RALEIGH, N.C. — Stan Vidalis is the do-it-all dad. 

What You Need To Know

  •  Coach Vidalis has tinkered with the idea for Homeball 360 for 10 years

  •  The first model was made with planks of wood and basketball nets

  •  Vidalis teaches PE at St. David's School in Raleigh and grew up loving PE class

As physical education teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, he’s learned to play every sport a kid could want to play. 

“When they’re active, they’re worn down, they eat better, sleep better,” Vidalis said. “They’re better behaved. I think keeping kids active is one of the most important things as a parent.”

Vidalis says that’s always been his goal, because he knows how important staying active was when he was their age.

“One of the biggest reasons I became a PE teacher is I grew up in a single family, single mother family household,” Vidalis said. “My PE teachers and coaches, those guys were the ones who everything about sports, everything I know. So I want to give back do the same things for kids these days and that’s one of the biggest reasons.”

From baseball to picking up the basketball, Vidalis is always on the go.

It’s the quick adapting that’s made him so creative in coming up with games for kids. 

So much so that he created his own his own sport. 

Using some planks of wood and basketball nets, Homeball 360 was born.

“I had the design, I drew up the design. I built it and brought it to school, and let the kids start playing, and learning the game,” Vidalis said. “They went bananas for it. They loved it and the amount of activity I saw the kids getting, and that everybody could play.” 

The early success pushed Vidalis to keep tinkering with the design. 

One can play the game in either leisure mode, where players take turns trying to get the ball in into the different point-value nets, until someone reaches 20. It can also be played in sports mode, where the rules involve passes and avoiding being tagged along with reaching the goal score.

“The great thing about this game is it’s like basketball. Once you have the structure, you don’t need another equipment,” Vidalis said. “Kids can play, and it’s just a great game for exercise and just having fun.”

Vidalis’ favorite part of the game is its accessibility.

He says he designed so it anyone, regardless of ability or special accommodations, can pick and play this game. 

“The teachers can really get it because they see it can be used in many different ways, and get kids active,” Vidalis said. “This does it in so many different ways.”

But don’t just take Vidalis’ word for it.

You can see the fun it brings to the kids when they play. 

Even though it’s summer, Coach V., as they call him, is getting them outside.  

Vidalis says the kid who grew up living for PE class, would light up to play this game. 

“That kid would be very proud of me right now,” Vidalis said. 

Vidalis says he plans to donate a good portion of his current stock to boys and girls clubs and summer camps, to help give kids an easy access game to play this summer.