Our netting can be built with some additional features that add functionality and well as increase productive use of the materials. This is a following outline of what can be added and the purpose for each addition.
First let’s start with the netting materials. Many people have inquired about the difference between our Standard Nylon and DuPont Nylon. The DuPont is essentially a better base nylon material compared to our Standard Nylon. Both the Standard Nylon and the DuPont Nylon can have treatments added to extend the life-span and allow for better use outdoors. The Standard Nylon can have a Latex Dip (also called NetSeal on our stock size nets) added while the DuPont Nylon can have a Varnish Dip added. On our net calculator the 1st & 2nd columns are the Standard Nylon and Latex Dip, respectively. The 3rd & 4th columns are the DuPont Nylon and Varnish Dip.
You can have a doorway with overflap placed in any location on the net. We have a door diagram that helps with exact placement. Also when checking out you can specify the location in the notes section (for example – 4′ from corner B). Adding a doorway makes accessing the interior much easier. Without the door you’ll need to lift the net and walk under to enter the batting cage net.
A lead core bottom rope can be added to help anchor the bottom of the net. Normally we recommend having at least 8″ to 1′ of net sag on the ground which will help prevent balls from going out underneath the netting. If you have less than 8″ of sag then you’ll want to add the lead core bottom rope. Just keep in mind the lead core rope won’t add a sufficient amount of weight to the net. It’s only intended to help keep the net on the ground. The bottom of the net will still move when balls are hit into the sides.
Our batting cage tunnels come with some standard features. All of nets have a 3/8″ thick border rope on each edge. The mesh on the sides is then tied in directly to the border rope. This allows the border rope to be used as a connection point, instead of connecting directly to or from the mesh. If the net is 12′W or over we include 1 rib line, directly in the middle running the length of the net. This rib line will be used as a connection point. If you have a net that’s 18′ or wider, you’ll need to add an extra rib line so you’ll have a total of 2 rib lines (the extra 1 plus the 1 that comes standard on a 12′ or wider net.
Your net will come with snap-hooks sewn into the top corners as a standard feature. If you have a rib line then a snap-hooks will be sewn in at the rib location where it ends across the width. That means there will be a total of 3 snap-hooks sewn in to the ends on the outside of the ceiling section. These are placed to help you have a starting point to hang the net. You can have additional snap-hooks added as either loose or sewn in. Of course the loose option will allow you to place the snap-hooks exactly where you want them located. With them being sewn you’re limited to where you direct us to have them installed. A good rule of thumb for snap-hook spacing is every 2′ to 3′ on the outside edges and on any interior rib lines.
A baffle/impact net can be added to the tunnels as well. These baffles normally have the same width and height of the batting cage tunnel and are sewn in on the batter’s side. This creates a double thick net on the side that’s being thrown into which is ideal since that end typically takes more abrasion than other sections on the net. The baffle is only sewn in on the top so the user can still get around the baffle, if for instance the doorway is located behind the baffle. You can also let us know if you prefer the baffle to be loose.
Divider nets running parallel to the length (lengthwise divider) and parallel to the width (crosswise divider) can be included. These dividers will allow you to split the net up into smaller sections which would be ideal for team use to setup soft-toss stations or allow multiple drills in dedicated sections without the worry of balls migrating from other areas. These dividers are usually included as a separate loose net and they can be clipped intot he tunnel by using the above mentioned snap-hooks on the top and sides of the divider.
As always any of our sales associates are available to answer any questions you have on netting or any of these features. Feel free to Contact Us.