Classic lawn games such as cornhole and ladder ball may be mainstays on tailgating lots across the country, but there’s some new competition in town.
Created by Shaker Heights resident Bob Schirmer, OnTop Ball Toss levels the playing field of lawn games by focusing on how you end the game, not how you start.
Schirmer had the idea after his wife told him she could never win lawn games where the goal is to rack up points.
“My mind just started drifting into what kind of a game concept could I come up with where you could kind of even the playing field,” he says. “Where it didn’t matter how athletic you were, how accurate you were, but how clutch you were.”
Coming in clutch is key in OnTop Ball Toss ($100-$199). The objective is simple: two players stand next to each other, each with three pellet-filled balls, facing a tower that stands around 2 feet tall. The players take turns tossing each ball into the tower until one ball is on top. Each ball that goes into the tower counts for one point with the last ball that lands on top counting for two points. The player who tosses the top ball collects all the points and the other player receives none.
“You can score points by not hitting them all the time, but hitting them when they matter most,” says Schirmer.