SCATTER DODGEBALL CATCHES SPRING ‘17 HONORS FROM PARENTS’ CHOICE, HOT DIGGITY AWARDS & THE NATIONAL PARENTING CENTER

Hot Diggity! The Ouch From Dodgeball Has Been Erased!

Virginia Beach, VA (June 9, 2017) – When playing a friendly round of Scatter Dodgeball™ by COOP Sports, participants as young as 5 years old collect wristbands, shared at the start of the game. It’s a gentler take on an old classic, and the 5” foam ball eliminates the “ouch” if hit. Now kids laugh as they duck, dive and dodge. The National Parenting Center testers played a few rounds and agreed on this “terrific way to get everyone up, active and moving.” COOP happily caught the respected Spring 2017 Seal of Approval. A second toy industry program, Hot Diggity Awards, came to the same conclusion and named Scatter Dodgeball a 2017 Award Winner.

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Best of all, the prestigious Parents’ Choice Foundation testers nodded with agreement and wrote, “This new spin on the classic dodgeball gets faces off the screen and bodies off the couch.” Their commendable review resulted in 2017 Silver Honors given to excellent products that are designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes and rigorous standards and skills. Silver Honors are rare and highly prized!

Designed for two to six players, each player gets two wristbands of the same color. One player rolls the dice to determine the thrower: the player whose wristband matches the color that lands face-up on the dice is the thrower for that turn. As the rest of the players scatter, the thrower tries to “hit” them with the dodgeball. The players who get hit give a wristband to the thrower. But if the targeted player catches the ball, the thrower must give a wristband to the catcher. The first person to get all the wristbands wins. The game is easy to learn and encourages many ways to improvise play. Our testers reported that more players meant more fun and best played with those of similar ages.

The official review by The National Parenting Center noted how parents recalled the “whacks” of their own dodgeball memories. Moms and dads were delighted in this kinder version of the classic backyard game.

“COOP Scatter Dodgeball is a great twist on the classic game and a terrific way to get everyone up, active and moving. The game set comes with one dice which is made with soft material, and one dodgeball made with similar material. The surface of the ball is slightly rough for easier gripping. What’s key here, and what was most important to parents who probably remember the pain of being whacked by dodgeballs in their youth, is that with this sting-free material, it won’t hurt when a player gets hit.

The size of the ball is about 5 inches, a good size for various aged family members to play. The set comes with twelve brightly colored wristbands. This is where the game variation happens. Each player starts with two wristbands of the same color…This is a fun game for kids or whole families to play together.”

Over at the prestigious Parents’ Choice Foundation awards, judges said, “This new spin on the classic dodgeball gets faces off the screen and bodies off the couch…The game is easy to learn and encourages many ways to improvise play. Our testers reported that more players meant more fun and best played with those of similar ages.”

The Hot Diggity Awards meticulously evaluates hundreds of family and pet products deeming only the best submissions as winners. The Hot Diggity Seal of Approval signifies innovation, quality and a commitment to excellence. Here’s what they wrote about the kinder/gentler form of dodgeball play:

“A comeback on a classic! Dodgeball is an age old game that every kid and adult has (or should have) played. This version adds a cognitive twist on the physical game of dodging balls. Will you be the next person up to throw the ball at your opponents? Providing each player with wrist bands and including a dice to decide the fate of the person throwing the ball shakes up the game for the “ball hogs.” The best part? The folks at COOP Sports designed a “no-sting” ball with soft padding, officially taking Dodgeball off the list of “cruel and unusual punishment” playground games!”

Available at Target, Toys R Us and other big box stores as well as at Amazon, the Scatter Dodgeball set includes one dice, one dodge ball, 12 wristbands (2 of each color) and game instructions. Up to six players can join in for a rousing game. And mom doesn’t have to buy five or six balls to play every round!

COOP Scatter Dodgeball • Ages 5+ • $19.99

  • 2017 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor
  • The National Parenting Center Spring 2017 Seal of Approval
  • Hot Diggity Awards 2017 Winner

Looking for a new twist on the classic game of dodgeball? Gather up two to six players and hand out two wristbands of the same color. Players circle-up while one player rolls the dice. The player wearing the colored wristbands that match the color face-up on the dice — as it comes to rest — is the thrower for that turn. As the other players scatter, the thrower attempts to hit the player wearing the matching color wrist bands with the dodgeball. Players that get hit must surrender a wristband to the thrower. If the targeted player catches the ball, the thrower must surrender a wristband. The first person to get all the wristbands wins the game!

Toy line COOP Sports is a pro at getting every member of the family moving, no matter their agility or ability. As their website, http://www.coop-sports.com boasts, “At COOP we believe there’s nothing better than living an active lifestyle surrounded by friends, family, and community. COOP products support this idea by providing all-conditions recreational sports gear for fun play wherever you go.”

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About COOP Sports
At COOP, a brand marketed by Swimways Corp, we believe there’s nothing better than living an active lifestyle surrounded by friends, family, and community. COOP products support this idea by providing all conditions recreational sports gear for fun play whether you are in the backyard or at the beach. COOP’s attention to detail shows in quality construction and on-trend graphics for everyone – at any skill level. For more information about COOP, visit http://www.COOP-sports.com.

About Swimways Corp.
Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Swimways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spin Master (TSX: TOY; http://www.spinmaster.com), is a leisure and recreational water products manufacturer striving to make free time more fun through innovation. Swimways is rich in traditional values and respected for the quality and integrity of its products and services. With distribution in over 20,000 storefronts, Swimways markets three unique brands: SwimWays®, Kelsyus®and COOP®. The company’s diverse staff is passionate about developing fun and engaging products for kids. Swimways is equally passionate about making sure kids are safe in and around the water and believes learning to swim is an important life skill. In 2012, Swimways established National Learn to Swim Day, the third Saturday of May each year, dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim. Swimways has been helping kids learn to swim for over 50 years – longer than anyone else (except parents, of course!). For more information about Swimways, visit http://www.Swimways.com.

About Spin Master
Spin Master is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer™ Dino, Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, Air Hogs®, and 2016 Toys of The Year, Bunchems and Meccanoid G15. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 82 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 18 wins across a variety of product categories. Spin Master has been recognized with 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. Spin Master is among a limited number of companies that not only develop and produce global entertainment properties, characters and content, but also monetize that content through the creation, sale and licensing of products. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 hit series Bakugan Battle Brawlers and its current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,000 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

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