Basketball collection, passing and shot analysis system

  • US 5,776,018 A
  • Filed: 11/12/1996
  • Issued: 07/07/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/17/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A basketball passing machine comprising:

  • a body;

    a basketball supply, mounted to the body, comprising a basketball supply region having an entrance, through which basketballs are introduced into the supply region, the basketball supply region sized and configured to hold at least two basketballs;

    a basketball ejector assembly, mounted to the body and operably coupled to the basketball supply region, arranged and adapted to pass basketballs, one-at-a-time and in a controlled manner, from the basketball supply along a trajectory directed away from said machine; and

    said basketball ejector assembly comprising;

    first and second passing rollers having basketball-engaging surfaces; and

    a basketball metering assembly which supplies basketballs one-at-a-time and in a controlled manner along a path to a discharge position between and engagable with the first and second rollers, said basketball metering assembly comprising a rotatable paddle-wheel having arms engagable with said basketballs and a paddle-wheel rotation limiter for limiting rotation of said paddle-wheel to a chosen rotary movement.

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