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Baseball Backstop Netting & Cages – Buyer’s Guide

Our custom netting shops have been building backstops for baseball & softball complexes for over 25 years. We have outfitted little leagues, high-schools, pros, and even backyard fields in need of netting to protect property & fans.

If you need a permanent baseball field backstop, read below.

For portable or temporary solutions we also offer rolling or portable baseball backstops on wheels.

Top 5 Questions to ask when shopping for Baseball Backstops:

 

Typical Backstop Netting

Typical Backstop Netting

1) What sports will the backstop netting need to contain?

Depending on the size of the balls your backstop netting needs to contain, this will dictate the size of the mesh to order. There is no need in buying mesh that can contain a golf ball if the smallest ball being contained is a soccer ball. The smaller the mesh size, the more material was required to build the netting – and therefore the higher the price. Over-buying means a higher price for the backstop netting itself, and a heavier-duty hardware suspension system.

2) What is the gauge of the netting?

The gauge will directly affect the life-span of the net. #18 is the lightest material we offer, and should only be used for “large ball” indirect / light impact applications such as barrier netting for volleyball courts. #36 is the most commonly ordered for baseball backstop applications, and is used by approximately 80% of all high-schools. #42 can also be a nice upgrade for those applications looking for a slightly longer life-span. #60 gauge is excessive and not recommended for backstop netting, due to the heavier weight and reduced visibility for spectators. The ultimate material for pro baseball backstop netting is called Dyneema, which has the equivalent twine diameter to #18 gauge, but is stronger than kevlar fiber, so will outlast even #60 gauge Nylon. Dyneema is used by most MLB teams for their baseball field backstops.

3) Is the netting water-resistant?

It’s highly recommended to add a water-proof “latex or varnish treatment”, since most of these backstop applications are so large and not practical to remove during the winter months. A water-proof treatment will greatly improve the overall life-span of your barrier netting & backstop application. Poly is naturally water-proof, but will not last near as long as a high quality 100% Nylon product with a latex/varnish treatment, due to Nylon’s shock absorption characteristics.

Backstop Pole with Proper Assembly

Backstop Pole with Proper Assembly

4) Are extra rope “rib lines” available?

We highly recommend adding “rib lines” for attachment support points for your backstop. Rib lines are thick ropes (typically 3/8″ thick), woven through the middle of your net. It’s a HUGE mistake to attach directly to the mesh of a barrier net, as this will create a stress point and eventually create a hole. Rib lines should run the length of your netting system, spaced at approximately every 10 – 20 ft.

5) How should I install my backstop netting?

The best method of installation is to run galvanized steel cable (wire rope) between poles, at the top/bottom & mid-point. Hog-rings are the best hardware to securely affix the netting to your cable suspension lines, which are tightened via turnbuckles.

Proper Installation

Proper Installation

The diameter & gauge of poles is dictated by the height, but typically these will need to be a minimum of 8.5″ OD if installed approximately 25 ft above ground, to reduce pole deflection. The poles are typically installed a minimum of 3 – 5 ft deep x 2 – 4 ft wide – but this is dictated by your local frost line & soil conditions. The looser the soil (sandy) will require deeper concrete footers to ensure stability.

Other key features to be aware of:

  • Square mesh barrier netting is best for the cleanest installation & true to size dimensions with minimal “bowing”
  • Knotted barrier netting is more durable than knotless netting
  • Rope borders should be sewn for maximum support and optimal attachment points
  • Ordering the dimensions an additional 3-5% longer than your required size is a good idea to ensure full coverage without tight stretch
  • If covering a pitched roof, use Pythagorean’s Theorem to identify the proper length for full coverage
  • When ordering backstop netting with Latex / Varnish treatment, it will take several hours to acclimate to temperature & relax to the full dimensions

We hope this backstop netting guide has been informational on the most important things to consider when shopping for the best baseball backstops. All of these areas can greatly affect the price, performance, and safety of your net. When comparison shopping, be sure to ask all of the key 5 questions to ensure you are receiving a true “apples to apples” price comparison.

And just remember we are proud to offer competitive pricing for the same items – should you happen to receive a lower quote for backstop netting just send it over and we will beat it!

 

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7 Comments

  1. Wayne Harris
    Posted December 15, 2016 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Backstop netting #36. I need a quote for two nets. 152′ long x 25′ tall and 30′ 3 ” long x 8′ tall. Please send me a quote and brief description. Thanks

    • Posted December 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi Wayne,
      Here is a link where you can view the quote:

      And here is a link where you can view the specific details on the #36 Nylon:

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks again,
      Cory Schneider | Sales Manager

  2. Jim Maciejewski
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    What do the 8.5″ 25 foot posts typically cost?

    • Posted May 10, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for your question. 8.6″ Round Schedule 40 Galvanized Steel Poles come in 24 ft sections standard, for a price of about $864 ea with free shipping. If longer or shorter sizes are needed, this can be arranged.

      Are you building a backstop net system for a baseball or softball field?

      Chad Schneider | Operations Director

      Practice Sports, Inc. | 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
      800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046
      chad@practicesports.com | practicesports.com
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  3. Derek Simon
    Posted July 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I’m looking for a quote for posts, netting, cables, and rings for a backstop approx. 30ft tall by 145 foot wide. Our backstop is shot and we’re looking for a whole new one. Need quotes as we will be splitting the cost with our city and another organization who uses the field.

    • Posted July 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Derek,
      Thanks for reaching out about our backstop netting systems for your field.

      Where are you located?

      Chad Schneider | Operations Director

      Practice Sports, Inc. | 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
      800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046
      chad@practicesports.com | practicesports.com
      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

      • Posted July 17, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

        Hi Derek,
        Thank you for contacting us about the backstop. I just sent an email requesting a sketch or pictures that you have of the existing backstop (from info@practicesports.com).

        Thanks,

        Cory Schneider | Sales Manager

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