Having Means Engaging Top Of Projectile (e.g., Kicking Trainer Or Tee, Etc.) Patents (Class 473/419)
  • Patent number: 10532262
    Abstract: A compact device for assisting place kicking a football is disclosed, including a module connecting telescoping legs and football tip telescoping holding arm, with the legs connecting the module for pivoting the legs from a ground engaging position to a transport position beneath and parallel to the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: JMC VENTURES, L.L.C. OF DELAWARE
    Inventor: John M. Carney
  • Patent number: 10058756
    Abstract: A trainer assembly for teaching effective baseball and softball batting technique includes a sleeve having an interior bat chamber adapted to house a barrel of a baseball bat and having a single open end terminating in a guide, and a retractable arm affixed to a closed end of the sleeve that is length adjustable and rotatable within an attached elbow, allowing a range of angle adjustment for positioning the sleeve. The elbow is 360 degrees rotatably affixed to a support at one end and at an opposite end holds the retractable arm at a fixed 45 degree angle below a horizontal plane measured from a top of the elbow. The elbow's horizontal rotation can be optionally locked. In an improved embodiment, the support is height adjustable via telescoping shaft portions. A method for using the trainer assembly is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: James G. Basilone
  • Patent number: 9448031
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for launching shuttlecocks at different frequencies, trajectories, speeds, spins, and shot types, thereby providing simulated shots for use in practice for badminton players and trainers. The shuttlecock launching apparatus having a dual pivoting launch assembly for providing various launch paths and trajectories, first and second launching wheels for imparting a forward motion to a shuttlecock, and a shuttlecock holding and transfer assembly for transferring a single shuttlecock from a holding area to a launch point near the first and second launching wheels in a controlled and consistent manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Mahesh Wijegunawardana
  • Patent number: 9061190
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: David Willardson
  • Patent number: 8998751
    Abstract: A training device adapted to support a ball above a support surface for punting. The training device includes a base assembly adapted to be disposed on the support surface, and a ball support assembly coupled to the base assembly and adapted to contact the bottom of the ball from at least one side of the ball such that the ball is supported above the support surface for punting when the ball support assembly is in a support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Peter D. Ragen
  • Patent number: 8663034
    Abstract: A kickoff tee and a placement tee are disclosed. The kickoff tee has a kicking surface surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped support wall defining an open-ended kicking channel. The support wall can further include a pair of opposing protrusions that taper from the top of the support wall downwards toward the kicking surface. The placement tee exhibits a kicking surface atop a kicking platform. The kicking surface includes a kicking target than can be surrounded by a plurality of concentric support ridges. Additionally, the placement tee has a lateral surface extending from the kicking surface downward towards the ground. The lateral surface can exhibit one or more visual indicators to facilitate lining up of a place kick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Nick Mourouzis, David M. Finzer
  • Patent number: 8535179
    Abstract: A swing training device. A plurality of legs is pivotally connected to a base. A bottom support tube is rigidly connected to the base. A height adjustment tube is inserted into the bottom support tube. The height of the height adjustment tube is controlled by a height adjustment controller. A lower band holder is rigidly connected to the upper end of the height adjustment tube. A band tube is positioned between the lower band holder at its lower end and an upper band holder at its upper end. A plurality of elastic bands are connected between the lower band holder and the upper band holder. A pivot piece is rigidly connected to the upper band holder. A rotation stick having a hittable ball is pivotally connected to the pivot piece. The bottom support tube, the height adjustment tube and the band tube form a rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: David Kanner, Anthony C. Fick
  • Patent number: 8469840
    Abstract: A kickoff tee and a placement tee are disclosed. The kickoff tee has a kicking surface surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped support wall defining an open-ended kicking channel. The support wall can further include a pair of opposing protrusions that taper from the top of the support wall downwards toward the kicking surface. The placement tee exhibits a kicking surface atop a kicking platform. The kicking surface includes a kicking target than can be surrounded by a plurality of concentric support ridges. Additionally, the placement tee has a lateral surface extending from the kicking surface downward towards the ground. The lateral surface can exhibit one or more visual indicators to facilitate lining up of a place kick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Nick Mourouzis, David M. Finzer
  • Patent number: 8342987
    Abstract: A collapseable, and self-assembling football holder for kicking a football that replaces the need for another person to hold the football for placekicking while simulating a placeholder for the place kicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Chris Shaw, Rocky Willingham, Vincent Mark Villanueva
  • Publication number: 20120322586
    Abstract: A kickoff tee and a placement tee are disclosed. The kickoff tee has a kicking surface surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped support wall defining an open-ended kicking channel. The support wall can further include a pair of opposing protrusions that taper from the top of the support wall downwards toward the kicking surface. The placement tee exhibits a kicking surface atop a kicking platform. The kicking surface includes a kicking target than can be surrounded by a plurality of concentric support ridges. Additionally, the placement tee has a lateral surface extending from the kicking surface downward towards the ground. The lateral surface can exhibit one or more visual indicators to facilitate lining up of a place kick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Nick Mourouzis, David M. Finzer
  • Patent number: 8262514
    Abstract: A tee includes a ball receiving recess shaped like the outer surface of the tip of a football so that the bottom portion of that tip may be supported within the recess. The recess is discontinuous consisting of two laterally opposed recess portions with a rearwardly facing opening and forward ribs. The opening permits the kicker to see the entirety of the football down to the tip. Textured surfaces are provided that extend forward to a downwardly depending shoulder. The textured surfaces are devised so that a football can be supported horizontally on the textured surfaces for squib kicks. The facing terminations of the recess portions are sized and configured to allow a football to be leaned against the tee engaging those terminations to allow the ball to be supported with its tip on a ground surface for onside kicks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: H. Jay Spiegel, Shaun Suisham
  • Patent number: 7980966
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a play implement positioning device including an implement support for holding a first play implement in a play position to be struck. The invention also discloses a mechanism for selectively, automatically placing multiple stored play implements onto the implement support after the first implement has been struck and dislodged from the implement support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Tell, David B. Fisher, Scott H. McIlvain, Ross Rumfola, III
  • Publication number: 20100304900
    Abstract: A hitting apparatus is provided, including a supporting unit, at least a linking unit, and an attaching device. The apparatus includes foldable supporting legs, an adjustable supporting rod, an adjustable hanging arm, an adjustable extension arm, attaching rods or strings, and attaching ball hook/loop, magnets or adhesives. The hanging arm is engaged to the top of supporting rod, and adjustable in length and angles and easy to be detached from the support rod to become an individual hitting training apparatus. The attaching parts of hook/loop, magnets or adhesive hold the ball with attaching loop or metal tape or coating. With the holding of the ball by the hook/loop, magnet or adhesives, the present invention can be a tee free design to enhance the focus of the batter on the ball and have a clear hit on the ball. The present invention is easy to assemble, adjust, use, carry around and store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Fan Gu
  • Patent number: 7828679
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a play implement positioning device including an implement support for holding a first play implement in a play position to be struck. The invention also discloses a mechanism for selectively, automatically placing multiple stored play implements onto the implement support after the first implement has been struck and dislodged from the implement support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Tell, David B. Fisher, Scott H. McIlvain, Ross Rumfola, III
  • 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: 20100009783
    Abstract: A mobile tennis training device consisting of a light weight frame capable of easy assembly and disassembly from which a tennis ball can be suspended in mid air through use of a bungee cord and ball harness allowing for unencumbered release of said tennis ball upon impact with a tennis racket so as to simulating real court conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Bryant Ellis Bozarth
  • Publication number: 20080318712
    Abstract: A football kicking tee is disclosed for holding a football in position for place kicking without the assistance of another person. The kicking tee comprises an artificial hand secured to a framework. The artificial hand can be rotated on the framework and bent to simulate the visual experience of a human holder holding a football. The framework is a pivotable assembly comprising an arm assembly and a stand assembly which can be clamped together at substantially a right angle for use, or folded flat for storage or transporting. When the kicking tee is in use holding a football ready to be kicked, the arm is held in an approximately horizontal position, supported on one end by the hand resting on the football and on the other end by the stand which in turn rests on the playing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: David John Abdul
  • Patent number: 7066846
    Abstract: A portable football and soccer kicking training aid which holds and kicks a football or soccer ball in a trajectory, and with a force, simulating a ball kicked by a trained player. The training device is used by coaches in controlled practice sessions, to train and evaluate defensive and offensive lines and backs, and other players, in their response to kicked balls. The device provides repeated, reproducible kicked balls without requiring trained kickers to perform these routine functions or exposing them to injury. Optional, replaceable kicking shoes and other components provide alternate trajectories and forces. The device is readily portable and does not require fuel or connection to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Noel P. Horkan
  • Patent number: 7066849
    Abstract: A soccer training device includes a base member including a flexible handle for assisting a user to transport the device between remote locations. A plurality of mounting brackets are removably securable to the base member and a plurality of bearings are operably attached to the mounting brackets respectively. The bearings have substantially spherical shapes and are equidistantly spaced adjacent opposed corners of the base member. The device includes a spherical body removably positionable on the bearings and centered therebetween. The spherical body is provided with a cavity and a threaded opening passing thereto. The device includes a body for selectively altering a weight of the spherical body. The weight altering body includes a solid pin removably insertable into the cavity. A fastening member is threadably insertable into the opening for contacting the pin such that the fastening member assists to maintain the pin at a fixed position during operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Matthew C. Budaj
  • Publication number: 20040110578
    Abstract: A soft football adapted for play with or among children has a built-in tee which is rotatable about a pivot axis between an inoperative position where it is recessed along the surface of the football and an operative position where it is capable of supporting the football on its end so that it can be kicked without being held by a separate tee or a person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: Maui Toys
    Inventors: Boguslaw Orlowski, Brian Kessler
  • Patent number: 6575852
    Abstract: An apparatus for centering a ball is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a base, an upright member supported on the base for pivotal movement with respect to the base, and a pivot arm pivotally supported relative to the upright member for pivotal movement between a first, cocked position and a second, released position. A ball cradle is supported on the pivot arm for releasably supporting a ball to be centered. A bias member urges the pivot arm towards the second, released position and a pivot arm lock is operable, in a first condition, to hold the pivot arm in the first position. The pivot arm lock, in a second condition, releases the pivot arm so that the bias member moves the pivot arm to the released position, thereby centering the ball. The apparatus preferably includes sound actuated means for changing the condition of the pivot arm lock from the first condition to the second condition, to center the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Randy Orner
  • Patent number: 6375584
    Abstract: An apparatus for enhancing in simulated real-time environment, the skills of a football place kicker, center and holder, particularly the speed, distance, direction and angle of the kicks, by simulating charging lineman and providing simultaneous and integrally connected, resettable, visually displayed split-time and total elapsed timing feedback comprising uprights, a cross bar supporting a net, actuator switches for cross bar, timing means, and time display and reset means on the time display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Stan Lee Shapiro