Title:
Basketball playing table
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A basketball playing table includes an elongated table face having two ends provided with two end plates and two sides provided with two side plates, and a ball emitting device mounted on the table face for emitting a ball into the table face toward the basket. Each of the two end plates has an inner side provided with a basket. The table face includes two operation rods each movably and rotatably mounted between the two side plates, and two defense dolls each rotatably mounted on a respective one of the two operation rods. Thus, the basketball playing table simulates the basketball playing operation lively, thereby providing an amusement to the players.



Inventors:
Tien, Yung-fu (Taichung, TW)
Application Number:
10/452596
Publication Date:
12/02/2004
Filing Date:
05/29/2003
Assignee:
TIEN YUNG-FU
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
273/108.52, 273/108.54
International Classes:
A63F7/06; A63F7/20; (IPC1-7): A63F7/07; A63F7/20
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Primary Examiner:
ARYANPOUR, MITRA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Yung-Fu Tien (58, MA YUAN WEST ST., TAICHUNG, null, null, TW)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A basketball playing table, comprising: an elongated table face having two ends provided with two end plates and two sides provided with two side plates; each of the two end plates has an inner side provided with a basket; the table face including two operation rods each movably and rotatably mounted between the two side plates, and two defense dolls each rotatably mounted on a respective one of the two operation rods; and a ball emitting device mounted on the table face for emitting a ball into the table face toward the basket.

2. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein each of the two operation rods has a mediate portion formed with a U-shaped bent portion for mounting the respective defense doll.

3. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein each of the two defense dolls has a mediate portion rotatably mounted on the respective operation rod and has a center of gravity located at the lower portion thereof, so that each of the two defense dolls is maintained at an upright state during rotation of the respective operation rod.

4. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein one of the two side plates of the table face is formed with a ball inlet port and a ball outlet port.

5. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, further comprising a transparent protective hood mounted on the top of the table face.

6. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the ball emitting device is mounted on one of the two side plates of the table face.

7. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the ball emitting device includes a fixing seat secured on an outer side of the respective side plate of the table face and provided with a support tube having a first end protruded outward from the fixing seat and a second end secured in the respective side plate of the table face, a bent ball emitting tube mounted in the table face and having a first end mounted on the second end of the support tube and a second end provided with a ball emitting port protruded outward from a bottom of the table face, a ball hitting shaft slidably mounted in the ball emitting tube and having a first end protruded outward from the first end of the support tube, a control handle secured on the first end of the ball hitting shaft, and a spring mounted on the ball hitting shaft and urged between the support tube and a second end of the ball hitting shaft.

8. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 7, wherein the control handle has an inner wall formed with a flattened face, and the first end of the ball hitting shaft has a periphery formed with a flattened face rested on the flattened face of the control handle, so that the control handle is not rotated relative to the ball hitting shaft.

9. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 7, wherein the control handle is formed with a through hole, the first end of the ball hitting shaft is formed with a screw bore, and the ball emitting device further includes a locking screw extended through the through hole of the control handle and screwed into the screw bore of the ball hitting shaft, thereby fixing the control handle on the ball hitting shaft.

10. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 7, wherein the second end of the ball hitting shaft is formed with an enlarged head, and the spring has a first end rested on the second end of the support tube and a second end rested on the enlarged head of the ball hitting shaft.

11. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 10, wherein the enlarged head of the ball hitting shaft is provided with an eccentric post rested on the ball.

12. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 7, wherein the first end of the ball emitting tube is provided with a fixing plate secured on an inner side of the respective side plate of the table face.

13. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the second end of the ball emitting tube is provided with two fixing pieces each secured on the bottom of the table face.

14. The basketball playing table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the ball emitting tube has a mediate portion provided with a ball collection port connected to the ball inlet port, so that the ball is introduced from the ball inlet port through the ball collection port into the ball emitting tube.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a basketball playing table, and more particularly to a basketball playing table that can lively simulate the basketball playing operation, thereby providing an amusement to the player or players.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] Usually, when a single person is practicing the basketball, he can face the backboard to practice the free throw. However, the individual playing action is boring and tedious, thereby greatly reducing the exerciser's interest during a long period of time.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a basketball playing table that can simulate the basketball playing operation lively, thereby providing an amusement to the player or players.

[0006] In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a basketball playing table, comprising:

[0007] an elongated table face having two ends provided with two end plates and two sides provided with two side plates;

[0008] each of the two end plates has an inner side provided with a basket;

[0009] the table face including two operation rods each movably and rotatably mounted between the two side plates, and two defense dolls each rotatably mounted on a respective one of the two operation rods; and

[0010] a ball emitting device mounted on the table face for emitting a ball into the table face toward the basket.

[0011] Further benefits and advantages of the present invention will become apparent after a careful reading of the detailed description with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0012] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a basketball playing table in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0013] FIG. 2 is a partially cut-away plan cross-sectional operational view of the basketball playing table as shown in FIG. 1;

[0014] FIG. 3 is a partially cut-away plan cross-sectional operational view of the basketball playing table as shown in FIG. 1;

[0015] FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of a ball emitting device of the basketball playing table in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0016] FIG. 4A is a partially enlarged view of FIG. 4;

[0017] FIG. 5 is a partially cut-away plan cross-sectional view of the basketball playing table as shown in FIG. 1;

[0018] FIG. 5A is a schematic operational view of the basketball playing table as shown in FIG. 5 in use;

[0019] FIG. 5B is a schematic operational view of the basketball playing table as shown in FIG. 5A in use; and

[0020] FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the basketball playing table in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention;

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0021] Referring to the drawings and initially to FIGS. 1-3, a basketball playing table in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises an elongated table face 10, and a ball emitting device 20.

[0022] The table face 10 has two ends provided with two end plates 11 and two sides provided with two side plates 13. Each of the two end plates 11 has an inner side provided with a basket 12. One of the two side plates 13 of the table face 10 is formed with a ball inlet port 17 and a ball outlet port 18. The basketball playing table further comprises a transparent protective hood 19 mounted on the top of the table face 10.

[0023] The table face 10 includes two operation rods 14 each movably and rotatably mounted between the two side plates 13, and two defense dolls 15 each rotatably mounted on a respective one of the two operation rods 14. Each of the two operation rods 14 has a mediate portion formed with a U-shaped bent portion 140 for mounting the respective defense doll 15. Each of the two defense dolls 15 has a mediate portion rotatably mounted on the respective operation rod 14 and has a center of gravity located at the lower portion thereof, so that each of the two defense dolls 15 is maintained at an upright state during rotation of the respective operation rod 14.

[0024] The ball emitting device 20 is mounted on one of the two side plates 13 of the table face 10 for emitting a ball (see FIG. 5) into the table face 10.

[0025] Referring to FIGS. 4 and 4A with reference to FIGS. 1-3, the ball emitting device 20 includes a fixing seat 22 secured on an outer side of the respective side plate 13 of the table face 10 and provided with a support tube 220 having a first end protruded outward from the fixing seat 22 and a second end secured in the respective side plate 13 of the table face 10, a bent ball emitting tube 25 mounted in the table face 10 and having a first end mounted on the second end of the support tube 220 and a second end provided with a ball emitting port 28 protruded outward from a bottom of the table face 10, a ball hitting shaft 24 slidably mounted in the ball emitting tube 25 and having a first end protruded outward from the first end of the support tube 220, a control handle 21 secured on the first end of the ball hitting shaft 24, and a spring 23 mounted on the ball hitting shaft 24 and urged between the support tube 220 and a second end of the ball hitting shaft 24.

[0026] The control handle 21 has an inner wall formed with a flattened face 212, and the first end of the ball hitting shaft 24 has a periphery formed with a flattened face 242 rested on the flattened face 212 of the control handle 21, so that the control handle 21 is not rotated relative to the ball hitting shaft 24.

[0027] The control handle 21 is formed with a through hole 213, the first end of the ball hitting shaft 24 is formed with a screw bore 243, and the ball emitting device 20 further includes a locking screw 210 extended through the through hole 213 of the control handle 21 and screwed into the screw bore 243 of the ball hitting shaft 24, thereby fixing the control handle 21 on the ball hitting shaft 24.

[0028] The second end of the ball hitting shaft 24 is formed with an enlarged head 244, and the spring 23 has a first end rested on the second end of the support tube 220 and a second end rested on the enlarged head 244 of the ball hitting shaft 24. Preferably, the enlarged head 244 of the ball hitting shaft 24 is provided with an eccentric post 246 rested on the ball as shown in FIG. 5.

[0029] The first end of the ball emitting tube 25 is provided with a fixing plate 250 secured on an inner side of the respective side plate 13 of the table face 10. The second end of the ball emitting tube 25 is provided with two fixing pieces 27 each secured on the bottom of the table face 10. The ball emitting tube 25 has a mediate portion provided with a ball collection port 26 connected to the ball inlet port 17, so that the ball 30 is introduced from the ball inlet port 17 through the ball collection port 26 into the ball emitting tube 25.

[0030] As shown in FIG. 5, the ball 30 is introduced through the ball collection port 26 into the ball emitting tube 25. Then, the control handle 21 is pulled outward to move the ball hitting shaft 24 outward and to compress the spring 23 as shown in FIG. 5A. Then, the force applied on the control handle 21 is removed, so that the ball hitting shaft 24 is moved inward by the restoring force of the spring 23, and the eccentric post 246 of the ball hitting shaft 24 is moved to hit the ball 30, thereby emitting the ball 30 outward from the ball emitting port 28 of the ball emitting tube 25 as shown in FIG. 5B.

[0031] In practice, when the ball 30 is ejected outward from the ball emitting port 28 of the ball emitting tube 25, the ball 30 is directed toward the basket 12 as shown in FIG. 3 to simulate the throwing action. In such a manner, each of the two operation rods 14 can be moved horizontally between the two side plates 13 and can be rotated relative to the two side plates 13, so that each of the two defense dolls 15 can be driven to move horizontally and vertically between the two side plates 13 as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, to perform the defense action, so as to catch and stop the ball 30, thereby preventing the ball 30 from being thrown into the basket 12. Then, the ball 30 can be guided by a guide device (not shown) mounted on the bottom of the table face 10 to the ball outlet port 18.

[0032] Referring to FIG. 6, the basketball playing table in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention further comprises two second operation rods 40 each movably and rotatably mounted between the two side plates 13, and a plurality of offense dolls 41 mounted on a respective one of the two second operation rods 40. Thus, the offense dolls 41 can be used to receive the ball 30 to decide the second offense right.

[0033] Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment(s) as mentioned above, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. It is, therefore, contemplated that the appended claim or claims will cover such modifications and variations that fall within the true scope of the invention.





 
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