Practice Or Training Device Patents (Class 473/422)
  • Patent number: 10518153
    Abstract: A device for assisting a user during basketball practice is disclosed. The device includes an ejector that launches a basketball, a control system that detects and records shooting data and programs the ejector, and an interface that has a plurality of indicia and communicates with the control system. A report generator is included that generates a report on the shooting data. In exemplary embodiments, a tracking device may detect the location of the basketball and a sensor may detect if the basketball passes through the goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Shoot-A-Way, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Joseph, Troy David Geiser, Albert Charles Abnett
  • Patent number: 10279216
    Abstract: An exercise training system is provided having a system controller and a plurality of stimulant target units connected via a wireless network to the system controller. Each stimulant target unit has a light source providing light to stimulate a user, a proximity sensor providing an output of a distance between the proximity sensor and an object external to the unit, and means for providing feedback to the user to signal that the unit has been actuated by the user. The system controller includes a program for activating the stimulant target units in a sequence. The reaction by the user to the illumination is registered when the user brings a body part or other object to within a selected distance of the proximity sensor, this distance being programmable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FITLIGHT SPORTS CORP.
    Inventors: Derek D'Andrade, Dennis Pedersen, Erik Vege Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10278255
    Abstract: Disclosed are a light-emitting device for digital control of color temperature modulation and its application. The light-emitting device is electrically connected to a wall switch and includes a DIP switch, first LEDs, second LEDs and a control module. The control module is electrically connected to the above components and contains a truth table. The truth table includes at least a first mode, second mode, third mode and a memory and automatically switch mode, and a digital switching is accomplished by correlating the DIP switch to the truth table. In the memory and automatically switch mode, the first to third mode color temperatures are sequentially switched and controlled by turning on or off the wall switch according to the truth table information. The light-emitting device may be applied to light fixtures or mirror products to improve the convenience of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsien Wu, Wei Chang, Kai-Cheng Chuang, Kuo-Tien Cheng, Hsin-Chieh Liao, Jia-Hao Siao
  • Patent number: 9551572
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor device including a sensor configured to output a vibration datum by detecting a change in a state of a vibration in a first object when a second object touches the first object, a holding section configured to hold, at a portion of the first object which is different from a portion where the second object touches, the sensor in a state where the vibration in the first object is transmitted, and a communication section configured to transmit the single vibration datum detected by the sensor to an analyzing device which identifies a touch position where the second object touches the first object by analyzing the vibration datum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosei Yamashita, Hideyuki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9452337
    Abstract: A sports training target is provided. In exemplary embodiments, a sports training target may comprise a return net for substantially covering an opening defined by a frame, the return net having tension to withstand the impact of a sports projectile propelled from an originating location and having tension to allow the sports projectile to pass downward, exit a bottom portion of the return net, and return in the direction of the originating location; a target for substantially covering the return net, the target having an opening formed therein, the opening adapted to allow the sports projectile to pass behind the target to the return net, the target adapted to withstand the impact of a sports projectile, the target positioned in front of the return net, whereby a passage is formed between the target and the return net; and an attachment member adapted to attach the sports training target to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Scott Littman, Sean O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9375623
    Abstract: Methods for training and improving overhand throwing. A first embodiment of a method includes training exercises performed using a system which includes at least one upper arm that extends from a central body. A pathway marked by indicia extends down the upper arm curving to indicate the correct motion for a desired overhand throw. A flexible slap card may be located along the pathway for use in a first training exercise. The body may include a hole positioned and sized for use as a target for a second training exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Fernando Arroyo
  • Patent number: 9352202
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and a method for training a throwing technique. The apparatus includes an elongated member, a weighted element, and a flexible joining means. The apparatus may further include a placement means. The elongated member includes a lower end, an upper end, and a body portion. The weighted element has an attachment point, and is movable from a starting position to an ending position. The flexible joining means includes a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion. The flexible joining means has a predetermined length, is secured about upper end of elongated member, has second end that is secured at attachment point of weighted element, and is movable from a starting position to an ending position. The method includes the steps of: placing the apparatus, balancing on pitching leg, taking an extended stride or lunge toward target, and explosively rotating upper torso rotationally downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Frank Lawrence DiMichele, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9227124
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a baseball pitcher training apparatus for training a pitcher in controlling his lower and upper body portions in the movement sequence of the human body associated with throwing a baseball during the pitch preparation phase as well as the delivery and follow-through phase to conserve stress or strain in the arm and leg muscles. The apparatus has a pitching mound and a frame structure comprising two vertical post assemblies connected at the top by a horizontal cross beam assembly. Light bag weights are suspended from the cross beam assembly. The pitcher learns his body mechanics from following a pitching line indicated by the light bag weights and gauging his position by calibration marks on the pitching mound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Eric Sparks
  • Patent number: 9039547
    Abstract: A sports simulation robot for playing games and drills on a standard court or field during which the robot will simulate the competitive play of a human opponent with specific playing characteristics such as strategy, physicality, playing style and skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Yeager
  • Patent number: 9039546
    Abstract: An impact training device for a sports device. The training device includes an elongate rod, a handle engagement element and a handle connector joining the handle engagement element to the elongate rod. The elongate rod is radially displaced from a handle of the sports device when the handle engagement element is engaged to the handle of the sports device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Davinci Sports International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A Dawson, Warren Bottke
  • Patent number: 9022016
    Abstract: A football passing machine is configured to eject a prolate-spheroid-shaped football. The football passing machine includes a frame member, an adjustable launch surface mounted to the frame member, a ball magazine positioned above the adjustable launch surface that is configured to contain a plurality of footballs, a moveable escapement arm that is configured to successively dispense footballs that are contained within the ball magazine onto the launch surface, a moveable ball carriage configured to move a football between a first point on the launch surface that is located directly beneath the ball magazine and a second point on the launch surface that is adjacent a football launch mechanism that is configured to eject a football from the football passing machine. An orientation of the adjustable launch surface is configured to be adjusted to change a launch angle of a football while the frame member and the ball magazine remain stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Omnitech Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick D. Hafer, Matthew E. Wagner, Steven R. Wentz, Donald B. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9017188
    Abstract: A system and method for improving a player's efficiency in shooting by providing a player with various shooting challenge routines at which a player makes either a total number of shots or a total number shots in a row. Statistics regarding the player's performance are stored, printed and/or evaluated and the player can use the information to improve his or her efficiency at one or more of the plurality of different locations where the player shoots the basketball. In another embodiment, a measuring or detection system is used in combination with or separate from a ball launcher. The system is adapted to measure at least one of a distance of a player from the a launcher, height of a shot made by the player after catching a basketball, release angle, release time, or arc of a shot; entry angle of the basketball into a goal; hold or release time; or shot arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Shoot-A-Way, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Joseph, Troy David Geiser, Albert Charles Abnett
  • Patent number: 9017189
    Abstract: A training sled and service promote proper form when running. The training sled is configurable for adding weights in some embodiments to increase friction and provide for weight-training by lifting portions of the sled. Sled components are slidably or pivotably connected to permit lifting a shoulder member of the sled to different heights for exercise, and to achieve an optimal training angle for an athlete to train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Chad Leath
  • Patent number: 9010309
    Abstract: A ball throwing machine can include a hopper for receiving one or more balls and a ball delivery device. The ball delivery device can be used to throw or pitch a ball from the hopper to a user of the machine. The ball delivery device can include wheels to impart speed to the ball and a direction system to control the projection angle of the ball. The direction system can control at least one of the up and down angle and the side to side angle of the ball as it is thrown, among possibly other throwing parameters. A controller may be provided for controlling operation of the ball throwing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Toca, LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Lewis, Steven Joseph Barberi
  • Patent number: 9011277
    Abstract: An apparatus for an athlete to train or practice ball-striking techniques. The apparatus comprises a base, a stand, an arm, and a bearing assembly connected to a tethered ball via a rope. The athlete may strike or volley the ball in order to produce a substantially circular orbit about the bearing assembly, indicating proper form and technique. If the athlete strikes the ball with improper form or technique, the ball may orbit the bearing assembly in a substantially non-circular orbit, such as an oval. The ball may be any suitable ball from a number of sports where correct form and technique for striking or volleying a ball is desired. By way of example, the ball may be preferably a soccer ball, a volley ball, a baseball, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Dominic Schell
  • Patent number: 9011278
    Abstract: The present invention provides for the first time a barrier support structure comprising at least one removable closed-loop resilient coilable frame having a perimeter. The removable closed-loop coilable frame comprises at least one connection member. A support base comprises at least one attachment member. The attachment member removably attaches to the connection member of the removable coilable frame. The attachment member maintains a predetermined angle between the removable coilable frame and the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: William Coleman Lay
  • Patent number: 8998752
    Abstract: A training device for teaching and practicing simple and advanced soccer skills and techniques. The device includes a set of mats with printed indicators or indicia on the upper side or surface of each mat, the printed indicators are left and right foot indicia which are either printed in solid lines, or dashed lines, a printed circle indicating the soccer ball placement, solid and dashed lines with arrows for indicating the direction of travel, numbers for designating the sequence and order for the foot indicia, and instructional text for carrying out the designated soccer technique. Each training mat demonstrate a different soccer technique. The soccer student follows the instructions printed on the mat surface by placing their feet on the foot indicia and follow the sequence of steps shown on the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Dragomir Penkov Parvanov
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150087445
    Abstract: A ball stopping net is provided, which includes a loop, propping poles, fold-butting poles, hexagonal-shaped holding fabrics, and a net. Each of the two propping poles comprises an upper end and a lower end, and the upper end is curved and engaged rotatably with a mid point of a corresponding side portion of the loop. Each of the two fold-butting poles comprises a first arm and a second arm engaging each other with a hinge, and the first arm is connected to a lower point of the loop rotatably and the second arm is connected to a lower point of a corresponding propping pole rotatably. Each of the two hexagonal-shaped holding fabrics has three queuing sides and three plain sides alternatively, and are queued through the queuing side of the hexagonal-shaped holding fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Publication number: 20150087446
    Abstract: A base unit of a sports swing mechanics training device receives from a swing detector a swing detection message indicating a swing motion by a player, and in response, displays a visual symbol for a predetermined period of time. When the device receives a user selection of a visual symbol from the player, it is compared with the displayed visual symbol. If they match, the device indicates a symbol match. Otherwise, the device indicates a symbol mismatch. The base unit is placed at a location where the displayed visual symbol would be visible to the player immediately following contact with a ball when the player's eyes are in a desired position during the swing motion. The device trains players to keep their heads and eyes correctly directed at the point of collision with the ball during and immediately following the ball collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ellery DYER, Steve CARLL, William MORONG, Michael TRACHTMAN
  • Patent number: 8986139
    Abstract: Apparatuses that facilitate training for proper, repeatable throwing technique in various sports. Embodiments may provide useful feedback to a user when that user deviates from proper techniques for throwing a football, baseball, or similar item. When proper technique is used, the user may experience no interference between the training apparatus and the ball or the user's throwing hand or arm. In contrast, the user's hand, arm, or a held ball may contact portions of the training apparatus in cases where the mechanics of the user's throwing motion deviate from the proper form, thereby providing immediate feedback. In certain embodiments, the training apparatus includes a body section and attachment portions. The attachment portions may receive an upper guide structure extending from a shoulder portion of the body section and a lower guide structure extending from a hip portion of the body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Steve Gideon
  • Patent number: 8986140
    Abstract: A device and method pertaining to a basketball shooting aiming aid, which is positioned at a rear side of a transparent basketball goal apparatus and provides a rear target at which a shooter may aim when shooting a bank shot, which target is independent of the shooter's position on the court at the moment of shooting. A minimum impingement height line is also provided so that when a basketball impinges the backboard above this line and along a line toward the rear target, the basketball will reflect downwardly at an angle of at least 32 degrees, increasing the chance of moving through the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel R. Fuller
  • Publication number: 20150080154
    Abstract: A training device that includes a receiving surface on its handle, multiple capacitive sensor elements disposed within multiple grip areas on the receiving surface, a sense circuit configured to compare the capacitance measurements with threshold capacitance values and generate a signal when the capacitance measurements indicate a touch on the grip area and an indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Yuanyuan Qin, Hua (Ivan) Liu
  • 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: 20150065273
    Abstract: A training device for sports includes a base that supports a lower portion that adjusts in height. The lower portion supports an upper portion. The upper portion includes a display that displays a desired play. The device further includes a first sensor having a sensing range. When a player enters the sensing range, the first sensor signals the display to display the desired instruction, play, command or similar. A second sensor measures reaction time when the player enters the sensing range and then leaves the sensing range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Josiah Lake
  • Publication number: 20150065274
    Abstract: Systems and methods for training and improving overhand throwing. A first embodiment of a system includes at least one upper arm that extends from a central body. A pathway marked by indicia extends down the upper arm curving to indicate the correct motion for a desired overhand throw. A flexible slap card may be located along the pathway for use in a first training exercise. The body may include a hole for positioned and sized for use as a target for a second training exercise. Support structures for maintaining the system in a desired position may be included. Methods for training with overhand throwing exercises using the systems are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Fernando Arroyo
  • Patent number: 8968121
    Abstract: An athletic training device for enabling and teaching proper athletic movements while executing various athletic exercises. Particularly, the present disclosure relates to an athletic training device that enhances neuromuscular control in connection with keeping an athlete's hands close to each other, and also close to his/her torso by providing a restricted range of motion while being easily wearable and removable. Generally, embodiments of the present disclosure relate to adjustable, comfortable, cuff-based training devices that securely encircle a user's wrists with cuff-based members flexibly bound together for use in connection with swing-based movements. A central connecting sub-section typically comprises attachments, which affix a resilient, flexible medium to either of the cuff-based members providing a limited-but not unduly rigid-range of motion during utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: LDM Partnership, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Leggett, Delino DeShields, Lincoln Martin
  • Patent number: 8968120
    Abstract: A fielding aid for a baseball or softball glove having an insert composed of a vibration dampening material for slowing or impeding the movement of a ball; the insert having an interior portion and exterior portion. In certain aspects, the interior portion has a convex shape that aids in fielding balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8960176
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, for metered ball delivery. An apparatus includes a secure enclosure housing a reservoir of tennis balls, a battery power supply and a battery powered portable tennis ball machine, the secure enclosure and tennis ball machine communicating via a wireless network to determine a location of the portable tennis ball machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ball Buddie LLC
    Inventor: Rachel Baumel
  • Patent number: 8961339
    Abstract: A sports training target is provided. In exemplary embodiments, a sports training target may comprise a return net for substantially covering an opening defined by a frame, the return net adapted to withstand the impact of a sports projectile propelled from an originating location and allow the sports projectile to pass downward along the return net, exit a bottom portion of the return net, and return in the direction of the originating location; a target for substantially covering the return net, the target having an opening formed therein, the opening adapted to allow the sports projectile to pass behind the target to the return net, the target adapted to withstand the impact of a sports projectile; and an attachment means adapted to attach the sports training target to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Littman, Sean O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8956253
    Abstract: A ball travel-modifying device comprising a sail and a strikeable object modifies a travel distance and a rate of travel of a struck or thrown object and returns the strikeable object to an initial rest position after each hit or throw. The shape of the sail is triangular, quadrilateral, or other shapes and may be symmetric or asymmetric. The sail may be formed with a flat or curved surface and straight or curved edges. Multiple sails of the same or varying size and shape may be slidably adjusted along a suspension line. One or more apertures may be formed in the sail to modify a speed or a direction of a moving strikeable object. An adjustable aperture permits adaptation to various strikeable objects having a variety of sizes and weights or to cause a strikeable object to move in a preferred direction or with a preferred rate of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Glen Chandless
  • Publication number: 20150038269
    Abstract: A sports training device may take the place of cones to create the illusion of defenders and/or obstacles. The sports training device may be collapsible so that it is easy to transport and store when it is not in use. The sports training device may be formed as a cylindrical structure having a top portion formed of a taut material with a steel wire frame and a bottom portion attached to a weighted base. The sports training device also may include straps that may secure the sports training device when it is in a collapsed state. The sports training device may further include one or more handles to facilitate transport of the sports training device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: William Kenny
  • Patent number: 8936523
    Abstract: A training device is disclosed that has a depressable element and an indicator element that provides a perceivable indication, for example an audible alarm, to a user when an amount of force being applied to the training device along the major axis of the training device is less than a desired amount of depressing force. In some embodiments, the training device is in the shape of a prolate sphere and approximates the size and shape of a ball typically used in American football. The training device may be configured so that no perceivable indication is provided while either little to no force is being applied to the training device along its major axis or while an adequate amount of force is being applied to the training device along the major axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: David W. Manners, Michael F. Cerimele, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8936522
    Abstract: A batting swing training device is provided to train a batter in bat and ball sports to properly swing a bat. The device includes three weighted portions, one near the knob of the bat, one near the distal end of the bat, and one near the center of the bat. The weights near the knob and center of the bat force the batter to lead the swing with the knob. The weight near the distal end of the bat trains the batter to properly snap the bat through or release the bat at the time of contact. Each weighted portion may include cavities to accept the weights. The handle may have an oval-shaped cross-section to reinforce the proper grip and knuckle alignment and a plurality of finger grooves, which also reinforce the proper grip and knuckle alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Swing Strong, LLC
    Inventor: Jon M. Weston
  • Patent number: 8932156
    Abstract: A system and method for pitching balls, particularly footballs and other football-shaped balls. The system and method are flexibly designed to simulate different types of pitches including but not limited to passes, punts, kick-offs and snaps. A cradle for use in the system and method holds the ball in any one of a number of positions such that when it is fed into the system, the ball is propelled to simulate a different type of pitch. The apparatus and system for pitching balls includes a support for a ball throwing head, two opposing variable speed motor powered wheels that can be tilted in relation to each other to control the spin and distance, a slide configured to present the ball on the cradle into the wheels at different angles to provide right or left handed spirals and end over end pitches, and adjustments for height and horizontal pivot. A removable throwing head allows balls to be pitched from different heights from ground level to an upright arm motion to simulate different types of pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sports Attack, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas L. Boehner
  • Patent number: 8932155
    Abstract: A sports ball training assembly for repetitively practicing sporting techniques in a small area, such as, hitting a golf ball, kicking a soccer ball, or batting a baseball. A telescoping arm attaches to the ball, extending and retracting to create different positions to strike the ball. A spring attaches to the telescoping arm. The spring has sufficient elasticity to return the ball to equilibrium position after the ball is propelled forward. The elasticity of the spring and the elevation of the ball can be adjusted by enclosing various sections of the spring with a tube that slides along the longitudinal axis of the spring. As the rigid tube moves along the spring, the spring's characteristics change. A second spring portion enhances stability and control of the ball, and allows the ball to return to the user. A base and a base shaft provide structure to the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Moore
  • Publication number: 20150011338
    Abstract: A training device providing positive feedback teaching the proper execution of a technique such as shooting a basketball, producing a proper golf swing as well as a proper baseball or softball swing. A flexible band of material encircles a portion of each of an individual's arms. Each of the bands includes a V-shaped arm attached to the band having a free end. Located at the free end of each of the V-shaped arms is a magnetic device in the form of a magnet or ferromagnetic body. The free end of both of the arms will remained attached to one another via magnetic attraction when the particular sports technique is properly practiced. However, improper practice of that particular sports technique results in the free ends becoming disengaged from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jeremy Russotti
  • Patent number: 8926455
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide apparatuses configured for improving a ball throwing technique of a user thereof. The apparatuses generally comprise one or more body portions configured to at least partially surround at least a first portion of an arm of the user, and one or more flexible portions configured to at least partially surround and secure at least a second portion of the arm of the user, the second portion being oppositely positioned relative to the first portion. The apparatuses may further comprise at least one connector element configured to selectively attach the one or more flexible portions to the one or more body portions. Various embodiments still further incorporate a wedge portion that creates a gap between a user's palm and the ball being thrown. Still other embodiments comprise extension and rotation mechanisms for apparatus adjustments. Methods of using the various apparatuses are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Gear LLC
    Inventors: John J. Drozjock, Dawn M. Kreizer-Drozjock
  • Publication number: 20140371008
    Abstract: A device to improve the swing of a baseball player is provided. The device is a flexible removable cone which is secured to the exterior surface of a baseball bat. The removable cone may have a temporary adhesive on the bottom which prevents the cone from sliding with respect to the bat. The removable cone has a plurality of colored zones which allows the user and/or a trainer to determine precisely where on the bat a ball is struck. The removable cone may have a carbon layer which allows the user to not only see exactly where on the bat the ball was struck, but to keep a record of the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Steven P. Geotsalitis
  • Patent number: 8911308
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for training a quarterback in skills necessary for the game of American football. The invention comprises a snap deck, targets, and blitz sticks, which all stand freely. The snap deck is a station that allows the user to create or modify play sequences, which are defined by selecting certain targets and blitz sticks to illuminate at certain times. The interface also includes displays showing session statistics. A play is initiated by removing the football from a holder on the snap deck. The targets illuminate according to the programmed play, representing open receivers, to which the user attempts to complete a pass. The blitz sticks illuminate according to the programmed play, signaling a blitz to the user, who reacts accordingly while attempting to complete a pass. If a successful pass is not completed within the time limit, all targets illuminate red and an alarm sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Daniels
  • 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: 8905868
    Abstract: A training apparatus for use on a training surface is disclosed. The training apparatus includes a sport-projectile stopping member and an elongated body substantially transverse to the sport-projectile stopping member. The elongated body has a first section, a second section, and a transition section between the first and second sections. A portion of the first section is positioned on the sport-projectile stopping member, and the first section is sized such that the sport-projection stopping member, the first section, the training surface and the transition section define an orifice through which a sport-projectile can pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Joseph Quinn
  • Patent number: 8905871
    Abstract: A bunt training device includes a shield with opposite ends which is mounted to a baseball or softball bat using one or more straps. The device is mounted on the bat in a position which allows a batter to slide his or her top hand to the end of the device adjacent the barrel of the bat for bunting practice. The shield protects the batter's top hand from a pitched ball and thereby eliminates or reduces the fear a batter may have when bunting. The device may be formed as a separate shield to be mounted on a conventional bat, or the shield and bat can be formed as a single unit for bunting practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bullpen Products, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew William Wagner, Aron Wesley Fleischmann
  • Publication number: 20140357429
    Abstract: An athletic paddle training apparatus 10 includes an elongate handle portion 20, a coupling region 30 at a distal end 22 of the paddle portion, and a game play head 40 operatively coupled with the handle portion 20 at the coupling region 30. The elongate handle portion is configured to be gripped by an associated user. The game play head 40 has first 46 and second 48 game play regions on opposite first 42 and second 44 sides thereof. The first game play region 46 defines a substantially planar first game play surface 56 on the first side 42 and the second game play region 48 defines a substantially spherical second game play surface 58 on the second side 44 of the game play head 40. In an example embodiment, the second game play surface 58 has a likeness of a #5 soccer ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Robert L. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8900075
    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, connection elements, attaching elements and attaching ball. The adjustable extension arm is flexible, which can be adjusted at any direction by hand, or foreign force. The connections between connection elements are detachable and releasable upon hit by bat or other subjects. 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 a hand held hitting training apparatus. The attaching parts of hook/loop, magnets, adhesive or rubbers holding the ball with minimum detaching releasable force required, The present invention can enhance the focus of the batter on the ball and have a clear hit on the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Fan Gu
  • Patent number: 8900074
    Abstract: The reconfigurable sports training device includes a main base frame, a plurality of primary attachment components, a plurality of secondary attachment components, and a plurality of accessories so that one or more of the attachment components and accessories can be selectively coupled to the main base frame to form a user-defined sports training device. The main base frame includes a movable rack having a plurality of shelves for storing balls thereon and hollow corner posts. Each corner post has an attachment fixture disposed at the top to enable selective coupling of the attachment components and accessories in various combinations. When assembled, the primary and secondary attachment components form a framework to which the accessories can be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin F. Johnson, Jason O. Niblett
  • Publication number: 20140349785
    Abstract: A hockey-stickhandling-tool, methods of use, and a system for improving a player's hockey stickhandling strength and/or speed are described and disclosed. The hockey-stickhandling-tool may comprise: a puck-receiver and a stick-attachment-means. The puck-receiver may be sized to removably hold the at least one hockey-puck, by the puck-receiver providing at least one wall to partially enclose the at least one hockey-puck. The stick-attachment-means may be configured to removably attach to the hockey-stick. The puck-receiver and the stick-attachment-means may attached to each other such that use of the puck-receiver does not interfere with the stick-attachment-means and use of the stick-attachment-means does not interfere with the puck-receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Brett Edward Henning
  • Patent number: 8894513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for training and improving overhand throwing. A first embodiment of a system includes at least one upper arm that extends from a central body. A pathway marked by indicia extends down the upper arm curving to indicate the correct motion for a desired overhand throw. A flexible slap card may be located along the pathway for use in a first training exercise. The body may include a hole for positioned and sized for use as a target for a second training exercise. Support structures for maintaining the system in a desired position may be included. Methods for training with overhand throwing exercises using the systems are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Fernando Arroyo
  • Patent number: 8888614
    Abstract: A warm-up and training bat includes a tubular shell with a handle section, a barrel section, and a tapered section connecting the handle section with the barrel section. The handle is attached at an end of the handle section of the bat. An end cap is attached at an end of the barrel section of the bat. A sliding weight mechanism is entirely contained within a pipe disposed within the barrel section of the bat. The sliding weight mechanism can be held in place at an end of the pipe proximate the handle. When a centripetal force is applied during a swing, the sliding weight mechanism moves to a distal end of the pipe. The weight may make a sound or the user may feel the weight shift, helping them perfect their swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Eugene Nutter