Practice Or Training Device Patents (Class 473/422)
  • Publication number: 20130040763
    Abstract: Disclosed is a training system consisting of storage maintaining a reference body movement model, and a system for collecting a trainee body movement model. A computer is associated with the storage and the system, which compares the trainee body movement model to the reference body movement model and generates a report comparing the trainee body movement model to the reference body movement model. The report includes an identification of similarity between the trainee body movement model and the reference body movement model, and an identification of dissimilarity between the trainee body movement model and the reference body movement model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lance Davidson
  • Patent number: 8371963
    Abstract: The invention is a training device for baseball batters and, more generally, is a training device for any athletic motion that utilizes a foot pivoting movement. The invention has a mat, pivot device and toe hold. The mat is approximately the size of baseball batters box. For baseball training, the mat is placed in the batters box such that the pivot device is facing the rear. The baseball player places his rear foot on the pivot device and his front foot in one of the toe holds. The baseball player trains by maintaining rear foot contact on the pivot, and pivoting his rear foot during the swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Susan DelGreco, Carol West
  • Patent number: 8371964
    Abstract: A volleyball spike training system comprises a ball holder and an optional net. The training holder comprises a wheeled chassis supporting a vertical stanchion projecting upwardly that supports a hopper and a ball feeding apparatus. The stanchion includes a crank system for vertically adjusting telescoped stanchion segments. Balls dropping from the hopper travel by gravity down an inclined ramp at the top of the frame towards a discharge throat. Balls travelling down the ramp are indexed by a Z-shaped lever that serially separates them. A pair of downwardly projecting hands, one fixed and one pivoted, receive dropping balls and temporarily hold them for shooting. The pivoting hand controls the indexing lever to jam successive balls when the device is loaded. When a ball is shot and removed from between the feed hands, another ball is freed by the indexing lever to automatically drop into a shooting position between the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Acu-Pac, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Nathaniel Jones, Thomas Michael Snoddy
  • Publication number: 20130035180
    Abstract: A tennis skill training device comprising a substantially planar foot placement platform platform having foot placement graphics disposed thereon, the foot placement graphics consisting of a first stance position representing right and left foot positions for a right-handed player proximate a first court position, a second stance position representing right and left foot positions for a right-handed player proximate a second court position, and a first toss target representing a first forward foot post-stroke position for the right-handed player. In some embodiments, the graphics include a third stance position representing right and left foot positions for a left-handed player proximate the first court position, a fourth stance position representing right and left foot positions for the left-handed player proximate the second court position, and a second toss target representing a first forward foot post-stroke position for the left-handed player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Lisa Dodson
  • Patent number: 8357061
    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: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Joseph Quinn
  • Publication number: 20130012339
    Abstract: A sports training system having at least two target stations, each target station having a target support structure configured to support a target in a stationary position above a playing field, at least one light attached to the target in a vicinity of a periphery of the target, a target control module functionally connected to the target light, an activation control module located remotely from the target stations and in wireless communication with the target control module. The activation control module and the target control modules are configured and programmed so that activating a button on the activation control module results in activating a randomly selected target light on a randomly selected target station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Rockoff
  • Patent number: 8342988
    Abstract: A weight member is removably attachable to a racquet for use during warm-up. The device is a skeletal structure that has a laterally expandable mouth, a throat, and a pair of heads that resiliently converge toward one another. The skeletal structure is formed of a metal bar member of a gauge to match the desired device weight and is coated with a protective outer layer. At least one resilient member can bridge a gap at the mouth and throat. The device is symmetrical in both the X-plane and the Y-plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mark C. Becnel
  • Publication number: 20120329583
    Abstract: A visual aid device is disclosed. The visual aid device providing horizontal tunnel vision may be worn by athletes to block out peripheral visual distractions. The visual aid device may include upper and lower opaque regions disposed to block out peripheral vision along horizontal planes above and below the user's eyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: JEFFREY H. FARRIS
  • Patent number: 8337338
    Abstract: An athletic training device and a method for using same are shown, the device including an elastic cord; a grip, having a proximal end and a distal end, and having an axial bore therethrough; a connection member, disposed within the axial bore of the grip, said connection member protruding from the axial bore at the distal end of the grip and being adapted to connect the distal end of the grip to an end of the elastic cord, wherein said connection member further comprises a padded wrist strap, protruding from the axial bore at the proximate end of the grip and wherein the elastic cord is connected at its first end to the connection member of the grip, and the elastic cord is connected at its second end to an anchor, and wherein the elastic cord provides a resistance to force applied by a user in an athletic training exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ole Falk Smed
  • Publication number: 20120322587
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wireless shot tracking system including a programmable electronic unit that is in electrical communication with a shot detector for automatically tracking and displaying real-time shooting percentages of basketball players during basketball shooting sessions, and a telescoping pole for mounting the shot detector to a basketball rim from the ground. The programmable electronic unit provides a program mode, a play mode, a review mode and a random mode to help improve the shooting skills of a basketball player from different shooting locations on a basketball court. The shot detector includes one or more vibration sensors to detect missed shots, and an activator that extends along a horizontal axis in a central region of the basketball hoop to detect made shots. The programmable electronic unit interfaces with a computer via a USB port for uploading or downloading program updates or shooting session data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jason Duke
  • Patent number: 8333670
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for pitching of baseball or softball to enjoy virtual game, the system includes a pitching room having a mound from which a player will throw a ball and a home plate by which the thrown ball will be determined depending upon its trajectory; a video camera for photographing the pitching room along the longitudinal direction thereof from the back of the mound by using a two-dimensional image sensor included therein; a stripe pattern arranged at a predetermined area including the home plate on the floor, wherein the stripe pattern indicates different positions in the longitudinal direction of the area; a mirror obliquely mounted on the ceiling right above the home plate for reflecting the optical image of the home plate and stripe pattern toward the video camera; and a computer for detecting three-dimensional position of the thrown ball based on the image signal output from the video camera photographing both of the thrown ball and the optical image of the stripe pattern above w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Shoich Ono
  • Patent number: 8333671
    Abstract: A reciprocating ball sports trainer for improving an individual's ability to properly strike a ball. A ball is affixed to the top of flexible supports, allowing the ball to move in an arc once it is struck. A timing light is provided for illuminating a lens to indicate the proper time for the user to strike the ball. Various sensors are included for determining whether the ball was correctly struck. A number of parameters relating to the manner in which the ball was struck are sensed and recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventors: Lee Wheelbarger, Leonard J. Schloss
  • Publication number: 20120316010
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes a sports court or net target. In one example, a sports net target includes a flexible target body comprising a fabric material and having a first side and a second side. The visual indicium is located on the first side for providing an area of visual focus for an athlete during practice of a sport. At least one attachment member is connected to the target body for attaching the target body to a sports net.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Donnie T. Prince
  • Patent number: 8328665
    Abstract: Described herein is a combination pitching aid and batting tee apparatus. The apparatus includes a base having a front and a rear, a stand extending upwardly from the base, a support rod extending upwardly from the stand, and an arm extending outwardly from the support rod. The arm includes a target associated therewith that can be adjusted vertically and horizontally. The apparatus includes a screen having a top end and a bottom end and a support assembly having a top end and a bottom end that extends upwardly from the base. The bottom end of the screen is attached near the front of the base and the top end of the screen is attached to the support assembly. The support rod can be replaced with a batting tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Meltzer Investment Company, LLC
    Inventors: Duane Meltzer, William Tan
  • Publication number: 20120309567
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a throwing trainer comprising first and second bands configured to be removably attached to right and left forearms of a user, and an elongated, flexible, adjustable-length connector mounted to the first and second bands, the length of the connector being configured to limit the separation distance between the forearms of the user during wind-up for an overhand throw. A device assembly including a measuring tool and a method of practicing throwing also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: John Skinner
  • Patent number: 8323127
    Abstract: A sports training device is worn by the trainee for developing skill and minimizing risk of injury in pitching, passing, swinging, kicking, and other such sports-related body movements. An illustrative embodiment includes an anchor member adapted for wear on the torso of a trainee, a first tension device coupled between a trainee's arm and the anchor member, and a second tension device coupled between a trainee's leg and the anchor member. The first tension device may include a bendable rod and elastic cord, the bendable rod selectively rotatable to adjust the rod and cord relative to a trainee's shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Dennis A. Webb, Lake D. Webb
  • Patent number: 8322725
    Abstract: Disclosed is a half moon type net for catching balls or flexibly stopping the flight of balls, comprising a half-moon-shaped or arch-shaped loop and a fabric retainer to better support the net structure, maintain a bigger net in shape, and reduce the chance of missing balls. More specifically, the net comprises: a main member forming a substantially half-moon-shaped closed loop; a base member forming a closed loop, wherein the straight front section of the base member is connected to the straight bottom section of the main member; a fabric retainer comprising two bottom sections formed adjacent to each of the two corners of the main member and an arch section along the top section of the main member so as to maintain the main member in shape; a fabric member covering the loop of the main member to flexibly stop the flight of projectiles; and a supporting member to sustain the main member against the base member while maintaining a substantial angle between the main and base members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Kwang Han Cho
  • Patent number: 8317612
    Abstract: A net or barrier has strategically located pocket(s) attached to the net over holes(s) in the net/barrier in order to catch a ball or projectile that passes through the hole(s). A computer-assisted method displays information, more particularly advertisement, onto a net or barrier. The computer-assisted display is viewable by a TV or video audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: David W Guthrie, George Baumgardner
  • Publication number: 20120295727
    Abstract: An athletic training device and a method for using same are shown, the device including an elastic cord; a grip, having a proximal end and a distal end, and having an axial bore therethrough; a connection member, disposed within the axial bore of the grip, said connection member protruding from the axial bore at the distal end of the grip and being adapted to connect the distal end of the grip to an end of the elastic cord, wherein said connection member further comprises a padded wrist strap, protruding from the axial bore at the proximate end of the grip and wherein the elastic cord is connected at its first end to the connection member of the grip, and the elastic cord is connected at its second end to an anchor, and wherein the elastic cord provides a resistance to force applied by a user in an athletic training exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Ole Falk Smed
  • Publication number: 20120295740
    Abstract: A training device includes a controller, and a sensor in communication with the controller. The sensor is configured for measuring a force. At least one indicator is in communication with the controller for indicating when a force falls below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Creguer
  • Publication number: 20120283049
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for training proper finger spacing on a basketball ball at the time of releasing the ball. The basketball training devices provided herein maintain two adjacent fingers in comfortably spaced relation to enable the player to support and release the ball from those two fingers, thereby increasing the player's control of the ball and improving the accuracy of the basketball shot. A method for maintaining two adjacent fingers of a basketball player's hand in spaced and angled relation when shooting a basketball is provided. A method for making the training device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Tim Singh Grover
  • Publication number: 20120270686
    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: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Eric Sparks
  • Publication number: 20120270685
    Abstract: An athletic training device trains athletes to observe the collision between a ball and bat, club, racquet, or the like. The training device may provide a unique event, such as a flashing light, at the moment of the collision. Athletes can be trained to watch the ball, bat, club, racquet or the like, to note the flash of light, thereby focusing the attention of the athlete to “keep their eye on the ball”. The training device of the present invention can provide a unique event that attracts and induces anticipation from the collision point itself. The unique event can be a light flash, multiple light flashes, colored light flashes, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: John David Lindsey, Scott M. Rix
  • Patent number: 8292760
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a baseball bat swing are disclosed. A system in accordance with a particular embodiment includes an upper arm portion, a lower arm portion pivotably connected to the upper arm portion, and at least one releaseable attachment device carried by the upper arm portion and positioned to releasably attach to the user's arm. The system can further include an adjustment element operatively coupled to the upper arm portion and the lower arm portion, with the adjustment being manipulatable to control an angle between the upper arm portion and the lower arm portion. The system can be employed to train the user to achieve a consistent baseball bat swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Kristopher A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120264549
    Abstract: An on-field vision training system is disclosed that provides a visual identifier near the athlete during game play and training exercises and other visual identifier positioned away from the athlete, but so as to still be seen by the athlete during game play and training exercises. The athlete uses the visual identifiers during game play and training exercises to improve vision, focus, and concentration. An American football having unique visual identifiers for use as an in-flight visual training tool is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE INC.
    Inventors: Kristopher Homsi, Vikram Malhotra, Michael E. Schmitt, Rodolfo Chapa, Michael Collier, Bruce Wojciechowski, Justin Wojciechowski
  • Patent number: 8287404
    Abstract: The present invention includes programs, devices and methods for a programmable ball throwing machine that is able to eject balls to preset, programmed or manually-selected positions with programmable projection and travel characteristics. The present invention includes a computer implemented method for controlling the parameters of a ball flight and trajectory in three dimensions including one or more parameters to identify a flight and trajectory of a ball in three dimensions for one or more player positions and a processor to control one or more motors in response to the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: PrecisionSports Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Romulo J. Cucjen, Dennis Randall Duron
  • Publication number: 20120258816
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for improving performance in sports where a swinging motion is needed. In some embodiments, a swing resistance device may be attached to or be built into elongated sport apparatus, such as racquets, clubs, bats, sticks, and the like, configured to resist a swinging motion of the sport apparatus by capturing air and utilizing a force of air resistance, similar to a parachute. The swing resistance device is generally attached to the elongated sport apparatus by coupling components that allow the swing resistance device to freely rotate around the effective longitudinal axis of the elongated sport apparatus. During a swing, air resistance creates dynamic forces that over time may improve swing power and path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Celone, Tim Yablonowski
  • Patent number: 8282510
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present baseball training bat is comprised of a hollow tube with a handle portion and a knob attached at the proximal end. A hitting portion is attached at the distal end of the tube that provides two elongated, opposed striking surfaces that are narrower than the striking surface of a conventional baseball bat, and are offset from the axis for improving swing accuracy and wrist control. The relative weights of the components combine to produce a training bat that is substantially similar in overall weight and balance to a conventional baseball bat. The face of each narrow striking surface is substantially similar in convexity to the striking surface of a conventional baseball bat, thereby providing a familiar feel and sound to the hitter when used to hit a ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: James D. Englund
  • Patent number: 8277340
    Abstract: A basketball training device that mimics an opposing player during practice. The training device has a weighted base set on caster wheels. A vertical support extends upwardly from the base. A slide structure moves up and down on the vertical support between a high position and a low position. A blocking form is coupled to the slide structure. The blocking form moves with the slide structure. Consequently, the blocking form can move up and down. An elongated control rod attaches to the wheeled base. The control rod is used by a coach to push and pull the training device along the basketball court during play. In this manner, a coach can adjust the position of the blocking form to better mimic the movements of a real opposing player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Devine
  • Publication number: 20120244962
    Abstract: Balls are provided to train someone to throw with proper rotation. A marking is positioned on the ball to enhance viewing of rotation. The marking is in a contrasting color than the rest of the cover and covers at least a quarter of the outer surface of the ball. The stitches are colored to avoid interfering with the visual effect of the marking, such as having stitches with similar coloration to the non-marking portion of the ball. Balls with different amounts or designs of marking may be used to train in stages. For example, a kit of balls for different stages is provided. The balls of different stages require different rates of rotation to appear visually similar to each other when thrown properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen G. Muscarello
  • Patent number: 8272978
    Abstract: A training aid to teach batters a better swing, particularly the proper hand path of such a swing. The training aid has a head portion with at least one planar or flat surface to strike a practice ball, a neck portion having a first shorter run and a second longer run, the first and second runs being at an angle to one another, and a handle portion. The shorter run of the neck portion is connected to the handle portion while the longer run of the neck portion is connected to the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Steven T. Windsor
  • Publication number: 20120231903
    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: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: GEAR LLC
    Inventors: John J. Drozjock, Dawn M. Kreizer-Drozjock
  • Patent number: 8262515
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for aiding a user in learning and practicing techniques for performing a volley kick of a soccer ball. A volley kick training apparatus, as disclosed herein, is configured to position and hold a soccer ball to simulate to a user the scenario of kicking a soccer ball while in mid air to perform and achieve the volley kick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Desmond V. Morris
  • Patent number: 8262517
    Abstract: A sensor based tennis serve training apparatus includes a stand, a ball tosser coupled to said stand, an optical marker coupled to said stand and in electronic communications with said ball tosser, the optical marker to mark a ball strike zone, an ultrasonic tennis arm movement detector attached to said stand and in electronic communication with said ball tosser to detect arm movement, and a selectively timed ball discharging magazine attached to said stand and in electronic communication with said ball tosser. Said apparatus can further include an electronic communication control box coupled to said stand and mediating electronic communication between said magazine, ball tosser, ultrasonic tennis arm movement detector, and optical marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Ramesh Balasubramanyan
  • Patent number: 8261729
    Abstract: A shuttlecock launching apparatus which comprises a storage for shuttlecocks, first and second launching wheels, a transfer assembly for transferring a single shuttlecock from the storage to the launching wheels, the transfer assembly being controlled by a cam wheel and cam follower which causes and guides the horizontal movement of the transfer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Ivan Laszlo, Herman Fischer
  • Patent number: 8262516
    Abstract: A device is disclosed to improve the accuracy of a sport participant in the kicking or handling of a ball. A first version includes a ball attached by a tether to a vertical pole. The pole and tether limit the ball's freedom and allows the ball to rotate about the pole and return to a trainee after being struck by the trainee. A second version provides a frame mounted on the pole whereby the tether is attached to a top section of the pole. A third version includes a frame that rotates about the pole and may accept a plurality of tether attachments. Another version includes a single or double loop attached to the ball through which the tether extends. Yet another version includes a harness that encircles a ball. The ball may be a soccer ball, a baseball, a volleyball, an American football, a medicine ball or a basketball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Jose Fuentes
  • Patent number: 8257202
    Abstract: A teaching aid device that helps baseball players learn how to properly swing and hit a ball includes a pair of batting tees placed in a linear pattern parallel to the bat swing. The batter contacts one ball and then the other during one swing. With balls on both tees and the tees at the same height, the hitter is aligned to hit the back or rear baseball up the middle. By hitting the rear ball, and then extending through contact and hitting the front ball, the hitter teaches him or herself to “get extension” through the baseball. If the hitter does not hit the front ball squarely, the device will indicate that he or she does not “follow through”. If the hitter hits the back ball only, this device provides instant feedback that the swing is not level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Stanek
  • Publication number: 20120220394
    Abstract: A soccer training device has a deployment trough defining a ball support surface for supporting a plurality of soccer balls, at least one sidewall, a deployment opening, and a back end opposite the deployment opening. The sidewall(s) of the deployment trough are constructed and arranged to restrain soccer balls between the deployment opening and the back end of the deployment trough. The training device has a plurality of legs connected to the deployment trough to suspend the deployment trough at a height above ground level. The training device has a release guide connected to the deployment trough proximate to the deployment opening. The release guide has a rolling surface and extends from the deployment trough. The release guide is constructed and arranged to guide each soccer ball from the deployment trough to the ground along the rolling surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Brown
  • Publication number: 20120214623
    Abstract: A swing training method using a “flat bat” that breaks down swing motion into individual components. The flat bat has a handle connected to a flat member. The flat member has opposing flat surfaces that are beneficially color-coded to remind a user how to swing through a contact zone and follow through with a swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Khater M. Salomon
  • Publication number: 20120214619
    Abstract: A training device guides the throwing arm of a person in a ball throwing movement in a forward throwing direction. The training device comprises a base arranged to be supported on the ground, an upright support member extending upwardly from the base and a guide member on the upright support member which has a generally concave inner surface extending upwardly and forwardly from a generally vertical starting end to a generally horizontal releasing end. The user grasps a ball in the hand of their throwing arm and displaces the ball alongside the guide member from the starting end to the releasing end in a ball throwing movement to throw the ball in the forward throwing direction of the training device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond Allen Krawczyk
  • Publication number: 20120214622
    Abstract: A weighted apparatus, such as a bat, bar, stick, racket, or club, includes added weight in one end of the apparatus to create an obviously heavy end, and thereby an unbalanced apparatus. The unbalanced apparatus gives the user the ability to create a heavy load to build strength by holding the light end of the device and a light load to build speed, endurance, and flexibility by holding the heavy end of the device. When swung holding the heavy end, such an unbalanced apparatus is uniquely effective for various sports practice regimens, certain game play, general exercise, physical rehabilitation, etc., to improve the user's strength and overall conditioning levels, to build hand speed and to promote a proper swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: HeavySwing, LLC.
    Inventor: Gerald Keith Rockhill
  • Publication number: 20120214621
    Abstract: A training device includes a plate assembly pivotally connected to a support member. The plate assembly includes an angled top plate that is removably mounted onto a flat balance plate. The support member includes a rectangular mounting bracket that is transversely disposed across an enlarged base, the balance plate directly teetering on the mounting bracket. In use, the training device can be used to train a hitter to maximize lower body power using sensory and auditory feedback. Specifically, the hitter centers his rear foot on the angled top plate which promotes weight loading on the inner portion of the rear leg. The hitter then initiates the hitting process by driving the lower body forward until the balance plate pivots forward and strikes the base, thereby providing the user with audible and tactile response. This lower body drive creates significant momentum that powers rotation of the bat through the hitting zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Brad Miller, John Miller
  • Patent number: 8246494
    Abstract: A soccer training apparatus comprises a net capable of being placed in a deployed position, connected to or located adjacent a soccer goal frame and above a soccer playing surface, so as to cover a portion of a target opening bounded by the soccer goal frame and soccer playing surface. The net includes a peripheral edge located relative to the soccer goal frame so as to form a gap which extends around the net in the deployed position which permits a soccer ball to pass through and enter the soccer goal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: William A. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8246493
    Abstract: A batting practice apparatus able to be installed on any flat surface includes a base, a batting unit, an air-pump unit and at least one suction unit. The batting unit is mounted on the topside of the base while the air-pump unit is installed in the interior of the base and connected with the batting unit, and the suction unit is also positioned in the base and communicates with the air-pump unit. When receiving external force to swing, the batting unit will actuate the air-pump unit to pump air out of the suction unit and form a vacuum chamber between the suction unit and the flat surface, able to increase the suction strength of the suction unit and lighten the batting practice apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Hung-Tai Ling
  • Publication number: 20120208659
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device designed to increase the accuracy of both the throwing, bouncing, propelling by stick and kicking of a baseball, football, lacrosse ball or soccer ball. The apparatus is constructed of a frame, for example of aluminum tubing. A net is attached to or hung over the aluminum tubing to provide a series of pouches aligned horizontally at various heights. These pouches provide target areas for a ball. The pouches may be designed to allow the ball to drop from a pouch it enters into a second pouch or to the bottom of the device for easy removal. The device is held by a base that may have wheels and may be steadied by one or more transverse supports running across the bottom or the back of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Bernard Hayes
  • Patent number: 8241152
    Abstract: A sport instruction system for use in training for a sport requiring use of equipment having a gripping handle comprises a plurality of flexible equipment handle cue bands, each cue band displaying a unique visual cue, each cue band sized for securement to the gripping handle of the equipment in a location visible to the player of the sport when holding the gripping handle of the equipment, a plurality of sport specific instruction cards, each card having training theme indicia corresponding to one of the visual cues on the equipment handle cue bands, performance problem indicia related to the training theme indicia, and training instruction indicia related to the performance indicia, such that viewing the visual cue on one of the cue bands during training focuses the players attention on training instructions conveyed by the training instruction indicia on the instruction card having training theme corresponding to the visual cue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Rafael Cirne Lima
  • Publication number: 20120202611
    Abstract: A sports training device comprising a handle of a sporting implement with a flexible, elastic band attached at one end at or proximate to one end of the handle. The opposite end of the band comprises a clip, loop, hook, or other fastening device, or combination thereof. The size, weight, and general configuration of the handle varies depending on the sport, and is generally intended to simulate the user holding the corresponding sporting equipment (e.g., baseball bat, softball bat, golf club, tennis racquet, hockey stick, lacrosse stick, cricket bat, and the like). During use, the band is attached to a relatively stable and fixed object, and the user performs the swing against the resistance created by the elastic band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: TERRY WARREN
  • Patent number: 8231484
    Abstract: A variable inertia bat weight training aid having a sleeve with radially divided, elongate pockets in which are permanently captured a plurality of weights. One end of the sleeve has a diameter sufficient to receive the barrel of a baseball bat but the other end of the sleeve includes a restricting band having a diameter sufficient to receive the handle of the bat but insufficient to pass over the barrel of the bat. Each weight within an associate pocket may be adjustably positioned along the length of the sleeve and secured in place by a restraining strap in order to vary the inertial resistance of the baseball bat and the perceived weight a batter experiences for warm-up and strength training exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Franklin Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles T Quinn
  • Publication number: 20120190483
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to basketball shooting training articles. The article includes a sleeve having an elongate cylindrical body with an opening at a proximal end and an opening at a distal end for passage of a player's arm therethrough. The sleeve includes release indicia located adjacent the proximal end of the article so that when the article is worn the release indicia is located between the player's elbow and shoulder, preferably at the player's bicep, and more preferably at the upper portion of the player's bicep. The sleeve may also include alignment indicia for aligning the player's arm and basketball with a target. A method for training proper basketball shooting technique and a method of constructing a basketball shooting training device are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Tim Singh Grover
  • Publication number: 20120190481
    Abstract: A training device to limit or restrict a portion of a person's field of vision to improve a skill or the ability to perform a task. The training device assists in the training, practicing or learning various skills related to a certain activity, such as sports. The device includes a restrictor component and a control component. The control component is configured to be positioned in the mouth of a person such that the restrictor component extends outward to limit the field of vision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: KYLE C. BERNARD