Abstract: A pitch training device used to improve the throwing technique of balls used in sports. The device includes a core and a substantially disk-shaped body that provides immediate visual feedback as to whether the device was properly thrown. The core exhibits a density greater than the density of the body, thereby mimicking the moment of inertia of many sports balls. This, in turn, allows the user of the device to improve the training techniques used to increase spin efficiency of a ball while also helping train and improve other throwing techniques.
January 29, 2019
Date of Patent:
February 18, 2020
Michael Z. McGuiness, Connor Zukel McGuiness, Ronald Edwin Plummer
Abstract: An automatic batting training apparatus includes: a bottom part; a hopper assembly disposed on one side of the bottom part to sequentially discharge a plurality of balls stored therein; and a driving assembly disposed on the other side of the bottom part and including a transfer module adapted to transfer the balls discharged from the hopper assembly in a vertical direction and an ascending/descending module having a tee stand disposed movable upward and downward in such a manner as to allow the balls received from the transfer module to be seated one by one onto top thereof to perform tee batting.
Abstract: Apparatus and method train a batter to maintain the batter's eyes directed toward a prescribed point of contact where a ball is to be contacted by a bat wielded by the batter during a swing of the bat. A batting tee holds the ball, and a plurality of visually distinct signals on the tee are located such that the signals are blocked from view by the batter when the ball is in place on the tee, and are visible by the batter when the ball is struck from the tee and the batter's eyes are directed toward the point of contact as the ball leaves the tee.
Abstract: A polyhedral substantially cube-shaped training aid approximately the size and weight of a basketball and having a side transition, whereby when the training aid is launched in the manner of a basketball shot the rotation of the training aid provides visual feedback representative of a nature of the rotation of the device in flight. The training aid may include a level indicator device, sound indicator, vibration indicator, and side transitions are generally beveled. The training aid may include visual outer-markings on one or more external surfaces of the aid to visually indicate the nature of the rotation of the device when launched. Alternatively, the training aid is removably placed over the outside surface of a basketball so as to at least partially square off a first perspective of the basketball, the training aid being configured and constructed of material that permits the training aid to become removably affixed to the outer surface of the basketball.
Abstract: A system for improving a basketball player's ability to shoot basketballs towards a basketball hoop having an improved ball sensor is disclosed. An interface allows a player to select various locations for a ball ejector to launch basketballs to. A hollow protrusion extends though the net of the basketball hoop and has a microphone positioned therein. A processor compares audio signals generated by said microphone to pre-recorded sample audio signals of a basketball passing through the net of the basketball hoop to determine if a basketball shot was successfully made.
Abstract: An apparatus for training athletes having two supporting structures. The first structure has a base that can rest on a surface and walls that extend upward from the base to an upper end, defining an interior space. The walls incorporate a bar connector above the base designed to connect to and support one end of a bar. The walls have supporting elements above the base and below the upper end of the walls. The second structure has walls that are configured so that the lower end of the walls can engage the supporting elements of the first structure so that the second structure is supported by the first structure above the supporting elements. The second structure has a bar connector at the same height as the height of the bar connector of the first structure configured to connect to and support the other end of the bar.
Abstract: A compact device for assisting place kicking a football is disclosed, including a module connecting telescoping legs and football tip telescoping holding arm, with the legs connecting the module for pivoting the legs from a ground engaging position to a transport position beneath and parallel to the arm.
Abstract: A device for assisting a user during basketball practice is disclosed. The device includes an ejector that launches a basketball, a control system that detects and records shooting data and programs the ejector, and an interface that has a plurality of indicia and communicates with the control system. A report generator is included that generates a report on the shooting data. In exemplary embodiments, a tracking device may detect the location of the basketball and a sensor may detect if the basketball passes through the goal.
December 30, 2015
Date of Patent:
December 31, 2019
John G. Joseph, Troy David Geiser, Albert Charles Abnett
Abstract: A soft-toss pitching machine for soft-pitch practice includes a housing and a feeder tube coupled within an inside of the housing and extending from a feed aperture to a dispense aperture. A plurality of legs is coupled to the housing. A swivel is coupled to the housing and a pitcher arm is coupled to the swivel. The pitcher arm has a rest position, a first alternate wound position, and a second alternate release position in front of the housing. A pitcher hand is coupled to the pitcher arm and is configured to secure a ball with the pitcher arm in, and moving between, the rest position and the first alternate wound position. The pitcher hand is configured to release the ball when the pitcher arm moves to the release position. A drive is in operational communication with the swivel and moves the pitcher arm.
Abstract: A sports ball rebounder net has a rebound surface positioned and angled to receive balls and to return or propel those projected balls back to the athlete. The net frame has brackets extending from the rear of each vertical post. The brackets each have an arcuate hole at a first radial distance from a center of rotation, and a series of spaced apart holes along an arc located at a second distance from the center of rotation. One arm of the back support is connected to the first bracket and a second arm connected to the second bracket, each at the respective centers of rotation. The angular position of the back support in respect of the net frame is adjusted by pulling a cord that is attached at each end to a respective plunger associated with each arm of the back support, each of which has a pin that is retracted upon pulling the cord. The respective pins of the plungers mate with one of each series of holes through the bracket attached to the net frame.
Abstract: Cognitive training handle designed to be connected by a longitudinal connecting means to a connection means on a ball, said handle also comprising a means for adjusting the length of said longitudinal connecting means.
Abstract: Training equipment for ball training having a ball attached to an elastic line which returns the ball to an origin, the elastic line being attached to a rod. The rod is attached to a harness arranged to be attached to the back of an athlete and is extendable, such as telescopically extendable. The rod is attached to the harness via a curved intermediate piece which may have a joint with adjustable angle.
Abstract: Provided therefore herein is a lacrosse training device, lacrosse training device assembly, and methods of making and using the same. The lacrosse training device includes a weighted assembly of cylindrical sleeves longitudinally oriented with respect to a lacrosse shaft to form a U-shaped collar, a fastening means, and a mounting cap designed to fit on the lacrosse training device; wherein the cylindrical sleeves are designed to accommodate weights.
Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods for providing feedback regarding an impact between a sporting implement and a ball, an example system comprising a ring attachable to the sporting implement, the ring including a sensor for detecting vibrations caused by an impact between the sporting implement and the ball and determining whether a level of the vibrations is within a predetermined range, and a speaker within audible range of the player, the speaker configured to emit an audible tone in response to receiving a signal from the sensor indicating that the level of the vibrations is within the predetermined range.
Abstract: A template for properly determining the positions for the yardline numbers of an American-style football field includes a generally rectangular frame having an external perimeter and an internal opening defined by an internal perimeter. The shape of the internal opening, and the corresponding shape of the internal perimeter, is such that for each of the yardline numbers, i.e. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0, the internal perimeter defines a plurality of locations for abutting a corresponding plurality of outer edge portions of the yardline number. With the external perimeter appropriately aligned along one or more lines of the field, the frame can be used to properly locate any one of the six yardline numbers that are needed to properly locate all of the yardline numbers on an American-style football field. This frame reduces the number of templates needed to locate the yardline numbers of a football field, and also simplifies the process of properly locating the yardline numbers.
Abstract: An end-cap assembly for a ball bat or other sporting-good implement includes one or more removable weights, so that the weight of the end cap—and of the ball bat—may be adjusted. The one or more weights may reside in a receiving space or recess in an end-cap cup of the end-cap assembly. A fastener removably attaches the one or more weights to the end-cap cup. In some embodiments, the fastener may include threads that engage threads in a bore in the end-cap cup.
October 7, 2015
Date of Patent:
November 26, 2019
EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC
John Anderle, Dewey Chauvin, Linda Hunt, Grant Douglas, Ian Montgomery, Trevor Anderson
Abstract: A soccer training apparatus configured to require a user to lean forward to observe portions of the ball while moving and standing with the ball is provided. The apparatus may include a harness configured to attach to the torso of a user and a sight shield coupled to the harness. The sight shield may be positioned on the chest of the user when the harness is attached to the torso of the user, and the sight shield may be configured to obscure the area immediately in front of the user. The apparatus may also comprise a backing plate which may be coupled to the sight shield, and the backing plate may also be coupled to the harness. Optionally, the sight shield may be movably coupled to the backing plate to allow the sight shield to be repositioned on the user.
Abstract: A batting tee comprises a base for supporting the batting tee during use, a ball support column extending up from the base, and an extra ball holder for holding one or more extra balls before use. In some embodiments, the ball support column comprises one or more rigid sections and one or more flexible sections. The ball support column is adjustable to a desired height. In some embodiments, the extra ball holder surrounds the ball support column. In some embodiments, the extra ball holder is in the shape of a bucket.
Abstract: A replaceable wear insert assembly for playing surfaces in pitching areas and other high-wear areas of baseball and softball fields and other playing fields. A recess member is permanently or semi-permanently installable in a selected area of the field, such as a pitching lane. The recess member accommodates a replaceable insert member having an upper surface with a layer of synthetic turf or track material, mounted to rigid panel. The insert member is removable from the recess member so as to replaceable when worn.
August 11, 2017
Date of Patent:
November 12, 2019
James E. Carlson, Joseph G. C. Adams, Jr., Frederick J. Schmidt, Jr.
Abstract: A training apparatus for use with a bat is provided. The training apparatus has a fastening portion releasably securable to a barrel of the bat and a resistance portion attached to the fastening portion such that the resistance portion extends past a barrel end of the bat when the training apparatus is secured to the barrel. The resistance portion is a flexible material configured to add resistance throughout a bat swing, thus increasing the strength and torque of the athlete for that motion. The training apparatus can be used with the bat for training and released for normal bat use when not training, thus using the athletes regular bat for training.