US 20080026882 A1
A sports shaft includes an elongated body, a first gripping notch, and a second gripping notch. The first gripping notch is located on a first side of the body. The second gripping notch is located on a second side of the body opposite the first side. The first notch and the second notch are located at positions along the longitudinal dimension of the body to receive hands of a user during operation.
1. A sports shaft comprising:
an elongated body;
a first gripping notch on a first side of said body;
a second gripping notch on a second side of said body opposite said first side; and
wherein said first notch and said second notch are located at positions along a longitudinal dimension of said body to receive hands of a user during operation.
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14. A lacrosse stick system comprising the sport shaft of
15. A lacrosse stick system comprising:
a lacrosse shaft having a gripping notch;
a lacrosse head having a receiving pocket comprising an open side for receiving a ball and a closed side; and
wherein said receiving notch is located on a same side of said shaft relative to a said closed side of said lacrosse head.
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The present invention relates to sports equipment and, more particular, to handles and shafts of sports equipment.
Lacrosse shafts are connected to lacrosse heads and are gripped by a user to allow the user to carry a ball and/or manipulate the shaft to cause the ball to be ejected from a lacrosse head to a desired location away therefrom, e.g., to pass the ball to another player or shoot at a goal. Various alterations to the standard lacrosse shaft have been attempted to increase the efficiency of throwing and/or catching the lacrosse ball using the lacrosse head. However, standard lacrosse shafts continue to have a continuous shape from end to end, sometimes changing in circumference, but not shape. For example, a traditional lacrosse shaft may have a continuous octagonal shape. Other shafts have been known to have a cross-sectional shape formed an “I”, or to have a cross-sectional shape of a square having projections on opposite sides of the square.
Thus, a need exists for improved lacrosse shafts to aid a user in throwing and/or catching a lacrosse ball using a head attached to such shafts.
The present invention provides, in a first aspect, a sports shaft which includes an elongated body, a first gripping notch, and a second gripping notch. The first gripping notch is located on a first side of the body. The second gripping notch is located on a second side of the body opposite the first side. The first notch and the second notch are located at positions along a longitudinal dimension of the body to receive hands of a user during operation.
In accordance with the principles of the present invention, a sports shaft is provided.
In an exemplary embodiment, a sports shaft 10 (e.g., a lacrosse stick shaft) includes a body portion 20 having a first end 30 and a second end 40. Body 20 has a cross sectional area having an octagonal shape in the vicinity of first end 30, second end 40 and a central portion 50, as depicted in
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Also, gripping notch 110 and second gripping notch 150 are configured (e.g., shaped and dimensioned) such that a user may grasp body 20 to allow manipulation thereof by the user. For example, notch 110 and notch 150 may have shapes (
The inclined surfaces (e.g., inclined portions 120, 125, 315, 320) may be transition zones between the outer surfaces (e.g., outer surfaces 25 of top side 200 and outer surface 325 of bottom side 300) depicted in
Notches 110 and 150 may be gripped by a user (e.g., a lacrosse player) to allow shaft 10 to be held during operation, such as when throwing or catching a ball during a lacrosse game. The notches alter the shape (e.g., reduce the width) of shaft 10 such that the user may more easily grip first notch 110 and second notch 150 than the remainder of body 20 of shaft 10. For example, altering the shape of the shaft such that it has a reduced thickness in the area of the notches allows a user to easily orient his or her grip on the shaft and more comfortably utilize a lacrosse stick with better orientation. Further, by allowing a user to more tightly grip a lacrosse stick, more leverage may be applied such that the user may cause a ball to be thrown more quickly and accurately. Further, the reduced shaft thickness may also allow a user having smaller hands to utilize a standard sized lacrosse stick. The shape of the notches may also be more comfortable to a user's hand than a standard lacrosse shaft, for example.
Also, gripping notches 110 and 150 may be located off set from a centerline 21 (i.e., a point equally distant to ends 30 and 40) along body 20 such that gripping notch 150 is further from centerline 21 than gripping notch 110 is relative to centerline 21. For example, gripping notch 150 may be located closer to head 5 than gripping notch 110 is relative to end 40. Shafts may also be formed of different lengths and the notches may be located at various points depending on the length of a particular shaft. For example, a defensive lacrosse player often uses a longer shaft than an offensive player. An offensive player may use the shaft depicted in the figures while a defensive player may use a shaft which is longer and which has the notches (e.g., notches 110 and 150) located further from a lacrosse head (e.g., head 5) than that depicted for shaft 10. For example, a mid-point 22 between notches 110 and 150 is located at a point closer to head 5 than centerline 21 as depicted in the figures. In contrast, a shaft (not shown) for a defensive player may have a center point closer to an end (e.g., end 40) opposite a head (e.g., head 5) then a centerline (e.g., centerline 21) thereof. Also, although the sports shaft depicted in the figures has notch 110 located on a same side of sport shaft 10 as a front of the lacrosse head depicted, the lacrosse head could be rotated such that notch 110 is located on an opposite side relative to the front of the lacrosse head while notch 310 could be located adjacent the front side of the lacrosse head.
It will also be understood by one skilled in the art that notches 110 and 150 could be formed of any shape which is easily grasped or gripped by a user and is narrower than remaining portions of body 20. It will also be understood by one skilled in the art that the above described transition zones could be formed at any angle which is comfortable to the hand of a user and which tapers between the outer surfaces and center of the notched zones described above. It will also be understood by one skilled in the art that sport shaft 10 could be connected to any number of sports equipment heads (e.g., a hockey blade) which may be utilized in a manner similar to a lacrosse stick and in which a reduced diameter at hand holding portions thereof is desirable. Also, it will be understood that shaft 10 could be formed of any shape between the notches described above which is convenient to manufacture, promotes easy gripping. Further, it will be understood by one skilled in the art that body 20 could include notch 110 or notch 150, instead of both notches, while still promoting easy gripping by a user and promoting the use of a sports head such as a lacrosse stick head with body 20.
Although preferred embodiments have been depicted and described in detail herein, it will be apparent to those skilled in the relevant art that various modifications, additions, substitutions and the like can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and these are therefore considered to be within the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.