Foot Positioner (e.g., Stance, Stride Device, Etc.) Patents (Class 473/452)
  • Patent number: 10456652
    Abstract: A golf swing training assembly and method of operation aligns the feet of a golfer at a perfect golf stance; and allows the feet and the body to shift into a correct finish swing. A platform forms a static foundation upon which the golfer stands. A left foot Lazy Susan turntable and a right foot Lazy Susan turntable are operable on the platform to rotate about a central axle in two directions relative to the static platform to accommodate a traveling foot of golfer while swinging. The golfer positions the left foot and right foot on their respective Lazy Susan turntable to practice a golf stance or swing. A foot fastener on each Lazy Susan turntable detachably fastens feet to Lazy Susan turntable during rotation to prevent lateral movement by legs during the golf swing. A rotation restriction mechanism restricts rotation of the Lazy Susan turntables relative to platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Jesse Mack
  • Patent number: 9977405
    Abstract: A device for monitoring athletic performance of a user has a wristband configured to be worn by the user. The electronic module may include a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller. The user inputs may include a user input configured to be applied by the user against the screen and in a direction generally normal to the screen. The controller may further be configured to generate one or more user interfaces in response to various user inputs and conditions. For example, the controller may generate workout mode interfaces and non-workout mode interfaces including various goal information, workout data, reminders and the like. In one or more arrangements, multiple types of information may be displayed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Miles W. Brown, Matt Capozzi, Michael T. Hoffman, Tomislav Lakovic, Aaron B. Weast, Jordan M. Rice
  • Patent number: 9474954
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable pitching mound that offers the strength and durability of a traditional dirt mound that is compatible with turf fields and will not create an edge lip on a baseball field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Porta-Pro Mounds Inc.
    Inventors: William S. Lee, Richard A. Sauget
  • Patent number: 9421444
    Abstract: A baseball training system configured to instruct a proper foot placement of a hitter in a hitters box includes a home plate having a body that forms an interior cavity, a foot positioning device secured to the home plate and configured to engage within the interior cavity. The foot positioning device is configured to extend outwardly from the interior cavity to a predetermined position within the hitters box and to provide visual location of a desired foot position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Kyle Arthur Graham
  • Patent number: 9192839
    Abstract: A batting trainer device that may be placed near a batter's rear foot and discourages the batter from over-rotating the rear foot. The device having a planar base member, a planar backing member, and a heel stop. The planar base member may be rotatably affixed to the planar backing member, and the heel stop may be removably affixed to the backing member. The backing member position relative to the base member may be adjustable with an adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Anthony Klein
  • Patent number: 9022884
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring a baseball and softball pitcher's “leg drive” for training and coaching purposes and for developing a strong leg drive. The apparatus includes a lower ground engaging plate and an upper pitcher's foot supporting plate. The plates are slidingly secured to one another such that the upper plate is linearly moveable relative to the lower plate. A force measuring element is provided between the upper and lower plates. A pitchers rubber is secured to the upper plate. A pitcher uses the apparatus by stepping on the upper plate and pushing against the rubber while pitching, thereby linearly moving the upper plate against the element. The element thereby provides an output indicative of the pitcher's leg drive. The element can be a load cell or a spring mechanism. An audible sound is generated when the spring force is overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Richard E. Dunno, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150094172
    Abstract: A batting trainer device that may be placed near a batter's rear foot and discourages the batter from over-rotating the rear foot. The device having a planar base member, a planar backing member, and a heel stop. The planar base member may be rotatably affixed to the planar backing member, and the heel stop may be removably affixed to the backing member. The backing member position relative to the base member may be adjustable with an adjustment means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Anthony KLEIN
  • Patent number: 8821324
    Abstract: An adjustable base assembly (10) having a base connector (30) and a base mounting platform (14) with a mating base connector (32) releasably connectable with the base connector (30) with a mounting stud (36) for attaching the bottom (26) against a playing surface (28). The connector (30) and the mating base connector (32) have at least two pairs of mating surfaces including one pair of locking surfaces (40 and 42) that prevents separation of the base (12) from the base mounting platform (14) in response to any lateral forces. Other pairs of different non-locking, mating engagement surfaces (48 and 50, 54 and 56, and 60 and 62) enable separation of the base (12) from the base platform (12) in response to different preselected minimum lateral threshold forces applied against another one of the sidewalls (18, 22 and 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert M. Potthast
  • Patent number: 8784230
    Abstract: A baseball, softball and golf swing training device having a base platform, an adjustable and movable forward foot stop and an adjustable belt adjustably connected to a pair of straps for controlling the hips and may also include a pivot foot pedal for pivoting a hitter's rear foot with a heel lifting wedge, at least one adjustable pedal stopper for limiting the amount of pivot wherein the foot pedal pivots when swinging. The amount of rotation is dictated by a pair adjustable pedal stoppers and the adjustable forward foot stop dictates the distance a hitter steps forward into a pitch with the lead foot and the angle of the lead foot when stepping into a pitch. With respect to golf, the forward foot stop dictates the placement and angle of the forward foot when hitting a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8771157
    Abstract: A foot pivot sports training aid is disclosed. The training aid may include a platform coupled to a base. The platform may rotate around the base. The platform may include an upwardly projecting baffle with an inwardly facing contour and/or a sloped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: James Caponigro
  • Publication number: 20140171213
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving the swing of a batter or golfer broadly comprises a frame, a forward pedestal, a rear pedestal, and a rear pedestal biasing element. The frame may include at least one horizontal member. The forward pedestal may support a forward foot of the user and may couple to the frame. The rear pedestal may support a rear foot, couple to the frame, be operable to rotate, and be biased to pivot forward. The rear pedestal biasing element may couple to the rear pedestal and urge the rear pedestal to pivot forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Terry Newman, Mark Brzon
  • Publication number: 20140155199
    Abstract: The invention is a pivot device for use with baseball training devices. The pivot device is removable and replaceable to allow it to be cleaned to maintain proper functioning of the pivot device and/or to be replaced when the pivot device is worn out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Susan DelGreco
  • Patent number: 8740731
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: Brad Miller, John Miller
  • Patent number: 8678956
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pitcher's aid for strike zone accuracy that serves the purpose of guiding a pitcher's body to the left or right side, inside/outside, of home plate in order to provide familiarity with how their body can be used to locate a pitch to the desired target. The new and unique invention utilizes a lightweight, rugged material and a small size to stay portable and provide the pitcher with an invention that can be used anywhere and anytime he wishes to practice. Practicing with this invention gives a pitcher confidence when pitching to either side of home, which in turn provides them with more confidence in their pitches, and provides them with the knowledge that they can get the outs needed when called upon by their coach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Brendan Lee Thomas
  • Patent number: 8617009
    Abstract: A baseball swing training device includes a rear foot pivot limiting mechanism, wherein the rear foot pivoting mechanism includes a rotating element and a rotation limiting element. The rear foot pivot limiting mechanism may be adapted to limit the rotation of a user's pivot foot to a prescribed degree of rotation and communicate to the user when the prescribed degree of rotation has been completed. The baseball swing device may further include a foldable base including two positions at which the adjustable rear foot pivot limiting mechanism may be implemented, wherein the first position is adapted for use by a right handed hitter and the second position is adapted for use by a left handed hitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Michael B. Golom
  • Patent number: 8512171
    Abstract: A batter training apparatus and method for training batters to attain optimal biomechanics for most effectively hitting a ball, with a proper rotation of a batter's hips and proper follow through with a batter's arms, wrists and shoulders. The training apparatus includes a belt worn over the hips that has a cable extending behind and between the hips. A tether connects the belt to a support post, preventing forward motion of the batter's body, but allowing and conditioning the hips to rotate. The support post sits at the rear of a platform that is about the size of a batter's box. An elastic cord connected to a forward arm and attached to the front of the platform, pulls a batter's wrists, arms and shoulders forward during proper follow through, conditioning the batter to swing the bat efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: David Minotti
  • Patent number: 8485913
    Abstract: A swing training apparatus includes a rotation mechanism and a wearable shoe attachment device. The rotation mechanism includes a first plate connected to a second plate so that the first plate rotates with respect to the second plate about a shared plate axis of rotation. The wearable shoe attachment device is connected to the first plate. The wearable shoe attachment device positions a shoe of an athlete so that as the athlete rotates a foot and the shoe enclosing the foot with respect to a part of the foot and about a foot axis of rotation, the foot axis of rotation and the plate axis of rotation coincide. The wearable shoe attachment device connects to the first plate so that the swing training apparatus moves with the foot while walking or running. The wearable shoe attachment device includes three straps that secure a shoe snuggly to the rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Antolick
  • Patent number: 8460132
    Abstract: A softball training device includes a plate assembly pivotally connected to a support member. The plate assembly includes a flat, circular balance plate and a downwardly protruding kick stand formed on its rear end. The support member includes an enlarged base and rectangular mounting bracket transversely disposed on the 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 power drive. Specifically, the hitter centers her rear foot on the balance plate and positions her other foot in front of the device. The hitter then loads her weight rearward, the kick stand keeping the balance plate horizontal. The hitter finally transfers her weight forward through accelerated hip and torso rotation so that the balance plate pivots forward and strikes the base to create an audible signal. With hips and torso initiating the forward movement, the arms are similarly pulled forward so the bat travels through the hitting zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Brad Miller, John Miller
  • Patent number: 8388470
    Abstract: A training device for detecting improper or proper form for batting and pitching. The present invention makes use of two sensors that will detect the positioning of the user during the pitching or batting motion. The invention helps detect whether the user is “lunging” or “rushing” and encourages users to keep their upper body back during the motion of pitching or batting. The present invention can also be used for other sports that require users to perform similar body mechanics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Marshall Joseph Canosa, William Patrick Fraser, James Henry Telgheder
  • 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: 8337340
    Abstract: A base, a home plate, and a pitcher's rubber for use on synthetic turf infill material for playing baseball includes an upper portion in the shape of the at least one of base, home plate, and a pitcher's rubber, and a lower portion comprising a plurality of downwardly-depending projections extending about ½ inch to about 1 inch below a bottom surface of the upper portion. The plurality of downwardly-depending projections is engageable with the synthetic turf infill material for playing baseball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Burton Scott Clark
  • Publication number: 20120225741
    Abstract: A swing training apparatus includes a rotation mechanism and a wearable shoe attachment device. The rotation mechanism includes a first plate connected to a second plate so that the first plate rotates with respect to the second plate about a shared plate axis of rotation. The wearable shoe attachment device is connected to the first plate. The wearable shoe attachment device positions a shoe of an athlete so that as the athlete rotates a foot and the shoe enclosing the foot with respect to a part of the foot and about a foot axis of rotation, the foot axis of rotation and the plate axis of rotation coincide. The wearable shoe attachment device connects to the first plate so that the swing training apparatus moves with the foot while walking or running. The wearable shoe attachment device includes three straps that secure a shoe snuggly to the rotation mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Antolick
  • Publication number: 20120190484
    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: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Susan DelGreco, Carol West
  • Patent number: 8226504
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various inventive methods and apparatus related to an apparatus and method for teaching bunting techniques to baseball or softball players. A bunting mat may be provided that contains a plurality of lines that aide a player in better understanding bunting techniques, including aiding a player with appropriately positioning their feet for a bunt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: William Lozado
  • Patent number: 8221271
    Abstract: A stance and rotational swing training device is provided. The device comprises a base with a front foot stop adjustably attached to a top surface of the base for receiving a user's front foot. The user's back foot is received by a rotatable foot pedal rotatably attached to the top surface of the base. The rotatable foot pedal comprises a circular base with a peripheral toe stop that prevents the user's toes from sliding off the foot pedal. An angled riser is rigidly affixed to the top surface of the base adjacent to the foot pedal. The riser guides the heel end of the user's back foot and forces the heel to rise as the user swings a sporting implement, such as a baseball bat or golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew S. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20120149502
    Abstract: When pitcher's push off the rubber, inexperienced pitcher's turn their foot sideways instead of pushing over their toes, losing power and crow hopping which is against the rules of softball. My invention which is called the “PowerPush” is a device that fits over the pitcher's rubber and provides a compartment to place the pitcher's push foot to provide direction in the forward direction. This device gives immediate feedback if the pitcher turns their foot sideways to early.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Brent Anthony Quintero
  • Patent number: 8177653
    Abstract: A swing training apparatus includes a first plate, a second, plate, a moveable joint, and an angular resistance mechanism. The movable joint connects the first plate to the second plate so that the first plate can rotate with respect to the second plate and about a shared plate axis of rotation. The angular resistance mechanism is connected between the first plate and the second plate. It increases angular resistance between the first plate and the second plate as an angle of rotation about the plate axis of rotation is increased. A shoe of an athlete contacts the first plate. The shoe is positioned on the first plate so that, as the athlete rotates a foot and the shoe enclosing the foot with respect to a part of the foot and about a foot axis of rotation, the foot axis of rotation and the plate axis of rotation coincide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Antolick
  • Publication number: 20120108367
    Abstract: An electronic mat for monitoring a user's swing comprising: a mat; an plurality of sensors within the mat, where the sensors detect movement over the mat; a processor, where the processor provides a means to program the operation of the plurality of sensors; memory for storage of parameters associated with the operation of the plurality of sensors; and an indication means for providing a instantaneous indication of movement over the mat. In one particular embodiment, the mat indication means includes a red light and a green light, where the red light indicates movement inconsistent with the stored parameters and the green light indicates movement consistent with the parameters. The electronic mat may further include an input device for inputting the parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: MOISES A. BETANCES
  • Patent number: 8075426
    Abstract: A baseball swing training apparatus comprised of upper and lower platform members that are rotatably secured to one another by means of a bearing plate assembly. The platform members have a generally rectangular body with at least one side of each platform member formed as an extending finger portion. The extending finger portion of the upper platform member receives thereon a spring loaded foot mechanism. The spring loaded foot mechanism is comprised of a continuous cylindrical member having upper and lower U-shaped ends, the upper and lower ends being orthogonal to one another and forming an L-shaped continuous cylindrical member. A coiled spring member is secured to the upper platform member and to the upper U-shaped end by a hook shaped element. The coiled spring member is secured to the upper platform member by an elongated rod, the ends of which are received within apertures defined by the coiled spring. The ends of the rod are in turn received within an eye portion of spaced apart eyebolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Tyrome Vontrece Griffin
  • Publication number: 20110224028
    Abstract: A batting technique tool to teach a user to bat properly may include a top platform having a top base portion and a top elongated portion, The base portion may have a rotatable platform to rotate in two directions to accommodate a traveling foot of the user, and the top elongated portion may have a movable foot support member to accommodate the forward foot of the user. The movable foot member may be slidably connected to the top elongated portion, and the rotatable platform may be connected to a limited travel rotating platform to limit the travel of the rotatable platform. The limited travel rotating platform may be connected to a turntable, and the batting technique tool may include an opposing bottom platform. The bottom platform may include a bottom base portion and the bottom platform may include a bottom elongated portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Stuart Slakey
  • Publication number: 20110218059
    Abstract: This batting training device can be used by either a right handed or left handed batter. The player's rear foot will be placed on a pivot member that will permit free rotation of the player's back foot to a predetermined point. The device may be inclined to force the user to maintain his or her weight more on the back foot in order to achieve maximum bat speed that results in maximum power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Leone, Bill Boss
  • Patent number: 7997996
    Abstract: Described is a swing training device comprising a first foot plate, a second of foot plate, a connector connecting the first foot plate to the second foot plate, a first foot pad pivotably mounted on the first foot plate, and a second foot pad pivotably mounted on the second foot plate. The swing training device may be useful for teaching balance and developing core muscles used while swinging a sporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Lagano
  • Patent number: 7935007
    Abstract: A turf accessory placement device adapted for use with turf. The turf accessory placement device has a base. The base has a top, bottom and sides between the top and bottom. The turf accessory placement device has grip spikes extending from the bottom of the base which are adapted to grip the turf. The grip spikes have spike shanks projecting from the base in the same direction at an angle between one degree and eighty-eight degrees downward from a plane along the bottom of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Andrew Gawryla
  • Publication number: 20110098137
    Abstract: A baseball swing training device includes a rear foot pivot limiting mechanism, wherein the rear foot pivoting mechanism includes a rotating element and a rotation limiting element. The rear foot pivot limiting mechanism may be adapted to limit the rotation of a user's pivot foot to a prescribed degree of rotation and communicate to the user when the prescribed degree of rotation has been completed. The baseball swing device may further include a foldable base including two positions at which the adjustable rear foot pivot limiting mechanism may be implemented, wherein the first position is adapted for use by a right handed hitter and the second position is adapted for use by a left handed hitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Michael B. Golom
  • Publication number: 20110098136
    Abstract: The swing mat sports training aid which will hereafter be referred to as a foot positioning training aid. It is for preparation and instructing individuals in the proper positioning of their feet when engaged in various activities in which the position and movement of the feet are critical to accurate execution of desired functions. The training aid includes a generally rectangular panel which can be sustained on various supporting surfaces and is provided with a non-centered raised feature to position the feet and forms a barrier to movement in the direction required for the execution of desired functions. This raised feature does not fully restrict movement however.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Maresh
  • Publication number: 20110092318
    Abstract: A device to teach the proper mechanics of a baseball swing is described. The device consists of a platform that the batter stands on. Set in the platform is a wheel that the batter puts his back foot on. The wheel turns 90 degrees when the batter takes his stride showing the batter the proper way to turn his back foot so that his hips and torso rotate. The batters' front foot is guided by marks to indicate the starting and the ending position of his front foot during the swing. Attached to the platform is a guide that guides the swinging bat along the proper path to make optimal contact with the ball. The guide and platform are reversible for left hand batters, adjustable for batters of different heights and adjustable for high or low and inside or outside pitched balls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Torch
  • Patent number: 7927238
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for training the overhand throwing motion. The apparatus comprises a first end having a first altitude relative to a throwing surface; an opposing second end having a second altitude relative to the throwing surface; and an unobstructed guiding surface interconnecting the first end to the second end and defining a slope there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Cesar Emilio Mejia Perez
  • Patent number: 7914400
    Abstract: Baseball practice systems are provided. In this regard, a representative baseball practice system includes: a backstop; a ball; a suspension assembly operative to suspend the ball in a strike zone, the suspension assembly having a first cantilevered arm and a damping assembly, the damping assembly being operative to damp motions of the ball as the ball returns to a rest position after having been struck, the cantilevered arm supporting a portion of the damping assembly; and a tether assembly comprising at least one line operative to assist in establishing the rest position of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: John Flading, Larry Duane Cripe
  • Patent number: 7896759
    Abstract: A training mat for teaching controlled directional hitting of a ball. The mat consisting of a home plate zone, a plurality of equally spaced pitching lanes defined by a plurality of lines extending longitudinally through home plate. The pitching lanes including at least an inside lane defining the ball path of an inside pitch and at least an outside lane defining the ball path of an outside pitch. Each lane having a predetermined ball contact location defined by a marking indicia s the respective lane. The ball contact locations being configured and arranged to facilitate hitting of a baseball to a predetermined field location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Ron Jackson
  • Publication number: 20110021296
    Abstract: A pitching training aid includes a mat, a pitching rubber attached to the mat and indicia displayed on the mat to instruction a baseball player on how to pitch a baseball. The indicia includes the steps of “start,” “rocker,” “pivot/balance” and “step/release.” The indicia also includes a series of arrows which instructs the baseball player on the sequence of the steps. A straight line extends from the pitching rubber down a center of the mat to show where the “step/release” position should be. A top surface of the mat has an artificial grass surface and a bottom surface of the mat includes a nonskid material to prevent the mat from sliding during use. The mat may include two pitching rubbers and two sets of indicia on opposites ends thereof with one pitching rubber and indicia being used to instruct right hand pitchers and the other pitching rubber and indicia being used to instruct left handed pitchers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Bruce Johnston
  • Publication number: 20110003652
    Abstract: A foot positioning aid is disclosed for guide proper positioning of a player's feet for a sport stance. The aid has two foot targets each with a top side, an underside, and a perimeter edge. The foot targets are separate from one another for independent positioning and placement on a playing surface. A securement device on the underside of each of the foot targets is configured to removably retain the foot targets in a selected location on the playing surface during use. The player places their feet on the top sides, one on each of the foot targets during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michael T. Brend
  • Publication number: 20100323826
    Abstract: The batter training device attaches an ankle strap on the batter's forward ankle to a weighted sack on the side of home plate opposite to the batter. A cable placed over home plate connects the sack to the ankle strap. As a fast ball is pitched through the strike zone the weight attached to the batter's ankle inhibits the batter's involuntary reflex to draw away from the ball and ruin the batter's swing. Repeating this training with the device enables the batter to overcome or cope with this undesirable involuntary reflex. The weight in the sack, however, is not so great that it will prevent the batter from ducking away from a wild pitch outside of the strike zone in order to avoid injury. The device also can be used to restrain the batter's rear ankle, or the weighted sack can be attached to restrain both of the batter's ankles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Walter M. Lentz, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100323825
    Abstract: The batter training device attaches an ankle strap on the batter's forward ankle to a weighted sack on the side of home plate opposite to the batter. A cable placed over home plate connects the sack to the ankle strap. As a fast ball is pitched through the strike zone the weight attached to the batter's ankle inhibits the batter's involuntary reflex to draw away from the ball and ruin the batter's swing. Repeating this training with the device enables the batter to overcome or cope with this undesirable involuntary reflex. The weight in the sack, however, is not so great that it will prevent the batter from ducking away from a wild pitch outside of the strike zone in order to avoid injury.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Walter M. Lentz, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100317465
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pitcher's aid for strike zone accuracy that serves the purpose of guiding a pitcher's body to the left or right side, inside/outside, of home plate in order to provide familiarity with how their body can be used to locate a pitch to the desired target. The new and unique invention utilizes a lightweight, rugged material and a small size to stay portable and provide the pitcher with an invention that can be used anywhere and anytime he wishes to practice. Practicing with this invention gives a pitcher confidence when pitching to either side of home, which in turn provides them with more confidence in their pitches, and provides them with the knowledge that they can get the outs needed when called upon by their coach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Brendan Thomas
  • Publication number: 20100317452
    Abstract: Described is a swing training device comprising a first foot plate, a second of foot plate, a connector connecting the first foot plate to the second foot plate, a first foot pad pivotably mounted on the first foot plate, and a second foot pad pivotably mounted on the second foot plate. The swing training device may be useful for teaching balance and developing core muscles used while swinging a sporting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: JOSEPH LAGANO
  • Publication number: 20100267498
    Abstract: A sports training aid for improving the mechanics of a sports player conducting a sports movement is disclosed. The sports training aid may comprise a foot placement surface or area that is simultaneously inclined in two directions. The sports training aid may be inclined from both the front to the back of the sports training aid and from one side of the sports training aid to the other side of the training aid. When positioning a player's foot on the sports training aid, the toes of the player's foot are raised above the heel of the player's foot and the outsole of the player's foot is raised above the insole of the player's foot. A method for training a sports player using the sports training aid is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Bard
  • Publication number: 20100216578
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for training the overhand throwing motion. The apparatus comprises a first end having a first altitude relative to a throwing surface; an opposing second end having a second altitude relative to the throwing surface; and an unobstructed guiding surface interconnecting the first end to the second end and defining a slope there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Cesar Emilio Mejia Perez
  • Patent number: 7775914
    Abstract: Baseball swing training apparatus having elongate base member and forward stop member, step member and connecting member extending laterally therefrom. Pivot stop member extends rearward from connecting member. Baseball swing training apparatus having elongate base member with forward member and rear member slidably engaged thereto. A forward stop member and a step member extend laterally from the forward member. A connecting member extends laterally from the elongate base member. A pivot stop member extends rearward from the connecting member. Means such as pins, holes, latches and the like secure the forward member in longitudinal position and the connecting member in transverse position. A method of teaching a batter to swing a bat including providing an apparatus having elongate base member and forward stop member, step member and connecting member extending laterally therefrom is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: QLB, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. Greene
  • Patent number: 7717813
    Abstract: A base for baseball or softball including a bottom surface wherein at least a portion of the bottom surface includes a prepared surface having a higher coefficient of friction than the surface in its unprepared state and wherein the base will move from its resting position when a human body applies a lateral force thereto, the force being low enough to avoid substantial injury to the human body, but will remain in position when a force applied to the base includes a downward force component that is substantial in comparison to the lateral force component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Marc F. Sinovich
  • Patent number: 7654921
    Abstract: A batting training aid and method of use to improve baseball players' batting stance and swinging motion. The stance is characterized by a high center of gravity, erect posture with one leg forward, and the other backward. The proper swinging motion is around a vertical axis. The batting training aid comprises: a waist belt; an anklet; a stirrup attached to the anklet; a strap connected at one end to the belt and at the other to the anklet. The length of the strap is adjusted to a predetermined length set to the maximum separation between the back ankle and the waist and configured to force players into the proper batting stance and proper swinging motion. The method of use comprises adjusting the length of strap; adopting batting stance; batting at ball; sensing a tug between the waist and the ankle; and correcting the batting stance to eliminate the tug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Steven J. Brunst