Abstract: An apparatus for use in collecting and distributing the balls of pitching machines includes a collection box having a plurality of outlet openings, and an agitator supported for rotation within the box. The agitator includes a radially extending, generally horizontally disposed flap positioned above the floor by a distance less than about the diameter of the balls, and the agitator is rotated to move the flap along a circular path extending directly over the openings. The flap is flexible vertically relative to the balls so that the balls roll beneath the flap as it moves over them.
Abstract: A ball return assembly for use with a pitching machine in a batting cage includes a conveyor having an endless loop belt with a transport surface provided with a plurality of spaced depressions each adapted to receive a ball. The belt is supported and guided along a generally horizontal ball return path to permit balls in the batting cage to be returned to the pitching machine.
Abstract: An improved ball pitching machine is described which can be easily adjusted so as to vary the trajectory of pitched balls, while at the same time affording maximum protection to by-standers by virtue of a selectively openable housing having an adjustable ball-clearing outlet. In preferred forms, the machine includes an elongated, rotatable ball pitching arm having a concave ball-receiving hand adjacent the outer end thereof; the hand is adjustably secured to the arm in a manner permitting variance of the angle of inclination of the hand relative to the arm, thus allowing the machine to deliver lob-type or essentially straight pitches as desired. The housing has an adjustable cover for varying the effective dimensions of the ball-clearing outlet, so that the outlet size can be correlated to a desired adjustment of the pitching hand.
Abstract: A ball pitching device having an arm brake assembly for a ball pitching machine is provided that rapidly decelerates the throwing arm of the machine once a ball has been released from the arm, thereby reducing unwanted oscillations of the throwing arm and prolonging the useful life of the pitching machine. The brake assembly includes a brake pad fixedly mounted to the throwing arm, and a generally arcuate brake shoe rotatable from a position wherein the throwing arm brake pad is frictionally engaged by the shoe once a ball has been released from the throwing arm, to a position spaced apart from the brake pad when the throwing arm is rotated for pitching of a ball.