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Top 3 Considerations When Buying an Outdoor Batting Cage

outdoor-batting-cage-backyard-home-schoolThere are many different types of outdoor batting cage frames on the market. This post is designed to help you make an informed decision before you buy.

How Much Space Do I Have?

Before you buy, be sure you know how much space you can devote to your cage. Remember standard size nets are available in two lengths, 55′ and 70.’ Standard size nets are generally less expensive than custom nets, so using a standard size batting cage net can help you to keep costs down.

You’re also going to want to consider the space around your net. Depending on the speed and trajectory of each strike, the ball will push the net beyond it’s dimensions. This means you need to be to leave a couple of feet between your cage and backyard structures like sheds and fences to decrease the risk of ricochet and damage.

And, depending on which cage you purchase, the uprights of the cage may need to be a foot or two beyond the length of the net. This means a 55 foot long cage may have an actual footprint of 57 feet or more.

Lightweight Portability or Heavy Duty Construction?

Inflatable Batting Cage

Inflatable Batting Cage

Another important factor to consider when buying an outdoor batting cage is how you plan on using that cage.

Do you need a cage that you can easily break down for travel from tournament to tournament? Or, perhaps it’s a cage that’s only going to get used once month, and then can go right back in the shed?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, than a lightweight and portable cage is probably right for you. These cages are designed to be above ground, meaning the structure of the cage is not buried in soil or concrete. Keep in mind, however, that these cages won’t hold up to high winds, and certainly shouldn’t be left up year round.

If, however, you need a cage that’s going to see a lot of swings and needs to be up year round, you’re going to want to consider something more solid, like an in-ground cage.

In-Ground Outdoor Batting Cage

In-Ground Outdoor Batting Cage

Most in-ground batting cages feature steel poles at least 1-5/8” in diameter and require concrete footers to be poured, making the uprights more stable.

What Kind of Net For My Batting Cage Do I Need?

Be sure to double check the parts lists of complete outdoor batting cages to be sure that a net is included.

If a net is included, be sure that it’s going to hold up to the abuse that your player is going to put it through. Remember, your player is only going to get bigger and stronger every year.

There are two basic types of batting cage net materials: poly, and nylon. Poly is less expensive than nylon, but is less durable. If you just need a ‘backyard/hobby’ net, then poly will work just fine. However, if your player is serious about their training, please consider purchasing a nylon net. Nylon is more expensive than poly, but is much more durable. Our most popular material by far is #36 Nylon. If you do purchase a nylon net, be sure to add a latex dip, or NetSeal to help make the net more waterproof. Poly is a plastic type material and doesn’t require additional protection for waterproofing.

For homeowners, there’s one last tip to consider before purchasing your outdoor batting cage. Please make sure you check with your local homeowner’s association to make sure that you’re in compliance with local ordinances and guidelines. You don’t want to install your batting cage only to have to tear it down.

This summer, keep in mind how much space you have, what you’re using the cage for, and the type of net you need, to make shopping for and installing your outdoor batting cage a much easier process.

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5 Comments

  1. Dino Chavez
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I need a quote on the smallest standard size outdoor batting cage you have in stock. I would like it to be heavy duty, probably #36 nylon with a weather dip for outdoor long-term use. I need the cables and all necessary materials to hang it. I’d like to be able to slide the netting to one end when not in use to preserve the use of my backyard for other things if possible. I would like to use the cage for hitting baseballs and golf balls.

    • Posted July 28, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Dino,
      Thanks for contacting us about the netting and hardware. Did you have an existing structure to anchor the cable lines into? If so, please let me know what you have in place (type of material). If you don’t have anything in place you’re going to need a frame. The smallest stock size net we have is 55’L x 12’W x 12’H. I can email you a quote once you let me know about anchoring the hardware.

      Thanks,

      Cory Schneider

  2. Alex Micewski
    Posted September 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I am looking to build my son a batting cage, do you recommend sleeves that go in the concrete or flanges that go on top of the concrete that hold the poles? Which will be more sturdy for a 12 x 12 x 55 batting cage?

    • Posted September 2, 2016 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Hi Alex,
      Thanks for contacting us. The best frame system will depend on if you ever need to remove the framing. The most stable option would be the in-ground with the ground sleeve. This would allow you to completely remove the uprights. This also would be much more stable than an above ground system with the flanges. The above ground frame is only ideal if the in-ground isn’t an option. Also the above ground can’t really be removed and set back in easily without having to drill new holes for flange bolts. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,
      Cory Schneider

  3. Lynn
    Posted October 11, 2016 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    We have a batting cage in our backyard (it was there when we bought the house), and now we would like to remove it. It seems to be pretty well-built, few feet deep in the ground. Do you have any recommendations on how to remove it and if it’s reusable if I can donate to someone.

    Thanks,
    Lynn

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