You’ve decided to build an indoor batting cage. Great! But keep in mind there are a variety of factors to consider before you buy and build. Today we’re going to talk about the size of your cage. The size of your batting cage might be one of the most important factors, so here a few guidelines to help determine the dimensions of your cage.
No matter what size your area, you’re going to want to create a cushion of air around your net. Every ball that impacts the net is going to push the net outwards. This means you’re going to want to create some space between your net and any surrounding objects.
- Be sure to allow up to 5 feet between your net and spectators and delicate objects like windows.
- Allow a minimum of 12 inches space between your net and hard walls like concrete or wood to reduce ricochet.
- Stay at least 12 inches below your overhead beams.
- Stay 3 feet below lights without guards on them.
If your space happens to be large enough to accommodate multiple lanes, it’s also best to leave an air pocket of at least six inches between the tunnels to help prevent a safety risk in the neighboring tunnel.
When determining how tall to make your net, be sure to remember that it’s always best to leave 8 to 12 inches of net sag on the ground to help prevent balls from escaping the playing area.
Let’s say you now you know the dimensions of your batting cage. You’ve planned on your cage being three feet from ceiling lights, and you could only get a couple feet away from your windows, but you covered them, and you’re at least 12 inches away from walls.
But it turns out that these new dimensions don’t allow for a full length 55 feet or 70 feet standard size net.
Just because your space won’t fit a standard size batting cage net, doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize a cage with a smaller footprint, and our Custom Net Calculator makes it easy to build a net to any size.
For instance, if you only have room to fit a 20′ long cage, you can still use it for tee work.
Cages under 40′ long are perfect for coach toss.
Don’t have 12′ of width to work with? 8′ wide cages can still be used for pitching lanes. A 10′ wide cage is perfect for a little leaguer, but may be a little tight once your player is in high school.
Where length becomes more important is if you’re planning on using a pitching machine. For the safety of your players, we recommend using a 70′ foot long net. This will give your players enough time to react to the pitches. It also gives your player a feel for the timing of live pitches, which can be crucial for players.
Of course, if you’re not planning on using a pitching machine, a 55′ foot net will be sufficient, and will also save on the wear and tear of your coach’s arm.
Size is only one aspect to consider when building your indoor batting cage net, but determining your dimensions early will help make the process easier.