Practice Or Training Device Patents (Class 473/422)
  • Publication number: 20140113752
    Abstract: The present invention relates to training device for providing feedback as to hand position and trajectory of an implement swung in a stick sport as well as methods of improving muscle memory for participants in stick sports. The training device consists of a sports implement in the form of a bat, stick, club, mallet, wicket, etc. wherein one or more indicators are affixed at a predefined radius to the longitudinal plane of the training device. Alternatively, the invention consists of a training device attachable to a sports implement, such as a bat, stick, club, mallet, wicket, etc., comprising one or more indicators which will assume an adjustable position radial to the longitudinal plane of the stick implement. Further, the invention consists of a training device also comprising one or more indicators which is wearable on the arm or leg of a participant, either via an elastic band or a Velcro® strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Pamela Sue WESTCOTT
  • Patent number: 8702538
    Abstract: A target recognition system may include a controller configured to transmit an actuation signal and a plurality of designators in wireless communication with the controller, each of the designators may include a signaling device, and wherein the actuation signal may be selectably associated with a selected designator of the plurality of designators to actuate the signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Intellitrain Sports, LLC
    Inventor: John T. Coffin
  • Patent number: 8702537
    Abstract: A sport team game that combines different ball games allowing the athlete to perform at different skill levels, depending on the ball sport team game. The sport team game includes a court having a first end, a second end, a first sideline, a second sideline, a midline passing through a middle point of the court and running from the first sideline to the second sideline and a central circle circumscribed about the center of the midline. Landing strips are located near the end of the court. Trap zones are located near each landing strip. Basket goals are located above each trap zone. Floor goals are located under the basket goals. The three-points line extends around each landing strip. The sport game is played under the rules of at least two different ball games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony Michael Cerbo
  • Patent number: 8702541
    Abstract: An apparatus for the game of baseball for the blind comprises a base for the game of baseball for the blind comprising: sound reproduction means; and a control and operating unit, connected to the sound reproduction means for activating a reproduction of a sound depending on a control signal, the apparatus further comprising a control device, equipped with a control push-button, operatively connected to the control and operating unit for allowing a user to transmit the control signal to the control and operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: AIBxC Onlus—Associazione Italiana Baseball giocato da Ciechi
    Inventors: Umberto Calzolari, Ottavio Gandolfi
  • Publication number: 20140100061
    Abstract: A system and method for sports training utilizing a drill tower apparatus. The drill tower is collapsible and light weight. The tower can be stood on an end to form a tower structure, or may be placed on its side for use in numerous training drills. The tower can be used as an obstacle or as a stand for holding a ball or other sports-related object. The towers may also feature a weighted ring for holding the towers in place during drills. The towers are collapsible and easily transportable, by folding the towers into a collapsed position and placing the towers into a portable bag with multiple weight rings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Sport Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory K. Decker
  • Publication number: 20140094326
    Abstract: A method of conveying a command to a user using a practice system is provided. The method includes detecting movement of the user using a sensor; selecting a command from a list of pre-determined commands; and conveying the command to the user using a signaler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Ralph C. FUCCILLO, Andrew P. BROSKY
  • Publication number: 20140094325
    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: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Fernando Arroyo
  • Publication number: 20140080638
    Abstract: In one embodiment, kicking training is provided to a kicker in real time by collecting data while the kicker kicks a ball toward a display screen, determining the trajectory of the ball from the collected data, and displaying to the kicker on the display screen a simulation of the flight of the ball within a virtual world.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Yusheng Feng, Alyssa Ann Schaefbauer, Cole Meyers, Aaron Stout, Ehren William Biglari, Jacob Lee Kantor
  • Patent number: 8672781
    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 frame 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 and wires tensioned by circular pulley wheels are attached to the vertical post members. The pitcher learns his body mechanics from pitching with the said wires attached to his body and following a pitching line indicated by the light bag weights and gauging his position by calibration marks on the pitching mound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Sparks
  • Publication number: 20140072738
    Abstract: A covering for enhancing, modifying, or altering sporting equipment that includes elastic and/or non-elastic material that defines a shape having an outer surface, an inner surface, and at least one opening that opens to a chamber or passage. The chamber or passage is configured to receive the sporting equipment through the at least one opening. The covering is releasably secured to the sporting equipment to function as, among other things, an identifier, protector, equipment performance enhancer, equipment performance reducer, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Throw Glow, LLC
    Inventor: Chris J. Pike
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8668603
    Abstract: A fabric tunnel for baseball pitching practice with a simple “auto-catcher” is made of netting in one embodiment. At the target end a flap with indicia of accuracy of aim also constitutes a flap that provides an audible feedback when hit and also allows the thrown balls to be captured. Straps are used to hold the tunnel in position by attachment to poles supported by guy wires or the straps could be attached to fixed objects such as a chain-link fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Hammons
  • Patent number: 8657708
    Abstract: A Portable Target Game Training Device for training play by a user that elevates a target comprised of a base, a stand connected to the base, a rotatable shaft connected to the stand, an arm connected to the rotatable shaft connection means between the arm and the rotatable shaft and a target secured to the remote end of the arm. The arm can be forced to bow by tethered cords connected to the rotatable shaft. When the target is hit, the arm, the cords and the shaft rotate. The speed and character of rotation and counter rotation is governed by stretching and easing an elastic cord connected to the base of the device and the top of the rotatable shaft. The angle of the shaft vis a vis the stand may be adjusted. The height of the stand may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Pijanowski
  • Patent number: 8651982
    Abstract: A baseball batting skill improvement system for providing a user-batter with instant feedback on the correctness of muscle alignment and form during a batter swing motion in response to a pitched baseball. Baseball batting skill improvement system comprises a ball catcher bat with a ball catcher assembly. The ball catcher assembly comprises a round mounting plate with an elongated U-hoop rigidly attached and having a flexible cord-net attached to net rings spaced on and about the U-hoop. The flexible cord net is a catch bag that will allow a pitched baseball to enter if the form of the user-batter is correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Carnahan
  • Patent number: 8651980
    Abstract: A training device for ball sports includes a frame member which supports both an elastic surface for rebounding a ball, along with an inelastic surface which absorbs the kinetic energy of the ball and allows it to drop to the ground, which is designed as a combination apparatus that includes both a ball rebounding surface and a ball stopping surface, in order to provide a variety of training activities and which may be transported easily by a coach or an individual using it for practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Darvin Jackson
  • Patent number: 8651979
    Abstract: A sports training device includes a base and at least one net frame assembly. The net frame assembly includes a frame mounted detachably to the base, and a net attached to and surrounded by the frame. The net includes a non-elastic mesh area, and an elastic mesh area connecting the non-elastic mesh area to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: King Chou Marine Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Jen Chen
  • Publication number: 20140045629
    Abstract: Systems and methods for basketball shot training and an apparatus therefore are disclosed. In one embodiment, the providing a basketball shot training apparatus includes a first arm extending from a web, a second arm extending from the web, a cavity defined by the first and second arm and the web, a first-arm band disposed on and surrounding a portion of the first arm, and a second-arm band disposed on and surrounding a portion of the second arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Larry Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140045626
    Abstract: A training device having a weighted object attached to an air resistance member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Joe Bulens
  • Publication number: 20140045627
    Abstract: A sports training device including a first elongate rod. A user engagement element is coupled to the first elongate rod. A second elongate rod is longitudinally aligned with respect to the first elongate rod. A second engagement element is coupled the second elongate rod. A first stopper is movably coupled to the second elongate rod and a second stopper is movably coupled to the second elongate rod. A portion of the first elongate rod is slideable between the first stopper and the second stopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Davinci Sports International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A DAWSON, Warren BOTTKE, Alan KLEINMAN
  • Publication number: 20140045625
    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: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Davinci Sports International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A. DAWSON, Warren BOTTKE
  • Patent number: 8647220
    Abstract: A basketball training device having at least one elongated and vertically extending post with at least two longitudinally spaced openings. At least one elongated arm has one end insertable into one of the spaced openings on the post so that the arm extends horizontally outwardly from the post. A basketball player practices dribbling by dribbling both under the arm and over the arm as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Luke Christopher Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8647221
    Abstract: A collapsible and easily portable soccer trainer having a pair of spaced apart, X-shaped side frames. The rear legs of the X-shaped side frames are connected to cross members which receive an upright net panel connected to the frame by a plurality of tensioning cords. The forward legs of the X-shaped side frames receive a curvilinear net panel connected to the forward legs by a plurality of tensioning cords. Brace members interconnect the forward legs to maintain uniform separation but are offset from the plane defined by the curvilinear net panel so as to prevent inadvertent deflection of a soccer ball by contact with the rigid frame elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Franklin Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Hochberg
  • Publication number: 20140038741
    Abstract: A sports ball for stroke training is provided which comprises one or more designated energy-absorbing zones and one or more energy-responsive zones adjacent the one or more designated energy-absorbing zones wherein the one or more energy-responsive zones are positioned at one or more sweet spots of the sports ball, such that a stroke that strikes an energy-responsive zone results in the sports ball travelling further than the sports ball will travel from a similar stroke that strikes an energy-absorbing zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: OPTIMAL POINT OF IMPACT (OPOI) PTY LTD. ATF OPTIMAL POINT OF IMPACT UNIT TRUST
    Inventor: Kallem Brooks
  • Publication number: 20140031147
    Abstract: A training apparatus for use in training football basic technique is disclosed, comprising one opening on each side of the apparatus being adapted to entrance angles for at least one rail guiding a ball in a loop from one opening to the other, and a wall adjustable in hight as well as sideways is fixed between said openings, where both openings for the ball can be used as entrance/exit and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Hans Børge Pettersen Lien
  • Publication number: 20140018196
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for training a user to hit a ball with a ball bat. The device and system including a main section having a light source for emitting a light energy, and an upper portion extending from the main section and configured to be received on at least a portion of a knob of the ball bat. The device may be received onto the knob, such that the light energy is generally emitted collinear with or parallel to a longitudinal axis of the ball bat. As such, a user can obtain an indication of the user's body and ball bat position. For instance, the user can hold the ball bat in a first position, projecting the light energy at a position behind the user. Further, the user can transition the ball bat to a second position, projecting of light energy in front of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Justin McClure
  • Patent number: 8622843
    Abstract: A method of conveying a command to a user using a practice system is provided. The method includes detecting movement of the user using a sensor; selecting a command from a list of pre-determined commands; and conveying the command to the user using a signaler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Ralph C. Fuccillo, Andrew P. Brosky
  • Patent number: 8622854
    Abstract: An inertia-based baseball bat swing indicator, whether built into a baseball bat or retrofitted onto an existing bat, which visually indicates by inertia-propelled beads in separate grooves along the apparatus whether the alignment and body mechanics of the batter are proper during the bat swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Takahiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8617008
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to improving player performance for trajectory-based sports are described. In particular, sporting devices are described that can be utilized to improve player performance in basketball. The sporting devices can include a camera-based system configured to capture and analyze the trajectory of a shot taken by a player. The camera-based system can be configured to provide feedback that allows a player to optimize the trajectory mechanics associated with shooting a basketball. In one embodiment, the camera-based system can be used in conjunction with a training aid that is attached to a basketball rim. The training aid can be configured to improve the trajectory mechanics of individuals utilizing the modified basketball rim to practice their shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Pillar Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Marty, Thomas A. Edwards, John Carter
  • Publication number: 20130344997
    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: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Lawrence DiMichele, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130344998
    Abstract: An invention directed to a soccer training device, method of use and training system. The device is a deflection wall that may be portable. The wall having a larger and smaller embodiment, mimicking the silhouette of a soccer goal or an average player of a given age range from a far distance at simulated closer range. The inventive features of the wall intended to enhance quantity, quality, speed, and accuracy of interaction and perception between the user, the ball and the wall according to professional quality and professional level training techniques. Multiple wall units may be combined to create individualized training modules wherein one person may train in a simulated multi-player environment of varying levels of complexity. Two or more module units may be combined to create a soccer training system. The modules and systems may be staged in limited ground surface area both indoor and outdoor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Wayne P. Adema
  • Publication number: 20130344996
    Abstract: The invention provided is directed to a soccer training device, module training system and method of use. The device is a deflection wall that may be portable or permanently affixed to a ground surface. The wall having a larger and smaller embodiment, mimicking the silhouette of a soccer goal or an average player of a given age range from a far distance at simulated closer range. The inventive features of the wall intended to enhance quantity, quality, speed, and accuracy of interaction and perception between the user, the ball and the wall according to professional quality and professional level training techniques. Multiple wall units may be combined to create individualized training modules wherein one person may train in a simulated multiplayer environment of varying levels of complexity. Two or more module units may be combined to create a soccer training system. The modules and systems may be staged in limited ground surface area both indoor and outdoor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Wayne P. Adema
  • Patent number: 8602919
    Abstract: A training cage for throwing practice, comprises a frame having a height, width and depth. The training cage also comprises a strike zone indicator that defines the boundaries of a strike zone and a pitch locator. The pitch locator is configured such that when the pitch locator is in cooperation with the strike zone indicator, the strike zone is defined by at least one strike area pass through that defines an area that allows a ball thrown within the strike zone to pass through the strike zone indicator and at least one strike area barricade that defines an area that obstructs the ball thrown within the strike zone from passing through the strike zone indicator. Moreover, the pitching cage comprises a target having a target surface that is suspended in a second designated position located behind the strike zone indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Michael J. Bishop
  • Publication number: 20130324328
    Abstract: A training tool is an apparatus that teaches a user to reach their arms out from their torso in order to catch a football. The apparatus includes a waistband, a left wrist strap, a right wrist strap, a left elastic cord, and a right elastic cord. The waistband attaches the apparatus to the user's waist, and the left wrist strap and the right wrist strap attach the apparatus to the user's wrists. The left wrist strap is connected to the waistband by the left elastic cord, and the right wrist strap is connected to the waistband by the right elastic cord. The left elastic cord provides a resistance between the left wrist and the waist, which reminds the user to fully extend the left arm. Similarly, the right elastic cord provides a resistance between the right wrist and the waist, which reminds the user to fully extend the right arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin D. PARKER
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130316855
    Abstract: This method for calculating a repeatability index of gestures and shots of a player striking a tennis ball with a racket, includes: a preliminary step a) in which behavioural data of the racket are generated during tests, the behavioural data indicating first playing data, related to gestures and shots as a function of parameters including at least several types of hits, a playing step b) in which second playing data are measured; an analysis step c) in which: the second playing data are compared with the behavioural data, the type of hit is deduced for each shot made in the playing step b), and for each type of hit, the value of the repeatability index of the player's gestures and shots is determined by comparing the second playing data with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Babolat VS
    Inventor: Pierre MACE
  • Patent number: 8585516
    Abstract: The present invention is a device to be used to practice hitting a ball. The device according to the invention suspends a ball at a variety of positions movable along three axes. The ball is removably connected to a flexible line having a first side magnet thereon. The user can select if the first-end magnet will rise or fall when the removable ball is struck and the first-end magnet is hit and/or swings a predetermined amount by using two of three alternative ways to connect a connector on a second-side of the flexible line, either a counterweight or a connector-magnet attached to an adjustment peg fixedly attached to a vertical support. The present invention is also the ball having metallic components inside which can be safely used with or without the device. The device is safer than existing devices and it produces better results due to its configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald Buono, Eric Buono
  • Publication number: 20130303311
    Abstract: An instructional ball having an inner core, an outer core is an ellipsoid, and an outer cover. The instructional ball has an ellipsoid shape, a longitudinal axis, and a generally circular transverse cross-section along a transverse axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth Guilfoyle
  • Publication number: 20130296079
    Abstract: A lacrosse training and competitive game installation includes an elongated enclosed space having side walls and a goal area adjacent one end thereof and a player area at an opposite end thereof. The goal area includes a rear wall and one or more forward projecting side baffle regions projecting forward from the rear wall of the goal area. Each of the one or more side baffle regions has one or more throwing apertures through which lacrosse balls are hurled into the enclosed space in sequence. A ball projector assembly is mounted behind each baffle adjacent each of the throwing apertures for hurling the lacrosse balls into the enclosed space simulating passed balls between players. A simulated goal is preferably rotatable in the goal area for throwing and shooting of balls at various angles to a goal. Balls are collected from the goal area and delivered to each ball projector assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Ralph Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8574135
    Abstract: A ball-hitting glove assembly for boxing training has a glove, a ball and a rope. The glove has a palm section, a hand back section and a finger section. The rope is mounted securely on the glove and has a glove end and a ball end. The glove end of the rope is mounted securely on the hand back section. The ball end is opposite to the glove end of the rope. The ball is mounted securely on the ball end of the rope. The ball-hitting glove assembly is easily carried and is convenient for boxing-training at any time when a user travels or exercises outside. This is greatly practical for those who like boxing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Yi-Yi Chen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130281235
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a throwing target. The throwing target comprises a baseball strike zone, one or more target zones located in the strike zone and one or more target zones located around the strike zone. The throwing target also comprises one or more non-target zones located in the strike zone. The total surface area of the target zones located around the strike zone is greater than the total surface area of the target zones located within the strike zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: STEPHEN JOSEPH STEMLE
  • Patent number: 8556755
    Abstract: A sports swing trainer is provided and includes a continuous resilient cable which is attachable by means of spaced straps to a bat or other sports racquet with the straps respectively attached to a pair of pulleys by a rotatable attachment combination and with the opposite end of the resilient cable attachable to a post, fence and the like by means of a combination third pulley and strap arrangement. An athletic workout belt is also attachable to the third pulley by means of a second continuous resilient cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Stephon Douglas Zackery
  • 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.
  • Publication number: 20130267354
    Abstract: A lacrosse practice ball having a tether extending from the ball and attaching to a lacrosse stick to enable practicing of cradling or other short-range maneuvers is disclosed. In some embodiments, the tether extends from the ball by between 12-24 inches. The ball can have two channels passing through the middle of the ball and offset from one another by an angle, and the tether can pass through the channels. The tether forms a loop that can be knotted to secure the tether to the ball with the knot positioned within one of the channels. The practice ball can secure to any portion of the lacrosse stick using the tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Trevor Rubel, Kiva Hartfield
  • Publication number: 20130252766
    Abstract: A net apparatus arranged to provide a net structure to capture or catch a projectile, that is easy to setup and is collapsible such that the frame structure is easy to assemble by a single individual. The net apparatus comprising a base structure including at least one support portion, at least one base extension, and a hinge, wherein the at least one support portion is coupled to the at least one base extension and the hinge. At least one rod is removably coupled to the base structure and received by a net, wherein the net is adapted to exert a force on the at least one rod causing the at least one rod to exert a force onto said hinge in order to lock the at least one support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: David Nelson, John Lucas
  • Patent number: 8535180
    Abstract: Analysis of pitches to determine both their velocity and the location at which they arrive at the batter. The speed of the pitch is adjusted according to an adjustment value whose magnitude is a function of the location of the pitch relative to the batter. For example, high outside pitches would have a different adjustment value than low inside pitches. These adjustment values are calculated to take into account the fact that hitters must swing at different pitches at different times. That is, they must swing at some pitches earlier than others, depending on the location of the pitch. The adjusted speed, or “effective velocity,” of the pitch is thus a function of both the pitch's velocity and its location relative to the batter, making it a more useful metric than velocity or location alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Perry Husband
  • Patent number: 8535178
    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 or target 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. A flexible cup may be coupled to the batting tee to eliminate or substantially reduce the bounce back or recoil felt by a batter when hitting off a 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, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Steve Keller, Scott Bergevin
  • Patent number: 8523712
    Abstract: A training and coordination device including a projectile member such as a ball or sack secured to an elastic string is described. The first end of the elastic string is attached to a location and the second end is connected to the projectile member. At least an end portion of the elastic string secure to the projectile member comprises multiple strands of an odd number. The multiple strands of the elastic string in conjunction with the elasticity of the string generate a random motion of the sack when the sack moves relative to the string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jeremy A. Safran
  • Patent number: 8523714
    Abstract: A swing training and fitness aid comprising a handle having an extended portion of rotational configuration engaged with a rotating means having flexibly affixed thereto a weight, the weight capable of being rotated along the extended portion in two directions by rotating said handle portion, thereby strengthening the wrists, forearms and shoulders of the user, along with exercising the abdominal muscles and the large muscle groups of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Tracy Thackeray