US Patent No: 6,267,696

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Basketball foul-shot return apparatus

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Abstract

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Disclosed herein is a basketball foul-shot return apparatus for use with an elevated basketball goal assembly. The apparatus includes (a) an elongated, rigid structure adapted for being adjacently positioned against the face of the backboard to receive the basket, the structure having a longitudinal axis perpendicular to the face of the backboard with a rearward end proximate to the backboard and a forward end distal to the backboard, the structure including a substantially rectangular frame and a hooking means connected to said frame, wherein the hooking means is adapted to engage the upper end of the backboard when the basket is received, and an elongated brace extending downwardly forward from a center point of the frame along the longitudinal axis to a forward end, and a rigid ball return mechanism; (b) first and second elongated arms connected to the upper end of said frame on opposite side of the longitudinal axis and positionable in a longitudinally extended position; and (c) a ball collection chute formed from a longitudinal web connected to the arms and to the frame. The present basketball foul-shot return apparatus is elevated above the court when positioned on the backboard and preferably has an absence of an elongated rigid support extending from the forward end of either of the arms.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
NEW INNOVATIONS, INC.GRAY, TN0

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Mabe, Clarence Gray, TN 1 14
Rockwell, Jay T Kingsport, TN 1 14

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