US 3650530 A
A device comprising a telescoping standard adjustable as to height. A combination basketball hoop and backboard is secured to the top of said standard. The hoop presents in plan an annular surface. A punching bag rebound board fits within said loop and has an annular flange overlying said hoop and secured thereto. A hood is provided to receive a basketball. Said hood carries a loop to secure the hood and ball to said board.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent [451 Mar. 21, 1972 Gantz  HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE BASKETBALL HOOP AND PUNCHING RACK  Inventor: Emmett J. Gantz, 1007 South 14th St., Burlington, Iowa 52601  Filed: Apr. 11, 1969  App1.No.: 815,324
 US. Cl. ..272/78, 46/86 R, 273/1.5 R,
273/58 C  Int. Cl ..A63b 63/04, A63b 69/22  Field of Search ..273/1.5; 272/77, 78
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Primary Examiner-Richard C. Pinkhaml Assistant ExaminerPaul E. Shapiro Altorneyl3erman, Davidson and Berman 57 ABSTRACT 3 Claims, 10 Drawing Figures Patented March 21, 1972 2 Sheets-Sheet l WM m2 WW W W r. 0 16 L d m 74 M B M W Patented March 21, 1972 r 3,650,530
2 Sheets-Sheet 2 IN VICN'IOR. 5/14/14/7'7 u. Gfl/VTZ' 14 TTOIZ/VE HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE BASKETBALL HOOP AND PUNCI-IING RACK The present invention relates to a combination adjustable basketball hoop so that the vertical height of the hoop can be adjusted so that the device can be used by players of various sizes and which device can further be converted into a rack for supporting a punching bag therefrom, and in which the punching bag comprises the basketball used with the hoop en closed in a hood or sack.
Various other objects and advantages of the present invention will be readily apparent from the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the adjustable basketball hoop and punching bag rack ofthe present invention,
FIG. 2 is an enlarged section taken along the lines 22 of FIG. 1,
FIG. 3 is a view taken along the lines 33 of FIG. 2,
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the adjustable basketball hoop embodied in the present invention when it has been converted to a punching bag rack,
FIG. 5 is an enlarged section taken along the lines 5-5 of FIG. 4,
FIG. 6 is a bottom plan view of the punching bag rack shown in FIG. 4,
FIG. 7 is a front view of the basketball enclosed in the hood and ready for attachment to the punching bag rack or to the parachute embodied in the present invention,
FIG. 8 is a side view of the hooded basketball shown in FIG.
FIG. 9 is a view of the hooded basketball and the parachute in a folded position before it is kicked into the air, and
FIG. 10 illustrates the parachute and hooded basketball after it has been kicked into the air and when it is floating downwardly toward the ground.
Referring to the drawings, reference numeral 10 generally designates the adjustable basketball hoop and punching bag rack embodied in the present invention and comprises a flat semicircular base plate 12 with a plurality of spaced vertical bar legs 14. The legs 14 are provided with eyes 16 adjacent their lower ends and threaded bolts 18 extend through the eyes and secure the legs to the base plate 12. The upper ends of the legs are bent inwardly as indicated at 20, and thereafter extend vertically upwardly as indicated at 22. The legs are disposed in tripod fashion on the base plate. The upper ends 22 of the legs are inserted into tubular leg sockets 24 disposed on the lower end of a substantially rectangular hollow vertical sleeve or housing 28.
The housing 28 is adapted to receive a slidable rectangular bar 30 therein. The bar 30 is provided with holes or apertures 32 spaced at predetermined vertical locations along the bar. The apertures 32 are adapted to receive a wing bolt 34 therethrough which is also adapted to extend through aligned holes in the upper end of the housing 28 so as to secure the bar 30 to the housing 28 at predetermined vertical heights. The upper end of the bar 30 is provided with a substantially horizontally extending leg 36 which terminates in an upwardly substantially vertically extending leg 38 as best seen in FIG. 2. The leg 38 extends through a rectangular sleeve 40 secured to the rear of the basketball backboard or backstop 42. The basketball hoop 44 extends in a horizontal direction from the lower end of the backboard 42. The backboard and hoop is secured to the leg 38 by a bolt member 46 threaded through an opening in the sleeve 40.
When it is desired to use the adjustable basketball hoop of the present invention, it is only necessary to decide at what height the hoop 44 is to be disposed and to properly insert the wing nut 34 through the housing 28 and the proper aperture 32 of the bar 30 after the bar has been properly adjusted to the predetermined height.
When it is desired to use the device of the present invention as a punching bag rack, a substantially circular plate member 48 is disposed within the opening formed by the hoop 44, as
best seen in FIG. 5. This plate member is provided with a depressed or pan shaped center 51 and has an annular flange 50 extending around the edge thereof which rests on top of the hoop 44. The plate is secured to the hoop 44 by a plurality of wing bolt members 52 extending through openings in the flange and threaded into the hoop 44.
The basketball is enclosed in a hood or sack of pliable material, generally designated as 53, and provided with a hook or eyelet 54 in the top thereof. The eyelet 54 may be made of plastic material or rubber material or metal material. The cover or hood 53 is stretched over the basketball and the back of the hood is slit halfway, making it easier to slip the ball into or out of the hood. The two ends of the slit are drawn together and hooked or snapped encasing the ball. The hood is also provided with a facial configuration including a projecting nose and simulated eyes and a mouth, as clearly shown in the drawings.
The center of the pan shaped central section of the plate member 48 has a center bolt 56 extending through a threaded plug 58. The plug 58 is secured to the plate member by two oppositely disposed lock nuts 60. Secured to the lower end of the center bolt 56 is a snap clasp or lock 62 secured to an eyelet or hook 64 disposed on the lower end of the bolt 56. Thus, the basketball hoop acts as a rebound rack for using the device as a punching bag.
Referring to FIGS. 7 to 10, in this embodiment of the invention, the hooded punching bag has secured thereto a parachute 70, having a plurality of cords or lines 72 secured to a disk 74. The disk 74 in turn is secured to a snap clasp 76 which is fastened to the eyelet 54 of the punching bag hood 52.
As best seen in FIG. 9, the disk 74 and the parachute are folded or disposed on top of the hood 52 so that when the device is to be used as a parachute or a kickball, a person may kick the ball into the air so that the parachute 70 will open up and the ball may float downwardly to the ground.
From the foregoing description, it is apparent that the present invention provides a novel combination of a basketball hoop which is vertically adjustable, and which may be converted to a rack for a punching bag, and which may further be used as a parachute toy.
Inasmuch as various changes may be made in the form, location and relative arrangement of the several parts of the invention without departing from the essential characteristics of the invention, it will be understood that the invention is not to be limited except by the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
I. An adjustable, convertible training device for boys comprising: a base; a vertical standard disposed on said base; slidable bar means associated with said standard; a combination basketball hoop and rebound board carried at the top of said bar means; means for vertically positioning said bar means relative to said standard at a predetermined height and also serving to maintain said hoop at such predetermined height; removable plate means constituting a punching bag rebound board detachably secured within said hoop, and a punching bag detachably secured centrally of said plate means and depending therefrom.
2. The device of claim 1, wherein said punching bag comprises a pliable hood encasing a basketball, said hood having an eyelet thereon for securement to said plate.
3. The device of claim I, wherein said plate means is circular with a downwardly dished configuration and has an annular rim supported by and secured to said hoop.