The pop-a-shot story

The history

Pop-A-Shot literally created the electronic basketball shooting game. Over time Pop-A-Shot introduced electronic scoring, arcade versions, infrared scoring, steel frames… a litany of firsts in the industry. That’s why Pop-A-Shot is synonymous with electronic basketball shooting games.

The first ever pop-a-shot

1981 - SALINA, KANSAS

Our story

The Original Arcade Basketball Game is Born

In 1981, Ken Cochran was recuperating and restless after undergoing heart bypass surgery. The longtime college basketball coach’s idle mind found inspiration in a mini basketball on his desk.

His initial idea was to put three small basketball rims on side-by-side backboards with a net that would return the balls to the shooters. He had a local machine shop build a frame and a cabinet shop make the backboards. He then attached a volleyball net to function as the return ramp. He called this first game the “Triple Shot.”

From Sports Camps to Sports Bars

He set up his invention at one of his sports camps and charged campers $1.00 for 10 shots, with a free T-shirt awarded to anyone who made at least seven. When the games consistently drew long lines of campers, he realized he had something special.

The Triple Shot proved too cumbersome to transport, so Cochran eliminated two of the baskets. He built a new single basket game with a frame and net return made especially for it. He put this game, “Mini Basketball,” in a local bar and charged $1.00 a minute to play.

From Sports Camps to Sports Bars

He set up his invention at one of his sports camps and charged campers $1.00 for 10 shots, with a free T-shirt awarded to anyone who made at least seven. When the games consistently drew long lines of campers, he realized he had something special.

The Triple Shot proved too cumbersome to transport, so Cochran eliminated two of the baskets. He built a new single basket game with a frame and net return made especially for it. He put this game, “Mini Basketball,” in a local bar and charged $1.00 a minute to play.

Ready for Your Home Court

Cochran knew the game needed some type of electronic scoring. He added a “scoring collar” to the bottom of the rim nets, so that when the ball passed through a mechanical switch could record the score. A 40-second clock was added. If a player scored 40 points, they received a free game. The ball return ramp was changed from netting to fiberglass, and a heavy-duty polycarbonate piece was placed in the center of the game to contain the three balls when the time expired.

But with success came competition. As the coin-op market became saturated, Pop-A-Shot created its first home electronic basketball game. Over time Pop-A-Shot left the coin-op world (so any basketball arcade game you see in your local arcade or bar is not a true Pop-A-Shot). The current Pop-A-Shot Classic game is very similar to the model built almost 30 years ago.

Join the pop-a-shot community

Pop-A-Shot QOTD: what was your favorite subject in school? Drop yours in the comments! #popashot #backtoschool #qotd ...

0 0

The REAL reason your favorite bands are late to the stage...

📸 : TheFillmoreNOLA

#worthit #popashot #venue #nojudgement
...

6 0

Better get some practice in, bud! Not everyone can join the #centuryclub

#popashot #meme #fridaymeme
...

23 0

Just call him Century Club Carson! Great job, welcome to the club!!

#centuryclub #popashot
...

7 0

What villain will advance this week in the Titan Region? Follow us on tiktok at therealpopashot to find out!

Drop YOUR picks in the comments! #popashot #movievillains #top32
...

8 0

For all those heading back to school soon, good luck this year! Start your day off like this little bucket-getter and get some shots up before class!
📹 : michellerootfit

#popashot #basketball #activelife #backtoschool
...

29 0

Another member added to the Century Club! On our Indoor/Outdoor Dual Shot, you can get fresh air while you get buckets!

Welcome fe_betudidtoo!

#centuryclub #popashot
...

8 0

Can't resist that smile 😍

📹 : shotzkaptured

#popashot #rentals #popashotkids
...

72 6

1996’s Space Jam is the clear winner! #basketballmovie #popashot #spacejam #michaeljordan #abovetherim #hoosiers #thewayback #whitemencantjumpmovie ...

13 5