Football, Soccer, Or Rugby Patents (Class 434/251)
  • Publication number: 20150140533
    Abstract: The present invention relates to providing direct assistance and instruction to hand placement on balls and other sporting good equipment to improve the skills for those trying to learn the sport, including but not limited to young children where early habits are formed. Without proper assistance and instruction, bad habits for hand placement are formed and limit the ability for anyone to truly excel or just enjoy the sport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin NOVINSKI, Michael NOVINSKI
  • Patent number: 8734159
    Abstract: A physical skills training apparatus particularly useful for training various close-contact sports skills and techniques related to stance, balance, hand positioning accuracy, leg movement, muscle strength, action and reaction times, resistance, movement finesse, and others, includes a main structure or body that provides at least geometric form, structural integrity, engageability by at least one user if the apparatus is connected to a mount or support and, by two or more users (as, e.g., opposing participants), and is characterized by its geometric form to be portable, relatively light-weight, and easily transportable by a single person. Illustratively, the main body of the apparatus may be in the form of a one-piece, high aspect ratio plate that is flat or curved. The main body will have (holding) means for gripping, grasping or holding the apparatus by a user on one side of the apparatus, which may be in the form of shaped and oriented openings to accommodate both hands of a user, or handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventor: Peter W. DeStefano
  • Patent number: 8690655
    Abstract: This document generally describes techniques, methods, systems, and computer program products for providing a three-dimensional (ā€œ3Dā€) sports playbook. Such a playbook may permit someone like a football, basketball, or soccer coach to see a play executed in a classic X's and O's overhead two-dimensional (ā€œ2Dā€) view, and also in a 3D view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Moti Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Meyer, Dean Dalton, Scott Gaff, Christopher Ebbert
  • Patent number: 8632342
    Abstract: A training system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The training system includes a method of training an athlete to use an article of footwear with a shape correcting member to perform various types of skills including passing a ball. The method can be implemented on a computer, mobile device or as an instruction booklet. The training system provides a total training solution for an athlete that is designed to enhance specific athletic skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Erez Morag
  • Patent number: 8616892
    Abstract: A training system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The training system includes a method of training an athlete to use an article of footwear with a traction system to help enhance speed and agility. The method can be implemented on a computer, mobile device or as an instruction booklet. The training system provides a total training solution for an athlete that is designed to enhance specific athletic skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Erez Morag, Perry W. Auger, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 8579632
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a computer-implemented athletic performance analysis method that includes obtaining, at a computer system, first motion data reflecting motion of a sporting device during one or more drills performed by an athlete. The method also includes creating and storing action data by identifying a plurality of portions of the motion data, where each of the portions correspond to one or more actions by the athlete; comparing the action data for the athlete, with the computer system, to corresponding aggregated action data for a plurality of other athletes to determine a relative skill level for the athlete with respect to the one or more actions; and generating data for a report that reflects the relative development level of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: InfoMotion Sports Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael James Crowley
  • Patent number: 8573981
    Abstract: A training system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The training system includes a method of training an athlete to use an article of footwear with a ball control portion to help enhance accuracy when kicking a ball. The method can be implemented on a computer, mobile device or as an instruction booklet. The training system provides a total training solution for an athlete that is designed to enhance specific athletic skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Erez Morag
  • Publication number: 20130203030
    Abstract: A training device for rugby players, notably for a phase of the game known as the scrum, comprises: a simulation platform of the Stewart platform type, onto which a training yoke is mounted; an electronic device for closed-loop control of said simulation platform; a computer device for controlling the training device. The present invention is mainly applicable to the training, the development and the improvement of rugby players at a high level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: THALES
    Inventors: Serge Couvet, Didier Retieres, Pierre Paul Vidal, Julien Piscione
  • Publication number: 20130177886
    Abstract: A training device for improving football passing technique may include a belt member for attachment to the waist of a user and a guide post attached to the belt member. The guide post may include a base member coupled to the belt member, a substantially horizontal member coupled to the base member and projecting outward from the belt member, a substantially vertical member coupled to the substantially horizontal member, the substantially vertical member projecting upward from the substantially horizontal member, and a cross member coupled to the substantially vertical member and projecting forward and backward from an attachment point of the cross member with the substantially vertical member. When the training device is positioned around the waist of the user, the substantially horizontal member may be positioned below the passing-arm side axilla of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 8444533
    Abstract: A high-intensity interval training method comprises supporting an individual upon an upper body engaging element in a forwardly inclined position while the individual is propelling himself in a forward motion on a non-motorized rotatable endless belt; obtaining a performance feedback by sensing at least one of a rotation of the belt and an impact force exerted upon the upper body engaging element by the individual during the exercise cycles; and using the performance feedback to measure performance of the individual and control the exercise cycles to create an exercise regimen that requires the user to operate at at least about 85% of the individual maximum capacity during the high intensity anaerobic intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: 9185-7714 Quebec Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Robinson
  • Patent number: 8368721
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for simulating United States football and other sports that are held on a playing field. The user stands in an area that at least approximates an actual playing field, and an apparatus incorporated into a football helmet or other headgear worn by the user superimposes simulation images onto the field of view of the user, creating an illusion of simulated action taking place on the actual field where the user is standing. This makes the information and skills conveyed by the simulation directly relevant and immediately useful. Preferred embodiments track the location and orientation of the user and thereby allow the user to participate in the simulation. In another aspect, essentially the same apparatus and method are used to simulate driving or flying of vehicles without the need of an expensive mockup of the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony McCoy
  • Patent number: 8279051
    Abstract: A method and system for improving the effectiveness of coaches and video game designers for games like soccer, American football, basketball, lacrosse or ice hockey by using RF technology and software. A base station is equipped with a computer programmed with algorithms to track the players and game equipment and thereby produce data of interest to a coach or game designer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Naser Mohammed Khan
  • Patent number: 8257087
    Abstract: Methods and equipment to improve the visual ability of a subject during athletic activities are provided. One such method includes configuring a sporting object to visually approximate the appearance of a background or configuring a background to visually approximate the appearance of a sporting object. A subject may then train using the sporting object visually in front of the low contrast background. A background where the visual appearance of the background comprises at least one depiction of the sporting object may be used. A subject may then train using the sporting object visually in front of the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Reichow, Richard Avis
  • Publication number: 20110294101
    Abstract: A physical skills training apparatus particularly useful for training various close-contact sports skills and techniques related to stance, balance, hand positioning accuracy, leg movement, muscle strength, action and reaction times, resistance, movement finesse, and others, includes a main structure or body that provides at least geometric form, structural integrity, engageability by at least one user if the apparatus is connected to a mount or support and, by two or more users (as, e.g., opposing participants), and is characterized by its geometric form to be portable, relatively light-weight, and easily transportable by a single person. Illustratively, the main body of the apparatus may be in the form of a one-piece, high aspect ratio plate that is flat or curved. The main body will have (holding) means for gripping, grasping or holding the apparatus by a user on one side of the apparatus, which may be in the form of shaped and oriented openings to accommodate both hands of a user, or handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: CORNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Peter W. DeStefano
  • Patent number: 8062037
    Abstract: An on-field vision training system is disclosed that provides a visual identifier near the athlete during game play and training exercises and other visual identifier positioned away from the athlete, but so as to still be seen by the athlete during game play and training exercises. The athlete uses the visual identifiers during game play and training exercises to improve vision, focus, and concentration. An American football having unique visual identifiers for use as an in-flight visual training tool is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Chapa, Jr., Bruce Wojciechowski, Justin Wojciechowski, Michael Collier
  • Publication number: 20110086732
    Abstract: A method of playing a Press soccer game on a field having a width of between 80 yards more or less for adult players to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger. The field has touch lines that extend from a first goal arch line to a second goal arch line where the touch lines have a length of between 100 yards more or less for adults to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger. The field has a goal zone area and a penalty arch line. One of the rules of play provides that a goal made without touching any other offensive player will count as two points when made from a goal zone area, three points when made within the penalty arch line, and four points when made from beyond the penalty arch line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: James I. Press
  • Publication number: 20100331122
    Abstract: A training system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The training system includes a method of training an athlete to use an article of footwear with a ball control portion to help enhance accuracy when kicking a ball. The method can be implemented on a computer, mobile device or as an instruction booklet. The training system provides a total training solution for an athlete that is designed to enhance specific athletic skills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Erez Morag
  • Publication number: 20100330544
    Abstract: A soccer training system is used to condition soccer players to make shots at the goal with an improved likelihood of scoring by conditioning the soccer players to aim towards the areas of the goal where shots are more likely to score. Similarly disclosed is a novel method of conditioning soccer players to improve their ability to score goals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Aaron Glenn Siefker
  • Patent number: 7857708
    Abstract: A computer (16) for capturing a colored moving image photographed by photographing means (14, 15) has an extraction means for extracting images having necessary swing postures as check-point images from a large number of still images constituting the color moving image; a means for obtaining a coordinate of a position of each of attention-focused points, which operate, in each of the check-point images, while a golfer (11) is swinging; a means for diagnosing a golfer's swing form by setting a plurality of diagnosis items for each trajectory pattern obtained by a ball motion measuring apparatus (20) to classify behavior of a golf ball and by comparing numerical data generated from data of the coordinate of the position of each of the attention-focused points with a judgement value set in each of a plurality of diagnosis items; and a means for outputting an advice drill corresponding to a result of a diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: SRI Sports Limited
    Inventors: Masahiko Ueda, Masahide Onuki
  • Publication number: 20100323824
    Abstract: The football pass catching trainer includes a vest wearable by a receiver and at least one interference pad selectively removable from the vest. The vest and the associated interference pad are configured to require the receiver wearing the vest to catch a football with arms and elbows extended away from the interference pad. The vest may include a retainment mechanism and indicia that enable the receiver to selectively position the interference pad on the vest to practice the proper techniques for catching a football.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: BORG UNLIMITED INC.
    Inventor: Ricardo Gamboa
  • Publication number: 20100249959
    Abstract: A method of providing integral soccer sports training for youth comprising providing an age-specific training program; an age specific neuropsicomotor development program; and a computer-based sports management system. The computer-based sports management system incorporates a database, administrative functions, and use of mobile field devices by coaches and referees for field data gathering and reporting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Efrain Salazar
  • Patent number: 7798920
    Abstract: A sporting activity system comprising a plurality of stakes and a plurality of pods. The plurality of stakes each have a length and a cross-sectional configuration. Each pod includes a body and a member for interfacing with a stake. The body includes a lower edge, a side and a top surface. The interfacing member includes an opening disposed on one of the top and the sides configured to receive a stake, and, two channels disposed on the body spaced apart from the opening. Each of the at least two channels and the opening can accept a stake of the plurality of stakes simultaneously. Connectors may be provided releasably coupling two stakes of the plurality of stakes to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Dagoberto S. Cortes
  • Publication number: 20100062879
    Abstract: The present invention is an inexpensive football holder for kicking a football that replaces the need for another person to hold the football for placekicking while simulating to the place kicker a place holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Chris Shaw, Rocky Willingham, Vincent Mark Villanueva
  • Publication number: 20090124434
    Abstract: A method of promoting development and motivation in a field of achievement is provided, comprising isolating a task for development, prescribing a level of achievement related to the task, measuring the level of achievement, and awarding the achievement of the task with a tangible indicia of achievement. The invention in its preferred embodiment relates to the sport of soccer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: SKILLZYS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Abboud
  • Publication number: 20090077832
    Abstract: The present invention is a sleeve to be worn over a soccer shoe, with indicia in two distinct regions of an instep, indicia on an outstep, and indicia on a top region constructed and arranged for teaching soccer skills and a method of using the sleeve to teach soccer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: David Flint
  • Publication number: 20080293023
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing sports instruction are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the method includes the steps of each of a plurality of instructors entering a name and one or more credentials into a server based data storage unit and each of the plurality of students selecting one of the plurality of instructors based on the one or more credentials. At a server, one or more uploaded files are received from each of the plurality of students and they are stored in the data storage unit. A selected one of the plurality of instructors reviews the uploaded files and provides instruction based on the uploaded files. The students can rate the instructors based on their experience. Other aspects of online sports instruction are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Glen M. Diehl, John F. Lynch, Daniel Bastone
  • Publication number: 20080286733
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for interactive football practice combined with an imaging and sound system constituting the football programme to be followed by a player, comprising an object relatively fixed to the ground (I), of spherical shape which the player can kick, and various means for determining the types of kicks practised by the player and the intensity thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Frederic Claudel, Frederic Nicolas
  • Publication number: 20080244812
    Abstract: A shoulder pad apparatus includes a chest plate. A shoulder cap is formed at an upper portion of the chest plate. A shoulder flap connects to the shoulder cap. An upper arm flap pivotably connects to the shoulder flap. At least one arcuate shell also may pivotably connect to the shoulder flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Paul R. Phaneuf, Frank Warren
  • Publication number: 20080026351
    Abstract: The apparatus for sports training includes a vertical bar attached to the front of a vest or other garment. The bar is attached to the vest by brackets, which may be resilient and may include a releasable mechanism. The vest is configured to be worn so that the bar has a vertical orientation in front of the user. The vertical bar may be covered with foam padding or other material less rigid than the bar itself. The bottom portion of the vertical bar may be generally straight and oriented substantially parallel to the user's torso. The top portion may be curved to extend away from the user. When used to train a football player, the apparatus encourages a player to catch a football with the player's hands as opposed to trapping the football against the player's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: Eric William Thompson
  • Patent number: 7309234
    Abstract: A device is described for introducing variation in athletic training and competitive events. This device maintains an internal state that occupies one of several allowed values. Depending upon the selected configuration, the device changes internal state at regular or irregular intervals, progresses through its allowed values sequentially or in random order, and spends a different designated fraction of time in each state. This variable and typically unpredictable state is presented to the field of play where one or more athletes receive the information and react to it as a change in their athletic training or game environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: David Ross Mathog
  • Patent number: 6929479
    Abstract: An athlete training device includes a first sensor pad for signaling when a first object has been removed from the first pad and a second sensor pad for signaling when an athlete's hand has been removed from the second pad. A third sensor signals when the athlete has made contact with a second object. A control device receives the signals from the pads and third sensor and determines a first elapsed time from when the first object is removed from the first pad and the athlete's hand is removed from the second pad. The control device also determines a second elapsed time from when the athlete's hand is removed from the second pad and the athlete makes contact with the second object and then outputs a signal for displaying the first and second elapsed times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Eastern Automation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Bellows, Thomas D. Kling, Wayne J. Schultz
  • Patent number: 6856918
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a system and method for detecting defects in a manufactured object. These defects may include flaws, delaminations, voids, fractures, fissures, or cracks, among others. The system utilizes an ultrasound measurement system, a signal analyzer and an expected result. The signal analyzer compares the signal from the measurement system to the expected result. The analysis may detect a defect or measure an attribute of the manufactured object. Further, the analysis may be displayed or represented. In addition, the expected result may be generated from a model such as a wave propagation model. One embodiment of the invention is a laser ultrasound detection system in which a laser is used to generate an ultrasonic signal. The signal analyzer compares the measured ultrasonic signal to an expected result. This expected result is generated from a wave propagation model. The analysis is then displayed on a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Dubois, Peter W. Lorraine, Robert J. Filkins, Thomas E. Drake
  • Patent number: 6722889
    Abstract: The invention is training football having a plurality of perceptive elements, including tactile elements and visual elements. The tactile elements are positioned on an outer surface of the football in locations that correspond with locations that contact the hand of an individual when properly throwing a football. Accordingly, the tactile elements provide the individual with tactile information regarding proper hand positioning. The tactile elements may also provide the individual with visual cues regarding proper hand positioning. The visual elements are positioned on end portions of the football that are visible to the individual following a throw of the football, thereby providing the individual with feedback concerning the quality of each football throw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris S. Page, Paul A. Gaudio, Geoffrey Charles Raynak, Charles D. Kraeuter
  • Patent number: 6715477
    Abstract: An apparatus that simulates punting and place kicking of a ball includes a prosthetic leg having a mechanism in the foot region to seat a ball. The leg is pivotally-mounted to a frame and mechanically coupled with a foot pedal. Downward force on the foot pedal is translated to the leg causing the leg to whip upward and launching the ball with proportional force and speed. In one embodiment, the frame is collapsible/expandable and includes a roller to facilitate transportation. In another embodiment, the leg is formed of pliable material to eliminate the risk of injury in the event of collision therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • Publication number: 20040038189
    Abstract: A portable game and training apparatus for teaching soccer skills. The apparatus consists of a telescoping horizontal cross bar and two identical support structures for each end of the horizontal cross bar. The telescoping horizontal cross bar connects to the support structures using fittings made of molded plastic, PVC, graphic, or other material known to those skilled in the trade. The apparatus is used for a soccer training game known by many different names including soccer-tennis, foot-tennis, futbol-tennis, over-the-net-soccer, and the like. The apparatus may also be used as a small-sided goal and as hurdles, thus providing soccer coaches and players with multiple training options. The apparatus may be employed indoors or outdoors on any surface. The apparatus can be assembled or disassembled in a short period of time and fits easily in any car, van, SUV, or any other vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Edward J. Wilgenburg, Elizabeth Anne Wilgenburg
  • Publication number: 20030198924
    Abstract: A football teaching aid comprises a football (20) having a number of differently coloured target areas (21, 22, 23, 24) marked on the surface of the football (20), each indicating an area on the surface of the football (20) to be struck to send the football (20) along an associated flight path. Thus, in practice, a football coach can direct a player to strike the football (20) in one of the coloured target areas (21, 22, 23, 24), which is easily identified by the player, to achieve a desired shot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: John C. Holman
    Inventor: NOEL EITE
  • Patent number: 6575879
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assessing a user athlete's prowess at certain athletic skills, the apparatus being treadmill sled having a frame, a rotatable continuous belt mounted on the frame, the belt presenting an upward directed support surface for supporting a user athlete, a blocking dummy supported proximate the continuous belt and being operably coupled to the frame by a dummy support, and a performance measuring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventors: Randy Harney, Ryan Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20030049590
    Abstract: A system for, and method of determining an offside position of a player on a football field, the system including: (a) at least one surveying instrument for surveying the field and capturing optical data, and (b) a computer operatively connected so as to receive the optical data from the surveying instrument, the computer having digital analysis software, the computer designed and configured to transmit an output, the digital analysis software for: (i) determining, in real time, from the optical data, a position of a playing ball, and positions of players from an offensive team and from a defensive team; (ii) identifying a forward ball-pass made by the offensive team; (iii) determining, in real time, the positions of the players from the offensive team and from the defensive team, at a time that the forward ball-pass was performed, and (iv) determining whether at least one of the players is in the offside position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: Eitan Feldbau
  • Patent number: 6379156
    Abstract: The organizer (10) includes a traditional ringed binder (12) which contains a strategy page (20), a storage page (40), a player position page (50), and magnetic player pieces (60). The strategy page includes a strategy board bearing a plan view of a playing field of a team sport which can be written on with a marker and disposed on the first surface of the page, and a roster board (25) on its opposite surface which includes a matrix having players' names, positions for the players and time played, and an open space below the matrix for notes by the coach. The storage page (40) and the position page (50) are both made of a ferrous metal, and magnetic player pieces (60) are releasably affixed to the storage page (40) and the position page (50) to provide instructions to the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventors: L. Scott Laravea, Forrest F. Swyden
  • Patent number: 6149152
    Abstract: An apparatus used to teach and practice soccer related skills. The soccer training apparatus includes an inclined target board that has at least one aperture that is large enough to receive a soccer ball. An inclined plane is positioned in front of the inclined target board. The inclined plane can either be in the same plane as the target board or can terminate above the bottom of the target board to form a ramp. The target board is supported in place by a frame structure. Different netted targets are formed within the frame structure. The various netted targets enable players to practice different types of kicking skills. The frame structure also supports a tethered ball and practice goals that are also used in various soccer practice drills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Patrick Mancke
  • Patent number: 6093119
    Abstract: A football training and evaluation apparatus has a frame, a contacting element, and a force transferring member connected to the frame and the contacting element. A measuring-signaling element is connected to the force transferring member and is adapted to measure the force subjected on the force transferring member in response to an impact force subjected onto the contacting element and deliver a signal "S" responsive to said measurement. A visual signaling apparatus is connected to the frame and adapted to be actuateable and moveable in response to actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Steven M. Tipton
  • Patent number: 6071002
    Abstract: A system for analyzing offensive and defensive patterns of teams in team sports incorporates a device for inputting data on offensive/defensive patterns to be analyzed including data on individual player actions; a device for displaying the offensive/defensive pattern data including at least a graphical representation of a playing field with the data on the individual player actions represented thereon; a device for recording and playing back video images of an actual game for analysis; and a device for synchronizing at least the playing back of the video images from the recording and playing back device with the displaying of the offensive/defensive pattern data, whereby video images of the game are extracted and displayed in coordination with outputting and displaying of offensive/defensive pattern data selected for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Muneomi Katayama
  • Patent number: 6068488
    Abstract: The present invention provides a game and training device which can be played in a game-like setting to develop skills such as ball handling, passing, and shooting. A primary goal forms a target opening in a generally vertical plane through which a ball may be kicked by the player. In addition, a plurality of intermediate goals are arranged on the playing field in spaced relation to one another. Each intermediate goal defines a respective target opening through which the ball is to be passed as the player advances the ball to the primary goal. Each intermediate goal comprises a pair of base members positioned on laterally spaced apart relation to one another and a hoop member supported by the pair of base members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Michael N. Sinsheimer
    Inventors: Michael N. Sinsheimer, Richard W. Turner, Holger Schleife
  • Patent number: 6000944
    Abstract: A sport training and exercise system (20) is provided. System (20) has a pair of base members (24), a pair of upright members (26) coupled to the pair of base members (24), and a transverse member (28) coupled to the pair of upright members (26). System (20) may have a tether-attachment device (46) coupled to one of the pair of upright members (26) at a tether-attachment-device location (52), and a tether (38) tethering a singly-tethered ball (22) to the tether-attachment device (46). Alternatively, system (20) may have a pair of tether-attachment devices (46) coupled to the pair of upright members (26) at a pair of tether-attachment-device locations (52), and a pair of tethers (38) tethering a doubly-tethered ball (80) to the pair of tether-attachment devices (46). System (20) is also configurable as a soccer goal (90) or a football goal (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas P. Schiefer
  • Patent number: 5882204
    Abstract: A football interactive simulation trainer for quarterbacks and kickers provides true perspective views of a simulated playing area during practice plays, as would be seen by a training player on a regulation size football field during an actual play. The trainer includes a sonic tracking system which has a plurality of ultrasonic transducers spaced apart around the perimeter of an actual playing area for detecting positions of the training player and motion of the football during a practice play. The transducers are selectively grouped and directed in selected directions to establish regions of overlap so that several of the transducers will simultaneously detect the positions of the training player and several of the transducers will simultaneously detect the motion of the football. A data processing system receives data signals from the transducers, and determines the positions of the training player and the trajectory of the football within the actual playing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignees: Dennis J. Lannazzo, James W. Lacy
    Inventors: Dennis J. Iannazo, James W. Lacy, Cheryl J. White
  • Patent number: 5882205
    Abstract: A training device for teaching a soccer player the correct location to "bunt" or "head" a soccer ball. The device includes multiple layers of individual, removable pads which enable a player to gradually wean himself/herself from the training device and allow players over a wide range of skill levels to benefit from the training device. The pads are concealed from view once on place within a pocket within the cap member, thereby making the device commercially attractive and available for use is displaying advertising or the like. Accordingly, the device should be especially attractive to young players who will benefit from learning the proper location and produce for safely performing the "bunting" of "heading" technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: William S. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5827072
    Abstract: A realistic, graphic, sport-related instruction board is provided which includes a board structure made of transparent, durable material having a planar top surface and a planar bottom surface. Disposed inside the board structure is a display panel which has at least one realistic, graphic, sport-related surface printed thereon. In an alternative embodiment, the display panel has two realistic, graphic, sport-related surfaces printed on opposite surfaces. A writing instrument containing dry-erasable ink is removably attached to the top or bottom surface of the writing board. By disposing the display panel inside the transparent board structure, viewers can see the display panel's realistic graphic surfaces when viewing the board structure. Coaches can write directly on the surface of the board structure directly over selected areas sport-related surface to instruct players how to play the sport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventors: David J. Neufer, Stephen Bressler
  • Patent number: 5697791
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the assessment and biofeedback training of coordination skills of a subject critical to maximizing the power and accuracy of athletic ball-strike activities. In preferred embodiments, the invention provides for assessment and biofeedback training of weight bearing and center of gravity control under conditions requiring the athlete to strike a ball such that the distance and direction of flight trajectory of the ball are accurate relative to a performance goal. One embodiment of the invention includes a body movement sensor, a ball strike sensor, a display, and a computer. The body movement sensor provides an output indicative of the motion of the subject's body over a period of time including the moment of ball strike. The computer causes the display to show both a trajectory of the motion of the subject's body and the moment of ball strike in relation to a region of the trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventors: Lewis M. Nashner, Daniel F. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 5669833
    Abstract: A system for training an athlete in kicking and dribbling a soccer ball employs a flexible cord that defines a dribble path along the playing surface. The flexible cord is maintained at a predetermined height above the playing surface by a plurality of stanchions arranged in spaced relation, which may be in the form of hollow cones similar to those employed in traffic control. The stanchions may be hollow, and access provided to the interior thereof, for depositing a weighting material, such as sand or water, to improve the stability of the training system during a training session. In accordance with a method aspect, a predetermined dribble path is defined by the flexible cord which is maintained at the predetermined height above the playing surface, sufficient to permit the soccer ball to be dribbled thereunder by the plurality of stanchions. The athlete jumps over the flexible element to gain control over the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: David B. Stone
  • Patent number: 5626478
    Abstract: The portable coaching device includes a thin, rigid support board having opposed sides and a perimeter. One side is covered with a white coating capable of being written upon with a dry erase marker and the other side bears an image of an area in which a game is played. This image is protected by a material which is capable of being written upon with a dry erase marker. There is handle in the form of an elongated opening near the perimeter of the board, and a case adapted to hold a dry erase marker attached to the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Gray Gatlin