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Backyard Batting Cage

You’re committed. You’re taking cuts in the local commercial batting cage day and night, but they’re not open 24/7. You need more.

It’s time to build your backyard batting cage.

And we are here to help.

Let’s go.

Dimensions of Backyard Batting Cage

First figure out the dimensions of your cage. You’ll want to stay at least a foot away from potential ricochet points like trees. Be sure to leave at least a foot of space between net and existing structures like garages, or your house. (If space is tight, you can always protect those structures with padding or hang our NetShield on your cage.)

Standard size cages are 55 ft or 70 ft long and 12 or 14 feet wide, but even if you don’t have that much available space in your backyard, you can still do a lot with your batting cage. Cages shorter than 55 feet are still great for soft toss and tee work. Adding NetShield to a shorter cage will really help knock the ball down too.

We recommend keeping your cage at least 12 feet wide, but if you don’t have the space, and you have younger players, you might be able to get away with a width of 10 – 11 feet.

Standard Size Net or Custom Net?

Even if your backyard batting cage’s footprint is smaller than a standard size, you can still use a standard size net. Simply bunch up the excess net with a bungee cord, and the net will still be fully functional.

If you’re chasing a more professional look, without the netting all bunched up, we can custom build your net to any dimensions. Be sure to add a foot to your height to help baseballs and softballs from escaping, and then enter your dimensions in to our Custom Net Calculator to receive an instant quote in a variety of materials.

Backyard Net Material

There’s 2 kinds of materials for batting cages. Nylon and Poly. Poly is less expensive than nylon, and because it is a plastic material, is weather resistant. However, poly is also less durable than nylon. In fact, we consider poly to be more of a hobby-type of material, so if you’re serious enough about baseball and softball that you’re building a backyard batting cage, you’re going to want a nylon net.

Nylon, while more durable than poly, isn’t water-resistant by itself. So, for it to stand up to the elements, you’ll want to add the Latex Dip (we also refer to it as NetSeal). Your nylon net will soak in the latex for about 3 days, absorb in to the fibers of the net and create a protective barrier from the elements.

Backyard Batting Cage Frames

No matter what size your cage, we can help you find a frame that fits your needs.

All of our outdoor batting cage frames can be used at any length and width.

The Varsity is the least expensive, but you’ll need to dig a minimum of 6 ground holes for the frame, and with more ground poles there are also more potential ricochet points.

The Collegiate model has a sturdier frame and, for cages less than 70 feet, features only 4 ground holes that need to be set.

The Pro model is our most robust frame. It is also the cleanest and most professional looking, which makes it a hit with local Homeowner Associations.

Installing Your Backyard Batting Cage

All of our in-ground outdoor batting cages need to be set in concrete filled ground holes. You’ll want to consult with a local fencing company to determine your soil conditions and freeze line to determine how deep to set your poles. And if you you don’t think you can handle installing the cage yourself, local fence companies are a perfect choice to do the installation for you.

Concrete Slab for your Backyard Batting Cage

The question we get most about our backyard batting cages is, “Do we need to pour a slab for our cage?” The short, easy answer is ‘No, you don’t.’ Concrete slabs can be expensive, so if you want to keep costs low, get your cage planted in the ground first. You can always make improvements to the cage over the next few years, whether it be as simple as laying down a stance mat where you do all of your hitting, putting in a rock base, or even laying down a roll of turf. We always recommend taking these projects in stages so you don’t spend any money you don’t need to.

As always, please feel free to leave a question for us in the comments. We’re also able to chat 9 am – 5 pm CST business hours, or send us an email at info@practicesports.com.

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