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Practice Sports, Inc.
14706 Giles Rd
Omaha, NE 68138
What Kind of Net Do I Need?
There are some basic questions you need to answer before buying your net. This brief Getting Started Guide is designed to help you answer those questions, so that you can match the right batting cage net with your needs and budget. Reading this guide before you buy, will save you both time and money.
Most of our customers need a batting cage net for Baseball or Softball, so this guide is specific to those sports.
Here are the questions to ask yourself when getting started.
What Kind of Net Do I Need?
There are just three factors to consider when determining the kind of batting cage net you need.
There are two batting cage net material types - Poly and Nylon.
The thickness of the netting, or gauge, refers to the twine diameter of the batting cage net. Every gauge has a number. The higher the number, the thicker the twine diameter, the longer the life span of your net. This chart quickly shows how the thickness of the gauge affects the life span of the net.
#36 Nylon and #36 Poly are our most popular materials. In fact, over 75% of all nets used by high schools are #36 Nylon and over 80% of backyards use #36 Poly. For commercial facilities, we recommend #60 Nylon.
Indoors or Out?
The second factor to consider before you purchase your batting cage net is whether you will be using your net indoors or out.
Age of Players and Frequency of Use
The third factor to consider when choosing the material and gauge for your batting cage net is the ages of the players hitting. Nets that are suitable for younger players aren't necessarily suitable for older players. It's also important to consider how often a net is going to be used. If your batting cage net is going to see thousands of swings a day you may want to consider the added protection of NetSeal™ or our NetShield.
Now that you're an expert in Batting Cage Net Material and Gauges, it's time to move on to Question 2: What Size Net Do I Need?
Top Batting Cage Questions
xThe most common structures are steel tubing/pipes, masonry block walls, or trees (use tree-wrap to prevent damage).
xThis depends on the quality of turnbuckles, and the stability of your anchor points. If you are using commercial turnbuckles, steel wall plates (with 4 lags each), you can span 100'+ without vertical supports and still have very taut lines.
xTo maintain the best performance from your net with minimal sag, the standard is to use one frame rib for about every 15' of net -- so for a 35' long cage you will need 3 ribs, for a 55' cage, 4 ribs, and a 70' cage will need 5 ribs.
xOur frame cross-tubes are 15' long, which allows for 6" of room on each side when used with a 14'W net, and 18" on each side with a 12'W net. This is typically enough room, but nets may stretch upwards of 36" when hit by the ball - it just depends on the net thickness, velocity, & trajectory.