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INCLUSION: Table Tennis meets Racquetball

About this project

INCLUSION combines Table Tennis and Racquetball to create a newly dynamic, fast-paced playing experience. The revolutionary side walls extend the playing surface to an added dimension, which allows expert players to create a greater variety of angled shots and a more challenging, intensified, gaming experience.  The side walls also function as "bumpers" for novice players to help enhance their skills. 

Our Story

Have you ever played Table Tennis in a room that was too small?  So have we.  In fact, INCLUSION was born from this very predicament…

Two high school friends were playing Table Tennis in a small basement.  The goal: To keep the rally going as long as possible.  The solution: Use the walls.  They played the game according to these new rules for weeks until they realized: Why not fuse the walls to the table and forever change the game? And thus, INCLUSION was in its nascent stage.

Fast forward several years, hundreds of phone calls and thousands of man hours, INCLUSION grew from an idea, to a product concept, to what it is today: Ready for its introduction to the world.

INCLUSION Team
INCLUSION Team

First INCLUSION Tournament

The Products:

1) Side Wall Attachments

Our patent-pending Plexiglas side walls are both practical and aesthetic.  Each length of the table features two side walls, which are 3' wide, and stand 2’6’’ tall from a 6" radius curve (as shown in the photos below).

INCLUSION Side Walls
INCLUSION Side Walls

Each wall is supported by three adjustable, telescoping legs that allow the attachments to perfectly correspond to any table at any height.  The adjacent side walls connect seamlessly to form one continuous side wall. 

The surrounding white strip clearly articulates the boundary of the vertical playing surface. The INCLUSION logo is featured at the center of each Plexiglas wall to provide players with a reference point which can be targeted throughout the game to achieve varying angled shots. This marker is particularly useful for expert players who possess the skill and agility to strategically calculate the bounce and angle of their chosen shots.
 
This prototype is designed to fit with most existing tables with detachable nets.  Simply remove the existing net and add the INCLUSION net prior to assembly. 

Once you receive our product, you will be able to go from package to play in under 10 minutes!
 
2) Full Table + Side Wall Attachments

For those of you without existing tables, you are in luck!  In addition to the above-listed side walls, we plan to offer full tables that come pre-assembled. They will be easy and fast to set up!
 
Rules:

The official INCLUSION rules are very similar to those of table tennis:

1. Games to 11

2. Win by 2+

3. Serves alternate every 2 points


In addition:

4. On serves, the ball must bounce on the server's horizontal side and the returner's horizontal side, unless the ball is returned with a volley, which is legal

5. Serves are permitted off the side walls

6. Maximum of 2 bounces allowed on the horizontal surface

7. Points are scored by hitting your opponent's horizontal playing surface or by having your opponent hit the ball out of play 

The Possibilities & Angles are Endless
The Possibilities & Angles are Endless

Manufacturing Plan:

Although we are very happy with our prototype, our prototyping company does not have the capacity to manufacture orders in large quantity.  We are working with a sourcing and product development company based in NYC and shopping the project to manufacturing companies both foreign and domestic.  We have received estimates from these companies and we are confident that we can deliver based on the prices listed in the rewards section.   

Risks and challenges

CHALLENGES:

INCLUSION was born as a big idea, and yet it was a small fish in a big pond.
To make the leap from concept to product, INCLUSION needed a team that would take a chance on a vision. The first attempts at team-building were demoralizing: After a string of "No thank you"s and "Come back when you can afford me"s, it was tempting to throw in the towel, but the idea proved bigger than the disappointments. With time and perseverance, INCLUSION found its true believers who would work tirelessly to make this vision a reality.

Looking forward, we anticipate the challenge of expanding our team to meet the needs of this campaign. We have vetted many potential partners to join our journey and we are dedicated to bringing INCLUSION to you.

We are relying heavily on the guidance from our sourcing and product development partner. They are experts in manufacturing and shipping for companies large and small. Their industrial design team has created a drawing package that details each part and assembly to perfectly replicate my prototype. They have teams that check quality control before, during and after manufacturing. We have seen their work with products larger and smaller than INCLUSION and we are confident that your pledges will help manufacture a quality, affordable product available to everyone wishing to experience this new and exciting game.

OUR PROMISE:

We won't stop working until you are satisfied with our product. Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are excited to share this incredible game with you. It is exciting, fast-paced and challenging. Once you try INCLUSION, we know you will love it. ARE U IN?

SPECIAL THANKS:

Martin Santini
Laura Santini
Phil Santini
Janine Cheng
Nancy Gross
Sergio Gedanke
John Utley
Joe Verni
Joseph Omar Cordero
Harry Martin
Pete Surace
Diane Drey
David Flecha
Fawzia Khan
Marko Khan
Junior Fosters
Byron Cary
Jess Pulieo
Leah Lamarr
Paul2Haul
Windmill Studios
and Dan Kearney

VIDEO CREDITS:

Producer & Director: Jacob Getz
Director of Photography : Jacob Getz
Players: Sarah Otey & Marco Santini
Editor, Sound Design & Camera: Arié Ohayon
Assistant Camera: Alex Korovin
3D Effects: Jesus Alvarez
Hair: Lazarus Douvos
Special Thanks: Bill Milling, The American Movie Company, Laurie Marx, Maxime Caro, Matthieu Blanchais

Best,
Marco Santini
Founder & Optimist

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    THE BELIEVER: Stay connected to the INCLUSION project with exclusive updates and behind the scenes footage.

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    THE SUPPORTER: 3 orange Table Tennis balls (3-star rating) with the INCLUSION logo.

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    THE BALLER: Signed Table Tennis ball with INCLUSION logo and display stand.

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    THE TREND SETTER: American Apparel INCLUSION T-Shirt (red or white shirt, sizes XS-XXL).

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    THE SERVER: 2 custom paddles with INCLUSION logo (as seen in the video).

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    THE DIGITAL MASTER: 1-on-1, 30-minute Skype session with Founder Marco Santini, a signed paddle and a signed ball.

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    THE IMMORTAL: Your name printed in the rule book pamphlet that will ship with every order!

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    THE APPRENTICE: 1-on-1, 60-minute INCLUSION lesson in NYC with Founder Marco Santini (travel not included).

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    THE EARLY BIRD: For those willing to purchase our product early, we will offer a lower sale price for helping us to get started. You will receive the INCLUSION side wall attachment set (which will attach to any table with a removable net), 2 paddles and a dozen balls.

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    1 backer

    THE POOL TABLE CONVERTER: For those of you with pool tables, you can purchase the INCLUSION side wall attachment set, an INCLUSION table top, an INCLUSION net, 2 paddles and a dozen balls.

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    THE EXPERT: INCLUSION table, side wall attachment set, 4 paddles and 1 dozen balls.

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    THE HERO: INCLUSION table, side wall attachment set, 4 paddles, 2 dozen balls and credit as a sponsor on our website.

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    THE TRAIL BLAZER: Be the very first person to receive the INCLUSION table and side wall attachment set. You will also receive primary sponsor credit, 4 paddles and 2 dozen balls.

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    THE ORIGINAL: Receive the first INCLUSION single wall prototype signed by Founder Marco Santini, in addition to a full INCLUSION table, side wall attachment set, primary sponsor credit, 4 paddles and 2 dozen balls.

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Funding period

- (60 days)