How to play RampShot
Have you been seeing this new game, RampShot, in the stores or shown online? I have provided you the rules and some videos so you can learn about it and I think that you will want to get your hands on one of these to experience the fun.
I have to admit, when I first saw RampShot on the shelf of a big time sports store, I thought it was a copy idea of Spikeball. But I was wrong, it is different and has a physical concept that is very different. Keep reading to find out how to play and watch the videos to see it played.
So how do you play RampShot?
The game of RampShot is played with four people and one member is always out. The partners are across from each other standing behind the game board ramps that are set apart about 15 feet. For each team of two, there is a “shooter” and a “playmaker”, the opponents who are on defense have a “stealer” and an odd person out.
You can play on grass or beach, or any surface available.
Three different levels and three different variations:
- Start with the boards/ramps 15 feet or 5 strides apart, with partners opposite each other. The offensive player called the “shooter” starts with two balls and stands behind the ramp. When shooting, you may throw overhand, underhand, sidearm, whatever way you want.
- Ideally the shooter wants to throw the ball into the net to earn 3 points. If the shooter hits the top of the ramp their partner, the “playmaker”, may attempt to catch the ball as it bounces off the top of the ramp. When the playmaker catches it, it is worth 1 point. If the ball misses the ramp completely when the shooter throws it, it is automatically worth 0 points.
- If the ball bounces back toward the shooter, the defensive player called the “stealer” may catch the ball and earn an extra shot for when they go on offense. The stealer must start with one foot even with the front of the ramp by the shooter and may not go beyond the other ramp to get a ball. So they play the middle area between the ramps.
- The fourth person is the, odd person out. They can’t interfere with the game in any way while out. They will rotate in when their team goes on offense. They are the person who is on the side of the playmaker, which is the defense.
- When the offense has taken their two shots, they switch to defense and the opponent will take their shots. It will be two shots unless they won extra shots by stealing one or two of the other teams shots. Once all the balls are on the other side, they switch offense and defense again and the other teammate is the shooter.
- Play to exactly 15 points. You may not go over. If tied at 15, you play to 21 points. If still tied at 21, each team gets a round and the highest score from that round wins the game.
Watch this video to get a visual understanding of RampShot Classic and then return for an introduction to RampShot Rookie for beginners and RampShot Slapback.
RampShot Rookie is for the beginners:
- The game can be simplified and allows the young or inexperienced player an opportunity to practice the basics and challenge themselves with most of the rules except the slapback that is for more advanced players. The defense is also different at this level.
- The set up is the same, 15’ apart, the two on two is the same. Here is what is different:
- A ball bouncing off the top of the ramp that is caught is worth 2 points, 1 for hitting the ramp and 1 for catching the ball by the playmaker.
- A ball bouncing off the top of the ramp and NOT caught is still worth 1 point because it hit the ramp.
- If the defensive stealer is able to catch a ball that bounces back from the ramp, it is worth 1 point for the defense. If the stealer is not able to catch a ball that bounces back from the front of the ramp, then the offense gets 1 point since they hit the ramp.
- A variation for the defense, to make it easier, is to allow them to start between the ramps instead of having to start by the shooters ramp.
- After both balls have been shot, the other opponent shots from the same ramp. When the first side is done, the other two shoot from the other side, each team gets a chance to throw.
- Play to 15 points, but you may not go over 15.
Watch this video and then come back to learn about the most advanced RampShot with Slapback
RampShot with Slapback:
- Place the ramps 21’ apart or about 7 strides apart
- As with the other variations of the game, you are across from your partner, the positioning of the shooter, playmaker and defense are the same as mentioned earlier in RampShot Classic.
- You still get 3 points for the ball that goes in the net, or goes in and bounces out. You still get 1 point if your playmaker catches the ball that bounces off the top of the ramp. These catches must be made one handed and can’t be trapped against the body.
- So the big difference comes in with the slapback. What that means is that the shooter throws the ball, it bounces off the top of the ramp and their partner, the playmaker, slaps the ball back to their shooter who catches it. The slapback must take place from behind the back of the ramp. This slapback is worth 2 points for the offense.
- Primarily the defense is the same as the other versions. EXCEPT that they may also go beyond the ramp to intercept the slapback and earn another bonus shot for catching the slapback. The shooter may NOT go in front of the ramp to catch the slapback.
- Odd Person out, should be talking to their partner, who is on defense, to tell them if the ball is going to be short and they should go for it, or go back toward the shooter to try and intercept the slapback.
- To win the game it is the same as RampShot Classic, playing to 15 without going over, if tied at 15 then you play to 21, if still tied at 21 then you play one full round and the team with the most points from that round wins.
Is it worth the money?
When you see the cost of lawn games, RampShot fits right in with the rest of them. The entertainment, physical activity and longevity that the game provides makes it worth the cost. It was developed by a Physical Education teacher with the wish to see a higher level of movement when playing lawn games. RampShot fulfills that requirement, and with the three different variations of games explained above, there is something for everyone. If you are not into movement, this would not be the game for you.
RampShot gives you variations for different skill levels and gets you up and moving. It is versatile where it can be played and can add hours of fun to any day or event. Give it a try, and you will understand the rules better from the experience.
If you have any questions, or if you have played RampShot, leave a comment of what you think of it. I would love to hear from you.
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