Football, Soccer, Or Rugby Patents (Class 434/251)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 5527185
    Abstract: An athletic training device comprising a base, an upright supported by the base, and a planar training shape simulative of a human athlete, including head, torso, arms and legs, mounted on said upright. The vertical height of the training shape is adjustable, and the arms articulate at the elbows and shoulders so that the position of the arms is adjustable. The training shape will remain at a predetermined height with the arms in a predetermined posture, so that the training device will represent an opponent at the precise posture and position for which the ball handler seeks to develop the countermove. Once the simulated opponent is countered at a first position and height, the height of the opponent can be raised in the same way that a track and field high jumper will raise the bar once he comfortably clears a given height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventor: Timothy J. Davis
  • Patent number: 5415552
    Abstract: Disclosed is a force reaction and resetting mechanism utilized in contact sports training. The device has a rigid support member, a reaction/resetting mechanism, comprised of a compression element fixed between supports and held on the periphery of said supports by flexible restraints, a rigid anchoring member and a resilient cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventors: Dennis W. Harmon, John M. Cherry
  • Patent number: 5398928
    Abstract: A football having an end appendage comprising at least one long, narrow strip of a flexible sheet material, e.g., cloth of flexible plastic, which functions as a tail when the ball is thrown or kicked and which provides directional stability for the football while in flight. When multiple strips are used which are formed of a rigidly flexible sheet such as MYLAR, the appendage also functions as a sound generator. When the football is thrown in a normal manner, the tail extends backwards, providing a slight drag to cause the back tip of the ball to align itself with the front rip, thereby resulting in the straight and accurate flight of the ball. One end of the appendage is preferably detachably/attached to an end of the football by interlocking hook and loop material, commonly known as VELCRO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Elliot A. Rudell
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, George Foster
  • Patent number: 5263866
    Abstract: A portable game board structure is arranged to provide for coaches and the like to illustrate various plays and examples relative to a game playing situation. The game board includes a rigid perimeter having a central opening, with one of a plurality of game boards mounted to the perimeter centrally oriented relative to the opening. Clip structure mounted relative to the opening is arranged to selectively secure the game boards thereto, with magnetic tokens utilized to indicate opposing teams in illustrative strategy play. The tokens, as well as a white writing instrument, are magnetically adhered to a perimeter frame portion of the game board apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventor: Gregory S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 5252076
    Abstract: An apparatus for training athletes to improve their ability to concentrate on, track, and handle or catch a ball in motion with at least one central elongated body, a plurality of barrier arms for each elongated body with the barrier arms extending outward from and being arrayed along the central elongated body, and a mounting system for each central elongated body that is attached to and holds each central elongated body upright in substantially vertical position without the use of external supports. Barrier arms are made of flexible material. A method for training athletes and improving their ability to concentrate on, track, and handle or catch a ball in motion is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: Daniel S. Kelleher
  • Patent number: 5228690
    Abstract: There is disclosed a football having an end appendage which is a long, narrow flexible sheet material, e.g., cloth or flexible vinyl, which functions as a tail when the ball is thrown or kicked and which provides directional stability for the football while in flight. When the football is thrown in a normal manner, the tail extends backwards, providing a slight drag to cause the back tip of the ball to align itself with the front tip, thereby resulting in the straight and accurate flight of the ball. The appendage can be fixedly or removably attached to the football, and for this purpose, can be attached with attachment tabs formed of hook and loop materials, commonly known as VELCRO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Elliot Rudell
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, George Foster
  • Patent number: 4998727
    Abstract: An athletic training timer (10) including a selectable time-delay timer (11), a selectable signal duration timer (12), buzzer (14), a power supply (16) for powering the circuit and a remote foot switch (15) which is adapted to be activated by an athlete initiating play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventor: Mel N. Person
  • Patent number: 4934938
    Abstract: A silhouette dummy of generally human form, particularly for the training of football players has a substantially rigid base element supporting a flexible structure formed from plastic tubular material, and spikes designed to stick into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventors: Marcello Orlandi, Franco Verani, Giuseppe Mastalli
  • Patent number: 4919618
    Abstract: A game board comprising a support of fiber web and of thin plates of polystyrene glued thereon at a distance from each other. A field marking corresponding to the field of the game to be analyzed is printed on the plates. Player figures of a laminate of an adhesive foil and a non-rigid PVC foil can be attached to the board. The figures stick by adhesion. In this form the board can be easily folded to a manageable size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: Ole Andersen
  • Patent number: 4645458
    Abstract: This relates to a method and apparatus for testing and enhancing a football player's ability to quickly react to visual stimuli. When the player leaves a starting position, first and second timers begin counting. When the player reaches a first reaction point, the first counter is stopped thus containing an indication of how long it took for the player to reach the first reaction point. Simultaneously therewith, one of a battery of lights is energized indicating to the athlete that he must undertake and complete a particular action. This action may represent a cut right or cut left or may require the athlete to throw a ball at a particular target. The second timer is stopped when all the required actions have been completed thus giving an indication of how long it took the player to run the entire course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: Harald Phillip
    Inventor: Jerry R. Williams
  • Patent number: 4468862
    Abstract: Offensive football formations at the beginning of plays can be accurately drawn on paper by the use of a unitary flat template having an array of apertures therein representative of all usual offensive players in their correct positions. By using a writing instrument in selected apertures, various offensive formations can be drawn with eleven players properly positioned to start offensive plays. Upon removal of the stencil from the paper, the execution of plays to completion can be conveniently diagramed. The device is ideal for use in the construction of team playbooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1984
    Inventor: W. David Barnhill
  • Patent number: 4465282
    Abstract: An educational game for facilitating the teaching of the recognition of musical symbols by elementary school pupils comprises an instruction chart representing football players and musical symbols and presenting similarities between player position names and the names of the musical notes. The game is played on a board representing a football field and movable pieces are attached to the board to indicate team positions. Flashcards showing the musical symbols on one side and the names of the symbols on the other are used to secure pupil recognition of the symbols and to position the team piece favorably upon correct recognition by the pupil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1984
    Inventor: Patty M. Dillon
  • Patent number: 4304404
    Abstract: An apparatus for sequentially observing player positions in predetermined game plays includes a player position matrix in the form of a playing field including a plurality of L.E.D. indicators for designating various player and ball positions. A memory includes a plurality of play sequences each comprising a plurality of player positions. A keyboard control enables selection of one of the play sequences so that the changing positions of the players and ball will be visibly and sequentially imposed on the matrix through the memory to visibly display the progressive development of a play to its conclusion. The method comprises actuating the keyboard control to select one of the play sequences and to visibly and sequentially display the changing positions of the players and ball on the playing field matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Inventor: Richard A. Pundt