US 20080248899 A1
A training tool for use by lacrosse players attaches a player's hand or glove to the lacrosse stick. Lacrosse players typically have a dominant hand orientation which they play with, and the development skills in the non-dominant hand orientation is of particular interest. This tool will attach the player's glove to the player's stick in their non-dominant hand orientation, allowing their gloves to slide up and down on the stick, but preventing the player from switching the player's hand orientation, in order to force the use of a non-preferred stick orientation which will strengthen the overall level of a player's skill set.
1. A athletic training tool for use by a player with a lacrosse stick having
a handle and a head comprising:
two interconnected rings;
a first ring configured to attach to the player; and
a second ring attached to the first ring,
the second ring is configured to attach to the handle of the stick.
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10. An athletic training tool for use by a player with a lacrosse stick having a handle and a head comprising:
a glove having a mechanical attachment configured to attach the glove to the handle of the stick.
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20. A lacrosse tool for fixing the dominant or non-dominant grip orientation of a player's hands to a lacrosse stick comprising:
a first tool having a first body loop for encircling any portion of a player's first arm including a first forearm, first wrist, first hand or first individual digits of said first hand;
said first tool also having a first handle loop for encircling any portion of a shaft of a player's lacrosse stick;
a second tool having a second body loop for encircling any portion of a player's second arm including a second forearm, second wrist, second hand or second individual digits of said second hand;
said second tool also having a second handle loop for encircling any portion of a shaft of a player's lacrosse stick; and
said first and second body loops mechanically attached to their respective first and second handle loops;
wherein said player affixes said tools to each of said arms and stick to configure his hands in a preferred orientation of either dominant or non-dominant grip.
This application claims priority benefit of a U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/921,457 filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Apr. 3, 2007 and entitled “LAX LOX”.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a device that attaches a players hand or glove to a sports stick, racquet, or other implement of play. More particularly the invention relates to devices that fix a lacrosse players hand orientation to a lacrosse stick. The present invention uses rings of variable flexibility and friction to provide flexibility in the attachment. The rings are connected with one ring attaching to the glove or hand and the other to the lacrosse stick.
Sports training devices to help improve a player's performance through practice are generally known. The sport of lacrosse, is played with a “stick” made up of a long thin handle and a head that contains a netted web that receives, holds, and ejects the lacrosse ball. A player typically throws, catches, and “cradles” the ball with his stick. Cradling is a well known rotational stick motion performed by a player who has possession of the ball in the webbing of his stick to keep the lacrosse ball securely within the netted head, using his two hands on the handle of the lacrosse stick. A player typically plays with two hands on the handle of the stick, but sometimes with only one hand on the stick if the player is attempting to evade a defender or protect the stick, sometimes referred to as “dodging”. Because of the presence of defenders who are permitted to “check”, i.e., hit the offensive player with their sticks, padded gloves are often worn by lacrosse players.
The stick is typically made up of a handle with a head mounted on one end. The end of the stick where the head is attached is referred to as the top, and the free end of the stick is known as the bottom or “butt”, and typically is protected by an end cap. Most players when gripping the stick with both hands are generally more skilled with their dominant hand positioned higher on the handle, i.e. closer to the head, than their non-dominant hand. In the case of ‘righties’, right handed people, the dominant position would be with the right hand closer to the top of the stick and the left hand closer to the bottom. In the case of ‘lefties’, left-handed people, the dominant position would be with the left hand closer to the top of the stick and the right hand closer to the bottom. It has been demonstrated that to play lacrosse at an advanced level, players be proficient at throwing, catching, and cradling with either hand positioned higher on the handle, whether it be their dominant or ‘off’ (non-dominant) hand.
Lacrosse coaches, particularly those coaching players under the age of 14 have found difficulty teaching their players to throw, catch and cradle with their non dominant hand on closer to the top of the stick than their dominant hand, known as the “off-hand” position. Players, particularly younger players have the tendency to avoid using the “off-hand” position because they are more comfortable with their dominant hand on top and thus it is easier. However, teaching these players to develop their “off-hand” skills is critical for success in lacrosse at both the high school and certainly the collegiate levels.
Accordingly, it would be desirable to provide a lacrosse training tool or the like of a type described in this Application that includes any one of more of these or other advantageous features:
The present invention relates to a lacrosse training tool for use with a lacrosse stick having a handle and a head. The tool is made up of two interconnected rings that attach a player's hand or glove to the handle of the lacrosse stick. The tool allows the player's hand or glove to slide along the length of the stick or may be fixed in a consistent position.
The present invention also relates to a lacrosse training tool that is built-in to a lacrosse glove. The tool is made up of a ring or clip that attaches the glove to the handle of the stick. The tool allows the glove to slide along the length of the stick or may be fixed in a consistent position. The tool can be detachable from the glove.
The present invention also relates to a lacrosse training tool intended to be used on both the right and left hands or gloves. The tool allows the gloves to move along the length of a handle of a lacrosse stick. When the tool attaches the player to the handle a top and bottom hand are established, the top hand being closer to the head of the stick, the bottom hand being closer to the butt of the stick. The tool prevents the player from switching top and bottom hands without disconnecting the tool.
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The lacrosse stick is shown with a handle 1, head 2 containing a net or “pocket” 3 to catch, throw and “cradle” a lacrosse ball, and a butt 4 similar to the invention disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,037,841 by Lewis, Jr. According to a preferred embodiment shown in
According to a preferred embodiment, a connection is provided between the lacrosse training tool and the glove or hand of the player. This connection uses either a player ring 7 to wrap around a digit, body or glove part of the player, or a mechanical connection 17 (
According to a preferred embodiment, the handle ring 8 is configured so that the player can still move their hands along the length of the stick. In the embodiment the handle ring 8 is intended to be of at least approximately one inch in diameter, wide enough so that it may move vertically along the handle, but smaller than the width of the head 2.
According to another embodiment, the handle ring 8 is configured so that the player can not move or slide their hands along the length of the stick. In the embodiment the handle ring 8 may be configured with a diameter equivalent to that of the handle 1 so as to frictionally engaged the handle or the handle ring 8 may be configured to engage a fixed connection attached to the handle 1 to create a condition where the player's hands are slidably fixed in a prescribed configuration or location.
According to a preferred embodiment the player ring 7 is a continuous ring that wraps around a bare digit of the player such as his thumb or a digit of the glove 5 worn by the player. According to an illustrated embodiment, the player ring 7 wraps around the thumb 10 of the player, and is configured to also wrap around any fingers 11, 12, 13, and 14. According to another embodiment the player ring 7 attaches to the wrist padding 15 of the glove 5, or essentially bare arm or wrist of the player.
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In summary this invention provides an apparatus comprised of two rings or loops joined together in some mechanical fashion. One loop, the handle ring is designed to grip the shaft of a lacrosse or other sports stick or handle. This loop may be designed to slide or not slide on the shaft depending upon its intended use and the skill set the instructor is trying to improve. The second loop, the thumb or glove loop is designed to attach to some part of a player's hand, wrist or forearm in a secure manner. These two loops are then mechanically joined fixedly or by a swivel, union, hinge or other movable joint, or even by a flexible tether of fixed or changeable length. An instructor may have his player use one of these tools on each hand or the instructor may only have the player use one tool to position just one hand on the shaft, thus allowing for single handed play, but still fixing the orientation of the player's grip with respect to either a dominant grip or a non-dominant grip.
As for materials used in the design of the tool, the inventors have found that a desirable thumb ring can be made of a flexible rubber compound having a through hole for receiving the handle ring. The flexible rubber compound creates a comfortable fit and provides the necessary friction to stay on the glove digit or bare digit of the player. The handle ring can be made of a polymer having a fiberglass component for strength. The handle ring is a harder material and provides less friction so that the handle ring may slide up and down the stick shaft in accordance with the playing preferences of the player and to accommodate grip changes but not allow a total grip switch away from the non-dominant orientation the coach or instructor is trying to work on.
The foregoing description of the embodiments of the invention has been presented for the purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. Many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. It is intended that the scope of the invention be limited not by this detailed description, but rather by the claims appended hereto.