COVER ASSEMBLIES FOR USE IN COVERING A SAND AREA OF A JUMP PIT
A cover assembly may include a housing and an elongated cover. The housing defines a chamber therein. The chamber is disposable in the ground adjacent to a side of the sand area of the jump pit. The elongated cover has a first end, a second end, and spaced-apart sides extending from the first end to the second end. The elongated cover is storable in a compacted configuration in the chamber of the housing below the surface of the ground, and the elongated cover is removable from the chamber and extendable in an uncompacted configuration over the sand area of the jump pit to conceal the sand area.
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- 20. A jump pit system for use with a sand area of a jump pit, said jump pit system comprising:
a base form having a first side, a second side, and spaced-apart sides extending from said first side to said second side to define the sand area of a of the jump pit; a retractable cover assembly operably attachable to said first side of said base form and disposable above said base form, said retractable cover assembly comprising; a housing defining a chamber therein, said chamber being disposable in the ground; an elongated cover having a first end, a second end, and spaced-apart sides extending from said first end to said second end; at least one sand catcher attached to said spaced-apart sides of said base form; one or more connectors; wherein said elongated cover is storable in a compacted configuration in said chamber of said housing below the surface of the ground; and wherein said elongated cover is removable from said chamber and extendable in an uncompacted configuration and secured with said one or more connectors over the sand area of the jump pit to conceal the sand area.
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- 34. A jump pit system for use with a sand area of a jump pit, said jump pit system comprising:
a base form having a first side, a second side, and spaced-apart sides extending from said first side to said second side to define the sand area of the jump pit, said base form having an inside wall, an outside wall, and a plurality of support members disposed between said inside wall and said outside wall; a housing defining a chamber therein, said chamber being disposable in the ground; one or more connectors;
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- 44. The method of claim 44 wherein the removing comprises removing the compacted cover from the chamber and unfolding the cover.
The present disclosure relates generally to jump pits and, more specifically, to cover assemblies for use in covering a sand area of a jump pit.
Jump pits, which are well known in field sports, are used as a reasonably safe landing place in athletic activities for long jumps and triple jumps.
Typically, jump pits are covered when not in use for preventing sand displacement (via wind, etc.), preventing contamination via organic growth and animal waste, deterring unauthorized use, improving facility aesthetics, and in some cases providing a safety precaution. The two most common methods for covering jump pits include modular aluminum cover panels, or a vinyl/mesh fabric with a weighted perimeter.
Aluminum covers rest on a ledge of the jump pit, are approximately 2 feet, 6 inches by 10 feet per panel, require a set of approximately 8 to 12 panels to accommodate one jump pit, and feature a ½ inch recess on the top-side that is coated with a rubber track material surfacing that is installed on the running track.
Vinyl/mesh covers are slightly oversized relative to the footprint of the jump pit, and include a perimeter weight to keep the cover in place. The weight is typically an integral chain or a series of sand bags. The vinyl/mesh covers are generally lighter and more convenient to put in place, particularly when being placed on and taken off with regularity compared to aluminum covers.
U.S. Pat. No. 7,641,593, issued to Goulet, discloses a jump pit form for constructing a jump pit with a sand area. The form is constructed in sections. Each section has an inside wall and an outside wall. A support member is located between the outside wall and the inside wall. The sections are secured together onsite. Caps are mounted on the support members. The caps include an inclined surface which slopes upwardly and away from the sand area forming the inclined surface. A cover over the sand area is supported by the inclined surface. Optionally, a chamber is located adjacent the outside wall. A grate covers the chamber and the grate is supported by a brace. A mat covers the grate. Openings in the grate and in the mat permit sand through them, thrown from the sand area to drop into the chamber.
Shortcomings of the prior art are overcome and additional advantages are provided through the provision, in one embodiment, of a cover assembly for use in covering a sand area of a jump pit. The cover assembly may include, for example, a housing defining a chamber therein, the chamber being disposable in the ground adjacent to a side of the sand area of the jump pit, and an elongated cover having a first end, a second end, and spaced-apart sides extending from the first end to the second end. The elongated cover is storable in a compacted configuration in the chamber of the housing below the surface of the ground, and the elongated cover is removable from the chamber and extendable in an uncompacted configuration over the sand area of the jump pit to conceal the sand area.
In another embodiment, a jump pit system includes, for example, a base form having a first side, a second side, and spaced-apart sides extending from the first side to the second side to define a sand area of a jump pit, and a retractable cover assembly operably attachable to the first side of the base form. The retractable cover assembly includes, for example, a housing defining a chamber therein, the chamber being disposable in the ground, and a monolithic elongated cover having a first end, a second end, and spaced-apart sides extending from the first end to the second end. The elongated cover is storable in a compacted configuration in the chamber of the housing below the surface of the ground, and the elongated cover is removable from the chamber and extendable in an uncompacted configuration over the sand area of the jump pit to conceal the sand area.
In another embodiment, a method including, for example, removing a cover from a chamber underneath the surface of the ground alongside a sand area of a jump pit, and positioning the cover over the sand area of the jump pit to conceal the sand area.
The subject matter which is regarded as the disclosure is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the concluding portion of the specification. The disclosure, however, may best be understood by reference to the following detailed description of various embodiments and the accompanying drawings in which:
The present disclosure and certain features, advantages, and details thereof, are explained more fully below with reference to the non-limiting embodiments illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Descriptions of well-known materials, fabrication tools, processing techniques, etc., are omitted so as to not unnecessarily obscure the disclosure in detail. It should be understood, however, that the detailed description and the specific examples, while indicating embodiments of the present disclosure, are given by way of illustration only, and are not by way of limitation. Various substitutions, modifications, additions and/or arrangements within the spirit and/or scope of the underlying concepts will be apparent to those skilled in the art from this disclosure. Reference is made below to the drawings, which are not drawn to scale for ease of understanding, wherein the same reference numbers used throughout different figures designate the same or similar components.
As described in greater detail below, the present disclosure, in which in some embodiments, is directed to jump pit systems that may include an integral vinyl/mesh fabric sand pit cover that retracts and/or rolls up when not in use, and stows within a sub-grade compartment, cavity, or chamber at the far end of the sand pit. For example, jump pit systems may utilize the far end of the sand pit as a storage compartment to house a rolling/retractable cover mechanism. The cover may be pulled out and securely attached at the opposite end of the sand pit when necessary, and conveniently retracted or rolled up and stowed out of sight when not in use. The storage compartment itself may have one or more solid n access panel that can be temporarily raised or removed such that it can be set back into place when the fabric cover is fully extended.
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For example, straight section 125 may have an inside wall 131, which is located toward the inside of the sand area and an outside wall 135 facing away from the sand area. Both outside wall 135 and inside wall 131 have interior surfaces where support members 137 are located. Support members 137 may be secured to outside wall 135 and to inside wall 131, preferably by welding, or by other means such as with bolts. Support members 137 may be spaced from one another to assure that inside wall 131 and outside wall 135 neither bulges nor separates from one another in the placement of the cement between inside wall 131 and outside wall 135.
Each corner section 127 may include a short portion and a long portion. As shown in
A cross-section of the base form may have a width of about 6 inches and a depth of about 16 inches. The base form may have an outer width W1 (
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To strengthen housing 310, a plurality of L-shaped brackets 350 may be disposed in chamber 330 and operably attached to housing 310. For example, L-shaped brackets 350 may include a first vertical leg 352 that extends along and is operably attached to major side wall 314, and a second horizontal leg 354 that extends across housing 310 and is operably attached at an end thereof to major inner wall 312. A plurality of L-shaped brackets 360 (also shown in
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Retractable cover assembly 300 may include an elongated rotatable member 500 (
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In the various embodiments, the longitudinal sides of the cover may be slidably attached to the longitudinal sides of the jump pit assembly. For example, a pair of wires 1800 (only one of which is shown in
In the various embodiments, the elongated cover may be a monolithic elongated cover or one piece elongated cover sized to extend over and cover such as completely or entirely cover the sand area. For example, the elongated cover may be a collapsible, rollable, foldable resilient sheet-like material such as a vinyl/mesh cover. Such elongated cover may have a width of about 10 feet and a length of about 30 feet. In other embodiments, the elongated cover may be stretchable having a size when stretched to extend over and cover such as completely or entirely cover the sand area.
From the present discussion, it will be appreciated that the present disclosure may provide a convenient and practical sand pit cover that results in a securely fastened cover that will not displace as a result of wind, and provides for quick and easy integral storage for the end-user. The present disclosure may serve as the primary sand pit cover, or may serve as a convenient seasonal cover for those that prefer to utilize for example, solid aluminum cover panels during the offseason.
From the present description, it will be appreciated that a retractable cover disposable in the chamber adjacent to the jump pit may provide a system easily operable by field personnel for covering a sand area of a jump pit compared to metal cover panels that are heavy, and which can make for a cumbersome process if the covers (e.g., the smallest common size covering approximately 12 feet by 25 feet) are being taken on and off with regularity.
From the present description, it will be appreciated that a retractable cover operably attached to a housing and to a base frame, cap, or sand catcher may overcome the problem of conventional vinyl/mesh covers that have a tendency to shift as a result of wind despite the added perimeter weight.
The present disclosure may overcome the problem of using conventional aluminum panels, which are left stacked and off to the side during tack season or requiring carrying and placing in storage when the sand pit is routinely being used. The present disclosure also overcomes the problem that it is difficult and inconvenient to store cover panels of this size when they aren'"'"'t in use, particularly if the facility has multiple sand pits.
It is to be understood that the above description is intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive. For example, the above-described embodiments and/or features thereof may be used in combination with each other. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular situation or material to the teachings of the various embodiments without departing from their scope.
While the dimensions and types of materials described herein are intended to define the parameters of the various embodiments, they are by no means limiting and are merely exemplary. Many other embodiments will be apparent to those of skill in the art upon reviewing the above description. The scope of the various embodiments should, therefore, be determined with reference to the appended claims, along with the full scope of equivalents to which such claims are entitled.
In the appended claims, the terms “including” and “in which” are used as the plain-English equivalents of the respective terms “comprising” and “wherein.” Moreover, in the following claims, the terms “first,” “second,” and “third,” etc. are used merely as labels, and are not intended to impose numerical requirements on their objects. Further, the limitations of the following claims are not written in means-plus-function format and are not intended to be interpreted based on 35 U.S.C. § 112, sixth paragraph, unless and until such claim limitations expressly use the phrase “means for” followed by a statement of function void of further structure.
It is to be understood that not necessarily all such objects or advantages described above may be achieved in accordance with any particular embodiment. Thus, for example, those skilled in the art will recognize that the systems and techniques described herein may be embodied or carried out in a manner that achieves or optimizes one advantage or group of advantages as taught herein without necessarily achieving other objects or advantages as may be taught or suggested herein.
While the disclosure has been described in detail in connection with only a limited number of embodiments, it should be readily understood that the disclosure is not limited to such disclosed embodiments. Rather, the disclosure can be modified to incorporate any number of variations, alterations, substitutions, or equivalent arrangements not heretofore described, but which are commensurate with the spirit and scope of the disclosure. Additionally, while various embodiments of the disclosure have been described, it is to be understood that features of the disclosure may include only some of the described embodiments. Accordingly, the disclosure is not to be seen as limited by the foregoing description, but is only limited by the scope of the appended claims.
This written description uses examples in the present disclosure, and also to enable any person skilled in the art to practice the disclosure, including making and using any devices or systems and performing any incorporated methods. The patentable scope of the disclosure is defined by the claims, and may include other examples that occur to those skilled in the art. Such other examples are intended to be within the scope of the claims if they have structural elements that do not differ from the literal language of the claims, or if they include equivalent structural elements with insubstantial differences from the literal language of the claims.