Means Removably Supporting Projectile In Position To Be Struck And Thereby Projected By Player (e.g., Batting Tee, Etc.) Patents (Class 473/417)
  • Patent number: 10427000
    Abstract: The exercise and rehabilitation device of the present invention includes a telescopic tube, having a first tube with upper and lower ends, and a second tube, having upper and lower ends, telescopically received in the upper end of the first tube. The lower end of the first tube has a base plate secured thereto by a joint which may be flexible or rigid. An open hand support may be secured to the upper end of the second tube by a flexible joint. A closed hand support may be secured to the upper end of the second tube by a double-ball mounting assembly. A forearm support may be secured to the upper end of the second tube by the double-ball mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel S. Miller, Anne Kintner
  • Patent number: 10071296
    Abstract: An instrumented, swing path adjustable, angle-adjustable batting tee is disclosed that measures both a bat speed and a ball exit velocity as a hitter swings a bat and initiates contact with a ball positioned on the tee. A bat speed radar detector is coupled to the tee and positioned within proximity of the ball set on the tee so that the bat speed radar detector measures the bat speed upon the bat initiating contact with the ball. A ball exit velocity radar is coupled to the tee and positioned within proximity of a ball flight of the ball as it leaves the bat so that the ball exit velocity radar measures the ball exit velocity of the ball in-flight after contact between the bat and the ball. The ball flight is a path that the ball travels after contact between the bat and a baseball or softball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sports Sensors, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert E. Dilz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10004967
    Abstract: A base for a batting tee may be provided that includes a first and a second base half that are pivotally mounted to each other such that they can pivot from an open position to one with the two halves flush against one another. The base may also include at least one batting tee mount disposed on at least one of the base halves. Each base half may define an aperture at complementing positions so that a hand hole is defined and extends through each base half for carrying the base when the base halves are flush against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: JUGS SPORTS, INC.
    Inventor: Kerry K. Paulson
  • Patent number: 9914034
    Abstract: A batting tee that includes a return mechanism, a swing arm connected to the return mechanism to swing about a rotation axis, a strike target connected to the swing arm, and a base supporting the return mechanism and the swing arm, the return mechanism including a mechanical energy storage device that stores mechanical energy when the swing arm swings in one direction in response to a batter's striking of the strike target, and a damper that slows down the swinging of the swing arm in the opposite direction as the swing arm swings back by the force supplied by the mechanical energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Donald M. Lee
  • Patent number: 9889359
    Abstract: Improvements in a baseball practice batting tee that allows a person to strike a baseball off the top of the tee. The height of the tee can be from one or more adjustment mechanisms. The mechanism can be from finite detents with a pin in a hole or from a shaft frictionally being maintained in the tube. The top of the batting tee is formed with a spiral ridge to slightly rotate when a ball is struck off the top of the tee. The rotation allows the impact forces from impact with a baseball bat to be distributed from different directions on the top of the tee. The height adjustment is with an expandable washer that slides in a honed tube that has a constant diameter along the length of the tube to maintain a constant force to maintain the height of a ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Philip Roland Ouellette
  • Patent number: 9827475
    Abstract: A batting tee has a post including a ball holder on a top end of a post, and a tube cap on a bottom end of the post. A receptacle is positioned in a recess in a base frame having a through hole. The tee is set up for use by passing the post through the through hole from the bottom of the base and securing the tube cap to the base. The batting tee may be set up for use, and disassembled for transport or storage, quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PRO PERFORMANCE SPORTS, LLC
    Inventors: Allen Keith Holland, Kash Oris Bell
  • Patent number: 9814958
    Abstract: An adjustable batting tee comprising: a base with a lower planar support surface; an outer tube extending from the base, wherein the outer tube includes a hollow core; an inner tube, wherein the inner tube is disposed within the hollow core of the outer tube; and a locking mechanism which locks inner tube relative to the outer tube at one of at least two discrete positions relative to the floor, ground and/or home plate so as to present a ball supporting distal end of the inner tube at one of the discrete heights from the floor, ground and/or home plate. The locking mechanism includes a projection, at least two circularly shaped grooves, and a longitudinal groove in communication with the at least two circularly shaped grooves. A visual indicator is provided to indicate to the user the discrete heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Prophet Corporation
    Inventors: Amber Orenstein, Laura Ann Fletcher, Brady Scott Whitney
  • Patent number: 9757636
    Abstract: The present invention is an athletic training device, principally for baseball, comprised of a frame having a rear tubular member, base tubular member, a front tubular member and an adjustable and extendable pole. A rigid pad is mounted to the rear tubular member. Rear and front foot stride bars are mounted to the base tubular member and the pole, respectively. A front lateral bar is connected to the front tubular member. Use of the device for a particular individual is accomplished by repositioning the stride bars, front foot lateral bar and pad. The device permits the user to self correct stance, stride and body positioning while hitting, fielding, catching or pitching a baseball or softball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen F Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9649544
    Abstract: A batting tee includes a base and an attachment portion attached to the base. A first rod is optionally releasably connected to the attachment portion. A second rod having an outer diameter less than an inner diameter of the first rod is positioned at least partially in the first rod. One or more O-rings are positioned on the second rod within the first rod. A collar is attached to the first rod and positioned to allow the second rod to pass through the collar while resisting passage of the O-ring out of the first rod. A rod cap is attached to an end of the second rod and positioned to resist removal of the O-ring from the second rod. A ball holder is attached to the other end of the second rod. The second rod is movable telescopically within the first rod to raise and lower the ball holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: EASTON BASBEBALL/SOFTBALL INC.
    Inventors: Henry S. Fitzpatrick, Dewey Chauvin
  • Patent number: 9486684
    Abstract: A batting training device having a track defining a track path extending to each side of a batter's strike zone. The path may be arcuate. A trolley supporting a vertically adjustable post is movable along the path. The vertically adjustable post is movable between a lower end of the batter's strike zone and an upper end of the batter's strike zone, wherein the trolley movable along the path and the vertically adjustable post cooperate such that the ball is capable of being positioned substantially anywhere in a batter's strike zone for batting training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Charles S. Howerton
  • Patent number: 9457252
    Abstract: The present invention is a baseball practice device having a base frame with a pair of tubular members connected perpendicular to each other by mounting to an elbow tube fitting. A tee tube fitting is slideably positioned on one of the tube members. An aluminum pole is mounted to the tee tube fitting and a tee member with a flexible support member is inserted into the pole. At the distal end of the support member, baseball mounting means are attached. A baseball hitter places a ball on the mounting means to practice a swing. The support member allows the hitter to adjust the ball position to a different vertical or horizontal elevation as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen F Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9452336
    Abstract: A tee for supporting a baseball comprising a longitudinal shaft comprising a first end and a second end, a base structure coupled to said first end and configured to rest on a surface, a mesh support connected to said second end of said shaft. The tee further comprising a coupler adapted to rigidly affix said mesh support to said second end of said shaft, wherein said shaft is adapted to change the distance of said mesh support above said surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: TRIAD SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Dave Nelson, John Lucas
  • Patent number: 9381416
    Abstract: A batting aid has an upstanding tee with an upper end and a lower end. A connector adapted to attach to the upper end of the tee has a first connection means and a second connection means. The second connection means is positioned at an angle from the first connection means. A first guide is attached to the first connection means and positioned at an angle with the tee. A second guide is attached to the second connection means and positioned at an angle with the tee. A batter moves a bat towards a ball on the tee in a direction along the first guide, strikes the ball with the bat, and moves the bat along the second guide after striking the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Deyan Stojanovic
  • Patent number: 9375622
    Abstract: A swing guide training apparatus may have a base with a vertical support where the vertical support can adjust the height of the apparatus. Opposite the base, there is a pair of swing guide arms forming a swing guide assembly. These swing guide arms are open on each end and are connected by a U-shaped member allowing a bat to be swung through the space provided by the swing guide assembly. The U-shaped member can be compressed or expanded to change the width of the swinging channel. Additionally, other features may be present such as a mount for holding a baseball and a device to measure the speed of the bat as it is swung through the swing channel. The swing guide assembly rotates to accommodate batters that are left and right handed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Frederic Bond
  • Patent number: 9358440
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a ball tee for supporting a ball. The ball tee includes a base, a telescoping post, a clamp, and a ball holder. The base presents a plurality of laterally extending arms and an opening. The telescoping post includes a static segment and a first telescoping segment. The clamp is configured to secure the telescoping post to the base. The clamp is disposed at least partially within said opening of the base and at least partially around said static segment of the telescoping post. The ball holder is disposed atop the telescoping post configured to support a ball. The ball holder includes a rolled flexible sheet and an outer holder (and in some embodiments an inner holder). The rolled flexible sheet presents a generally conical shape oriented with a large end upward for supporting the ball, and is at least partially disposed within the outer holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 9289670
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for conserving battery power during shipping for an impact activated device for transmitting a radiofrequency signal. The method comprises forming an impact activated device for transmitting a radiofrequency signal. The shot tracking device is shipped in commerce and received at a retailer. The shot tracking device is stored at the retailer, wherein the battery has at least 90% of its capacity until paired with a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Joseph Balardeta, Scott Denton
  • Patent number: 9220965
    Abstract: A tee ball stand with a ground engaging base, a perpendicular stanchion connected to the base, and a resiliently flexible ball holder mounted atop the stanchion. The ball holder is formed from sheeting material rolled into a frusto-conical shape and maintained in such shape on a tapered base fitting. The base fitting includes a longitudinal abutment edge to align the longitudinal edge of the sheeting material with respect to the base and radially projecting pegs which register with holes in the lower skirt of the sheeting material in order to maintain the sheeting material in the proper frusto-conical shape and to prevent separation from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Franklin Sports Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Hochberg
  • Patent number: 9149707
    Abstract: The tool includes a rigid base with an upright rigid post attached perpendicularly to the base a rigid form fitted outer sleeve, measured to fit snug over the upright post. This sleeve allows for height adjustability, also includes a uniquely formed and rigid wand, with a measured, weighted counterbalance end with a small hole to accommodate a bungee cord attachment and on the other end a set and re-settable fix tennis ball mounting the tennis ball itself is mounted on a spindle on a small rod which allows free rotation of the ball for the purpose of ball striking muscle memory development, the ball-mounting wand is bent, geniculate and curved into a question mark like configuration using holes and peg attach the wand to the crown of the form fitted outer sleeve using the counterbalance and the bungee cord the ball can be repeatedly struck, displaced and self-reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Hayden Alexander Cochran
  • Patent number: 9126086
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a modular sports training system that can be assembled, placed on a supporting surface, and stood upon by a person during sports training activities. The system is adapted to be assembled with one module being disposed at a non-parallel angle to another module. The non-parallel angle allows a person standing on the system to place one foot on one module and another foot on another module at the non-parallel angle, such as in a batter's stance, and allows the person to stand in a stable manner while encouraging certain positioning of the feet during the sports training activities. The modules can be coupled by an interlocking protrusion and receiver arrangement. The modules can be coupled together by inserting a protrusion of one module into a receiver of another module when the modules are unaligned relative to each other; and then twisting the modules into alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hershel James Howard, II
  • Patent number: 9050516
    Abstract: A ball tee for batting practice has a base assembly including a base, a post cup pivotally attached to the base, and at least one spring biasing the post cup into an upright position. A post assembly has a lower end inserted into the post cup. The spring causes the post assembly to return to the upright position after the post assembly is struck and deflected by a bat. The base assembly may include a base plate, a spring bracket attached to the base plate, and an axle extending through the spring bracket, through the spring, and through an axle hole in the post cup. The post assembly may have two or more tubes that allow the height of the post assembly to be telescopically adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: PRO PERFORMANCE SPORTS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Allen Holland, Kenneth Ollie Stark
  • Publication number: 20150105187
    Abstract: A baseball swing training device that is operable to teach an improved baseball swing plane wherein the baseball swing training device is tiltably adjustable in a first direction and a second direction. The baseball swing training device further includes a base member having a telescoping support arm extending upward therefrom. Secured to the telescoping support arm is an upper frame assembly that includes a support arm that is u-shaped. An upper bat guide member and a lower bat guide member are secured to the support arm and are parallel in configuration having a void therebetween. A pair of ball grip members are mounted intermediate the lower bat guide member and upper bat guide member. A speed sensor is present and is operable to detect the speed of either the ball or the bat during use of the baseball swing trainer and display the speed on a LCD screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: David Willardson
  • Patent number: 8992348
    Abstract: A swing training device has an upright vertical support which is height-adjustable and multiple training attachments for working on a batter's different skill sets. The attachments include a regular batting tee, a “cast away” batting tee, an “in and out” batting tee, and a “perfect cut” batting tee. Each tee is interchangeable with the others, each being used with the vertical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Johnny M. Meier, Boe Baitinger
  • Patent number: 8979681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a batting tee having a base removably matable to a post that includes a pivot mechanism including a pivot point located between axially aligned first and second springs connected to a cable extending along a coincident longitudinal axis of the first and second springs. The pivot point allows the post to rotate at the pivot point in response to an impact on the ball holder and/or post. The springs force the post back to an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Promounds, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph T. Murphy, Christopher S. Beshere, William E. Rullo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8974324
    Abstract: A baseball hitting trainer comprises a supportive cup, an upper pipe, a lower pipe, an upper sleeve, a lower sleeve, an resilient piece connected between the upper sleeve and the lower sleeve, a locking device for locking the upper sleeve with the resilient piece to the lower pipe, a base fixed to the lower sleeve, a weight block, and a fastening ferrule, wherein the lower pipe is allowed to be inserted through the central through hole of the weight block, and the fastening ferrule is fitted around the lower pipe to fasten the weight block onto the lower pipe, whereby the hitting trainer can provide two modes of operation. Under the swing mode, the weight block can be positioned at various heights by adjusting the weight block along the lower pipe to have the hitting trainer swung at various frequencies and speeds, at which a hitter wishes to practice a hitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Yung-Chien Chen
  • Publication number: 20150065272
    Abstract: A swing guide training apparatus may have a base with a vertical support where the vertical support can adjust the height of the apparatus. Opposite the base, there is a pair of swing guide arms forming a swing guide assembly. These swing guide arms are open on each end and are connected by a U-shaped member allowing a bat to be swung through the space provided by the swing guide assembly. The U-shaped member can be compressed or expanded to change the width of the swinging channel. Additionally, other features may be present such as a mount for holding a baseball and a device to measure the speed of the bat as it is swung through the swing channel. The swing guide assembly rotates to accommodate batters that are left and right handed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Frederic Bond
  • Publication number: 20150024876
    Abstract: A ball having colored indicators provided thereon that are positioned in a manner to indicate to a game participant where to hit the ball in order to obtain a desired result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Darrin B. Farrow
  • Publication number: 20150005109
    Abstract: A batting aid has an upstanding tee with an upper end and a lower end. A connector adapted to attach to the upper end of the tee has a first connection means and a second connection means. The second connection means is positioned at an angle from the first connection means. A first guide is attached to the first connection means and positioned at an angle with the tee. A second guide is attached to the second connection means and positioned at an angle with the tee. A batter moves a bat towards a ball on the tee in a direction along the first guide, strikes the ball with the bat, and moves the bat along the second guide after striking the ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Deyan Stojanovic
  • Publication number: 20140364255
    Abstract: A tee for supporting a baseball comprising a longitudinal shaft comprising a first end and a second end, a base structure coupled to said first end and configured to rest on a surface, a mesh support connected to said second end of said shaft. The tee further comprising a coupler adapted to rigidly affix said mesh support to said second end of said shaft, wherein said shaft is adapted to change the distance of said mesh support above said surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: DAVE NELSON, JOHN LUCAS
  • Patent number: 8905867
    Abstract: A batting tee system includes a batting tee assembly that may be used with conventional balls or with the ball described as an embodiment of the present invention. Optionally, the batting tee assembly may be used with a netting system that provides feedback to a batter based on a trajectory of the ball after it has been struck by a bat and leaves the batting tee assembly. In one embodiment, the batting tee assembly includes a support base coupled to a swing arm, which in turn is coupled to an adjustable-height batting tee. The batting tee system may be configured for both left and right handed batters and also placed in a portable or storable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Keller
  • Patent number: 8870687
    Abstract: The present invention provides for the first time a hitting device having a plural ended pedestal. The plural ended pedestal includes at least one end having a pedestal for supporting objects and at least one end having a smaller pedestal for supporting smaller objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: William Coleman Lay
  • Patent number: 8858369
    Abstract: A baseball holder for a batting tee is disclosed. The baseball holder includes a body to couple the baseball holder to the batting tee, and a plurality of supporting members that extend out from the body to suspend a baseball. The plurality of supporting members cooperates to define an unimpeded zone to enable the baseball to be struck off the baseball holder in a direction having at least a partially downward trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Luke Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140302948
    Abstract: A ball tee for batting practice has a base assembly including a base, a post cup pivotally attached to the base, and at least one spring biasing the post cup into an upright position. A post assembly has a lower end inserted into the post cup. The spring causes the post assembly to return to the upright position after the post assembly is struck and deflected by a bat. The base assembly may include a base plate, a spring bracket attached to the base plate, and an axle extending through the spring bracket, through the spring, and through an axle hole in the post cup. The post assembly may have two or more tubes that allow the height of the post assembly to be telescopically adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Allen Holland, Kenneth Ollie Stark
  • Publication number: 20140295999
    Abstract: A baseball and softball batting tee that provides the stability of a weighted base, the self-righting action provided by a helical spring connected to the base, and the strength of a metal telescoping vertical shaft connected to the top of the helical spring, with the durability of a long lasting nylon inserted rubber ball rest connected to the top of the telescoping shaft to allow batters of all sizes and skill levels to practice their swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Elijah Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140296000
    Abstract: A baseball hitting trainer comprises a supportive cup, an upper pipe, a lower pipe, an upper sleeve, a lower sleeve, an elastic piece connected between the upper sleeve and the lower sleeve, a locking device for locking the upper sleeve together with the elastic piece to the lower pipe, a base fixed to the lower sleeve, a weight block, and a fastening ferrule, wherein the lower pipe is allowed to be inserted through the central through hole of the weight block, and the fastening ferrule is fitted around the lower pipe to fasten the weight block onto the lower pipe, whereby the trainer can provide two modes of operation. Under the swing mode, the weight block can be positioned at various heights by adjusting the weight block along the lower pipe to have the trainer swung at various frequencies and speeds, at which a hitter wishes to practice a hitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: YUNG-CHIEN CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140274478
    Abstract: An adjustable portable batting tee assembly for placement on to a horizontal support surface includes a first hollow tubular post having a lower end and an inner surface, a second tubular post telescopically engaging the first tubular post, a first felt piston wiper, a ball support coupled to the second tubular post, a post mount mechanism, and a base coupled to the mount mechanism. The first wiper is positioned between the first and second posts to enable adjustment of the height of the batting tee assembly between a lower and upper height limits. The mount mechanism includes a support body, an expansion plug and upper and lower fastening elements. The expansion plug and the upper fastening element are configured to be removably received within the lower end of the first tubular body. The expansion plug is configured to releasably engage the inner surface of the first tubular post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO.
    Inventors: David A. Jorgens, Timothy D. Greene, Jose L. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8821322
    Abstract: An adjustable portable batting tee assembly for placement on to a horizontal support surface includes a first hollow tubular post having a lower end and an inner surface, a second tubular post telescopically engaging the first tubular post, a first felt piston wiper, a ball support coupled to the second tubular post, a post mount mechanism, and a base coupled to the mount mechanism. The first wiper is positioned between the first and second posts to enable adjustment of the height of the batting tee assembly between a lower and upper height limits. The mount mechanism includes a support body, an expansion plug and upper and lower fastening elements. The expansion plug and the upper fastening element are configured to be removably received within the lower end of the first tubular body. The expansion plug is configured to releasably engage the inner surface of the first tubular post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: David A. Jorgens, Timothy D. Greene, Jose L. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20140243116
    Abstract: A batting tee comprises a base for supporting the batting tee during use, a ball support column extending up from the base, and an extra ball holder for holding one or more extra balls before use. In some embodiments, the ball support column comprises one or more rigid sections and one or more flexible sections. The ball support column is adjustable to a desired height. In some embodiments, the extra ball holder surrounds the ball support column. In some embodiments, the extra ball holder is in the shape of a bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry Durham, Anthony Paul Sanguinetti
  • Patent number: 8814727
    Abstract: This present invention is a baseball training device for practicing hitting, comprising a swing member supporting either a ball member or a weighted ball member comprising a ball member attached to a weighted member by an elastic member. The swing member, supported by a base member, is restored to its equilibrium position in hitting practice mode by gravity. As the weighted member is always suspended in air in hitting practice mode, its tension restores its ball member to its equilibrium position. The oscillation of the swing member aids in the dissipation of force imparted to the device in hitting practice mode, making the device stable and stationary, portable and lightweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Krishna Ramcharan
  • Patent number: 8784239
    Abstract: A batting training device includes: a base having opposed front and rear portions and opposed left and right portions, each portion including at least one mounting point; a back pole extending upward from a mounting point in the back portion; a side pole extending upward from a mounting point in either the left or right side portions; and a tee extending upward from one a mounting point in the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Bryan Harvey, Todd Wright
  • Publication number: 20140200101
    Abstract: A baseball hitting aid is a device that includes a base plate and a rear pole that can be moved progressively forward to aid a batter in learning to shorten his swing and become a better hitter. The device can include a tee portion for practice or it can be used when the ball is pitched to the batter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Doug Toombs
  • Patent number: 8747258
    Abstract: The batting tee has a durable base having a bushing installed therein and telescoping metal ball support pipes extending upwardly therefrom. A protective boot may be installed over the base of the support pipe assembly and bushing to provide a more pleasing appearance and to preclude entry of debris into the threaded connections. The height of the telescoping pipe segments may be locked by a threaded collar at the top of each pipe section. A flexible rod serves as the penultimate component. A replaceable plastic ball holder extends from the upper end of the rod. The ball holder receives the greatest number of inadvertent strikes during play, and accordingly it may be easily replaced if damaged. The flexible rod can flex and bend when the replaceable ball holder is struck, thereby greatly reducing impact force upon the ball holder to provide greater longevity for the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry Durham, Richard J. Wiens
  • Patent number: 8734274
    Abstract: A tee ball stand with an adjustable length ball support stanchion having a thin fiber wand as a section thereof which readily deflects when the stanchion is struck by an errant blow from a bat and which then causes the support stanchion to return to an upright position. The lower end of the stanchion is connected to an X-frame base which is tip resistant and which may be readily disassembled or collapsed for lineal storage alongside the upright stanchion in a tube or sleeve. A double layered, fabric cone is connected to the upper end of the stanchion to support a ball. The ball support cone readily deflects if struck by a bat and returns to its original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Franklin Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Hochberg
  • Patent number: 8672780
    Abstract: A batting tee with two spaced apart support arms extending upwardly from the base plate, two spaced apart retaining members extending between the support arms and connected thereto or to the base plate, and a pivot extending between the support arms at a location intermediate that of the two retaining members. The shaft's bottom end is received between the two support arms and between the two retaining members and is connected adjacent the bottom end to the two support arms by the pivot extending therethrough. The pivot defining a single pivot axis about which the shaft is pivotable relative to the base plate between a first position in contact with only one of the retaining members and a second position in contact with only the other of the retaining members, for impact energy absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alain Fournier
  • Patent number: 8668602
    Abstract: A method for training a user to swing a member at a moving target. The method comprises receiving in an area proximate the member a target object projected along a free space path toward the area. The method also comprises striking, by the user, the target object with the member. In the method, the target object comprises a target member having a majority of its length along the free space path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Paul M. Kieffaber
  • Publication number: 20140024479
    Abstract: A batting tee system includes a batting tee assembly that may be used with conventional balls or with the ball described as an embodiment of the present invention. Optionally, the batting tee assembly may be used with a netting system that provides feedback to a batter based on a trajectory of the ball after it has been struck by a bat and leaves the batting tee assembly. In one embodiment, the batting tee assembly includes a support base coupled to a swing arm, which in turn is coupled to an adjustable-height batting tee. The batting tee system may be configured for both left and right handed batters and also placed in a portable or storable configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Keller
  • Patent number: 8602920
    Abstract: An apparatus for training a batter the proper swing of a bat at a pitched ball. The apparatus has an elongate stem and an arm connected to the stem. The arm has a first, longer run connected to the stem and a second, shorter run interconnected to the first run, the first and second runs forming a swing window in at least one position for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Steven T. Windsor
  • Patent number: 8597143
    Abstract: An improved baseball or softball batter training system and batting tee is provided. The tee provides a significantly increased useful life as compared to prior art tees as well as improved hitting dynamics. The batting tee forms part of a batter training system which allows multiple batting tees and adapters to be used together to teach proper batting skills to a batter while providing immediate tactile feedback to ensure proper technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Todd H. Newman
  • Patent number: 8574101
    Abstract: A training device to enhance hand-eye coordination includes an illumination device for determining the proper time for an individual to strike a ball and to collect practice information for later evaluation. The device allows an individual to practice hitting a ball with a racket or bat, providing an immediate indication whether the ball has been properly struck. Also, an individual is provided with a record of his/her performance reviewable by a professional. The device includes a ball affixed to a flexible support assembly, the support and the ball reciprocating or pivoting when the ball has been struck. The location of the ball is constantly monitored each time the ball is struck. The amount of force applied to the ball when struck by an individual or implement can also be determined. Information relating to the manner in which the ball has been struck is recorded and is analyzed in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Karmen Lee Wheelbarger, Leonard Joseph Schloss
  • Patent number: 8568254
    Abstract: A batting tee system includes a batting tee assembly that may be used with conventional balls or with the ball described as an embodiment of the present invention. Optionally, the batting tee assembly may be used with a netting system that provides feedback to a batter based on a trajectory of the ball after it has been struck by a bat and leaves the batting tee assembly. In one embodiment, the batting tee assembly includes a support base coupled to a swing arm, which in turn is coupled to an adjustable-height batting tee. The batting tee system may be configured for both left and right handed batters and also placed in a portable or storable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Steve Keller
  • Patent number: 8556753
    Abstract: A batting training system is adapted for use with standard variety of conventional baseball and softball batting tees to expand their capabilities by enabling hitters using them to receive an advanced level of training in how to properly swing a bat to effectively hit a ball. The batting training system includes a swing plane guide, a swing barrier guide and/or a swing instructional training guide which serve most effectively as training tools when used in conjunction with one another. However, they also may be used in different paired combinations or individually as training tools. The system also includes a resiliently deformable interface in the form of an insert wedge which enables the swing plane guide or the swing barrier guide to be attached to batting tee columns of different diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas E. Dixon, Jr.