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Best dimensions for a Baseball Batting Cage?

Baseball batting cages are typically a minimum of 70 ft long x 14 ft wide x 12 ft high. This allows proper usage by right-handed or left-handed batters, without moving the plate. It also allows for safe usage without risking damage to the netting from back-swing contact.

Selecting the right size for your player’s usage is dictated by the distance between mound to plate, for the age levels using the cage.

Mound to plate distances can range from 38, 44, 48, 54 to 60 ft 6 inches for the pros. See our field regulation guide for more info.

Length

The optimal length for a baseball batting cage is 70 feet. This allows room on the pitcher’s end for storage of equipment, such as machines, portable mound, ball carts, etc. while allowing plenty of room for regulation distance between pitcher to batter. See the official distances here.

Width

The standard width is 12 or 14 ft wide.

If your players are younger or shorter than about 6 ft tall, 12 ft wide tunnels can be adequate – just keep in mind that wing-spans and bat lengths can vary.

The standard is 14 ft wide, and much more comfortable for players of all sizes.

Height

The standard height is 12 ft high. You will need to allow approximately 8-12″ of netting to sag on the ground to properly contain balls, so the result is 11 ft playable cage height. Keep in mind the taller the cage, the better. See comments below for more info on the benefits of a larger cage.

The minimum height depends on the players using the tunnel (wing-span), but batting cages as short as 8 feet can work in most situations. Just be advised shorter cages will greatly reduce ball flight tracking, and will also reduce the life-span of the netting due to the proximity between bat & netting.

 

Baseball batting cage

Typical Size – 70’L x 14’W x 12’H

 If I don’t have the space, is using a shorter batting cage worthwhile?

Certainly. Some coaches only need a short tunnel to throw “soft toss or coach toss” pitches to their players, allowing the batter to practice their hand-eye coordination & technique. In this case. a shorter tunnel is just fine.

 Advantages of Shorter Tunnels

The only real benefits of using a shorter cage (regardless of your player’s regulation mound to plate distance), is to save money or space.

If space is not an issue and you aren’t down to your last $100, we highly recommend using a minimum of a 70 ft long batting cage net.  In our 12+ years of working in the batting cage business, we have never had someone call back with regrets of ordering too BIG of a batting tunnel but have heard plenty of customers tell us they wish they would have ordered a bigger tunnel.

 Advantages of Bigger Batting Tunnels

Regardless of pitcher to batter distance & height of players, there are still some definite pros to using a larger sized cage.

1) Your players can grow into it.

2) You can use the extra length for equipment storage behind the pitcher, such as a machine &  ball cart.

3) The wider & taller the tunnel, the better. Why? Because this allows you to track the ball flight. This gives you instant feedback on where your players are hitting the ball. When confined to a small space, the ball will immediately be knocked down by the netting, giving your players no clue on whether they need to work on hitting inside-out pitches, or pushing the ball to the opposite field.

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26 Comments

  1. Dan
    Posted March 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Hello,
    I want to install a indoor net in our auxiliary gym/wrestling room. I have lots of room for legth (80 +feet) and width (15 feet). My issue is the height. We have a drop ceiling that is 11 feet from floor to the drop ceiling. Do you think we can do a drop ceiling?
    Thanks for your help!
    Dan

    • Posted March 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dan,
      The cage can work with a drop ceiling. Instead of hanging the net off the ceiling. You can use a wall to wall cable system. You’ll just want to make sure you have enough space between the top of the net and the ceiling while keeping 8″ to 1′ of sag on the ground. We recommend having at least a 6″ to 1′ gap between the net and obstructions (including the ceiling). Our stock size nets are 12’H which means they have a vertical play area of around 11’4″. If the top of your net hangs around 10′ or just above this should allow you enough room to throw. We can custom build any size net you need and the closest stock size we have is 70’L x 14’W x 12’H. Here is a link where you can get the cost of custom netting:
      http://www.practicesports.com/cgi-bin/category/net_quoter

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,

      Cory Schneider | Sales Manager
      Facebook Contest — Win Pitching Machine (ends March 31, 2016)

      Practice Sports, Inc. | 506 E Gold Coast Rd Suite B | Papillion, NE 68046
      800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046

  2. Schuyler Kent
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    I have somewhat limited space but, in time, the length will increase from 38′ to 50’+ as other backyard elements are removed. Height is unlimited. My problem is width. The area narrows toward one end of where I’d like the cage to go (probably 1/2 of the current length) and I could probably only get 9′ wide in that narrower area. The other half of the space has much more leeway but I assume the cage needs to be a rectangle.
    Is this doable?
    Thanks!

    • Posted March 16, 2016 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      Hi Schuyler,
      Yes, it is possible to have a net shaped like you described. It doesn’t have to be a rectangle. The more difficult part would be finding the corrrect frame to support the net. If you like, you can send us an overhead sketch of the shape you wanted (mostly so we can see the dimension of the wider end). And to make sure the 9′ end will run parallel to the wide end (so it creates a trapezoid). You just want to make sure you have at least 6″ to 1′ of space between the net and any obstructions. Our email address is info@practicesports.com.

      In regard the being able to increase the length of the net, we can initially build an open ended net so one of the ends won’t have netting attached to the tunnel. The opening would then be replaced by a simple barrier net (for example, if your wide end is 12’W and the height is 12’H then the open end would be 12’x12′ and we could send a separate 13’x13′ panel to place over that open end. Then in the future you can purchase another open ended net connected to the existing open end to extend the entire tunnel length to 50’+.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,

      Cory Schneider | Sales Manager

      Facebook Contest — Win Pitching Machine (ends March 31, 2016)

      Practice Sports, Inc. | 506 E Gold Coast Rd Suite B | Papillion, NE 68046
      800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046
      chad@practicesports.com | practicesports.com

  3. Posted July 4, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    I am living in a small town and have recently purchased a old building in the community that was once a post office. the indoor shape is 45 foot x 18 foot x 11 foot on one half and 35x18x11 on the other side. The town is a very small town (less that 800 people) with several small towns around it. There is nothing to do in this town nor the surrounding areas so with the purchase of this property, I am going to make a couple of indoor batting cages. Now, I have run into a snag… Standard size is 55 feet and I was only taking into account of college being 43 pitching distance. Will a smaller net still give me the maxium distance to teach pitchers, catchers and to use a pitching machine to batters?

    • Posted July 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Gayle,
      We can build any size net you need. With the mound distance of 43′, ideally you’d want to have at least a few extra feet to have live pitching with a catcher. There isn’t a recommended space. It really depends on how much space your players would be comfortable with. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,
      Cory

  4. Biff
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    We only have a space that can accommodate a 63′ cage. We understand we can do all kinds of BP, 55′ pitching and softball pitching. But what about 60′ 6′ pitching? Obviously we won’t have the full 70′ for storing equipment. But is this enough length for real pitching practice?

    • Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Biff,
      Using 63′ will be a tight fit. Ideally you want a few more feet to have a room for a pitcher with a catcher but if you’re only using a pitcher throwing into a backstop, that should be enough space. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,
      Cory

  5. Mike Davis
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    We have a park shelter that is 48 x 24 x 8 that we would like to convert to batting cages. Would we be able to put two cages in this area?

    • Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your interest in our outdoor batting cages. The minimum size per lane is 12’W, so this should work just fine. Our ShellCage would be the best plan:
      http://www.practicesports.com/cgi-bin/category/Multi-Lane-Systems

      Can you please send us pictures of the shelter so we can advise for sure?

      Thanks.

      Chad Schneider | Operations Director

      Practice Sports, Inc. | 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
      800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046
      chad@practicesports.com | practicesports.com
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  6. Gary
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I have a 10,000 square foot building. Looking to do indoor cages. Problem is the ceiling is only 10 feet. Is it possible to do cages in this building?

    • Posted September 18, 2017 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Gary,
      Thanks for contacting us about your facility. Yes, you can install cages in with that ceiling height. However it may be difficult to throw live pitching from a standard mound distance (60’6″) depending on the arm strength of the pitcher. You’ll want at least 6″ of space between the top of the net and the bottom of the ceiling. Also you’ll keep 8″ to 1′ of net sag on the ground to the net height should be around 10’6″ to 10’2″H. Please let me know the lane sizes you needed and the quantity and the size of the building and I can put together a quote.

      Thanks again,

      Cory Schneider

  7. Posted January 12, 2018 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    What is the minimum distance between 2 separate cages?
    What is the minimum distance between cage and wall?
    This assums using netting as the cage material.

    • Posted January 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jonathan,
      The distance on these measurements will depend on a few factors. The type of netting material used and how hard the players are hitting and throwing. The minimum distance and the distance to the walls is 6″ to 1′ but ideally it would be best to use at least 1′ of space with older kids and adults.

      Thanks,
      Cory Schneider

  8. Jamie
    Posted February 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    The boys want a batting cage in the basement but we only have a space 27 ft long by 10 ft tall and 16 feet wide. Can we still use a pitching machine set on a lower speed like at 30 mph?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Posted February 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jamie,
      Thanks for contacting us. I don’t see an issue with having a net clearance around 10′ to 9′ high and being able to use a pitching machine. You’ll have some arc in the throwing path but I don’t see it hitting the ceiling. The exception is if you were using this for slowpitch softball, but for baseball or fastpitch softball I don’t see any problems. Hope this helps.

      Thanks,
      Cory

  9. Darius McClelland
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    I have a space that is 49ft wide, 63ft long, and 9.5ft in height. I am wondering if I have enough space in height and length to install a cages that support both pitching (artificial mound for all distances) and hitting without too much net sag from floor to top of net. I’m working with youth athletes who for pitching would of course be at closer distances as well as high school athletes for 6ft 6 inches. In addition, for hitting would the netting be too low for athletes 9-15u. Thanks for your time and input!

    • Posted March 2, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Darius,
      Thanks for your inquiry about a custom batting cage. Great questions!

      Typically a 70 ft long batting cage is required to allow for comfortable pitching from 60’6″ because the batter’s box & pitching mound takes up 6-8 ft.

      Your height should work okay, although 11-12 ft is more common. It just depends on the height of your players – if you have a 7 foot kid in there he might have issues with his back-swing, but otherwise 9 ft + should be okay for most players. I just recommend going with #60 netting for the ceiling because it’s lower and will take more abuse.

      Would you like an official quotation from us?

      Thanks.

      Chad Schneider | Operations Director

      Practice Sports, Inc. | 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
      800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046
      chad@practicesports.com | practicesports.com

  10. Londyn
    Posted July 4, 2019 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Hello. I am look at a net size of 14’ x 14’ x 70’. If I build my own frame, how wide apart would I set the poles and how high should the poles go? I have read that the net should sit inside the poles by 2’, does this mean that I would set the post at 16’ out? Also, on the height, since it is a 14’ net and there should be about a foot of net on the ground should the heights of the poles be 13’? Thanks for the help!!

    • Posted July 8, 2019 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Londyn,
      The size of the frame all depends on the type of setup of the frame. If you’re just using poles on the ends, spaced about 72′ apart then the outside posts should be exactly 14’W. If you have a setup that uses uprights & crossmembers, then you would want to set the uprights at least 15′ apart so you have 6″ of space between the net and frame on each side.

      With the 14’H net, you want to keep around a foot of sag on the ground so you will want the top of the poles around 13’H.

      Thanks,
      Cory

  11. Jonathan
    Posted August 19, 2019 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    I am considering expanding my basement to include room for a batting cage. All dimensions will be limited, but especially width and height. Previous questions give me an idea for what I can get away with on height, but what is the minimum width that I need for an adult (6′ 4″)? The plate can be movable so I only need to accommodate hitting from one “side”. If wall-to-wall is only 8 feet can I do it?

    Thanks,
    Jonathan

    • Posted August 19, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Hi Jonathan,
      A 8′ wide net is fine if you slide the plate to one side.

      Thanks,
      Cory

  12. Jason
    Posted September 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    I am considering installing a batting cage for my backyard. The good thing is I have enough length to put up a 70’ batting cage. The downside, for what we want to do we would like it to be on the side yard of our home. But, from our house to the side wall is 15’. I was wondering if that is enough space so there isn’t any issues with ball hitting the home or side wall for safety reasons? Would it be best to do 12’ width cage?

    Thank you,

    Jason

    • Posted September 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      HI Jason,
      It really depends on if you wanted one of our frames for the net. The 12’W net would be perfectly fine in that space, the only issue would be if the frame would fit. Please look at our varsity frames:
      Varsity Batting Cage Frames

      These have a standard cross-member that’s 15’W. Those would need to be cut down to at least 14′ to fit in your space. A 12’W net would be fine with that setup because it gives you a 1′ of space between the net and the upright frame sections on each side. Please let me know if you have any other questions or if you wanted a quote sent.

      Thanks,
      Cory

      • Jason
        Posted September 19, 2019 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Cory!

        Yes, if you could send one that would be great!

        • Posted September 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

          Hi Jason,
          I just emailed the quote from info@practicesports.com. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder.

          Thanks!
          Cory

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