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Batting Cage Net Getting Started Guide

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:

hardware 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.

Anchor Point

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 size of your turnbuckle and cable line will depend on the span of your cable. These charts show how cable span determines turnbuckle size and the diameter of the cable line.

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.

Cable Clamps

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

Available in 3 Sections for Standard Size 55’ Nets and a 4 Section version for 70’ Nets. Net not included.


The Cages Plus Light Duty Frame and Net are perfect for portable and temporary applications. Easy to assemble with included net lets player be up and hitting in no time.

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.


  1. neeraj
    Posted May 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Interested in installing an indoor batting cage

  2. Posted August 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking at your Curtain Cage setup and my question is about the wires. If I wanted to go 14 or 15′ wide do I need 3 wires or will 2 be enough?



    • Posted January 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kevin,
      The rule of thumb is to use a support line every 6 – 8 ft. So with a 14-15′ wide batting cage, you would need 3 support lines.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions about indoor cages.


  3. Nate
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    I’m interested in installing a batting cage in my backyard asap. I would like to discuss options. Where are you located and how long does it typically take to ship your best outdoor cages? Thanks!


    • Posted December 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your interest in our backyard batting cages.

      Did you have any other questions about the quote Tony sent you?

      Thank you.

  4. Juan
    Posted December 8, 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Hi, I’m interested in 7 lanes 70′ shell cages
    Please contact me In the afternoon by email or cell 612 720 0433
    Thanks a lot

    • Posted January 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Juan,
      Thanks again for contacting us. We can certainly help you with as many batting cage lanes as needed – our ShellCages are very adaptable and can be customized to work with any size or type of facility.

      Please contact me with any other questions.

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

  5. Posted February 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    i am wanting to set up a indoor batting cage that will slide like a curtain. my shop is 50’w by 90’long. i use the shop for working on trucks as well as a indoor basketball hoop. i also have a weight room on one end width wise. the trusses are 18′ high so my kids can shoot without hitting them. i am thinking a slide curtain style that can open for hitting and close for shooting. i am thinking i need about 6’cables that hang down from the cables that run length wise to allow the net to hang down low enough so the baseballs dont go under net and for the support cables to be high enough to still shoot baskets when not hitting.i already have a net. i also have cable to run 3 supports with the quick connect hooks.any suggestions as to what else i will need? i like the roller wheels and know i need the flex plates and turnbuckles. please help my kids have been wanting a cage since last year and i just found this website.thanks alot

    • Posted February 16, 2015 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Hi Benny,
      You can either run you cable lines from wall to wall or we have brackets that would connect to your trusses. The number horizontal cable lines depends on your net width. We recommend spacing the cable lines about 6-8 feet apart. So a net with a width of 12′-16′ you would use 3 horizontal cable lines. You can then use drop lines from those horiztonal cable lines extending to your net. If you net height is 12’H and you want 6′ drop lines, then your horizontal cables would hang around 17’4″. This will allow you to have at least 8″ of sag on the ground with the net. The number of drop lines will depend on the length of your net. We recommend spacing the lines about every 2′-3′ on each cable line. On this setup we would also suggest you use roller wheels or pulleys on the drop lines connecting to the horizontal cable lines. This will make sliding the net much easier. If you need a quote, please let me know the exact dimensions or your net, where you wanted to anchor the cable lines (wall to wall or on brackets connected to the trusses). Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Cory Schneider | Sales Manager
      Practice Sports, Inc. | 506 E Gold Coast Rd Suite B | Papillion, NE 68046
      800.877.6787 x 805 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046 |

  6. Luis L.
    Posted July 15, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Please provide weights of the netting.


  7. Omar Stinney
    Posted April 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I am installing an indoor batting cage 12x12x35. I want to make it a retractable net. I have drywall that I want to run the cables from. Inside the drywall is steel studs. I am not sure if the steel studs will hold. Need help.

    Ideas PLEASE…..

    • Posted May 2, 2016 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Hi Omar,
      Thanks for your message, and sorry for the delay. It just depends on the gauge of your metal studs, but most likely they are not strong enough to hold the tension of the batting cage cables. There is approximately 10 lbs / linear foot of tension on each line. A good solution is to span a wood or steel tube across multiple studs to create a header / termination point.

      You can use one of our Sliding CurtainCage Batting Cage Kits to function in your space.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.


      Chad Schneider | Operations Director

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

  8. Chad Vroman
    Posted April 22, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone you’ve known of, used 6×6’s outdoor to suspend a 70′ foot batting cage using cables and carbeaner clips? Just wondering if the tension over time moved the 6×6’s inward or they were fine. I’m thinking about using 16 footers 4 in ground 12 high. 70 foot loong. Any feedback would be great. Thanks, cmidwest Chad

    • Posted April 24, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      We have had customers use wood posts in that manner. It would be recommended to bow the posts outward, opposite the direction of the inward pressure created by the cable lines. We haven’t had much feedback on durability or life-span since these are all custom builds and not a type of setup we provide. The amount of tension is variable and just depends on how much pressure you want to put on the cable lines by how tight you close the turnbuckles. Of course if you don’t have enough tension on the cable, any sag in that cable line will be reflected on the net ceiling.

      We would recommend burying those uprights around 3′ to 4′ deep and anchoring them in concrete. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      Cory Schneider

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