US 20080182687 A1
A system for improving the speed and accuracy of shot on a hockey goal based upon feedback of the shot and the target report. An analogue sensor assembly records the number of hits and their speed and also displays the results with an LED based counter. This practice tool can, with repetition, increase the ability of the trainee to aim for the optimum location for scoring goals in hockey and other sports.
1. A device for registering and tabulating the number of strikes against a sensor plate attached to a goal. The system consists of a sensor, a counter, a digital readout, an audible signal and a velocity sensor.
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The present invention relates to a training tool for various sports and more particularly to a training system for hockey players. This training tool is similar in intent to inventions by Pelz. Repetition combined with aiming strategies and specific feedback systems prepare the body and mind to produce improved performance at specific tasks.
In the sport of golf, putting is particularly important for producing low scoring rounds. In hockey high scoring rates are deemed desirable and such scoring can be achieved with accurate shooting at high puck speed.
In the game of hockey, the single most important shot is to either side of the goalie close to the goal post. This is the most likely place to shoot the puck to score the goal. Therefore, proficiency at shooting the puck at either side of the net with a high degree of precision is likely to produce more goals for the player.
Any player who can consistently shoot the puck at the narrow region between the goalie and the goal post will have a greater chance of scoring on a regular basis.
The present invention is directed to a target sensor system with immediate feedback by both visual and auditory means. Impact sensors are positioned at the two sides of the goal and are connected to a brightly lit LED number counter. The impact of the puck to the sensor is automatically counted and displayed. The impact also triggers a horn or other sound production system to provide an auditory signal to the player.
The impact sensor is equipped with temporal information. This enables the sensor to register the speed of the puck at impact. This information is displayed as velocity in units of miles per hour. The counter makes a one second display of the velocity and then returns to the counting mode registering the number of strikes in the current training session.
The invention and its objects will be more readily understood from the following specification and accompanying drawings.
The sensor panels may be fastened to the side post at various locations to limit the pendulum-like swinging of the sensor pads. The LED control/display assembly is mounted to an existing goal via tube bolts and wing nuts as shown as number 4 in
The 2 digit LED scoreboard (number 2,
The audible signal generator identified as number 1 in
It will be appreciated that the similar effects can be achieved in other sport training systems. The same system can easily be associated with Soccer, Lacrosse and Basketball. The same concept for training is easy to envision for Soccer and Lacrosse. The sensor panels may be larger or configured differently to suit the dimensions of the goals in separate sports. Other changes may be made in keeping within the scope of the invention.