Local man starts kickstarter for growing sport

Published 9:12 am Friday, April 22, 2016

Larry Storey unconventionally thought about the final product when he crossed basketball and playing Frisbee and invented a new sport.

Storey developed disc hoops after witnessing children on a basketball court playing with a Frisbee back in 2009. The sport has garnered attention in the home and public school sectors.

Thursday, Storey launched a kickstarter campaign to further expose the sport. He also looks at the campaign as an opportunity to gain capitol and move the game from the instructional sales side of business into retail stores. His goal is $27,000 by June 20. Visit facebook.com/dischooprim to see where you can donate to Storey’s campaign.

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Storey knows that doing a kickstarter would expose his product to hundreds of thousands of people, with a good number of the audience being bloggers. In 2013 he signed a royalty agreement for North American distribution targeting institutional markets such as physical education departments and municipal recreation areas.

“The crowdfunding concept is brand new to me and was suggested to me,” Storey said. “I think it’s pretty amazing Vicksburg could be a part of history. The apparatus is central to it and the patent is secure.”

In 2014, distribution of the rim began after being awarded a full utility patent for the game and apparatus.

The official rim for disc hoops hangs on to an existing basketball rim by two poles. At the bottom of those poles netting attached to a curved-rectangular opening, which is where players aim the disc for a score.

Rules to the game heavily favor the basics of basketball. Players have five seconds to inbound the Frisbee, the out-of-bounds regulations apply and a shot clock could be added to speed the pace of the game.

The sport distinguishes itself with no violations for stepping into the backcourt and how passes are officiated.

According to the official rules posted on dischooprim.com, when a player receives a pass, they’re allowed only two steps forward. Players can establish a pivot foot to pass the discus to another teammate.

Lateral movement along the baseline with disc in hand. Each player can possess the disc for 10 seconds otherwise it results in a turnover.

No player may cross into the fly zone – the painted areas including the elbow, block and key – during the game. If a play does commit the violation, a point is awarded to the opposing team.

Storey said the sport was initially well received seven years ago.

“They like it because they like the fast paced nature of it and it’s a co-ed sport,” he said.

Tossing a Frisbee is a common sight on universities’ campuses, which is where Storey wants to take the sport next.

“The goal is intramural sports to pick up that level, but the organized portion of ultimate is what we like to see,” Storey said. “We’re very prideful of the fact it’s a Vicksburg-Warren County sport.”