Title:
Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An special device used for wrist snap developing and exercising for softball pitchers. The device is a new combination of existing devices that provide an effective, practical and economical way to maximize a pitcher's capability through proper training and exercise. The device is comprised of a softball; a tensioner device; a means to adjust the tensioner; and a means to adjustably secure the softball to the tensioner wherein said special device may be used to develop and exercise the wrist, fingers and arm of a softball pitcher. The device includes features that permit full padding of the arm and wrist for comfort and endurance. The device includes features for easy adjustment of the tension and the ball location, plus a quick change feature for switching ball types and sizes.



Inventors:
Parnell, Tim (Alexandria, IN, US)
Application Number:
12/214147
Publication Date:
12/25/2008
Filing Date:
06/17/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B23/16; A63B69/00
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Primary Examiner:
DONNELLY, JEROME W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
RITCHISON LAW OFFICES, PC (Anderson, IN, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for a softball pitcher 70 comprised of (a) a softball 32; (b) a tensioner device 50 made of durable materials; (c) a means to adjust the tensioner 50; and (d) a means to adjustably secure the softball 32 to the tensioner 50 wherein said special device may be used to develop and exercise the wrist, fingers and arm of a sports person.

2. The object according to claim 1 wherein the tensioner device is a spring and cable.

3. The object according to claim 1 wherein the tensioner device is a threaded engagement.

4. The object according to claim 1 wherein the tensioner device is a series of elastomeric bands.

5. The object according to claim 4 wherein the elastomeric material is a rubber.

6. The object according to claim 4 wherein the elastomeric material is a synthetic rubber.

7. The object according to claim 1 wherein the durable material is a composite materials.

8. The object according to claim 7 wherein the composite material is a plastic.

9. The object according to claim 8 wherein the plastic is a reinforced plastic.

10. The object according to claim 1 wherein the durable material is a lightweight metal.

11. The object according to claim 1 wherein the sports person plays softball.

12. The object according to claim 1 wherein the sports person plays baseball.

13. The object according to claim 1 wherein the sports person plays handball.

14. The object according to claim 1 wherein the sports person bowls.

15. The object according to claim 1 wherein the sports person plays racquetball.

16. A system and a method for teaching correct softball throwing techniques.

17. A method according to claim 16 comprised of performing the following steps: STEP 1: Insert one's pitching hand through the large end opening, STEP 2: Grip the ball as if he/she is getting ready to pitch. STEP 3: Hold the Exerciser down along side of the body as in a delivery position. STEP 4: Curl the hand in an upward position to snap the wrist STEP 5: Adjust the tension rod (located on top of Exerciser) according to ones ability and strength STEP 6: Optional—Different balls can be inserted by loosening the outer knobs on both sides of the hand yoke. STEP 7: Optional—Different balls can be purchased separately for this STEP 8: Loosen the outer knobs the device can be adjusted according to hand size STEP 9: Exercise the arm by moving it through the positions STEP 10: Repeat as desired or needed to develop strength

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS:

This application claims the benefit of Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/936,589 filed Jun. 21, 2007 by Tim Parnell, and entitled “Special Wrist Snap Developing and Exercising Device for Softball Pitchers”.

FIELD OF INVENTION

This invention relates to a Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. Particularly this new Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers is related to devices and methods to improve pitching, particularly softball pitching. This Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers is a new combination of existing devices that provide an effective, practical and economical way to maximize a pitcher's capability through proper training and exercise with this new device. The preferred embodiment is described below.

FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH

None.

SEQUENCE LISTING OR PROGRAM

None.

BACKGROUND-FIELD OF INVENTION AND PRIOR ART

BACKGROUND-FIELD OF INVENTION

The new Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers is a product and system that is designed to provide a better device to permit softball pitchers and others to fully develop their arms and wrist strength.

A. Introduction of the Problems Addressed

The skills and development required to be an effective softball pitcher requires more than just strength. All pars of the motion of delivering the pitch depends on the strength of the arm, the snap of the wrist and the grip of the ball. To date no device or system has effectively addressed these needs. The present Parnell device answers this need for all areas.

B. Prior Art

In recent years, some training aids to pitchers and other exercise devices for pitchers have been accomplished but none fulfill and answer the needs discussed above. Examples of prior exercise devices for arm strength and needs of pitchers with U.S. Pat. No. 1,658,108 issued to T. E. Vaughn (1926) for an arm developer. This teaches a training appliance with a weight and tee handle to exercise and strengthen the arm. No grip or forearm resistance is taught and no specific softball improvement is mentioned. Another improvement for wrist exercise is attempted by a patent issued to Sakurada as U.S. Pat. No. 4,039,183 (1977). It teaches a wrist exercise and strengthening device that is a device that is provided for exercising and strengthening the human wrist, which comprises a concave trough with two parallel spaced members projecting from one end thereof and a grip rotatably mounted on the elongated member. The device fits on the human forearm directly above the wrist and provides wrist strengthening exercises for the user by means of the grip being biased by the force of the springs against the flexing of the wrist. No combination with a ball device or upper forearm is described or taught.

Other examples of exercise devices include a U.S. Pat. No. 4,377,282 issued to Hayes (1983) which teaches a wrist activator. It teaches a device that is particularly adapted for use by an athlete such as a baseball pitcher. The exercise apparatus has a weighted, elongated, rectangular frame which is adapted to be grasped by the pitcher and moved in a simulated pitching motion. The frame includes side members, a weighted cross member displaced to one side of the plane in which the frame lies at one end, a wrist-backing cross member at the other end, and a transverse hand grip intermediate the two ends which is longitudinally adjustable to accommodate variations in the length of the user's hand. No pitcher grip control or forearm strengthening is anticipated. A U.S. Pat. No. 4,592,545 issued to Sagedahl et al (1986) teaches a complex Isokinetic exercise apparatus and method. Here s a device that is directed to an exercising apparatus which includes a torque arm for rotation on a shaft which is connected to a countertorque machine. The exercising person moves torque arm through a flexible strap. Strap includes a loop for sliding along torque arm. The flexibility and sliding capability of strap provide for the person to do the exact movement which he would otherwise do during an athletic event. Therefore, the person may exercise good form and coordination at the threshold speed of the resistance machine for the movement of a particular sport. The device is complex and expensive as compared with the simple Parnell device and method.

An exerciser for softball pitchers was shown in U.S. Pat. No. 5,178,598 issued to Finch (1993). It taught an exerciser for softball pitchers who are especially trying to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder and arm of the user. The exerciser has a base which may be attached to a fixed frame member. A rotatable arm is held by the base, and a brake pad and shoe assembly is affixed between the rotatable arm and the base. The amount of pressure between the brake pads and the brake shoe is adjustable. A curved arm is held by the arm-support member, and a flexible line is attached at its remote end. The flexible line is about one-half the length of the curved arm. The curved arm may be rotated 360° around the base. The device is non-portable, complex and expensive when compared to the Parnell device. Another exerciser device is taught in U.S. Pat. No. 5,308,305 issued to Romney (1994) that teaches a device to augment exercise. It shows an apparatus for augmenting exercise of body muscle(s) comprising one or more articles of close-fitting wearing apparel employing one or more removable elongate resistance members, loosely enclosed in passageways along a portion of the length of the apparel, which resistance members releasably anchored at one end to a fixed-in-place member such as a belt or a shoulder harness and attached at the distal end to the extremity of an arm or leg, the apparatus being devised so as to increase the energy required by a user to flex his arms or legs over the energy level necessary without the resistance of the elongate resistance members. The device is complex and covers exercise beyond the needs and scope of pitching.

A simple training device for throwing a ball was shown and taught by the U.S. Pat. No. 6,884,187 issued to Cataldi et al (2005). The patent taught a throwing exercise apparatus using a sphere with an internal polar passageway to deliver end portions a non-elastic band of which one end portion circumscribes the outer surface of the sphere and extends to the other end portion where they are joined together by a fastener. The device has no interaction with the forearm or grip enhancement as does the Parnell device. A U.S. Pat. No. 6,896,631 issued to Fairchild (2006) was focused on a simple follow-through device of a flapper attached to the leg of a pitcher near the knee. It was conceived to teach follow through and did not aid the exercise of the wrist and forearm as the Parnell device.

A arm and wrist combination is shown and taught by the Power Arm Worker by Line Drive at www.http://store.linedrive.com. The device has similar configuration as the Parnell device except it does not anticipate or teach the combination with the softball and enhanced grip techniques. As far as known, there is no other Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers at the present time which fully provide these improvements and functional characteristics as the present Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. It is believed that this device is made with improved configurations and physical features to provide more functionality when compared to other currently utilized softball exercisers and development apparatus. The particular combinations of materials and features are unique and novel and are not anticipated by prior art. Likewise, by using a Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers a more professional and effective result in training softball pitchers may be achieved.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers has been developed and designed to provide a unique combination that is specifically related to devices and methods to improve pitching, particularly softball pitching. The Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers may be used to improve pitching skills and strength for amateur and professional ball players. The benefits are delineated below.

The preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers is comprised of a unique combination of an existing tension machine combined with an adjustable mechanism to hold a softball. The combination permits a pitcher to improve overall arm strength, to improve grip and to enhance and strengthen the “snap strength” of the wrist—a characteristic critical for so many pitching movements. The device includes features that permit full padding of the arm and wrist for comfort and endurance. Likewise, the device includes features for easy adjustment of the tension and the ball location, plus a quick change feature for switching ball types and sizes.

Objects and Advantages

There are several objects and advantages of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. There are currently no known pitching exercise device that are effective at providing the objects of this invention.

The following TABLE A summarizes various advantages and objects of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. This list is exemplary and not limiting to the many advantages offered by this new device.

TABLE A
Various Benefits, Advantages and Objects
This device:
ITEMBENEFIT
1.Can be used by a right or left handed pitcher.
2.Strengthens the wrist, fingers and forearms
3.Can be adjusted to variable resistance
4.Can accommodate all hand-sizes
5.Can be used for warm ups between innings
6.Is a great muscle memory and strengthen tool
7.Can be used in conjunction with pitching practice
8.Can be used with the complete “Windmill Motion”
9.Trains the wrist to “Snap” in proper position
10.Can be used with various” grips” Fast Balls; Rise
Balls; Curve Balls, etc.
11.Is receptive from baseballs to 12 inch softballs
12.Can be used by little leaguers to elite ball players
13.By using this device the player will increase
strength and stamina within the wrist for longer
pitching ability and less fatigue
14.Can be used by any age and any level of training or
practice
15.By The built in tension rod will work out even the
strongest pitcher
16.Could be an excellent device for the college level
player
17.Could be a great benefit with the increase in
“traveling leagues” for people who are a so-so
pitcher to help develop and improve their skills as a
starting pitcher
18.Can be used for practice by anywhere and at anytime

Noteworthy is that other advantages and additional features of the present Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers will be more apparent from the accompanying drawings and from the full description of the device. For one skilled in the art of exercising and development devices for pitchers, it is readily understood that the features shown in the examples with this device is readily adapted for improvement to other types of exercising and training means.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS—FIGURES

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate a preferred and alternative embodiments for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. The drawings together with the summary description given above and a detailed description given below serve to explain the principles of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. It is understood, however, that the device is not limited to only the precise arrangements and instrumentalities shown.

FIGS. 1A through 1C are sketches that depict the general components of the preferred embodiment for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers.

FIGS. 2A and 2B are sketches that show details and features of the preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers.

FIGS. 3A through 3C are sketches that show additional details and features of the preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers.

FIG. 4A through 4E are sketches that show additional common details for the tension adjustment for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers.

FIGS. 5A through 5F are sketches that show the ball and yoke details for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers.

FIG. 6A is a sketch that shows the grip at the wrist snap portion of the device.

FIGS. 7A through 7D are examples of how to use the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers.

FIGS. 8A through 8F are examples of prior art in the fields of pitcher arm and wrist development for softball pitchers.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS—REFERENCE NUMERALS

The following list refers to the drawings:

TABLE B
Reference numbers
Ref #Description
31General exerciser device
32Ball (softball, various sizes or baseball or the
like)
36Inside forearm rest and pad
37Outside forearm and wrist pad
40Yoke
41Ball fastening threaded knobs or the lake
42Ball shaft
43Aperture/slot for ball placement
45Minimum ball extension position
46Maximum ball extension position
50Tension adjusting rod assembly (cover 50A)
51Tension spring and cable
52Tension adjusting disk
53Tension adjustment indicator
60Grip
61Back position where arm is essentially at 9:00 clock
position
62Intermediate position where arm is essentially at
7:00 clock position
63Down position where arm is essentially at 6:00 clock
position
64Snap position where wrist and arm are essentially at
5:00 clock position
70Pitcher
71Glove
72Hand and fingers
74Cable and weights arm exerciser
75Elastic band arm exerciser
76Weighted wrist roller device
77Follow-through paddle indicator
78Elastic band trainer
79Spinner disk

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The present invention presented is a Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31. Particularly the preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 is related to devices and methods to improve pitching, particularly softball pitching. The preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers is comprised of a unique combination of an existing tension machine combined with an adjustable mechanism to hold a softball. The combination permits a pitcher to improve overall arm strength, to improve grip and to enhance and strengthen the “snap strength” of the wrist—a characteristic critical for so many pitching movements.

There is shown in FIGS. 1-8 a complete detail and operative embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31. In the drawings and illustrations, one notes well that the FIGS. 1-6 demonstrate the general configuration and FIGS. 6 and 7, the use of this invention. FIGS. 8A through 8F demonstrate some of the prior art for display means. The operation of the device 31 and are discussed below in the Operations section.

The advantages are listed above in the introduction of the specification in Table A.

The preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 is comprised of a unique combination of an existing tension machine 50 et al combined with an adjustable yoke 40 et al mechanism to hold a softball 32. The combination permits a pitcher 70 to improve overall arm strength, to improve grip and to enhance and strengthen the “snap strength” of the wrist—a characteristic critical for so many pitching movements.

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate a preferred 31 embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. The drawings together with the summary description given above and a detailed description given below serve to explain the principles of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31. It is understood, however, that the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 is not limited to only the precise arrangements and instrumentalities shown.

FIGS. 1A through 1C are sketches that depict the general components of the preferred embodiment for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 (Exerciser) for softball pitchers. FIG. 1A is essentially a top view sketch of the device 31 while FIG. 1B shows a sketch from the side. In both cases, the combination of the tensioner machine in a new combination with a softball 32 in an adjustable yoke 40 is clearly depicted. Various features and materials are designated below. FIG. 1C shows the device 31 in action where a pitcher 70 demonstrates the use of the device 31 with the softball 32.

FIGS. 2A and 2B are sketches that show details and features of the preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers. These sketches show the tensioner rod 50 and the comfort pads 36, 37. Also the softball 32 is shown in the yoke 40 of the exerciser device 31. The softball 32 is attached to the integral yoke 40 and hence the device 31 by a fastening means 41. The Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers (Exerciser) is made of essentially molded plastic so it is lightweight and easy to support by the arm and hand. The exerciser 31 has padding features 36, 37 to ensure that the arm and wrist of a pitcher 70 will not be aggravated and abraded when the pitcher 70 is working out. The Exerciser 31 is made very durable and will not break when dropped or stepped on. It is a very strong and durable piece of equipment. The majority of the material is a durable plastic. One skilled in the art of sports devices appreciates the plethora of materials that could be utilized to make this Exerciser 31. These include, for example and not for limitation, composite materials; various plastics, including reinforced plastics; fabric and foam reinforced by strong and lightweight metals; and the like. The essential measurements of the device 31 are as approximately twelve inches (12″) long and approximately five inches (5″) wide and deep. In addition, the pads 36, 37 are made from fabric or foam, such as an open cell poly urethanes and the like with a means to protect the surface. This means could be a processed closure of the foam or a cover such as a vinyl or denim material over the fabric. One skilled in pad devices well appreciates the many variations to accomplish the comfort to the arm and wrist area for this device 31.

FIGS. 3A through 3C are additional sketches that show tensioner 50 details and features of the preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers. These sketches show details and features of the preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers. These sketches show the tensioner rod 50 and the comfort pads 36, 37. Also the softball 32 is shown as well as the integral yoke 40 of the exerciser device 31. The softball 32 is attached to the integral yoke 40 and hence the device 31 by a fastening means 41. Note the ball shaft 42 is extended through the center of the ball 32 and attached to the yoke 40 by the fastening means 43. The means to adjust tension rod assembly 50 is designed with a strong wire (cable and or spring) 51 inside the plastic rod 50 A. The tensioner assembly 50, located on the top of the device 31 turns/rotates by an adjustment means 52 (such as a rotating dial) to give various degrees of resistance. The amount of resistance is then displayed on the indicator 53 along the rod cover 50A. One skilled in the art well appreciates the other means to adjust such as a threaded engagement or a elastic band(such as rubber or synthetic elastomers) that satisfy the scope of this device. The side of the exerciser 31 next to the arm and wrist of the pitcher 70 is padded 36, 37 for comfort as shown again in FIG. 3B.

FIGS. 4A through 4E are sketches that show additional common details for the tension adjustment 50 for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers. Again the pads 36, 37 are also shown. For the tensioner 50, the adjustment means 52 and the indicator markings 53 are shown with more definition than the previous sketches. One skilled in exercise and development equipment well appreciates the various instrumentalities that may be used to adjust and indicate the tension. However, this example, and not limitation, shown here does not diminish the scope and function of the exerciser device 31.

FIGS. 5A through 5F are sketches that show the ball 32 and integral yoke 40 details for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 70. The yoke 40, the shaft 42, the fasteners 41 are all shown in relation to the ball 32. Special note in FIGS. 5E and 5F are the maximum 46 and minimum 45 adjustment positions of the shaft 42 and fasteners 41 in the slotted apertures 43 of the integral yoke 40. This special feature provides a means for the individual pitcher 70 to adjust the ball 32 location to best fit and exercise the pitcher's wrist. The adjustment span from minimum 45 to maximum 46 positions allows a wide range of hand sizes to be universally addressed by the new Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers.

FIG. 6A is a sketch that shows the grip 60 at the wrist snap portion of the device 31. The fingers 72 of the pitcher 70 wrap around the ball for maximum exercise of the grip 60 and the arm during the wrist snap exercise.

FIGS. 7A through 7D are examples of how to use the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers. These are discussed below in the operation section.

FIGS. 8A through 8F are examples of prior art in the fields of wrist and arm development for softball pitchers. The devices are summarized in Table C as:

TABLE C
Prior Devices, Prior Art
Ref #Description
74Cable and weights arm exerciser
75Elastic band arm exerciser
76Weighted wrist roller device
77Follow-through paddle indicator
78Elastic band trainer
79Spinner disk

All of the details mentioned here are exemplary and not limiting. Other components specific to describing a Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 may be added as a person having ordinary skill in the field of exercise and development devices for softball pitchers well appreciates.

Operation of the Preferred Embodiment

The preferred embodiment for the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 have been described in the above paragraphs. The manner of how the device operates is described below. One skilled in the art of exercise and development devices for softball pitchers will note that the description above and the operation described here must be taken together to fully illustrate the concept of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31.

The preferred embodiment of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 is comprised of is comprised of a unique combination of an existing tension machine 50 et al combined with an adjustable yoke mechanism 40 et al to hold a softball 32. The combination permits a pitcher to improve overall arm strength, to improve grip 60 and to enhance and strengthen the “snap strength” of the wrist—a characteristic critical for so many pitching movements. The device includes features that permit full padding 36, 37 of the arm and wrist for comfort and endurance. Likewise, the device includes features for easy adjustment of the tension 52 and the ball location 40 et al, plus a quick change feature for switching ball types and sizes. These features and details of the device 31 are described above.

The various options for uses are shown in the following Table method of using the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 are summarized in the following Table D.

TABLE D
Options for Use
StepOperational Description
1This device can be used by a right or left handed
pitcher.
2This device strengthens the wrist, fingers and
forearms
3This device can be adjusted to variable resistance
4This device can accommodate all hand-sizes
5This device can be used for warm ups between innings
6This device is a great muscle memory and strengthen
tool
7This device can be used in conjunction with pitching
practice
8This device can be used with the complete “Windmill
Motion”
9This device Trains the wrist to “Snap” in proper
position
10This device can be used with various” grips” Fast
Balls; Rise Balls; Curve Balls, etc.
11This device is receptive from baseballs to 12 inch
softballs
12This device can be used by little leaguers to elite
ball players
13By using this device the player will increase
strength and stamina within the wrist for longer
pitching ability and less fatigue
14This exerciser can be used by any age and any level
of training or practice
15The built in tension rod will work out even the
strongest pitcher
16This would be an excellent device for the college
level player
17With the increase in “traveling leagues” this would
be a great benefit for people who are a so-so
pitcher to help develop and improve their skills as
a starting pitcher
18One can practice with this device anywhere and at
anytime

Here the use of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 anticipates a market initially to amateur softball pitchers but this will not limit the device to use in amateur sports or for softball only. Other sports including baseball, bowling, handball, racquetball and the like are within the spirit and scope of exercising with this device with minimal enhancements and features.

The method of using the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 are summarized in the following Table E.

TABLE E
Method for Use
StepOperational Description
1Insert one's pitching hand through the large end
opening,
2Grip the ball as if he/she is getting ready to pitch.
3Hold the Exerciser down along side of the body as in a
delivery position.
4Curl the hand in an upward position to snap the wrist
5Adjust the tension rod (located on top of Exerciser)
according to ones ability and strength
6Optional - Different balls can be inserted by loosening
the outer knobs on both sides of the hand yoke.
7Optional - Different balls can be purchased separately
for this
8Loosen the outer knobs the device can be adjusted
according to hand size
9Exercise the arm by moving it through the positions
shown in FIG. 7.
10Repeat as desired or needed to develop strength

FIGS. 7A through 7D are examples of how to use the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device 31 for softball pitchers. FIG. 7 A shows the Back position where arm is essentially at 9:00 clock position 61. FIG. 7B shows the Intermediate position where arm is essentially at 7:00 clock position 62. FIG. 7C shows the Down position where arm is essentially at 6:00 clock position 63. FIG. 7D shows the Snap position where wrist and arm are essentially at 5:00 clock position 64. In all cases the pitcher 70 grips the softball 32 with his/her fingers and has the wrist and fingers under tension from the device 31. The overall strengthening of the arm, wrist, and fingers are done in conjunction with the softball 32 uniquely combined with the tensioner 50 in the new device 31.

With the above description it is to be understood that the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 is not to be limited to only the disclosed embodiment. The features of the Special wrist snap developing and exercising device for softball pitchers 31 are intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the description.