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Method for profiling pitches using a computerized, programmable pitching machine

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Gregory J. Battersby, Michael T. Suba

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method is provided for profiling pitches of an actual pitcher using a programmable pitching simulator of the type having at least two wheels and a video display component. The method comprises the steps of: (a) creating pitch profile codes for all pitches that a pitcher can reasonably pitch, the pitch profile codes including information regarding pitch type, pitch speed and pitch movement; (b) developing a master pitch parameter table for each of the pitch profile codes, the pitch parameter table including all data reasonably necessary to program the programmable pitching simulator to throw profiled pitches; (c) developing pitch profile codes for a particular pitcher, the pitch profile codes also including a code for a video image to be displayed; (d) entering into the programmable pitching simulator the specific pitch profile codes for a particular pitcher by the use of a card containing the pitch profile codes; (e) and re-programming the programmable pitching simulator to deliver pitches with the same pitch profiles of the pitcher. The method can further include developing specific sequences of particular profiled pitches to a particular batter in the sequence that the pitcher has historically pitched to the batter.

Claims

1. A method for simulating the actual pitches thrown by a live pitcher using a programmable pitching simulator, said method comprising the steps of:

2. The method of claim 1, wherein said simulator is programmed using a card containing a bar code.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein said simulator is programmed using a Smart Card.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein said simulator includes a video component for displaying the moving image of a pitcher.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein said pitch profile further includes the display of a video image of said pitcher, the display of which is synchronized with the release of the pitch from said simulator.

6. A method for simulating the actual pitches thrown by a live pitcher using a programmable pitching simulator, said method comprising the steps of:

7. A method for profiling pitches of an actual pitcher using a programmable pitching simulator, said method comprising the steps of:

8. The method of claim 7, wherein said pitch profile codes further include information concerning pitch movement.

9. The method of claim 7, wherein said pitching simulator further includes a video display component and wherein said pitch profile codes further include information concerning an video image corresponding to said specific pitch profile to display.

10. The method of claim 7, wherein said programmable pitching simulator includes at least two wheels and is capable of moving in both a horizontal and vertical direction, and wherein said master pitch parameter table includes data concerning the appropriate speed for each of said at least two wheels and the appropriate horizontal and vertical position for the simulator when throwing a particular pitch at a particular speed to a particular location.

11. The method of claim 7, wherein said simulator includes a video component and further wherein said master pitch parameter table includes an identification of the appropriate video to display.

12. The method of claim 7, wherein said pitch profile codes are entered into said simulator by use of a card containing a bar code.

13. The method of claim 7, wherein said pitch profile codes are entered into said simulator by use of a Smart Card.

14. A method for profiling pitches of an actual pitcher using a programmable pitching simulator of the type having at least two wheels and a video display component, said method comprising the steps of:

15. The method of claim 14, wherein said cards are selected from the group consisting of cards having bar codes and Smart Cards.

16. A method for simulating the actual pitches thrown by a live pitcher to a particular hitter in the sequence that said pitch has historically pitched to said hitter using a programmable pitching simulator, said method comprising the steps of:

17. The method of claim 16, wherein said pitch profile further includes data concerning the actual movement of all such pitches.

18. The method of claim 16, wherein said simulator is programmed using either a bar code card or a Smart Card.

19. A method for simulating the actual pitches thrown by a live pitcher using a programmable pitching simulator, said method comprising the steps of:

20. The method of claim 19, wherein said simulator includes a video display for displaying the image of an actual pitcher, said video display being synchronized with the pitching of said profiled pitches.