BATTING CAGES AND NETS
Why Buying A Batting Cage From Baseball Tips Should Make Sense?
The reality in making a one time batting cage purchase is that you don’t get to test drive it before you buy!
Adding to this is that most sources are not baseball or softball professionals; they are websites with pictures and people who take orders over the phone.
Products are either imported from Asia or built by fishing net companies who sell to anyone who asks.
That’s not all terrible… but how would you know which ones are the right stuff?
I can only tell you who we are and what we do!
In the case of batting cages and baseball nets in general, we specify everything based on our knowledge and our lives in baseball.
We actually know and visit our net fabricators and have utilized our main sources since 1999!
If you still have questions, read our “How To Buy A Baseball Batting Cage” article or simply call us toll free at 800-487-7432!
We hope this makes sense to you because… you don’t want to buy this twice!
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.
an introduction to help you choose your batting cage:
It 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. (btw: our golf nets have 1 inch “holes”).
The Perfect Batting Cage Is The One That Fits You And Your the 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 their 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 fails, you just can’t hit and… the length isn’t overly important anyway (watch BP before an MLB game… they throw off a portable platform from 45 ft. at 60-70 mph not from the official pitching distance of 60′ 60″ anyway.
Batting Cage Frames: The price generally tells you the quality. All batting cage frames 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/or below-ground seasonal changes.
Batting Cage Nets & Batting Cage Netting
Both Polyethylene & 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. The #42 is the sweetspot as pricing is not a big jump from the #36. 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 (10-7 EST).
Here’s Some Basics To Help You Decide:
Standard vs. Deluxe Batting Cage Nets (in poly & nylon net materials).
A standard batting cage is simply a rectangle net enclosure that captures batted balls. Our more popular deluxe batting cage includes a cost savings when you add our most popular options. We priced these as a package so there is considerable savings when purchased together.
Deluxe nets Include a baffle net (aka netsaver) that protects the area behind your batters, (which is the #1 wear-point in a batting cage) AND an entry flap door usually placed behind the RH batter… very nice to have!
Nylon vs. Polyethylene Batting Cage Nets – Let me say this first – BOTH ARE VERY GOOD MATERIALS & you will not make a mistake here!
Nylon batting cages are more expensive & are thought to be the superior material considering ball abrasion & ease of repair. UV protection is added on the material to extend its life. A downside is extra cost & that it absorbs water. The black color may change to gray over time.
Poly batting cages are a very good, very popular net material that will save you in purchase cost. It’s a good buy for wet areas and those on a budget. Ours have superior UV protection, a consideration for the sunniest areas of the country, in that 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 #24, if budget permits.
NOTE: do NOT think this is an inferior product; this article is simply here for comparison & to improve your product knowledge before you buy! We like these nets a lot, in part because ours tend to be so much better than most of our competition’s offerings.
Backyard Batting Cages (batting cage kits) – These are generally complete kits that include a batting cage net and some sort of fiberglass or galvanized steel frame. Speaking generally, they are lighter duty and aimed at the individual player or for youth team use. Many are shorter in length than the 55 or 70 ft. permanent batting cages found at schools and public ballfields. Many are shorter then the standard 55 or 70 ft. lengths, some less than the standard 12 ft. height and a few are less than the standard pro style 12 or 14 ft. widths.
This has more to do with the less price & less size of the typical backyard.
With exception, you should expect a backyard batting cage to hold up to the needs of larger players. They are generally designed lighter for fewer players over fewer months of use and are priced to reach a family’s backyard baseball training budget. Check the prices and sizes with price being a good indicator of quality. That alone should guide you.
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 when a school team needs an indoor batting cage to match a limited budget).
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 it inside 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… it’s my favorite backyard batting cage and a real money saver!
Note that these are custom nets that are made for us by a top flight net fabricator (this should tell you about the high quality!)
Permanent Or Pro Batting Cages – These are what you have seen at high schools, colleges and league or city ballparks.
They are a weekend project & leave you with a “permanent” structure (if you use ground sleeves, it can actually be removed. Read on.
Standard batting cage net dimensions are 55 or 70 ft. long, 12 ft. high & 12 or the preferred 14 ft. width. All batting cage frame dimensions being slightly larger than the nets. You’ll be digging holes for each of the frame legs (generally between 12 & 18 ft. apart). Then sinking 2 or 3 ft. steel sleeves in the holes and filling the holes with concrete. When the concrete has hardened, you will insert the long frame legs inside the sleeves to form the walls, adding the corners (in most cases) then connecting the walls with the steel pipe that forms the horizontal ceiling frame.
We offer an optional inexpensive cable hanging kit of 3 parallel cables that run the length of the cage through either pre drilled holes or connected to eyebolts on one end and eyebolts with turnbuckles (tensioners) on the other end. The finished structure will resemble mom’s old outdoor clothesline. Our cable kits include carabiners or D rings that you clip to connect the net with the cable system to form the finished batting cage.
Batting Cage Accessories & Options – All are optional, some more important than others. The top 2 are most important:
Baffle Net aka Netsavers – These can be the square or rectangular netting that we include with our deluxe nets, or the optional vinyl or rubber pieces that hang in front of the batter’s end cage net to protect this # 1 wear point in any batting cage.
Thin of it as cheap insurance that will extend the life of your expensive batting cage net.
Homeplate Stance Mats – these are 6 ft. x 12 ft. rectangles of heavy green or clay colored turf with an equally heavy turf backer that can be used indoors or left outdoors. Ours are spike-resistant (pro quality, not the cheap junk you see around the internet).
We inlay 2″ white parallel lines of the batters box and then we add a white inlaid material homeplate that is permanent.
This solves the problem of batters holes that player’s dig into the batters box area while the batters box lines allow younger players the guidelines they need to help them stay out of the way of pitched balls. It also saves on grounds maintenance, especially helpful before home ballgames and of course, batting practice.
Pitchers Protective Screens – Baseball L Screens or softball pitchers protective screens are only important when you get hit. If you pitch batting practice long enough and you will eat one eventually. Our standard L screens are 7 ft. x 7 ft. with 3 ½ ft. cutouts that you will throw through or set your pitching machines behind. 8 ft. 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 & carabiners/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 near one corner that you walk between when entering or exiting.
Our new steel frame batting cage door is a frame & door that you trim your batting cage net around. Instructions are easy and included.
This batting cage door is a simple frame with door & latch that looks just like any fence gate… Just designed for this purpose & improved safety.
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