Patents Assigned to Huffy Corporation
  • Patent number: 5881537
    Abstract: A method of packing a portable basketball goal support system having a base, a ballast tank, and an arm for supporting a basketball goal support pole which can be assembled in an expanded configuration for use and a compact configuration for shipping or storage. In the expanded configuration, the ballast tank extends at least partially behind the support pole providing stability for the base, while in the compact configuration, the ballast tank may be nested within a portion of the base, thereby occupying less space. The overall length, height, and thickness of the support assembly are thus reduced for storage, thus occupying less space when shipped or stored than would be possible in previous conventional designs providing comparable performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Schickert, Ronald A. White, Mark E. Davis
  • Patent number: 5839714
    Abstract: A basketball assembly for supporting a backboard comprises, a base having a plurality of generally vertical side walls and a base face extending between said sidewalls. The base face and one of said side walls defining a forward edge. The assembly includes a pole, having spaced apart ends. An elongated opening is provided in the base for supporting one end of said pole on said base with said pole at an angle to the vertical to extend the other end of the pile over and beyond the forward edge of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: James N. Fitzsimmons, David A. Allen, Randy R. Schickert, Michael A. Niver
  • Patent number: 5839982
    Abstract: A basketball backboard assembly for supporting a rebound member having a tubular steel frame and one or more plastic channels connecting the rebound member to the frame in a manner that protects the edge of the rebound member. The steel frame includes an outer section preferably formed from a single piece of tubular steel and an inner section welded to the outer section. The plastic channel includes a first slot which receives the peripheral edge of the rebound member and a second slot which receives a portion of the outer section of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Clement F. Hying, Randy R. Schickert, Ronald A. White
  • Patent number: 5830090
    Abstract: A basketball goal unit having a first mounting plate for attachment to a backboard, a second mounting plate pivotally mounted to the first mounting plate, a rim supported from the second mounting plate, and a resilient member located between and in contact with the first and second mounting plates, the resilient member acting to bias the second mounting plate to a normal use position, wherein the resilient member is compressed and the second mounting plate is permitted to pivot a specified amount toward the first mounting plate when the rim receives a force having a downward component greater than a threshold level. Thereafter, the second mounting plate automatically pivots back to its normal use position due to the biasing action of the resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: James N. Fitzsimmons, Randy R. Schickert
  • Patent number: 5795253
    Abstract: A breakaway net attachment system for mounting a basketball net to the rim of a basketball goal at predetermined locations along the rim. The system includes clips which are attachable to the rim and which include retainer portions for retaining the net in association with the rim. The rim includes a plurality of small mounting projections, which may be in the form of studs welded along an undersurface thereof for engaging within apertures formed in the clips whereby the clips are retained in engagement with the rim. In one embodiment, the clips are provided with fingers for retaining the net wherein the fingers will release the net in response to a predetermined force being applied to the net. In a further embodiment, the clip is adapted to be pulled off of the rim when a predetermined force is applied to the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Allen
  • Patent number: 5792010
    Abstract: A basketball net clip for a breakaway net attachment system that detachably mounts a basketball net to the rim of a basketball goal at predetermined locations along the rim. The net clips are resilient and include a base portion attachable to the rim and a retainer portion for detachably retaining the net in association with the rim. The rim preferably includes a plurality of studs located along an undersurface thereof for engaging within apertures formed in the clips whereby the clips are retained in engagement with the rim. In one embodiment, the clips are provided with fingers for retaining the net wherein the fingers will release the net in response to a predetermined force being applied to the net. In a further embodiment, the clip is adapted to be pulled off of the rim when a predetermined force is applied to the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Allen, Ronald A. White, Joseph K. Bohrman, James N. Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 5752349
    Abstract: A support structure or ground sleeve for supporting a pole including a cap threadably engageable with an open end of a sleeve body. The ground sleeve includes a sleeve body adapted to be positioned in a ground surface for receiving and supporting a pole and includes at least one flange extending outwardly from the sleeve body for preventing the sleeve from rotating in the ground, a collet for engaging the pole, and an inwardly tapered closed end of the sleeve body for centering an end of the pole. An inwardly tapered race surface of the cap and a plurality of cirumferentially-spaced tabs of the sleeve body cooperate to define the collet. In addition, the ground sleeve is formed of a weather resistant non-corrosive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: James N. Fitzsimmons, Randy R. Schickert
  • Patent number: 5632480
    Abstract: A basketball goal support including a base, a ballast tank and an adjustable pole. The ballast tank is formed as a hollow structure for receiving a fluid such as water to provide ballasting weight to the base. The ballast tank is removably attached to the base to facilitate filling and emptying of the ballast tank as well as transportation of the base. The pole includes upper and lower tubes and an elastomeric ring extending around the upper tube. The elastomeric ring may be positioned at a substantially infinite number of locations along the upper tube to thereby define the position of the upper tube relative to the lower tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Davis, Ronald A. White
  • Patent number: 5626339
    Abstract: A basketball backboard formed of a structural foam material such as structural foam polypropylene. The backboard is provided with an inmolded graphics sheet formed of the same material as that used to form the backboard. The graphics sheet of material is formed with pores to receive the printing inks whereby a desired visual graphics display is provided on an exposed facing surface of the graphics sheet. The backboard is formed as a high strength rigid structure having good rebound characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Schickert, James N. Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 5586759
    Abstract: A basketball goal unit is disclosed having a first mounting plate for attachment to a backboard, a second mounting plate pivotally mounted to the first mounting plate, a rim supported from the second mounting plate, and a resilient member located between and in contact with the first and second mounting plates, the resilient member acting to bias the second mounting plate to a normal use position, wherein the resilient member is compressed and the second mounting plate is permitted to pivot a specified amount toward the first mounting plate when the rim receives a force having a downward component greater than a threshold level. Thereafter, the second mounting plate automatically pivots back to its normal use position due to the biasing action of the resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: James N. Fitzsimmons, Randy R. Schickert
  • Patent number: 5571229
    Abstract: A support structure or ground sleeve for supporting a pole including a cap threadably engageable with an open end of a sleeve body. The ground sleeve includes a sleeve body adapted to be positioned in a ground surface for receiving and supporting a pole and includes at least one flange extending outwardly from the sleeve body for preventing the sleeve from rotating in the ground, a collet for engaging the pole, and an inwardly tapered closed end of the sleeve body for centering an end of the pole. An inwardly tapered race surface of the cap and a plurality of cirumferentially-spaced tabs of the sleeve body cooperate to define the collet. In addition, the ground sleeve is formed of a weather resistant non-corrosive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: James N. Fitzsimmons, Randy R. Schickert
  • Patent number: 5524883
    Abstract: A breakaway net attachment system for mounting a basketball net to the rim of a basketball goal at predetermined locations along the rim. The system includes clips which are attachable to the rim and which include retainer portions for retaining the net in association with the rim. The rim preferably includes a plurality of studs located along an undersurface thereof for engaging within apertures formed in the clips whereby the clips are retained in engagement with the rim. In one embodiment, the clips are provided with fingers for retaining the net wherein the fingers will release the net in response to a predetermined force being applied to the net. In a further embodiment, the clip is adapted to be pulled off of the rim when a predetermined force is applied to the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Allen, Ronald A. White, James N. Fitzsimmons, Joseph K. Bohrman
  • Patent number: D368044
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony L. Hoying, Robert L. Ice
  • Patent number: D368679
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Dietz, Paul S. Haney
  • Patent number: D370457
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Dietz, Phillip A. Piper, Paul S. Haney
  • Patent number: D371813
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Schickert, Jon C. Gallun
  • Patent number: D372212
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Dietz, Paul S. Haney, Robert L. Ice, Phillip A. Piper
  • Patent number: D399895
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Schickert, Jon C. Gallun
  • Patent number: D402338
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Davis
  • Patent number: D409135
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Davis