Ball Carrier Patents (Class 224/919)
  • Patent number: 8573457
    Abstract: A device for storing golfing accessories includes a semi-rigid, planar housing having a passageway formed therein for suspending the housing from a golfer's belt. Cleaning cloths, golf tee holders, a pencil holder, a timepiece, a divot-repair tool and a stroke counter are positioned on the front surface of the housing. The top end of the housing is adapted to slidably receive a scorecard while the lower end includes a golf ball storage receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel F. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8424679
    Abstract: A golf ball storage system is provided herein. The system may be configured on an exterior of a golf bag and generally includes an upper aperture and a lower aperture that may be substantially vertically aligned. The first and second apertures are connected by an internal sleeve. The sleeve may have a generally tubular configuration to contain golf balls within the storage system in a single file, stacked arrangement. The sleeve may be substantially vertical when the golf bag is in an upright position such that gravity will force balls inserted into the upper aperture to fall to a bottom portion of the sleeve, adjacent the lower aperture, for ease of removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Lee Dexheimer, Chris Pearson
  • Patent number: 8025147
    Abstract: A golf ball stacking device comprises a hollow, elongated body formed of three panels of clear, flexible plastic sheet material connected together at ends to form a hollow tube having an hourglass shape and a generally triangular cross section. Each panel has relatively wide upper and lower ends and a relatively narrow neck portion positioned between the ends. The neck portions are bowed inwardly to form a relatively narrow arcuate throat for balls to pass between larger upper and lower chambers of the body. The upper chamber comprises an inlet for receiving golf balls. The lower chamber comprises a stacking chamber for stacking the golf balls in a triangular pyramid. The panels are not rigidly connected together at the throat, so that the panels surrounding the throat can flex outwardly to prevent ball clogging in the throat. Slots in the side edges permit manipulation of the balls inside the device. A removable flat tray fits under the body and supports a triangular pyramidal stack of balls on the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Visual Golf Solutions
    Inventor: Paul Smeenge
  • Patent number: 7905349
    Abstract: Golf bags may include certain structures and features that allow easy and ready access to various pieces of golf equipment. Such golf bags may include: (a) a base; (b) one or more wall members extending from the base (defining a chamber for plural clubs); (c) a housing member located outside the chamber and defining a first aperture that provides access to a space outside the chamber for receiving a putter shaft; and (d) a ball storage compartment located outside the chamber and outside the housing member. The ball storage compartment, the housing member, and the first aperture may be arranged so that at least a portion of the space for receiving the putter shaft lies between the chamber and the ball storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Campbell
  • Patent number: 7845492
    Abstract: A golf ball storage system is provided herein. The system may be configured on an exterior of a golf bag and generally includes an upper aperture and a lower aperture that may be substantially vertically aligned. The first and second apertures are connected by an internal sleeve. The sleeve may have a generally tubular configuration to contain golf balls within the storage system in a single file, stacked arrangement. The sleeve may be substantially vertical when the golf bag is in an upright position such that gravity will force balls inserted into the upper aperture to fall to a bottom portion of the sleeve, adjacent the lower aperture, for ease of removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Lee Allan Dexheimer, Christopher H. Pearson
  • Patent number: 7690543
    Abstract: A housing assembly is formed of a front sheet overlying a rear sheet with a curved periphery for the majority of the lower and upper extents of the housing assembly forming a passageway. A waist band with a clasp is secured by stitching to the upper edge of the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventors: Linda Edwards-Delgado, Tabitha Eiseman
  • Patent number: 7424962
    Abstract: A pocket is formed to be carried at a waist of a player playing either golf or tennis. The pocket has a backing and a front made of a fabric that is flexible and stretchable to thereby hold at least three balls under tension while located in the pocket. The pocket is held in a horizontal direction on the waistline of a wearer. The pocket may be attached to a belt surrounding the wearer or instead of a belt may be held in place by way of straps that are mounted on a back side of the pocket and may be passed through slits at the waistline of a pair of pants and held under tension by way of double D-rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Inventor: Kiersten K. Mooney
  • Patent number: 7322476
    Abstract: A game ball bag having a ball bag portion including a zippered access opening that can be locked and secured to a fixture and having a cavity sized and adapted to receive and hold a ball, including a water bottle pocket with a sealable closure on one side thereof and a second outside pocket with a sealable closure for holding various items; and an interior pocket within the cavity for holding small items which warrant extra protection from theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Frank Witherspoon
  • Patent number: 7275669
    Abstract: A ball carrier device (10) adapted to be suspended from the handle bars (101) of a bicycle (100) wherein, the carrier device (10) includes a main closed loop strap member (20) having an enlarged central loop (21) flanked by a pair of discrete auxiliary loops (22) (23) and a plurality of sling strap members (30) (31) (32) having opposite ends connected to the enlarged central loop portion of the main strap member (20) to form an open cradle dimensioned to receive a sports ball (200) wherein, the auxiliary loops (22) (23) are dimensioned to be slipped over the opposite ends of the bicycle handle bars (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Isaac Aikens
  • Patent number: 7086561
    Abstract: A tubular golf ball-dispensing container holds multiple golf balls for individual distribution. The container includes a biased lid for selectively loading and unloading of golf balls. A spring loaded compression system presses the stack of golf balls into the lid for continuous dispensing of individual balls. Upon removal of a ball from the container, the biased lid closes and the next ball is forced into the dispensing cup in the lid. The container may be attached to other gold equipment including golf bags, golf carts, and pull carts. With the addition of a support structure, the container may stand alone, a usefully configuration for use at a driving range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Steven Charles Bosanac
  • Patent number: 7007804
    Abstract: A game ball bag that includes a compartment adapted for holding a large, round object such as a basketball and which includes a lockable strap assembly for securing the bag to an immovable structure such as a park bench, chain link fence, tree or similar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Frank Witherspoon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6997312
    Abstract: A device for carrying at least one sports ball, such as a golf ball, including a cylinder which has a given length, an internal diameter, and first and second ends. The length of the cylinder is longer than the diameter of the sports ball to be carried, preferably longer than twice the diameter of the sports ball to be carried. The internal diameter is sufficient to receive such a ball. Preferably, the first end has an opening expandable from the first diameter that is less than the diameter of such ball to a second diameter at least equal to the diameter of such ball, whereby such ball can be inserted in such end. The device also includes a closure for the second end of the cylinder and a mechanism attached to the closure for permitting the device to be grasped and, optionally, attached to another object (e.g., a golf bag). Preferably, the cylinder is made of expandable material and, more preferably, the expandable material is expandable mesh-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Lisa A. Reum-Schindler
  • Publication number: 20040144819
    Abstract: A golf accessories organizing bag includes a first bag and a second bag. The first bag has a connection member connected to a rear side of the first bag so as to be connected to the second bag. The second bag has a hook on a top thereof and a zipper connects two sides of an open side of the second bag. A loop is connected to a front side of the second bag so that the connection member of the first bag is engaged with the loop. A plurality of organizing members are connected to a rear side of the second bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Hsi-Chou Huang
  • Patent number: 6736302
    Abstract: A shoulder supported sporting equipment carrier for carrying a variety of sporting equipment, namely a baseball or softball bat, a glove, and a plurality of balls. The carrier has a base board, an adjustable shoulder strap, and fasteners for securing the sporting equipment on to the base board. A pocket may also be secured to the base board for holding balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Walter Brownlee
  • Publication number: 20040084495
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a carrier device for transporting a golfer's accessory items during play. The device includes a carrier member attached to a glove attachment surface that is configured to engage a portion of a golf glove such that the golf glove can be stored on the carrier member when not being used by the golfer. In accordance with other embodiments, the carrier member is configured to secure one or more golf balls therein. In accordance with other embodiments, various device holders are attached to the carrier member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: John Rudeen, Mark D. Landgraf
  • Publication number: 20040016787
    Abstract: A golfing accessory including a ball retainer, a tee holder associated with the ball retainer, a ball marker holder associated with the ball retainer and an attachment device associated with the ball retainer. The attachment device is configured for releasable attachment to a belt, pocket or waist band of a golfer or other object associated with the game of golf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph L. Ioime
  • Publication number: 20040004097
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a ball container and dispensing unit which is constructed of a cylindrical unit. A multiple of balls stacked upon at each other are contained in the unit. The bottom of the unit is closed while the top has a flexible cap. in operation, a ball one at a time may be removed or extracted from under the flexible cap. A coil spring is disposed between the bottom of the container and a pusher below the stacked balls to apply a tension to the balls to be moved upwardly against the flexible cap until a ball is dispensed from there one ball at a time. The ball container, at an outer surface, has attached thereto a golf tee container having a a multiple of golf tees contained therein which can be extracted from there, one at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Harold Seenauth
  • Patent number: 6612946
    Abstract: A game ball anti-theft device including a spherical web dimensioned for completely enclosing the game ball therein. The spherical web is comprised of a plurality of cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Fred McClain
  • Patent number: 6560812
    Abstract: A golf ball cleaning device having a bag for cleaning golf balls, a club clasp for attaching and detaching the bag to and from the putter, an extension cable to connect the club clasp and cleaning bag and a detachable towel to wipe or dry the ball after cleaning it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Henry Aaron Pettway
  • Patent number: 6516982
    Abstract: A holder for golf balls is disclosed that is clipped to the belt or pants of a golfer. The container has a flared opening at the top and has a constricted opening at the bottom. Golf balls are placed in the top opening. The golf ball holder allows for a ball to be removed from the top opening by inserting a finger through the front opening and pushing the top golf ball out of the top flared opening. Pushing the golf ball from the bottom opening may retrieve the remaining golf ball. The golf ball holder works equally well for a right or left-handed person. Apertures are provided in the top surface of the golf ball holder to accept and securely hold golf tees and a golf ball marker. Finally, an area for advertising company or organizations names or logos is provided on the front of the golf ball holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Frank Childers
  • Publication number: 20030006154
    Abstract: A bag for holding golf outfits includes a main holding body, an upper covering part, a lateral pocket, a lateral holding part and a connecting part. The upper covering part is connected to a rear portion of the main body for covering an upper opening of same, and is detachably attached to a front portion of the main body from the front part. The main body is provided for holding golf balls. The lateral pocket is sewn on the main body for holding divot restoring tools. The lateral holding part has several rooms for tees thin portions of tees to pass through to be held in position. Magnetic ball position markers are detachably attached to divot restoring tools which are made of iron, and to an iron element on the upper covering part. The connecting part can pass through a space between a waist and a belt of a golf player for securing the bag to the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Jui-Sen Chen
  • Patent number: 6494468
    Abstract: A storage device for sports equipment having two containers which mount in a wagon and one of the containers has an adjustable cargo area and another of the containers has racks for holding baseballs and bats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Jerry Inge
  • Patent number: 6481595
    Abstract: A ball storage and dispensing device comprises a one-piece, hollow, cylindrical storage tube for storing balls. The tube has an internal diameter over substantially its entire length which is greater than the diameter of any of the balls to be stored. The lower end of the tube has a bottom opening which is smaller than the internal diameter of the rest of the tube and of a size and shape to prevent balls stored in said tube from falling downwardly out of the tube. In addition, the lower end of the tube has a ball-dispensing aperture spaced above the bottom opening, and the bottom opening is sufficiently large to permit an individual to insert a finger upwardly through the bottom opening and push a ball at the bottom of the tube upwardly and outwardly through the ball-dispensing aperture. The restriction in the size of the bottom opening is obtained by indenting the wall of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Mark Chilton
  • Publication number: 20020151390
    Abstract: A device for picking up, storing and controllably releasing tennis balls includes a straight hollow tube of adjustable length extending between an upper end equipped with a closure feature, and a lower end having a flexible sphincter mechanism. The closure feature is slideably adjustable to positions which either seal the tube or permit removal of balls. The sphincter mechanism includes a circular array of protrusions interiorly directed toward the center axis of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Gene Niksich
  • Patent number: 6440007
    Abstract: A game apparatus has a mechanism allowing to drop spherical objects one by one on the desired positions on the ground. The spherical object drop mechanism includes a housing for storing a plurality of spherical objects to allow vertical movements of the spherical objects therein by their own weight, a first stopper provided in the housing for stopping the vertical movement of the spherical objects, a second stopper provided in the housing located at a location lower than the first stopper by the distance corresponding to the diameter of the spherical object for stopping the vertical movement or releasing the stop operation of the spherical objects, a stopper drive mechanism to operate the first stopper and the second stopper opposite to each other, and a knob to operate the stopper drive mechanism from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Takeo Imahata
  • Patent number: 6398677
    Abstract: Through the use of flexible materials having a coefficient of friction lower than that of conventional sport balls, a sport ball training cover is created. The flexible material is fashioned into a pocket that snugly but removably covers the sport ball. The cover supplants its coefficient of friction to the sport ball, making it difficult to handle and creating a valuable training device for proper ball-handling. In another embodiment, a permanent training sport ball is formed by permanently attaching the flexible material to the outer cover of the ball. Other embodiments of the covers, that removably or permanently cover the sport balls, have different shapes and vary the amount of flexible material used to leave selected areas of the sport ball, such as the laces of a football, uncovered. The versatility and variety of the covers make them useful for any number of different training drills and sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Gamebreakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Layne E. Hergert, John H. Valdez, Jr., Shellie J. Valdez
  • Patent number: 6357586
    Abstract: A golf ball holder is disclosed that holds a plurality of golf balls, each golf ball being independently removable from the holder without the need to remove one of the other balls first. The holder can be attached to a golf bag either permanently or temporarily. The holder is made from a flexible fabric with openings at a first end and a second end. Golf balls are slipped into the holder from either end. The golf balls are fitted within a location where an opening is made in the holder. The opening allows the user to see whether a ball is available as well as the type of ball. The opening can stretch to allow the user to remove the golf ball through the opening rather than through one of the end openings. The openings where the golf balls are held can also be large enough to insert a golf ball into the holder. The holder can be sewn to an outside portion of the golf bag, typically near the top for easy access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Ogio International
    Inventors: Michael James Pratt, Joseph Novak
  • Patent number: 6293397
    Abstract: A ball-receiving member is attached to an object. The ball-receiving member includes an open side to allow insertion of balls and defines a receiving space therein for receiving a plurality of balls. The ball-receiving member is made of elastomeric material and includes a plurality of side holes in a side thereof. Each side hole retains an associated ball in place yet allowing passage of the ball upon manual squeezing at both sides of the ball-receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventor: Chiu-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 6286674
    Abstract: The present carrying bag is comprised of a primary container with a primary opening which is closed with a primary zipper for receiving personal items, such as books. Primary straps are attached to the front of the primary container. A ball container is detachably connected to the back of the primary container with a connecting zipper along the periphery of the ball container and on the back of the primary container. The ball container is comprised of a basketball basket for clearly indicating that it is a place to put in a basketball. The ball container is maintained in its shape by a first rib in a rim of the basket, and second ribs in a conical panel of the basket. A lid attached to the top of the ball container is detachably connected to the rim of the basket by a rim zipper. Divided compartments are thus provided for the ball and personal items to provide enough room for them and to prevent them from mixing. The ball container may be detached from the primary container by unzipping the connecting zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventors: Ada Richard, April Lytle
  • Patent number: 6234307
    Abstract: A holder for golf balls, said holder comprising a tube open at least at one end, said tube having an internal diameter less than the diameter of a golf ball and being composed of a resilient material which is able to expand when a ball is inserted into the tube, the characteristics of the material being such that a ball is inserted into the tube the tube will neck in front of and behind the ball whereby to retain the ball within the tube against accidental discharge through the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Satimer Promotions Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Charles Beck
  • Patent number: 6216933
    Abstract: An accessory that is readily around a tennis player's waist holds enough tennis balls to effectively play a game, but not too many so as to crowd the player's stroke. A bag made of nylon has an interior volume which holds the tennis balls, accessible through an opening with a piece of elastic biasing the bag closed at the opening. A nylon cord attached to a key ring is sewn to the bag so that the key ring extends into the interior volume adjacent the opening. The front and back panels making up the bag are preferably folded at their side edges, and first stitching is provided at a first fold and second stitching at a spaced location from the first fold, for maximum strength and durability. A nylon pouch large enough to hold a cell phone or eyeglasses may be attached to the back panel of the bag so that the pouch is hidden when the bag is worn on a belt around a human's waist with the front panel of the bag facing outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Vandra Healy
  • Patent number: 6202911
    Abstract: A golf accessory organizer to be attached to a golfer's pants or belt. The golf organizer defines various pockets and storage elements therein for receiving a plurality of golf-related articles, such as golf balls, tees, score pencils, divot repair tools, and the like. A hook and loop panel is provided for releaseable attachment of a golf towel, a golf glove, a club face cleaning tool, and the like in contact with the organizer. Clips may be provided for easier attachment of the organizer to a golfer's pants or belt, not requiring the belt to be removed before the organizer is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Robert D. Freer
  • Patent number: 6193120
    Abstract: A waist-secured golf ball retainer comprises at least a ball cup for loading a golf ball, wherein a snap clamp disposed at the circumference of the ball cup clamps at a player's waistband; an opening formed in bottom end of the ball cup; a plurality of equally spaced &pgr; cuts arranged in wall of the ball cup for forming a plurality of elastic snap pieces, wherein the root end of each elastic snap piece is connected with the cup wall and the top end is movable; a protruded snap-pressing arc edge is formed at the top end of each elastic snap piece for snap-pressing the golf ball; two ball cups being combinable via a continuous face to form the retainer wherein a plurality of receptacles and a storage hole are disposed in the top face while a storage groove in a lateral end of the continuous face respectively; and by the above construction, an easy loading or unloading, a stable clamping of the retainer to a player waistband, and a long lifetime for using the retainer being made possible without needing w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Chen-Te Chang
  • Patent number: 6176403
    Abstract: A sports utility belt includes a belt adapted to be worn around the waste of a player, and a bat holder attached to the belt and adapted to hold either a baseball or softball bat. The bat holder has an inner surface contoured to fit a portion of the bat and hold the bat in a substantially horizontal position behind the player. The bat holder is preferably made from two sections separated by a living hinge that allows the bat holder to open and close. The sports utility belt may also include a pouch attached to the belt to hold a baseball or softball and a strap adapted to secure a baseball or softball glove to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventors: Zachary D. Svare, Ryan R. Davison
  • Patent number: 6168061
    Abstract: A golf ball holder comprising a member having a hook section attachable to the wearing apparel of a user thereof, including a pair of leg portions, and a tray section formed integrally with and projecting laterally from a leg portion of the hook section, the tray section having an upper surface provided with least one recess for receiving and supporting a golf ball therein, having a surface engageable by a ball supported in the recess in an interference-fit relation, and the recess having an opening extending to an underside of the tray section of sufficient cross sectional area to permit a portion of a finger of the user to be inserted therethrough and dislodge a ball supported in the recess to propel the ball into the hand of the user cupped around the tray section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Robert S. Harrison
  • Patent number: 6102263
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a device for holding golf balls 30 having a vertically oriented magazine-like container 12 having a spring-loaded clip 14 on its side for being attached to the belt 16 of the user 18 or other golf paraphernalia such as a bag. The container 12 is equipped with an inner spring 40 on its inside upper surface for putting downward pressure on the balls 30. The balls 30 are also held inside the container 12 by vertical members 34 located in a spaced apart relationship on the interior of the container 36 and held in place by springs 44. The vertical members 34 are further equipped with a roller bearing 38 on their lower end which grips the balls 30 and prevents the balls from being discharged from the container 12 until the user 18 so desires. The container 12 is also equipped on its outer lateral surface with an aperture or notch 32 which allows the user 18 to insert his finger and remove the balls 30 from the container 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Daniel P Rosato, James F Luginsland
  • Patent number: 6102201
    Abstract: A belt worn golf accessory holder for holding tees, ball markers and divot repair tools to the belt of the golfer. The belt worn golf accessory holder includes a panel. The panel has a first portion and a second portion. Each of the first and second portions has a front side and a back side. The panel has a peripheral edge. The panel is foldable on a juncture of the first and second portions of panel. At least one loop for releasably mounting the panel to the belt is fixedly attached to the back side of the panel. At least one loop for releasably securing the accessories to the panel is fixedly coupled to the front side of the panel. At least one pocket is located on the front side of the panel. At least one ball marker mounting is fixedly mounted in the panel. The mounting is located on front side of the panel. A securing means releasably secures the first portion of the front side of the panel to the second portion of the front side of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: John P. Marston, Steven S. Praetsch
  • Patent number: 6095390
    Abstract: An athletic ball carrying pouch and belt for holding and transporting any lightweight ball, such as, a basketball, soccer ball or volleyball, to the park, playground or gym, comprising a plurality of panels attached together to form a first hemisphere and a second hemisphere and an accessible volume therein, a releasable fastener attached to said first and second hemispheres for providing and denying access to the volume and an adjustable belt for securing the pouch around a person's waist while the wearer is walking, jogging, running or riding a bicycle, moped or motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Anthony O. Bogle
  • Patent number: 6082602
    Abstract: A multi-use belt that is designed to be used during sporting activities as well as in social environments. A carrying element and a ball holder may be attached to the belt. The carrying element is adapted to hold instruments for use in a sporting activity. The instruments are held horizontally so that sharp edges do not poke or irritate the user. The ball holder comprises at least one elastic ring that is formed from a helical spring. The carrying element and the ball holder hold objects close to the user's center of mass and the objects are firmly held so that there is little or no relative motion between the objects and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Donata Marialuisa Gianesi Gschwind
  • Patent number: 6059158
    Abstract: A scoring board mounting arrangement includes a mounting frame fixedly mounted on the main rod member of a golf cart, a scoring board covered with a hinged cover plate and having a front end pivoted to a front end of the mounting frame, a coupling member coupled between the scoring board and the mounting frame and moved between a first position where the scoring board is closely attached to the mounting frame, and a second position where the scoring board is lifted from the mounting frame and retained in a horizontal position, and retaining means provided at the mounting frame to hold the coupling member in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: New I-SO Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sen-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 6056412
    Abstract: Disclosed is a waist mounted illuminating device comprised of a belt having a length sufficient to fit around a person's waist. A compartment comprised of flexible material is located on the belt. The compartment has an opening. A battery operated light having an illuminable face is disposed in the compartment and directs light through the opening in the compartment. The compartment and belt may be formed of a flexible material such as neoprene. When the belt is firmly adjusted around a user's waist, the compartment and belt firmly and steadily maintain the battery operated light on the user's waist, even while the user is running or jogging. This stable mount of the light to the waist provides steady illumination of the user's path for general illumination and for exercise activities such as running or jogging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventors: Elizabeth Eckhardt Atlee, Steven David Atlee
  • Patent number: 6053386
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a serpentine tube which is wide enough to store a tennis ball and allow a tennis ball to roll or otherwise translate within the tube. The serpentine tube has an opening for receiving tennis balls and a dispenser for facilitating selective sequential removal a tennis ball. Gravity causes the tennis balls to roll to the bottom of the tube to a dispenser. The container may be worn by the user by conventional over the shoulder and around the waist straps. The container may be flipped to accommodate both right handed and left handed players. The container may also be pressurized to above atmospheric pressure to increase the life of the tennis balls contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Winston C Reynolds
  • Patent number: 6029874
    Abstract: An article carrying device for attachment to handlebars of a bicycle has a generally elongate main center section supported by attachment legs which attach to opposite ends of handlebars to position the main center section generally parallel to and spaced from the major lineal extent of the handlebars. Fastening devices such as clips and hooks are attached to the main center section and adapted to support one or more articles of differing geometry such as a baseball bat and glove, with a baseball bat removably engageable in spring-biased clips generally vertically oriented relative to the main center section, and a baseball glove supported upon a hook or clip depending from the main center section between the clips. The main center section and attachment legs can be made length adjustable to fit handlebars of different sizes and configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Austin Steven Meggitt
  • Patent number: 6029850
    Abstract: A container for golf balls receives the golf balls into a bore of a resilient tube where they are held by combined frictional and deformational forces. The balls are released by a peristaltic squeezing of the outer soft sides of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Craig R. Pate
    Inventors: Craig R. Pate, Miguel Fiol
  • Patent number: 6003747
    Abstract: An improved structure for golf-ball bag, which mainly comprises a stop flap, a bag body and a bag lug; the stop flap and the bag body are made of a resilient material; the inner side of the stop flap is sewed with at least a bag lug; both ends of the bag body not connected with the stop flap are furnished with piping edges respectively; the other two ends of the bag body are sewed together with both ends of the stop flap respectively; the edge of the stop flap is furnished with piping edge; the ball bag has two openings, of which one opening has a higher flap panel extended from the stop flap; the ball bag can be attached to the belt of a user by means of bag lug; when a ball is loading into the bag, the flap panel is used as a guide surface for the ball; since the opening is resilient, the ball loaded in the bag would drop out unintentionally; to pick up the ball out of the ball bag, a user may simply squeeze the bag and push the ball out of the ball-output end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Te-Chen Lee
  • Patent number: 5951075
    Abstract: Apparatus for picking up, transporting and storing balls comprises two oposing planes separated by tension elementss which when forced over a solid, hollow or pressurized sphere simultaneously stretches the tension elements and/or compresses the sphere sufficiently to permit the sphere entry between the planes. Once the sphere is between the planes it is kept in place by the forces created by the stretched tension trying to regain their original unstretched configuration and the pinched sphere trying to regain its original configuration by trying to expand out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Proball, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter F. Green
  • Patent number: 5934530
    Abstract: The golf accessory organizer allows a golfer to comfortably carry and easily access items such as tees, golf balls, golf-gloves, divot tools, ball markers, personal items or other small-type golfing accessories while playing a round of golf. Additionally, the device does not interfere with a golfer's swing or cause discomfort while the golfer is moving. The disclosed device is easy to manufacture, reliable, and lightweight as the main supporting member of the device is primarily manufactured from injection-molded plastic. Integral in this supporting member are tee holders and a ball marker holder and a pouch for holding golf balls may pivotally hang from the supporting member. Alternatively, a golf ball is retained in a pressure clip hinged to the supporting member. The supporting member may have an area covered with a hook or loop material for holding various small items such as a divot tool, golf glove, or sunglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventors: Gordon W. Antczak, Roy J. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 5927581
    Abstract: A carrier for sports balls and similar articles that is mutually convertible between a back pack and a shoulder bag without the addition or subtraction of any element. The carrier includes a primary bag comprised of a flexible shell of material with an exterior surface that encloses an open inner volume of sufficient size for retaining a sports ball. Upper central, lower central, first lateral, and second lateral coupling elements are affixed to the exterior surface of the primary bag. An elongated and flexible strap with a first end with a selectively disengagable first attaching mechanism, a second end with a selectively disengagable second attaching mechanism, and a body portion couples to the primary bag at two or more of the coupling elements depending on the form that the carrier is to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventors: James P. Reddy, Christopher S. Eaton
  • Patent number: 5909833
    Abstract: A utility bag for carrying and storing sports gear. The bag has a hollow cylindrical body portion, a removable bottom portion for closing the bottom of the body, and a removable shoulder strap. The body portion is made of basketball netting with loops along the top edge for installation and use on a basketball goal rim. Attachments for sports related items are provided on the strap and on the body portion, and a purse is attached to the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: Samuel J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5898968
    Abstract: A device for cleaning and drying golf club heads and for cleaning, drying, and carrying golf balls can be secured to the user during play. The device includes a generally pliant, hollow sleeve member having a large opening at its upper end and a smaller opening at its lower end. The upper and lower openings of the sleeve member are appropriately sized to allow golf club heads of any size to be cleaned within the sleeve upper interior portion while golf balls may be cleaned within the sleeve lower interior portion. Additionally, the appropriately sized lower opening permits golf balls to be retained within the lower interior portion of the sleeve member and squeezed out as needed. The device accomplishes all of the cleaning of the golf equipment internally and therefore prevents any cleaned off material from contacting the user or the user's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Bruce E. Beattie