Njengoko wayetyibilika kwisigcina-ntloko esinokuthi ngenye imini ibe sisixhobo esisemgangathweni kumdlalo webhola ekhatywayo wolutsha, uGunnar Sandberg wayenomyalezo kwabo babecinga ukuba ujongeka uphole.



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USandberg, osandula kubuyela kwidayimane kwiMarin Catholic High, uphantse wasweleka kumgca wokuphuma kukhakhayi lwakhe nge-11 kaMatshi ophelileyo.





NgoMvulo, ummeli ovela kwinkampani yempahla yezemidlalo yase-Easton-Bell umnike isipho sesikhumbuzo sokuqala: iprototype yesigcina-ntloko se-pitchers ephefumlelwe yingozi ekufutshane nebulalayo yaseSandberg.

Exhotywe ngomzimba okhulayo wophando lwezonyango oluthusayo malunga nobubanzi bokulimala kwengqondo, ihlabathi lezemidlalo ngokukrakra liye laqala ukujongana nomcimbi wezixhobo eziphuculweyo zokhuseleko lwentloko - nokuba ngaba abadlali be-NFL okanye abadlali bezemidlalo yolutsha. Injongo ayiphelelanga nje ekuthinteleni ukonzakala ngequbuliso, njengaleyo yafunyanwa nguSandberg, kodwa ikwanciphisa ukwenzakala kwengqondo okungabonakaliyo okunokuthi kungabonakali kumashumi eminyaka.



Yiyo loo nto ngoMvulo unikezelo lwe-helmet entsha luzinyaswe ngumongameli kazwelonke weLittle League baseball kunye nomlawuli olawulayo we-CIF, iqumrhu elilawulayo lemidlalo yezikolo eziphakamileyo zaseCalifornia.

Ukuma kwigumbi lokuhlala kwiziko lobuchwephesha lase-Easton-Bell eScotts Valley, eSandberg kunye nabazali bakhe babonisa indlela esisebenza ngayo isigcina-ntloko esibizwa ngokuba zii-pitchers.



Ngokwenyani libhendi ephothiweyo etyibilika kakuhle phezu kwekepusi yebaseball. Iprototype inobunzima obumalunga nee-ounces ezi-5½ kwaye inkangeleko kunye nemvakalelo yesigcina-ntloko sebhayisekile esisikwe phezulu.

Isigcina-ntloko senzelwe ukukhusela ingqayi kwiidrive zomgca ezifika zikhwaza zibuya kwibhokisi yebetha. (USandberg uthe ibhola ephantse yabuphelisa ubomi bakhe yayihamba i-130 mph.) Ngexesha lokudalwa kwe-helmet ye-pitchers, abaqulunqi kwiziko lobuchwephesha le-Easton-Bell's helmet technology - eyaziwa ngokuba yi-Dome - bafunda ifilimu engaphezulu kwe-5,000 pitchers ukusuka. ukuhanjiswa ukuze kulandelelwe ngeliso apho iindawo zentloko zisengozini yokwenzakala.



Ucelomngeni yayikukuyila into engazange ithintele ukusebenza okanye ukulinganisa ingqayi esebenza nzima phantsi kwelanga lasehlotyeni. Mninzi umsebenzi ekufuneka wenziwe. UPaul Harrington, igosa elilawulayo lase-Easton-Bell, uthe unethemba lokuba i-helmet ye-pitchers iya kubetha iishelufu oku kuwa ngexabiso eliza kumiselwa.

Phakathi kwabo balandelela uphuhliso lwayo nguStephen Keener, umongameli kunye negosa elilawulayo kwiLittle League baseball. U-Keener uthe i-helmet iya kuqwalaselwa ukusetyenziswa okunyanzelekileyo kwiLittle League ngokuxhomekeke kwiziphumo zovavanyo lwexesha elizayo. Ephawula ukuba owakhe unyana ngoku ungumgabi wasekholejini, wathi, ndibamba umoya xa ephandle endulini.



Into esithetha ngayo kukusindisa ubomi babantwana, utshilo uKeener. Ezi nzakala zinqabile. Xa zisenzeka, ziba buhlungu kakhulu, ziyintlekele.

UMarie Ishida, umlawuli olawulayo weCalifornia Interscholastic Federation, uthe ucinga ukuba izigcina-ntloko zemini zizixhobo ezinyanzelekileyo kwi-baseball yesikolo samabanga aphakamileyo.

Walatha kwimigangatho emitsha yamalulwane esinyithi ayintlanganisela, athe athotywa ukuze asebenze ngakumbi njengamalulwane enziwe ngomthi. I-Marin County Athletic League, apho i-Sandberg idlala khona, ithathe inyathelo elingaphezulu ngokuyalela ukuba kusetyenziswe amalulwane omthi.

Kwaye ngoku, kukho isigcina-ntloko se-pitchers ukongeza kwi-equation. Ukuncoma imveliso entsha ngoMvulo, abaphathi abaliqela kwiisuti batshintshisana kwipodium. Kodwa abakwazanga ukwenza ityala libe ngcono kunomntu oneentloni oneminyaka eyi-17 ochithe ngaphantsi kwemizuzwana engama-30 emva kombhobho.

Andifuni ukuba le nto yenzeke nakubani na, utshilo uSandberg.




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