The reality in making a one time batting cage purchase is that you don't get to test drive it before you buy and most sources are not baseball or softball professionals; they are websites with pictures and order takers on the phone. Most net builders are fishing net companies who sell to anyone who asks. We specify and visit our net fabricators and have used our main sources since 1999!
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How To Buy A Baseball Batting Cage
A batting cage may be the best long term investment there is for training the serious baseball player. It can raise a ballplayer’s ceiling and certainly affect the outcome of a team’s season.
Our Baseballtips.com Batting Cage Pages will give you the information you need to make an informed decision but it’s always good to be able to discuss this one-time purchase. We are available for any questions toll free at 1 800 487 7432 when needed.
The Backyard Batting Cage or Permanent Batting Cage
Your major choices are whether you need a backyard batting cage or a traditional permanent batting cage, an indoor batting cage or more commonly, an outdoor batting cage that will deal better with weather.Here’s an introduction to help you begin choosing your batting cage: The Basics:
It’s begins with a frame that’s large enough to swing in & pitch in and a sewn piece of (hopefully) weather treated nylon or polyethylene netting that has holes no larger than 1 ¾ inches with strong knots to confine balls safely for many seasons. (our golf nets have 1 inch "holes").The Perfect Batting Cage Is The One That Fits You And Your Budget!
For the most part, don’t sweat the overall size, especially if you have limited space or budget. Remember, no player ever got to the Big Leagues because of the dimensions of his batting cage… but the most fortunate have someone willing and able to provide ANY batting cage at all!
Here’s a hint: when in doubt or limited by budget, choose a heavier net with a shorter batting cage… not the other way around. If the net has holes, you just can’t hit and the length isn’t overly important anyway (watch BP before an MLB game…they only throw off a portable mound from 45 ft at 60-70 mph) anyway.
Batting Cage Frames – the price generally tells you the quality. All will work, some are simply heavier duty with heavier gauge steel pipe that will stay in place longer and some offer angled braces to make sure the frame ends will not tilt inward from years of cable tension and/ underground seasonal changes.Batting Cage Nets and Batting Cage Netting
Both Poly & Nylon are the best we’ve found. Use the number scale of #21 being a good basic strength and a #36 adding anywhere from 2-3 yrs of wear and tear. Heavier gauges are available. Our #21 tends to be others #24. Same for our heavier offerings too!
We can assist you in your heavier net purchases if you call us at 1 800 487 7432.
Here’s some basics to help you decide:
We offer a Basic and Deluxe in both poly and nylon nets.
Our deluxe models include a cost savings by our including both a baffle net that protects the area behind your batters (the #1 wear-point in a batting cage) AND an entry door that very nice to have.
Nylon Batting Cage Nets tend to be more expensive, & thought to be the best considering ball abrasion and are easiest to repair. It does absorb water and the black color may change to gray over time being a potential downside..
Polyethelene Batting Cage Nets are a very good net that will save you in purchase cost. It’s a good buy for wet areas and those on a budget. Ours has superior UV protection, a consideration for the sunniest areas of the country, in that it our UV protection is actually built into the fibers, rather than dipped on to the finished product. A downside might be that it's more difficult to repair than nylon. Heavier users should consider at least #36 gauge rather than one with a lower number such as our #21 standard grade if budget permits. NOTE: do NOT think this is an inferior product; this article is simply here for your product knowledge. We like these nets a lot, in part because ours tend to be so much better than most of our competition offerings.
Backyard Batting Cages (batting cage kits)
These are generally complete kits that include batting cage net and some sort of fiberglass or lighter galvanized steel frame. They are usually lighter duty and many are shorter than the 55 or 70 ft. permanent batting cages found at schools and public ballfields.
Even so, they should be expected to hold up to the needs of larger players. They are generally designed for fewer players over fewer months of use and are priced to reach a families backyard baseball training budget.
We do offer one portable batting cage series that I can recommend for a school team as it is relatively portable, built for indoor or outdoor use (especially if they needed an indoor batting cage). This is our Over The Frame Batting Cage Series (named because the batting cage net is actually thrown over the batting cage frame instead of hanging from the frame as is traditional). We include everything EXCEPT the long skinny legs. You simply buy these at your local Home Depot or Lowes. They are always available & inexpensive... my favorite backyard batting cage and a real money saver!
Permanent or Pro Batting Cages
This is a weekend project and leaves you with a “permanent” structure (if you use ground sleeves, it can actually be removed. Read on to learn more).
Standard dimensions are 12 ft high, 55 or 70 ft. long & 12 or the preferred 14 ft width. You’ll be digging holes for each of the frame legs (generally between 12 & 15 ft. apart). Then sinking 2 or 3 ft. steel sleeves in the holes and filling the holes with concrete. When concrete is hard you will insert the long frame legs inside the sleeves to form the walls, then connecting the walls with the steel pipe that forms the ceiling frame. 3 parallel cables are usually run the length of the cage through either pre drilled holes or connected to eyebolts on one end and eyebolts with cable turnbuckles (tensioners) onn the other end. The finished structure will resemble mom’s old outdoor clothesline. Carabineers or D rings are generally then clipped to connect the net with the cable system to form the finished batting cage.
Batting Cage Accessories & Options
All are options, some more important than others. The top 2 are most important:
Baffle Net aka Netsavers – these are squares or rectangles of either netting, vinyl or rubber that hang in front of the batter’s end cage net to protect this # 1 wear point in any batting cage. Its cheap insurance and will extend the life if this expensive batting cage net. Your will find our netsavers here.
Homeplate Stance Mats – these are 6 x 12 ft. rectangles of heavy turf with an equally heavy turf backer that can be used indoors or outdoors. Ours are spikeproof (not spike resistant like some of the junk I see on the internet). Available in green or clay color, they have white turf outlining the parallel lines of the batters box and a white turf homeplate that is permanent. Solves the problem of batters holes that players dig into the batters box area while the lines allow younger players the guidelines they need to help them stay out of the way of pitched balls. Saves on grounds maintenance too, especially helpful before home ballgames.
Pitchers Protective Screens – Baseball L Screens or softball pitchers protective screens are only important when you get hit. Pitch batting practice enough and you will eat one eventually. Our standard L screens ore 7 x 7 ft. with 3 ½ ft cutouts that you will throw through or set your pitching machines behind. 8 x 8 ft Pro versions are available (these are huge and more difficult to move so really consider optional wheel kits for all sizes but especially for our larger models… and all indoor use). Softball protective screens are usually 7 x 7 with a net cutout where you throw the ball through. NOTE: call us for ideas to also protect your pitching machine (800 487 7432)
Cable Hanging Kits - Batting cage nets can be hung a few ways. An inexpensive, yet permanent batting cage solution is to purchase our 55 or 70 ft cable kit. You will receive the 3 lengths of cable, all the eyebolts, tensioners, D ring fasteners & carabineers/snap hooks you will need. (You don't need to know what all these pieces are)... just read the instructions and you will have a perfectly rectangular batting cage net and save on the home-engineering.
Batting Cage Doors – We like 2 types of batting cage doors to make entering & exiting easier. The most common are our deluxe batting cage nets which include overlapping net in one corner that you walk between. Our new steel frame batting cage door is a frame and door that you fit your cage net around. Instructions are easy and of course included. The other is our batting cage door that is a simple frame with door and latch that looks just like any fence gate... but designed for this purpose and improved safety.