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Practice Sports, Inc.
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Omaha, NE 68138
What Kind of Batting Cage System Do I Need For My Net?
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 Batting Cage System Do I Need For My Net?
The type of Batting Cage System you need depends on whether you need your cage to be collapsible, and whether your cage is going to be indoors or outdoors. Collapsible or not, your basic hardware assembly will look like this diagram:
This diagram shows the basic hardware set up for the Live End of one of the cable line of an indoor net. Standard Size Batting Cage Nets usually require three cable lines per net. This end is called the Live End because it features a turnbuckle. The opposite end is the Dead End, or Terminal End, and terminates into the Anchor Point with no turnbuckle. The turnbuckle is used to adjust the amount of tension on the cable line. The cable clamps keep the cable line secure. snap hooks attach the net to the cable line. We recommend attaching the snap hooks at about 2-3'. Let's take a quick look at each piece of hardware separately.
Your anchor points will vary depending on what type of wall material you're going to connect the cable lines to. This chart shows some common wall materials and the appropriate anchor points options for each. Wood headers are often needed when the wall material is not strong enough to support the cable line. Remember, you'll need two anchor points per line, one for the Live End and one on the Dead End.
Turnbuckles and Cable Diameter
The span of the cable determines how much tension will be on the cable line. As a general rule of thumb, there is about 10 lbs. of tension for every foot of cable line. So, for example a 70' span of cable will have about 700lbs of tension on it. This tension is distributed over both the Live End, where the turnbuckle is located, and the Dead End of the cable line. This means that each Anchor Point would have about 350 lbs. of tension on it.
Cable Line and our Cable Crimping Service
We send about 5‘ of extra cable per line, to ensure that you've got enough cable to create a loop and secure it with the cable clamps.
If you're positive about your distance, we do offer a cable crimp service that attaches the cable clamps at our shop. If you'd like to take advantage of that service, you'll need to be absolutely certain of your span from wall to wall.
You'll need at least four Cable Clamps per line. Two for the Live End and two for the Dead End.
Snap Hooks (Carabiners)
Tip: Only connect Snap Hooks to thick Border Rope on netting, never to the mesh itself. Space your snaps every 12" - 36".
There's no standard way to attach the net to the cable line, but we like to use Snap Hooks because they're durable and easy to use. We recommend installing Snap Hooks every two to three feet along your net.
Indoor Batting Cage Systems
Practice Sports offers five options for Indoor Batting Cage Systems. The Basic Hardware Kit, the CurtainCage, the CurtainCage with LineLift Kit, the ShellCage, and the AirCage.
Basic Hardware Kit
The Basic Hardware Kit offers the hardware necessary to install your net and start playing.
The CurtainCage Hardware Kit, includes everything in the Basic Hardware Kit, and also includes Roller Wheels to allow your cage to collapse against the wall with the Dead End.
The ShellCage has Collapsible Divider Curtains that give facilities the option to collapse their Batting Cage Nets. This gives them an enclosed space to practice fielding while still offering the protection of fully enclosed Batting Cage net.
The AirCage is an electric, retractable Batting Cage Net that allows your facility to quickly raise your Battting Cage Net for space saving storage.
Outdoor Batting Cage Systems
Practice Sports offers two categories of Oudoor Batting Cage Systems. Free Standing and Inground.
Outdoor Free Standing Batting Cage Systems
Bolt Down Pro Cage
Outdoor In Ground Batting Cage Systems
nCage Rib is available in 1-5/8", 1-7/8", and 2-3/8" Upright Diameter. The wider the pole, the longer the cage will last and the better it will withstand high winds. Uprights are cemented in the ground. Sections can be purchased indivudually or in 2 Section, 3 Section and 4 Section for 55' Nets. There‘s no standard for how many sections your net will need, but the more sections you have, the sturdier your net will be. We recommend the 5 Section for 70' Nets. Eye bolts connect the net to the crossmembers in each section.
The nCage Commercial System cuts down on the number of ricochets by not relying on multiple rib sections. We generally recommend adding the Kicker Stabilization System, for added stability, especially on 70' nets.
Available in a Single Lane or Double Lane model, the nCage Pro gives your cage a clean professional appearance. Schedule 40 6-5/8" Poles make this our sturdiest, longest lasting cage option. The Bottom Anchor System keeps balls from escaping, even in high winds.
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.