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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.

  • Factor 1. What material the net is made of and how thick it is.
  • Factor 2. Whether the net will be used indoors or outdoors.
  • Factor 3. The age of your players and how often they'll be using the net.

Material Type

There are two batting cage net material types - Poly and Nylon.

  • Poly, short for Polyethylene. Poly batting cage nets are stiffer and less pliable than Nylon nets, which results in a shorter overall life-span than Nylon. This also means that it's more economical. If you're building a batting cage on a tight budget, and need a net for casual, recreational use, then Poly is the right material choice for your net. Check out our Poly nets in Standard Sizes at our Batting Cage Net Page.
  • Nylon is a superior batting cage net material that provides excellent Impact Absorption and a very high Abrasion Resistance. The result is a slightly more expensive, yet longer lasting batting cage net compared to Poly. If you're building a batting cage to use for commercial training, high school, university, or pro teams; or simply want the longest lasting material for your batting cage at home, then Nylon is the right material for you. Check out our Poly nets in Standard Sizes at our Batting Cage Net Page.

Material Thickness

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.

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#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.

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  • Indoors Batting Cage Nets don't have to face the elements, but they can still benefit from our NetSealTM Latex Dip, which provides an additional buffer to protect the net from ball impact. Indoor Batting Cage Nets also have specific hardware requirements for installation. Check out Question 3. What Kind of Batting Cage System Do I Need For My Net? for more information.
  • Nylon Outdoor Batting Cage Nets face the dual threats of UV Ray Exposure and Moisture Absorption. You can help extend the life of your batting cage net with our NetSealTM Latex Dip which helps make nets water-resistant. Outdoor batting cage nets have specific frame and requirements for installation. You can read more about Question 3. What Kind of Batting Cage System Do I Need For My Net? Indoors or out, most of our customers, especially the ones installing a cage at home, choose the #36 Poly.

Indoors or out, the #36 Poly is our most popular net for recreational use. For teams and facilities, the #36 Nylon is our most popular batting cage net material.

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.

netting age range - recommended level of use

For most of our customers installing a cage at home, the #36 Poly works great, though many customers with residential cages need the added durability of the #42 Poly, or #36 Nylon.

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?

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