Having Attached Or Means For Attaching Thereto Tether, Elongated Flaccid Streamer, Or The Like Patents (Class 473/575)
  • Patent number: 11331532
    Abstract: The spherical dynamic resistance device enables simultaneous strength, core and cardiovascular training. A cavity exists whereby resistance bands are stored. By removing a band and connecting it to the exterior of the device at an attachment point and thereafter attaching the other end of the resistance band to a fixed point a user can engaged device to conduct a full body workout. The cavity can also retain a mass element adding weight thereby customizing the weight of the spherical dynamic resistance device. A serpentine channel associated with the outer portion of the device enables a user to grip the device while engaging hand, arm and core muscles. By gripping the device and through various motions that pull opposite of the resistance band while supporting the spherical dynamic resistance device of various weights, a user is able to attain a full body workout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: David Hunt, Daniel Vinson
  • Patent number: 11161024
    Abstract: A tee ball stand with a ball holder fitted to a two-piece adjustable stanchion received by a flex sleeve supported from a base hub. Weighted legs formed from hexagonal tubing are fitted at right angles into hex sockets of the base hub to prevent twisting. The outer ends of the legs are closed with an end cap having a ground engaging spur to resist sliding on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Seth Hochberg
  • Patent number: 11071280
    Abstract: A method of producing toy balls for pets, including: manufacturing distorted sphere balls with an opening in the distorted area using injection molding; sealing the opening of the distorted sphere balls to form uni-body sphere-shaped balls. The material used in the production of these toys can be rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, or thermoplastic rubber. This method allows to manufacture toy balls with no detached parts in the case of broken joints when the balls are chewed or torn apart by the pets. Thus, the ball can help to keep the pets from endangering themselves by swallowing detached parts of pet toy balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Vung Van Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10953291
    Abstract: A training/practice/amusement projectile comprises a ball with optimal baffling and rebounding characteristics for play and training of hand-eye coordination and motor skills. The ball generally includes a combination of bounce and baffling elements. In one embodiment the bounce and baffling elements respectively comprise densely packed loops of filament, and individual filament strands of lesser density, both radiating from a core of the ball. A novel method of fabrication includes winding wider and narrower loops of filament, bundling same together at a cinched core, and then cutting the wider loops to form the strands radiating outward inched core to impart a generally spherical outer shape to the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hecs Ball Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel G. Savard
  • Patent number: 10806972
    Abstract: A ball has a hollow ball, a sensor, and a sensor assembling structure. The hollow ball is hollow, is inflatable, and has an inner peripheral surface. The sensor is disposed at a central position inside the hollow ball. The sensor assembling structure has an installation assembly and a thermal insulation coat. The installation assembly has multiple connecting members. Each one of the multiple connecting members is made of a thermal insulation material and is connected to the inner peripheral surface of the hollow ball. The thermal insulation coat is connected to the multiple connecting members and is wrapped around the sensor for thermally insulating the sensor. The sensor assembling structure retains the sensor at the central position inside the hollow ball for collecting data and improving efficiency during training of athletes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Yi Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 10716988
    Abstract: A strike training attachment for a heavy bag may include a ball member sized according to the diameter of a typical adult human fist. The ball member may be resilient. The strike training attachment includes a loop member disposed on an outer surface of the ball member. The loop member may be attachably co-operable with a hang-mounting member of a heavy bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Slechta
  • Patent number: 10561915
    Abstract: A pitch training device used to improve the throwing technique of balls used in sports. The device includes a core and a substantially disk-shaped body that provides immediate visual feedback as to whether the device was properly thrown. The core exhibits a density greater than the density of the body, thereby mimicking the moment of inertia of many sports balls. This, in turn, allows the user of the device to improve the training techniques used to increase spin efficiency of a ball while also helping train and improve other throwing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Z. McGuiness, Connor Zukel McGuiness, Ronald Edwin Plummer
  • Patent number: 10524450
    Abstract: A kibble dispenser may comprise an elongated middle section between first and second bulbous end sections. The middle section may comprise a kibble access window, and at least one of the first or second bulbous end sections may comprise a kibble insertion window. A kibble storage cavity inside the kibble dispenser may extend at least between the kibble insertion window and the kibble access window. A rope may be wrapped around the kibble dispenser, and secured at the first and second bulbous end sections, such that the rope passes over the kibble access window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Himalayan Corporation
    Inventor: Alan J. Dewey
  • Patent number: 9517387
    Abstract: A gymnastic tool (1) is formed by at least two impermeable external walls (2, 3) which are each concave shaped and provided with respective edges (4,5). The at least two impermeable walls (2, 3) are mutually fixed together by a connector (6), the gymnastic tool having at least one inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Trial S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Montanari
  • Patent number: 9266001
    Abstract: A device for training a pitcher to complete his/her delivery with a full follow-through consists of a pliable, sheet-like tail member attached to an official-size baseball with conventional seams. Multiple apertures provided for the attachment of the tail member to the ball enable the tail member to be positioned relative to the seams so as not to obstruct various pitching grips. The ball is free to rotate independently of the tail member, so that the trainee pitcher can practice various pitches in which spin is applied to the ball. Upon completion of the pitcher's delivery, a full follow-through is indicated by an audible snapping of the distal end of the tail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Raymond Leon
  • Patent number: 9234729
    Abstract: An improved injection dart is disclosed. A flow restrictor positioned at a forward end of a dart body is provided. The flow restrictor has a generally cylindrical restrictor body portion and a radially outward extending flange portion at a forward end thereof. The flange is securely held in position. The restrictor body also having a recess in a rearward end. The flange portion holds said restrictor in a position where an inner bore of a cannula is precisely aligned with the restrictor bore. The restrictor acts to diminish a variable flow rate so that all flow rates above a maximum flow rate are restricted to be less than the maximum flow rate. The flange also keeps a forward end of the flow channel bore open but allows for radially inward deformation of the restrictor at a rear end of said flow channel bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: PNEU-DART, INC.
    Inventor: Blair D. Soars
  • Patent number: 9127350
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for coating a substrate (14) using CVD, in particular for coating with diamond or silicon, wherein a heat conductor array comprising a plurality of elongated heat conductors (2) is provided in a housing (10), said heat conductors extending between a first (1) and a second electrode (8), wherein the heat conductors (2) are held individually tensioned by a tensioning device attached to one end thereof. For the purposes of improving the life of the heat conductors (2), the invention proposes that the tensioning device comprises a tilt arm (5) having a tensioning weight (G), the heat conductor (2) being attached to the first end (E1) of said tilt arm, and the second end thereof substantially being mounted pivotably about a horizontal axis (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Rueffer, Stefan Rosiwal, Christian Bareiss, Walter Reichert, Oliver Lemmer, Marc Perle
  • Publication number: 20150057115
    Abstract: A bowfishing arrow with a medium that receives a slider and allows the slider to traverse a substantial length of the arrow shaft. The slider can receive a fishing line and when being drawn, the slider allows the slider and fishing line to remain in front of the bow and, upon release, the slider traverses to the back of the arrow during flight but, the slider at all times remains in front of the bow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Larry Griffith
  • Publication number: 20150024880
    Abstract: A mating arrow mounted slide and arrow rest cradle assembly for bowfishing and bowhunting utilizes an arrow shaft mounted slide that is releasably snapped into a cradle carried by the riser of a bow, in which the slide cradle combination provides a tight arrow rest as well as an anchoring mechanism for one end of a line when used for bowfishing. When the arrow is released the slide unsnaps from the cradle and moves in unison with the arrow as the arrow moves out of the bow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: William Edward Pedersen
  • 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: 8128093
    Abstract: The spinner balls lawn game is a game that includes a plurality of stringed ball assemblies and a frame including a series of rotatable arms located thereon. The stringed ball assemblies each consist of two balls each secured to an end of a string, and a middle ball having a hole bored there through and of which said string is threaded thereon such that the middle ball can traverse back and forth along said string and in between the two balls located at each end. The frame supports the rotatable arm across a central arm such that the rotatable arms rotate along a horizontal axis. The rotatable arms and the central arm are each color-coded and upon landing a stringed ball assembly shall award a point designated by the rules of the game. The stringed ball assemblies can impact or land upon the rotatable arms, which may cause the rotatable arms to rotate about the horizontal axis via bearings affixed between the rotatable arms and the central arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Reginald Gerrish
  • Publication number: 20120035007
    Abstract: The “Attachable Ball” is a ball that simply and easily attaches & detaches to a strap, leash, rope , string, wire or netting. The attachable ball has a slit or cut within it that will allow the strap to be inserted into the ball. The inside walls of the ball will grip the strap and stay put. The inside and or outside of the ball may have any raised or indented images. When the ball is attached it allows the person with the ball to carry it hands free. Some uses would be: Ball attached to a leash. Ball attached to a backpack strap. Ball attached to a shoe string in addition to many more uses. Ball materials are infinite and can include rubber type materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Keith Peter Sanna
  • Publication number: 20110124442
    Abstract: A one player sports training apparatus which allows for the user to play multiple sports alone. The game is played between two telescoping poles and utilizes an elastic return system of which a ball is attached. Each pole has a bearing assembly on top that makes it stable and does not allow the game to tangle. The user hits the ball and has the ball return close to the original position because of the elastics stretching and retracting which creates velocity. The balls used are tennis ball, soccerball, football, hockey puck, Frisbee, golf ball, and rugby ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Eric Erme
  • Publication number: 20100240476
    Abstract: A hockey puck and sports ball training device for practicing puck or ball control, dribbling, shooting, passing and pass receiving is disclosed. The hockey puck or the sports ball uses a spring powered retracting mechanism which provides a retracting force on the tether and to automatically return the puck or ball to location of the retracting mechanism. In another embodiment of this invention, the retracting mechanism is built inside the hockey puck and the puck is attached to the hockey stick by a tethering device. The tethering device and puck can be easily attached or removed from the hockey stick. This invention is intended to improve players' stick handling, shooting, passing and pass receiving skills. Also to strengthening arm and writs of players' shots and passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Steven Des Roches
  • Patent number: 7785170
    Abstract: A novelty device and the associated method of fabricating component parts of the novelty device. The novelty device has at least one protrusion that is made from an elastomeric gel. The protrusion has a distal end. A hole is disposed through the protrusion proximate its distal end. A secondary object is provided. The secondary object is made from a rigid material. The secondary object defines an interior space. The distal end of the elastomeric gel protrusion extends through the secondary object and into the interior space of the secondary object. The secondary object is comprised of an assembly of interconnecting parts. The parts of the secondary object are assembled around the elastomeric gel protrusion in the area of the hole. Once assembled, the secondary object engages the hole in the elastomeric gel protrusion. As a result, the secondary object becomes mechanically interconnected to the end of the elastomeric gel protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Mark J. Chernick, Webb T. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20100137080
    Abstract: A projectile-based system for impeding the escape of a game animal, whereby the projectile is an arrow or a crossbow bolt, the system comprising an environmental engagement device, a retention device, and a tether, with the environmental engagement device suitably adapted to pass through the game animal and thereafter to engage with the environment, the retention device suitably adapted to engage with the game animal and become secured thereto, and the tether suitably adapted to attach the environmental engagement device to the retention device, the tether being suitably adapted to withstand without breaking the forces applied by the game animal to the tether in the course of attempting an escape, thereby retaining the game animal to the environmental engagement device, whereby the engagement of the environmental engagement device with the environment substantially impedes the escape of the game animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Maurice CYR, Jon Simms
  • Publication number: 20100105505
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tether tennis game apparatus which includes a hollow pole that has a helix formation extending externally therefrom along an operative top segment of the pole. The helix formation defines a helical guide path within which a loop formation, that is formed at one end of a flexible line which has a ball connected at its other end and that can be located around the pole, is displaceable. An indicator arrangement including an elongate indicator element, located for axial displacement within the pole, and a trigger arrangement is operable on the pole to indicate a winner of a game played with the apparatus and which occurs when the loop formation, at the end of a flexible line, reaches an end of the helical guide path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Neville Marshall Norman
  • Publication number: 20080248903
    Abstract: A projectile-based system for impeding the escape of a game animal, whereby said projectile is an arrow or a crossbow bolt, said system comprising an environmental engagement device, a retention device, and a tether, with the environmental engagement device suitably adapted to pass through the game animal and thereafter to engage with the environment, the retention device suitably adapted to engage with the game animal and become secured thereto, and the tether suitably adapted to attach the environmental engagement device to the retention device, said tether being suitably adapted to withstand without breaking the forces applied by the game animal to the tether in the course of attempting an escape, thereby retaining the game animal to the environmental engagement device, whereby the engagement of the environmental engagement device with the environment substantially impedes the escape of the game animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Maurice Cyr, Jon Simms
  • Publication number: 20080020873
    Abstract: A projectile device. The projectile device may be formed such as there is a front portion, a body, a tail portion and an opening. The front portion of the projectile device may be such that a substance may be added to it, allowing the front portion to act as a ballast. The projectile device may then be thrown or projected in any of a variety of manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: Andrews D. Miller, Gage Miller
  • Patent number: 7252607
    Abstract: An anchor fitting for a hollow ball includes a pair of shoulder defining bodies and an anchor body. These are located within the ball, the anchor body holding the shoulder defining bodies in place with respect to the ball so that with the anchor body having a cord, a tail, or a stem for a tail anchored thereto, the shoulder defining bodies will be effective for retaining the anchor fitting within the ball while playing a game which involves the ball being struck with a bat or racquet. The parts of the fitting are separately displaced through a hole in the wall of a ball, the anchor body permitting cooperation with an elongate element for facilitating the effective assembly of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: European Sports Merchandising BV
    Inventor: Ian Gavin Gormley
  • Patent number: 7137914
    Abstract: An inflatable ball capable of being attached to an external device includes an inflatable ball and a receptacle. The receptacle includes a cavity and an opening in communication with the cavity. The cavity and opening are configured to receive a key, which may be releasingly engaged in the receptacle and secured to a strap in order to conveniently carry the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Clancy G. Boyer, Richard G. Avis
  • Patent number: 7101249
    Abstract: A flying toy has a spiral-shaped tail to which a head portion is coupled to effect a wiggling flight pattern of the toy. In preferred embodiments, the spiral-shaped tail is fabricated from a material that maintains the spiral shape of the tail during flight, and has a configuration effective to impart a wiggling motion of the tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: William Mark Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Forti, William B. Forti, David M. Turchik
  • Patent number: 6976926
    Abstract: A ball striking practice device is described in which a ball tethered to a pole can be struck by a player with a bat or racquet and will wrap around the pole and resile outwardly where it can be struck again. The device's service life is improved by providing a flat triangular ball positioner while aligns the tether cord in straight lines to pole attachment points, forming the cord from a flexible metal strand, preferably sheathed, constructing the positioner from an elastomeric or fabric web material, and seating the cord in a recess or insert in the ball. The device is excellent for batting or kicking practice in sports such as baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, squash and handball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Pro Performance Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Richard LaPointe
  • Patent number: 6889982
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus is provided, including at least one freestanding, upright first target having three target zones spaced apart from each other, each having a different sized forward facing opening and at least one projectile. The first target member includes first and second vertical support members and at least three pairs of crossbeams extending therebetween. The apparatus includes a second target substantially identical to the first target and spaced from the first target on a playing surface. In one embodiment, a method of playing an aerial projectile game includes separating a first target and a second target, directing a projectile toward one of the targets from a station proximate the other target, and awarding points for each projectile that lodges in a scoring zone of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Bolo USA
    Inventor: Scott Gove
  • Patent number: 6808175
    Abstract: A portable football inspired bolo throwing game of skill wherein two tethered miniature footballs are tossed onto a runged stand bearing resemblance to a football goalpost. The base of the runged stand accepts a placard with the name, insignia or logo of well known college or professional teams. In this way the owner can display his loyalty. The miniature footballs are similarly adorned. The ratio of the dimensions of the game pieces lead to a lively game where luck plays a greater role than does skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Bradford J. Gleeson
  • Patent number: 6733405
    Abstract: This invention relates to a streamer ball for use in a ball and bat-type game. The ball is either one of a tennis-type ball and a solid foam-type ball and has one end of an elongate spacer stem connected thereto. The other end of the spacer stem has a plurality of elongate streamers attached thereto. The physical characteristics associated with the ball, the stem and the streamers permit play of a tennis-type game, which involves the ball bouncing, and a volley-type game, that is played without the ball bouncing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Ian Gavin Gormley
  • Patent number: 6716119
    Abstract: A sports ball striking practice device holds a variety of sports balls for striking practice purposes. The sports ball striking practice device includes a threadable tether, a rigid sleeve, a ball insert, and a sports ball. The ball insert is placed through the sports ball to form a channel having a sufficient diameter to accept the tether. The tether has a first end piece that is threadable through the rigid sleeve and the ball insert. The first end piece is attachable to a first strap. The tether has a second end piece with a permanent attachment to a second strap. The first and second straps are attachable to a pole or other similar upright object. The sports ball may be struck repeatedly by a striking device as the tether wraps and unwraps around a pole or other similar object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Pro Performance Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnathan Weisz, Richard LaPointe
  • Patent number: 6705960
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tether cord and ball arrangement for a tether ball-type game apparatus. The arrangement comprises a cord, a ball engaged with the cord at one end thereof and a tail assembly. The tail assembly includes an elongate anchor element that defines an eye formation near one end thereof whereby the element can be rotatably located on the cord, particularly adjacent the location where the ball is engaged with the cord. The anchor element has a plurality of streamers attached thereto near its end opposite to the end where the eye formation is defined, the streamers, during play of a tether ball-type game which involves striking the ball with a bat, providing a pleasant visual and audible effect, while also providing for desired ball flight qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Ian Gavin Gormley
  • Patent number: 6695666
    Abstract: A flying disk toy is provided with a streamer, windsock or the like for aesthetically enhancing the visual effect of the flying disk toy while in flight with minimal interference to its flight aerodynamics. The flying disk toy is in the form of a substantially disk-shaped body having an outer rim, a generally convex top surface, a generally concave bottom surface, and a central axis about which the body rotates when the disk toy is in flight. The streamer includes a leading end and a trailing end. The streamer may be illuminated while the disk toy is in flight. The streamer may also be positioned such that its leading end is adjacent to the outer rim of the disk body. If a hanger arm is employed to attach the streamer to the disk body, the hanger arm can be mounted in an anti-friction bearing position in the top surface of the disk body, whereby the hanger arm and the streamer are rotatable relative to the disk body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Igor M. Nikonorov
  • Patent number: 6612946
    Abstract: A game ball anti-theft device including a spherical web dimensioned for completely enclosing the game ball therein. The spherical web is comprised of a plurality of cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Fred McClain
  • Publication number: 20030162610
    Abstract: A process for producing a robust ball that is robustly attached to a robust tether for use in a batting practice apparatus uses a commercially available elastic shock cord (bungee cord) for the tether. An anchor is formed at one end of the tether by bending an end portion 180 degrees back upon itself where the end portion is affixed by a ring shaped clamp. The ball is composed of a high density urethane foam and is produced by a molding process. The anchor portion of the tether is inserted in the mold and an activated liquid urethane mixture is poured into the mold, where foam is formed as the reaction continues. The resulting article is capable of withstanding 5000 powerful hits with a baseball bat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: George M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6514161
    Abstract: A ball hitting practice device featuring a practice ball slidably locateable upon a tether. The tether is attached to a support structure thereby placing the practice ball in a target position to be hit by a user. The support structure may be any versatile pole or pole like structure upon which fasteners at the ends of the tether will attach. The best mode features cuffs mounted at both ends of the tether which open and reengage to provide an easy encircling mount to the support structure for the tether. The ball is slidably mounted to the tether and is positioned in a target position for striking by a user by a ball positioner also located on the tether in a fixed position that is either adjustable or permanent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Pro Performance Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Minniear
  • Publication number: 20020084588
    Abstract: A game includes ladder-like targets assembled from tubular rods coupled to each other by various tees and angles. The rods are most preferably a rigid, lightweight, weather-resistant material such as PVC or the like. The couplings can be permanent or removable, depending upon the need for storage or shipping after assembly. Each target includes a plurality of rungs, each spaced from each other by a predetermined distance. Projectiles include two relatively massive ends fabricated from balls similar to golf balls, separated by a flaccid cord or rope. In the most preferred embodiment, the spacing between target rungs is one-half the spacing of the projectile massive ends. The rules of play and various alternative embodiments are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2000
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: James P. Lynch
  • Patent number: 6332851
    Abstract: A toy conker which has a main body portion attachable to a line member, the body portion having at least one insert which can be struck off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Inventor: Simon Richard Griffin
  • Patent number: 6074267
    Abstract: A wind driven flying toy comprising a single guideline and an aerodynamic body slidably secured to the guideline, the aerodynamic body being capable of traversing the entire length single guideline in both directions by reacting with the action of wind power member even when the wind power is in a constant wind direction. The direction of the travel of the aerodynamic body can be modified by adjusting the orientation of the aerodynamic body and is not dependent upon a change in the direction of the wind. In addition, the direction of travel of the aerodynamic body along the single guideline can be reversed by rotation of a handle connected to the end of the guideline when the aerodynamic body is in contact with the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Gregory M. Plow
  • Patent number: 6030303
    Abstract: A tethered ball construction 10 including an inner spherical core member 30 connected to one end of a tether member 40 wherein the core member 30 is dimensioned to be captively engaged by two hollow hemispherical members 20, 21, adapted to be releasably connected to one another. Differently constructed and dimensioned core members 30 will provide different flight characteristics to the tethered ball construction 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Joseph P. Wallace, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5903924
    Abstract: The ball scarf is a scarf having a first end and a second end. At least one of the ends has an inflatable ball pocket. The inflatable ball pocket can either have an inflatable bladder inserted therein or an inflatable ball inserted therein. Once the pocket is inflated by a user, the user can swing the ball scarf around in order to cheer his favorite team at a ball game. A needle is provided in order to inflate the inflatable bladder or inflatable ball. The inflatable ball pocket is either an integral part of the scarf or can be attached by means of a zipper or other fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Bernard Garbit
  • Patent number: 5893811
    Abstract: A footbag includes a bag portion and an appendage attached to the bag portion. The appendage may be provided in many different shapes and configurations for making the footbag easier to see and play with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventors: Nathanial H. Stover, Cole E. Larner
  • Patent number: 5860879
    Abstract: A badminton shuttlecock-type article of manufacture used primarily as a throwing toy against a wall having a novel "flip" during rebounding caused by a rubber ball front, in which distortion of the rubber ball upon impact against the wall is confined to the rubber ball surface making contact, and this increases the flight of the rebound to an extent that the challenge of catching the toy on the rebound is part of its play value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Derek J. Gable
  • Patent number: 5813931
    Abstract: A ball for playing tennis type games in which the ball bounces comprises bouncing ball with a tail; the ball having experimentally determined parameters regarding bounce, diameter, mass, density and air penetration factor; and the tail constituted by one or more, and preferably two or more, lengths of flexible material having experimentally determined parameters of flexibility rating, length, mass, and thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: European Sports Merchandising BV
    Inventor: Ian Gavin Gormley
  • Patent number: 5665017
    Abstract: A new Tether Ball Safety Cover for offering a tether ball cover to prevent injury caused by contact with the tether ball eye loop or rope retaining knot. The inventive device includes a tether ball, a conical shaped protector, inner Velcro strips, and outer Velcro strips. In use, referring to FIGS. 5 and 6, the conical shaped protector 14 is slid onto the rope 16. Then the rope 16 is threaded through the tether ball eye loop 40 and the rope retaining knot 18 is tied into the end of the rope 16 to prevent the rope 16 from slipping back through the tether ball eye loop 40. Lastly, the conical shaped protector 14 is slid down to engage the tether ball 12, mating inner Velcro strips 28 with outer Velcro strips 26, thereby removably holding the assembly together and therefore providing a shield to prevent injury causing contact with the tether ball eye loop 40 or the rope retaining knot 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: John D. Walters
  • Patent number: 5662527
    Abstract: A golf club includes an elongated shaft, a head, and a handle. A retrieval reel is affixable along the shaft of the golf club. A retrieval line is stored within the retrieval reel. A guide eye is affixable along the shaft of the golf club. A golf practice ball includes a receiving hole. A screw is configured to threadedly engage within the receiving hole. The screw includes a threaded shaft and a head, the head comprising a substantially planar surface oriented substantially perpendicular to the threaded shaft. A hole penetrates through the surface of the head. The hole is configured to create a communicating path from outside of the golf practice ball to inside the receiving hole when the screw is engaged within the receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventors: Chuck Robert Jacquinot, John Phillip Jacquinot
  • Patent number: 5660576
    Abstract: A toy designed to entertain both humans and their pets. The toy is a continuous length of cord which has one end wrapped into a ball in such a way that the end is completely hidden in the ball so that the ball will not unravel. The other free end of the cord is relatively long and is used to spin the ball, throw it, tug it., etc. The toy is also made of a cord material that allows the toy to float on water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: Justin R. Winga
  • Patent number: 5647809
    Abstract: A kickable toy having a base member and a means for increasing air resistance is provided. The base member has a flexible membrane defining a boundary confining a deformable material. The means for increasing air resistance is mounted on the base member for increasing air resistance of the kickable toy to decrease the speed of free fall of the toy in air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Philip S. Yip
  • Patent number: 5634643
    Abstract: A new Sock Ball Game System for decreasing the velocity and increasing the visibility of a ball during play and for preventing the ball from rolling away after engaging the ground. The inventive device includes a ball such as a tennis ball, and an elongated sock enclosure surrounding the ball and trailing behind the ball during play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: Terrence V. McEvoy