'd throw the game in the trunk and off we'd go.

Ultimately, we sought to design a game that was quick and easy to setup, needed minimal storage space, and could be played anywhere. KikinGrass is unique to the backyard game market. It doesn't require hands to play and the pace allows you to socialize while sipping a beverage or carrying on conversation.

The best way to describe KikinGrass is a blend of traditional soccer, mixed with your favorite pickup games (PIG, HORSE, around the world). You can also team up with a partner and play cornhole style in a game of Kikin21. We've covered additional game play instructions below:

 GAME PLAY -  Instructions & Optional Setup

KIKIN21'

A 2 v 2 game, first team to get 21 points WINS!  Start by placing the goals 10 yards apart.  Too easy?  Move the goals further apart.  Teammates stand by a goal facing each other. 

There are 3 ways to score:

  1. The first player from team 1 attempts to kick the ball from behind their goal and toward the goal their teammate is standing by (10 yards away).  Kick the ball through the goal opposite of you and completely clear the net to score your team 3 points.  
  2. On the attempt, if the ball hits the goal or does not completely clear the net, your team scores 1 point. 
  3. As a player attempts a kick toward the goal opposite of them, their teammate can assist by redirecting the ball (as it's moving) through the front or back of the goal for a score. Only one touch is allowed by the teammate. If the kick is made, and completely clears the net, the team scores 2 points. 

A turn is over once any score is made, or once their teammate misses on an assisted attempt. A team will play "down and back" before shifting to the opposing team.  First team to 21 points exactly, wins!  If a team goes over 21, or if tied after the same amount of turns, scores go down to 13 and play continues until a team wins.

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G-R-A-S-S 

Just like playing horse on the driveway. Set up your KikinGrass® goal posts in the yard, sports field or beach. The first player picks a shot by placing the ball somewhere around the goal. To score, kick the ball through the goal and completely clear the net.

If the goal is made the next opponent must make the same shot. If the opponent misses, they receive a "letter".  Following a miss, the next player chooses a new shot location. 

If a player has missed 5 shots, and has been awarded all five letters (G-R-A-S-S) then they are eliminated from the game.  Last player standing?  You’re the winner!

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HOT SHOT

Feeling it?  Hot Shot is for any amount of players. Start 5 yards away from a goal post and make the kick. Move back a couple yards with each make. Miss and your out. Test your skills and see how far you can go. It's more difficult than it looks.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

The KikinGrass game kit includes 2 game posts (a set), detachable leg stands, soccer ball, air pump (with inflation needle), and an equipment bag. The specs are below:

  • Soccer ball - youth size 3. (Note: the game can also be played with a standard adult regulation size ball)
  • Game posts - 12" tall by 17" wide
  • Leg stands - 14" long x 1.5" wide
  • Air Pump - pumps crisp air (inflation needle included)
  • Equipment bag - 20" wide by 27" tall

OUR PROGRESS TO-DATE

Since our first super-glued  prototype, we've gone through a number of iterations on product design.  Originally, the game posts were pushed into the ground using stakes, which weren't conducive to playing on hard surfaces. Similarly, the downward pressure applied while inserting the stakes into hard ground often caused the PVC pipe to bow or splinter. To make the product more durable, we've injection molded the frames as a single piece of plastic, and push-on leg stands were added. We've sampled 10 different air pumps, 6 different soccer balls, and multiple heights/widths of goal posts.

All of our product enhancements have come from early customer feedback using ~100 hand-made prototypes. Our team sold these early units at soccer tournaments, craft shows, football tailgates, and to any person within kicking distance.  All this to say, we're confident this will live up to your expectations. 

In preparation for this kickstarter campaign our team has been working with both local and international suppliers to nail down logistics. As a result of new tariffs, and the increasing cost of shipping, we have chosen to use all domestic partners to bring this product to market. Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to visit these domestic facilities and will have an active role in quality checking each kit as they are assembled. Product engineering and design was conducted in house, while manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment will be done out of Southwest Michigan. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We're looking for your help to get KikinGrass over the last development hump.  It's finally time to move beyond 3D printed prototypes and PVC pipe. Your pre-oder will be directly invested in tooling and inventory, and we're excited to produce a clean, durable product capable of handling all you backyard shenanigans. 

TIMELINE

  • October, 2018 - kickstarter launch
  • November, 2018 - kickstarter ends
  • December, 2018 - tooling and initial production run
  • January, 2019 - quality assurance checks
  • February-March, 2019 - production runs
  • March- April, 2019 - delivery to warehouse, kit assembly
  • April-May, 2019 - product delivery to your home

THE TEAM

Our team is very much a band of misfits who came together out of our love for soccer,  and a fetish for yard games. 

Tyler, is a regional sales manager for a large engineering firm, and also coaches his daughter's youth soccer team. He uses KikinGrass for drills during team practices. Tim, owns and operates an injection molding plant in Canada, and has launched several successful products via Kickstarter (most notably, SledLegs). Austin is a consultant by day, and a community soccer player by night. 

Why we can deliver on our Kickstarter promise to you: 

  • We have brought several consumer products to market in the past
  • All engineering and product design is done in-house
  • We currently run several e-commerce companies 
  • We have extensive knowledge in plastics/molding, and fulfillment

If you're still wondering whether or not to support us....we hope these guys put you in a good mood:

Risks and challenges

We've done our best to mitigate risk in both production and fulfillment. By using domestic suppliers we have greater control over quality assurance and shipping. The time it takes us to produce product and deliver it to your door is 3 times faster with domestic suppliers. However, we will keep our eyes on international tariffs and continue to evaluate overseas production costs.

To-date, our shipping costs are unknown, but we have a relative price point based on expected weights. You will see a shipping cost applied to your Kickstarter order.

We hope that you will take advantage of our Early Bird sale, which provides you with 20% of the purchase of a KikinGrass game kit. The Early Bird sale will last 10 days beginning at the start of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    KikinGrass Soccer Ball

    Show us some love, and we will send you an official KikinGrass mini game ball.

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    KikinGrass Game Kit - Early-bird Special

    KikinGrass Game Kit, complete with a set of goal posts, ball, pump and carry bag.
    **Early Bird Special**20% Off**

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    • 1 x Equipment Bag
    • 1 x Ball Pump (includes inflating needle)
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    KikinGrass Game Kits - Pick 3

    3 KikinGrass Game Kits, complete with a set of goal posts, ball, pump and carry bag.

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    • 3 x Goal Post Set (2 goal posts per set)
    • 3 x Game Balls (size 3)
    • 3 x Equipment Bags
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    5 KikinGrass Game Kits, complete with a set of goal posts, ball, pump and carry bag.

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    • 5 x Equipment Bags
    • 5 x Game Balls (size 3)
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    Outfit your local youth soccer team!

    Share some love by outfitting your local youth soccer team!

    Includes 25 KikinGrass Game Kits to send home with the kiddos.

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    • 25 x Game Balls
    • 25 x Equipment Bags
    • 25 x Ball Pumps (includes inflating needles)
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