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Title:
REMOVABLE BASKETBALL HOOP POLE HOLDER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/227265
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A removable holder for a basketball hoop pole includes a C-clamp assembly for securing the holder to a structure such as a post, a retaining wall or concrete street curbing, a pole sleeve joined to the C-clamp assembly and including i) a channel having a longitudinal opening for receiving the pole, and ii) a removable cover that cooperates with the channel to close the longitudinal opening; and a tightening system for securing the pole into the pole sleeve in a solidary parallel relationship between the pole and the pole sleeve. The holder for a basketball hoop pole is easy and quick to install as easy to remove so as to be stored or moved to another location. The use of such a holder to mount a basketball hoop system to a structure results in an installation that is as rigid and safe as a permanent installation with, however, the advantages of a removable and portable system.

Inventors:
BRETON, Daniel (2775, Du Neptune,Quebe, Quebec G2E 6A3, CA)
Application Number:
CA2017/000264
Publication Date:
December 20, 2018
Filing Date:
December 06, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CO-ALLIANCE INC. (2120 rue Bacqueville, Quebec, Quebec G1P 1P2, CA)
International Classes:
A63B63/08; E04H12/22; F16M13/02
Foreign References:
CN203656501U2014-06-18
CN201930492U2011-08-17
EP0638257A11995-02-15
GB2426948A2006-12-13
JP2006210300A2006-08-10
US4903929A1990-02-27
US20170089515A12017-03-30
CN201123995Y2008-10-01
CN202410058U2012-09-05
CN202490394U2012-10-17
CN205903593U2017-01-25
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
AGENCE DE BREVETS FOURNIER (216 St-Laurent, La Prairie, Québec J5R 1H4, CA)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A removable holder for a pole comprising:

a C-clamp assembly;

a pole sleeve solidarily joined to the C-clamp assembly; the pole sleeve including i) a channel having a longitudinal opening for receiving the pole, and ii) a removable cover that cooperates with the channel to close the longitudinal opening; and

a tightening system for securing the pole into the pole sleeve in a solidary relationship between the pole and the pole sleeve.

2. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the C- clamp assembly defines a clamping axis; the pole sleeve extending from the C- clamp assembly along a second axis that is generally perpendicular from the clamping axis.

3. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the C- clamp assembly includes first and second jaw members that are assembled for relative sliding movements.

4. The removable holder as recited in claim 3, wherein the C- clamp assembly includes a locking assembly for i) gradually biasing the second jaw member towards or away the first jaw member, and ii) forcing a position of the second jaw member relative to the first jaw member.

5. The removable holder as recited in claim 4, wherein the locking assembly includes a nut secured to the first jaw member and a screw operatively mounted to the second jaw member and to the nut.

6. The removable holder as recited in claim 3, wherein facing portions of the first and second jaw members being provided with gripping elements.

7. The removable holder as recited in claim 6, wherein the gripping elements includes spikes.

8. The removable holder as recited in claim 3, wherein each of the first and second jaw members being L-shaped and having a jaw portion and a mounting portion; the mounting portion of the second jaw member being configured to be complementary received in a snugly fit manner in the mounting portion of the first jaw member.

9. The removable holder as recited in claim 8, wherein one of the mounting portions has a longitudinal notch that defines a clearance to ease an assembly of the second jaw member in the first jaw member.

10. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the longitudinal opening extends along a full length of the channel.

11. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the removable cover and the channel have substantially a same length.

12. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the removable cover and the channel have respective first and second cooperating elements for attaching the cover to the channel.

13. The removable holder as recited in claim 12, wherein one of the first and second cooperating elements are tabs and the other are respective tab-receiving housings.

14. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the tightening system includes at least one clamping screw operatively mounted through the channel.

15. The removable holder as recited in claim 14, wherein the tightening system further includes a pressure plate that is insertable within the sleeve between the pole when the pole is inserted in the sleeve and the channel of the sleeve.

16. The removable holder as recited in claim 15, wherein the pressure plate has stopper plate at one of its longitudinal end.

17. The removable holder as recited in claim 1 , wherein the C- clamp assembly defines a longitudinal clamping axis; the removable holder further comprising a lateral stabilizer mounted to the C-clamp assembly; the lateral stabilizer having at least one leveling screw secured to the C-clamp assembly on each lateral side thereof.

18. The removable holder as recited in claim 17, wherein the lateral stabilizer includes a bracket mounted to the C-clamp assembly; the at least one leveling screws being operatively mounted to the bracket.

19. The removable holder as recited in claim 17, wherein the lateral stabilizer is removably mounted to the C-clamp assembly.

20. A removable holder for a basketball hoop pole comprising: a C-clamp assembly having first and second jaw members that are assembled for relative sliding movements along a clamping axis, and a locking assembly for i) biasing the second jaw member towards or away the first jaw member, and for ii) forcing a position of the second jaw member relative to the first jaw member;

a pole sleeve that extends from the first jaw member; the pole sleeve including i) an open channel having a longitudinal opening for allowing insertion of the basketball hoop pole in the open channel, and ii) a removable cover that cooperates with the open channel to close the longitudinal opening; and

a tightening system including at least one clamping screw operatively mounted through the channel for securing the basketball hoop pole into the pole sleeve in a solidary relationship between the basketball hoop pole and the pole sleeve;

whereby, in operation, a) the C-clamp assembly is secured to a fixed element adjacent a playing surface, b) the basketball hoop pole is mounted into the pole sleeve before c) closing the opening of the sleeve using the removable cover, and d) securing the basketball hoop pole to the pole sleeve using the tightening system.

21. A holder for a removably securing a pole to a structure, the holder comprising:

a support having an opening for receiving the pole;

a vise mechanism mounted to the support; the clamping mechanism being operable to cooperate with the support for unifying the pole and the support; and

a gripping element that is integral to the support; the gripping element being movable between an open position and a close position onto the structure, wherein the gripping element and the structure become integral.

Description:
TITLE

Removable Basketball Hoop Pole Holder

FIELD

[0001] The present disclosure relates to sports equipment. More specifically, the present disclosure concerns street basketball hoop systems.

BACKGROUND

[0002] There are two types of outdoor basketball hoop system: permanently fixed and portable.

[0003] Fixed basketball hoop systems include a basket on a backboard that is secured directly on a structure such as an outside wall or that hang on a pole that is permanently secured into the ground. While a fixed installation is stable and safe, its installation cost is high, and it must be positioned in a dedicated area, for example inside a lot. It is therefore not suitable for street play and more generally lacks mobility.

[0004] A typical portable basketball hoop system 10 is shown in

Figure 1. The system 10 has a backboard 12 secured to a pole 14, that is in turn fixedly mounted to a plastic base 16 that is intended to be filled with water, sands or the likes to increase its weight and therefore its stability. The resulting assembly partly solved the drawback of fixed installation by being able to be carried from one place to another. However, drawbacks of such a portable basketball hoop system include its bulkiness, the fragility of its base 16, its instability in strong winds, the inherent tradeoff between its stability and portability, and the difficulty to level such a system.

[0005] Other portable systems are known that include a fixation mechanism for receiving the basketball hoop pole and removably mounting it to a structure. However, none of such system has been found to be sufficiently rigid and to yield sufficient pressure on the structure to which it is mounted to be safe, and more generally to withstand all playing exigence, including withstanding the weight of a player hung to the hoop.

SUMMARY

[0006] According to an illustrative embodiment, there is provided a removable holder for a pole comprising:

[0007] a C-clamp assembly;

[0008] a pole sleeve solidarily joined to the C-clamp assembly; the pole sleeve including i) a channel having a longitudinal opening for receiving the pole, and ii) a removable cover that cooperates with the channel to close the longitudinal opening; and

[0009] a tightening system for securing the pole into the pole sleeve in a solidary relationship between the pole and the pole sleeve.

[0010] Such a pole holder is easy and quick to install on a structure such as on concrete curbing, a retaining wall or on a post and as easy to remove to be stored or to be moved to another location.

[0011] The pole holder is well adapted to attach a basketball hoop pole to an existing structure without any alteration to said structure.

[0012] According to another embodiment, there is provided a removable holder for a basketball hoop pole comprising:

[0013] a C-clamp assembly having first and second jaw members that are assembled for relative sliding movements along a clamping axis, and a locking assembly for i) biasing the second jaw member towards or away the first jaw member, and for ii) forcing a position of the second jaw member relative to the first jaw member;

[0014] a pole sleeve that extends from the first jaw member; the pole sleeve including i) an open channel having a longitudinal opening for allowing insertion of the basketball hoop pole in the open channel, and ii) a removable cover that cooperates with the open channel to close the longitudinal opening; and

[0015] a tightening system including at least one clamping screw operatively mounted through the channel for securing the basketball hoop pole into the pole sleeve in a solidary relationship between the basketball hoop pole and the pole sleeve;

[0016] whereby, in operation, a) the C-clamp assembly is secured to a fixed element adjacent a playing surface, b) the basketball hoop pole is mounted into the pole sleeve before c) closing the opening of the sleeve using the removable cover, and d) securing the basketball hoop pole to the pole sleeve using the tightening system.

[0017] According to still another illustrative embodiment there is provided a holder for a removably securing a pole to a structure, the holder comprising:

[0018] a support having an opening for receiving the pole;

[0019] a vise mechanism mounted to the support; the clamping mechanism being operable to cooperate with the support for unifying the pole and the support; and

[0020] a gripping element that is integral to the support; the gripping element being movable between an open position and a close position onto the structure, wherein the gripping element and the structure become integral.

[0021] The use of an illustrative embodiment of a holder as described herein results in a basketball hoop system installation that is as rigid and safe as a permanent installation with, however, the advantages of a removable and transportable system.

[0022] It is to be noted that the expression "removable" is to be construed in the description and in the claims as being able and intended to be installed and uninstall repeatedly.

[0023] It is to be noted that the expression "solidarily joined" should be construed in the description and in the claims so as to characterize elements that are integrally joined or whose joining is so rigid as to act as if the parts were effectively integral.

[0024] Other objects, advantages and features of the pole holder will become more apparent upon reading the following non-restrictive description of preferred embodiments thereof, given by way of example only with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0025] In the appended drawings:

[0026] Figure 1 , which is labelled "Prior Art" is a perspective view of a portable basketball hoop system according to the prior art;

[0027] Figure 2 is a perspective view of a removable basketball hoop pole holder according to a first illustrative embodiment; [0028] Figure 3 is an exploded view of the removable basketball hoop pole holder from Figure 2;

[0029] Figures 4A to 41 are perspective views of the removable basketball hoop pole holder from Figure 2, illustrating the installation thereof to mount a basketball hoop pole to a post;

[0030] Figure 5 is a perspective view of a basketball hoop system incorporating the removable basketball hoop pole holder from Figure 2;

[0031] Figure 6 is a perspective view of a removable basketball hoop pole holder according to a second illustrative embodiment;

[0032] Figure 7 is an exploded view of the removable basketball hoop pole holder from Figure 6;

[0033] Figures 8A to 8D are perspective views of the removable basketball hoop pole holder from Figure 6, illustrating the mounting thereof to concrete street curbing; and

[0034] Figures 9A to 9B are perspective views of a basketball hoop system incorporating the removable basketball hoop pole holder from Figure 6; Figure 9B illustrating the easy pivoting of the pole.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0035] In the following description, similar features in the drawings have been given similar reference numerals, and in order not to weigh down the figures, some elements are not referred to in some figures if they were already identified in a precedent figure. [0036] The use of the word "a" or "an" when used in conjunction with the term "comprising" in the claims and/or the specification may mean "one", but it is also consistent with the meaning of "one or more", "at least one", and "one or more than one". Similarly, the word "another" may mean at least a second or more.

[0037] As used in this specification and claim(s), the words

"comprising" (and any form of comprising, such as "comprise" and "comprises"), "having" (and any form of having, such as "have" and "has"), "including" (and any form of including, such as "include" and "includes") or "containing" (and any form of containing, such as "contain" and "contains"), are inclusive or open- ended and do not exclude additional, unrecited elements.

[0038] A removable basketball hoop pole holder 20 according to a first illustrative embodiment will be described with reference first to Figures 2 and 3.

[0039] The pole holder 20 comprises a C-clamp assembly 22, a pole sleeve 24, and a pole tightening system 26.

[0040] The C-clamp assembly 22 is defined by two L-shaped jaw members 28 and 30 that are assembled for relative sliding movements. The first jaw member 28 includes a first C-channel portion 32 and a second integral C-channel portion 34 that extends perpendicularly from the first channel portion 32. The second channel portion 34 defines a first jaw portion of the C-clamp assembly 22. Similarly, the second jaw member 30 includes a third C-channel portion 36 and a fourth integral C-channel portion 38 that extends perpendicularly from the third channel portion 36. The third channel portion 36 is narrower than the first channel portion 32 so as to allow its insertion in the first channel portion 32 for sliding movements therein in a snuggly fit manner. The fourth channel portion 38 defines a second jaw portion of the C-clamp assembly 22. [0041] The C-clamp assembly 22 further includes a locking assembly 40 that allows both i) biasing the second jaw member 30 towards and away the first jaw member 28 along clamping axis 41 , and ii) locking their relative positions.

[0042] The locking assembly 40 includes a nut 42 mounted in the first channel portion 32 via a mounting plate 44 secured to the channel portion 32 on the open longitudinal side thereof. The locking assembly 40 further includes a C-shaped bended plate 46 secured to the second jaw member 30 therein. The center portion 48 of the plate 46 is provided with a hole 50 that is so positioned within the second jaw member 30 as to be registered with the threaded hole of the nut 42 when the third C-channel portion 36 is inserted in the first channel portion 32. A screw 52, provided with a washer 54, is inserted in both the hole 50 and the nut 42 to operate the locking assembly 40.

[0043] As will now become more apparent to a person skilled in the art, the C-clamp assembly acts as a vise.

[0044] The inner sides of the jaw portions 34 and 38 are provided with spikes 64 at their distal ends 60 and 62. More specifically, the spikes 64 are in the form of triangular portions of plates 66 that are secured to the jaw portions 34 and 38 at the distal ends 60 and 62 thereof and that extend from the second and fourth channel portions 34 and 38 between both jaw portions 34 and 38. The distal ends 60 and 62 of the jaw portions 34 and 38 are configured for complimentary receiving the plates 66.

[0045] As will be further described hereinbelow with reference to the installation of the pole holder 20, the spikes 64 allows a stable grip unto a fixed element adjacent a playing area, such as without limitations a post 68 (see Figure 4A), a retaining wall (not shown) or concrete street curbing 70 (see Figure 8A). [0046] The outer lateral straight edges of both L-shaped jaw members 28 and 30 are provided with L-shaped elements 72 and 74 respectively. The elements 72 and 74 are welded to the edges and provides an additional rigidity to the jaw members 28 and 30. Alternatively, the L-shaped elements 72 and 74 are defined by bent portions of the corresponding C- channel.

[0047] To ease the snugly fit insertion of the second jaw member 30 into the first jaw member 28, the lateral sides 76 of the third channel portion 36 includes longitudinal notches 78 that provides a clearance to ease the insertion of the second jaw member 30 in the first jaw member 28 when it is slightly tilted relatively thereto.

[0048] A L-shaped element 80 is similarly provided on the C-channel portion 32, and more specifically to the top edge thereof on its opened side 82. Such element 80 yields a rounded edge that yields a clearance defining a sliding guide for inserting the third channel portion 36 therein

[0049] The pole sleeve 24 extends from the C-clamp assembly

22 along an axis 84 generally perpendicular from the clamping axis 41. The pole sleeve 24 includes i) an open channel 86 defining a longitudinal opening 88 for allowing insertion of the basketball hoop pole in the sleeve 24, and a removable cover 90 that cooperates with the open channel 86 to close the longitudinal opening 88.

[0050] According to the illustrated embodiment, the open channel

86 is defined by an integral portion of the second channel portion 34 of the first jaw member 28 that extends above the first channel portion 32 perpendicularly therefrom.

[0051] As can be better seen in Figure 4C, the distal end 60 of the first jaw portion 34 includes an arcuate portion 89 to complementary receive a rounded pole 14. [0052] The cover 90 is in the form of an elongated plate that is bent to a concave shape. The configuration and length of the cover 90 is such that it complementary closes the opened lateral side of the open channel 86 when they are assembled. For that purpose, the cover 90 includes integral tabs 92 on both its lateral edges 94. Each tab 92 includes a portion laterally distanced from the respective lateral edges 94 that defines a hook. The tabs 92 are configured and shaped for insertion in corresponding lodgings 96 provided on both lateral sides 97 of the open channel 86 of the pole sleeve 24. More specifically, the lodgings 96 are in the form of U-shaped elements secured to the channel 86. The U-shaped elements 96 define housings that are so configured and positioned on the channel 86 to receive the tabs 92 in a snuggly fit manner.

[0053] According to another embodiment (not shown), other cooperating elements than tabs 92 and U-shaped elements 96 can be provided to removably attach the cover 90 to the channel 86, including without limitations fasteners, a hinge with clips, etc.

[0054] According to still another embodiment (not shown), the pole sleeve cover includes a plurality of sections, each removably attached to the pole sleeve 24.

[0055] The tightening system 26 comprises a couple of clamping screws 98 provided with a handle 100 operatively mounted to the open channel 86 so as to extend in the opening thereof 88, and a pressure plate 102 that is insertable in the opening of the channel 86, between a pole 14 (see for example Figure 4G) inserted in the sleeve 24 and the channel 86.

[0056] The pressure plate 102 is in the form of an elongated plate

103 that is bent to a concave shape. The plate 102 includes i) reinforcement elements, in the form small metal plates 106 secured to the elongated plate 103 on the convex side thereof and a stop plate 108 secured to the elongated plate 103 at one of its longitudinal end. The stop plate 108 is configured to act as a mechanical stopper that contacts the free edge 110 of the open channel 86 during the insertion of the pressure plate 102 therein. The reinforcement elements 106 are longitudinally positioned on the plate 103 so as to be registered with the screws 98 when the pressure plate 102 is inserted in the sleeve 24 and the stop plate 108 is in contact with the edge 110. The reinforcement elements 106 allows spreading the pressure of the clamping screws 98 onto a larger area of the pressure plate 102.

[0057] With references to Figures 4H and 4I, in operation of the tightening system 26, the pressure plate 102 is inserted in the sleeve 24 (see arrow 103) after the basketball hoop pole 14 is inserted therein and the cover 90 is attached. Then, both screws 98 are tightened (see arrow 105) to force a tight contact between the plate 102, pole 14 and cover 90.

[0058] The tightening system 26 allows securing the basketball hoop pole 14 into the pole sleeve 24 in a solidary parallel relationship between the basketball hoop pole 14 and the pole sleeve 24.

[0059] According to another embodiment (not shown), a different number than two (2) clamping screws 98 can be provided in the tightening system 26.

[0060] It is to be noted that the orthogonality of the sleeve 24 relative to the C-clamp assembly 22 ensures the verticality of the pole 14 when the C- clamp assembly 22 is levelled on a post 68 or onto another structure.

[0061] According to the illustrated embodiment, the pole sleeve 24, including the pressure plate102 therein, has an inner diameter that is sufficient to accommodate a pole having a diameter between 2 ½ inches (6,4 cm) and 3 ½ (8,9 cm), which are standard diameters for conventional basketball hoop poles. [0062] The installation of the pole holder 20 to a post 68 or to another similar structure will now be described with reference to Figures 4A to 41.

[0063] The two jaw members 28 and 30 are first assembled so that the distance between the two jaw portions 34 and 38 is greater than the width of the post 68. It is to be noted that the post 68 has been previously secured in the ground and levelled.

[0064] With reference to Figures 4A-4B, the pole holder 20 is mounted to the post 68 so that the portion of the first jaw member 28 that extends between the two jaw portions 34 and 38 sits on the top 112 of the post 68 (see arrow 114). The pole holder 20 according to the first illustrative embodiment allows an opening range for the jaw members 34 and 38 between 4 ½ inches (11 ,4 cm) and 8 ½ inches (21 ,6 cm).

[0065] A level 116 can be used to level the pole holder 20 in both directions perpendicular to the clamping axis 41 : front-back (see arrows 118 in Figure 4C) and left-right (see arrows 120 in Figure 4D). The screw 52 is then rotated clockwise (see arrow 122 in Figure 4D) to tightly close the jaw members 34 and 38 onto the post 68. The spikes 64 allows a firm and stable grip of the holder 20 onto the post 68.

[0066] With references to Figures 4E and 4F, the basketball hoop pole 14 is then abutted onto the base of the pole holder/post assembly and then tilted up (see arrow 124) in place within the channel 86.

[0067] The cover 90 is then mounted onto the channel 86 by sliding the tabs 92 within the U-shaped elements 96 of the channel 86 (see arrow 126 in Figure 4G).

[0068] At this point, the pole 14 is free to move up and down within the sleeve 24 and the gravity forces the pole 14 into contact with the ground. [0069] It is to be noted that the mounting distance of the pole holder

20 relative to the ground is of no consequence in most installations considering that the pole 14 can be mounted in the holder 20 so that its bottom end 128 contacts the ground.

[0070] As illustrated in Figure 4H, the pressure plate 102 is then inserted in the sleeve 24 between the channel 86 and the pole 14 until the stop plate 108 is in contact with the top edge 110 of the channel 86. The clamping screws 98 are then rotated clockwise (see arrow 105 in Figure 4I) to force a tight contact of the plate 102 onto the pole 14 and the pole 14 unto the cover 90.

[0071] The resulting installation of the basketball hoop pole 14 with backboard 12 and hoops 130 has been found to be sturdy and rigid with the pole 14 solidary with the post 68, even when an adult player 132 hangs onto the hoops.

[0072] The uninstallation of the pole 14 and of the pole holder 20 can be achieved easily by reversing the above-mentioned installation steps. The complete installation and uninstallation were each found to be achievable in less than 15 minutes.

[0073] As a further advantage, most of the parts of the pole holder

20 were manufactured from pieces digitally cut or stamped in a single sheet of steel (not shown). The pieces are then bent to the illustrated shapes and then assembled by welding. A pole holder according to another illustrative embodiment can however be manufactured using another process.

[0074] It is to be noted that many modifications could be made to the pole holder 20 described hereinabove and illustrated in the appended drawings. For example: [0075] - the jaw members are not limited to having a C-shape or rectangular section and are not limited to being L-shaped. For example, arcuate jaw members can alternatively be provided;

[0076] - some or all of the pieces of the holder 20 can be fixedly assembled using other means than welding, such as for example fasteners;

[0077] - other gripping elements than the illustrated spikes 64 can be provided on the jaw members to yield a strong grip unto a post or another structure. For example, the spikes can be configured to apply further gripping pression on the structure;

[0078] - the C-clamp assembly is not limited to be mounted at one of the longitudinal ends of the pole sleeve;

[0079] - the pole receiving channel of the pole sleeve is not limited to a rectangular section and the longitudinal opening thereof can be limited to only a portion of the length of the channel;

[0080] - the pole sleeve can be adapted to receive a rectangular pole or any other differently shaped pole than a cylindrical one;

[0081] - the configurations of the cover of the pole sleeve and of the pressure plate can be different than illustrated. The length of the cover and/or of the pressure plate can also be smaller than the length of the channel so as to cover only a portion thereof;

[0082] - the pressure plate can be omitted. In such a case, the end of the clamping screws 98 can be provided with an arcuate portion to contribute distributing the pressure of the screw 98 on the pole; [0083] - an anti-theft mechanism can be provided to close the open side of the second jaw member 30 to prevent a fraudulent access to the screw 52, for example to steal the pole holder 20;

[0084] -the pole sleeve 24 is not limited to be positioned perpendicularly to the clamping axis 41. For example, according to some embodiments (not shown), the pressure plate of the pole tightening system and/or the pole sleeve 24 can be configured to yield an angle different than 90 degrees between the pole sleeve 24 and clamping axis 41 , for example to allow the installation of a basketball hoop system with an inclined pole;

[0085] - the pole sleeve 24 is not limited to be integral to the clamping assembly 22 and can alternatively be secured thereto;

[0086] - the removable basketball hoop pole holder can be made of other material than steel, such as graphene, aluminum, fiber glass, etc.

[0087] A removable basketball hoop pole holder 140 according to a second illustrative embodiment will now be described with reference first to Figures 6 and 7. Since the pole holder 140 is very similar to the pole holder 20, only the differences therebetween will be described herein for concision purposes.

[0088] The basketball hoop pole holder 140 is adapted to be secured to concrete street curbing 70. For that purpose, a lateral stabilizer 142 is added to the pole holder 20.

[0089] The stabilizer 142 comprises a bracket having a rectangular frame including a top 146, a base 148, two side portions 150, two lateral extensions 148' of the base 148, and two (2) lateral braces 154, each between a respective lateral side of the frame top 146 and the distal ends of the extensions 148. The stabilizer 142, further includes two leveling screws 152, each mounted to a respective extension 148', and set screws 156 operatively mounted to the top portion 146 of the frame 144. The parts of the bracket are made of steel and assembled using welding.

[0090] As can be better seen in Figure 6, the stabilizer 142 is mounted to the C-clamp assembly 22 thereabout. The set screws 156 are used to secure the stabilizer 142 to the C-clamp assembly 22

[0091] The bracket with the set screws 156 defines an assembly that renders the clamping screws 152 integral to the C-clamp assembly 22.

[0092] The installation of the basketball hoop pole holder 140 to a section of concrete street curbing 70 will now be described with reference to Figures 8A-8D. Since the installation of the pole holder 140 is similar to the installation of the pole holder 20, only the differences will be described herein for concision purposes.

[0093] With reference to Figures 8A-8B, the C-clamp assembly 22 is first opened sufficiently for its mounting to the curbing section 70.

[0094] With reference to Figures 8A-8B, the pole holder 140 is mounted to the curbing section 70 so that the portion of the first jaw member 28 between the two jaw portions 34 and 38 sits on the curbing section 70 (see arrow 158).

[0095] With reference to Figure 8C, after the pole holder 140 has been leveled with regards to the front-back direction as described hereinabove with reference to Figures 4C and 4D (see arrow 160), both leveling screws 152 of the stabilizer 142 are operated (see arrows 162) to level the pole holder 140 laterally (see arrows 120). The stabilizer 142 further aims at perfecting the contact between the pole holder 140 and the curbing 70 and thus perfecting the stability thereof. [0096] Figure 9A illustrates the resulting mounting of the basketball system 164 onto the concrete street curbing 70.

[0097] It is to be noted that the stabilizer 142 can take other form than the illustrated embodiment 142. For example, another assembly than the frame 144 with clamping screws 156 can be used to integrally mount the leveling screws 152 to the C-clamp assembly 22, including without limitation a further C-clamp assembly (not shown).

[0098] Also, while the stabilizer 142 has been illustrated as being removable from the pole holder 20, it can be fixedly mounted thereto.

[0099] A further advantage of the removable basketball hoop pole holders 20 and 140 is illustrated in Figure 9B, wherein the clamping screws 98 of the tightening system 26 can be used to uptight the grip of the holder 20 or 140 on the pole 14 (see arrows 166), allowing the pivoting thereof (see arrow 168). This allows removing the backboard 12 and hoops 130 from the street and thereby preventing their contact with street maintenance vehicle or else, and this, without uninstalling the pole holder 20 or 140.

[00100] It is to be noted that a basketball hoop with pole from a conventional portable or permanently fixed system can be recycled and used in connection with a pole holder according to an illustrative embodiment to form a portable basketball hoop system as described herein.

[00101] While the illustrative embodiments of a pole holder have been described with reference to a basketball hoop pole, such holders can be used to attach other types of poles to a structure, such as without limitations traffic signages, light signals, advertisement signages, etc.

[00102] Although a pole holder has been described hereinabove by way of illustrated embodiments thereof, it can be modified. It is therefore to be understood that numerous modifications may be made to the illustrative embodiments and that the scope of the claims should not be limited by the preferred embodiment, but should be given the broadest interpretation consistent with the description as a whole.