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Batting Cage Net Getting Started Guide

How Do I Install My Batting Cage 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.

How Do I Install My Net?

Installation for Indoors Batting Cage Nets

Because installation may vary depending on the type of wall material, we’ve created these guidelines to help you install your net. These general principles will help with installation, but please consult a construction professional for your facility’s needs.

I’ve Received My Net, Now What?

Once you’ve received your net, unfold the net completely to allow it to acclimate to your temperature. Failure to properly acclimate the net may cause difficulty during installation, and netting may appear to be under-sized.

If your net was treated with the NetSeal™ Latex Dip, it may take several hours to “relax” and loosen up to it’s full dimensions. Gravity is the quickest and easiest way to loosen up a net. Find an elevated point to drape the net and allow it to hang for a few hours.

Remember, netting is not a precise industry, and your net may be short or long by a few inches. This is unavoidable in certain situations, and our shop will try to err on the side of excess when possible.

Determine Your Anchor Points

While your net is busy “relaxing,” this is a good time to determine your Anchor Point placement. At this point, we assume that if your application required headers, you‘ve already installed them. If not, please do so at this time. You may need to consult with a construction professional for this step.

Your Anchor Points will determine how high the the placement of the Cable Line will be. This will vary depending on the heighth of your net, but a good rule of thumb is to place your anchor points 1’ lower than the total heighth of your net.

For instance, if you purchased a 12’ net, this means your Anchor Point will be 11’ high. Once you hang your net, this 12” of slack will help to collect loose balls.

Connect The Cable Line to the Dead End

Connect your Cable Lines to the Anchor Point that will not have the Turnbuckle connected to it. This end is called the Dead End, or Terminal End, of the cable line. Secure the cable with the Cable Clamps.

Connect the Cable Line to the Turnbuckle

Connect the opposite end of the Cable Line to the Turnbuckle, and connect the Turnbuckle to the Anchor Point. Secure with Cable Clamps. This is now the Live End of the Cable Line. You can start adding tension to the line, but do not fully tension the Cable Line at this time. The Live End of the Cable Line should look like this. For more information on the individual hardware components, see the Getting Started Guide Part 3.

Dividing the Roller Wheels and Snap Hooks

If you’ve ordered a CurtainCage™ Batting Cage System, than your hardware also includes Roller Wheels to help you slide your cage against the wall.

At this time, you’ll want to divide your Roller Wheels, if you’ve got them, and your Snap Hooks equally among your Cable Lines.

Remember, you won’t need Roller Wheels for every Attachment Point.

You’ll want the majority of your Roller Wheels concentrated on the Live End side of the Cable Lines.

You should store your batting cage net on the Dead End of your Cable Lines.

Attaching the Snap Hooks to the Net

Once your net is properly acclimated, you can roll it out under the Cable Lines at this time.

Attach the Snap Hooks to the Center Rib Line and Border Ropes of the net, NEVER to the mesh of the net itself.

Lifting the Net to the Cable Lines

It is best to first secure the corners of the net to the line then move into the middle lines. This will help distribute the weight of the net and make installation easier.

Lift one corner of the net to the line and clip a couple of the Snap Hooks to the Cable Line or Roller Wheel Eye. Move to the opposite end of the Cable Line and clip the Snap Hook to the Cable Line or Roller Wheel. It may help to clip a couple of Snap Hooks up in each corner.

Proceed to the opposite corner. Then begin moving towards the middle lines. To make installation easier, you may need to add more tension to the Cable Lines as you work.

Once your net is up, you can increase the tension on your Cable Lines to remove slack. DO NOT overtighten the tension on your cables.

If you still encounter slack in your Cable Lines, additional reinforcement at the Anchor Points may be necessary.

Installation for Outdoors Batting Cage Systems

The general principles that guide Indoor Batting Cage System Installation also guide Outdoor Batting Cage Systems. You generally have Anchor Points, Cable Lines, a Turnbuckle, and Attachment Points to attach the net to the Cable Line. However, because each Outdoor Batting Cage System is so different from each other, we can’t provide exhaustive coverage of those systems here.

Please refer to the instructions packaged with your Outdoor Batting Cage System.

That’s It! Congratulations!

You’ve got your net up! Excellent.

If you’re running into a little trouble with your batting cage system, visit our Indoor Batting Cage Net Troubleshooting Guide.

For tips on proper maintenance of your new Batting Cage Net, you can visit our Net Care and Maintenance Page.

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