Batting cage nets, batting cage frames and batting cage packages from ATEC, JUGS, ProCage, Muhl Tech, and many more are available for every level of play and budgetary consideration. Given that no two installations are likely to be the same, options are available for nearly any space available to you, indoors or out. Cage sizes typically range from 55’ long for softball to 70’ lengths for baseball, however limited space net and frame combinations are available that measure as little as 35’ deep. Double wide split net packages are also available for practice facilities that want to maximize the number of hitting stations.
Cage nets are typically compared by their weight and relative breaking strength. The heavier the net, the higher the quality durability tends to be. Lighter weight batting tunnel nets in the #24 & #36 weights are generally used in youth programs, middle schools, and by parents who want to set up a cage in the back yard for their young hitter. Nets greater than #40 are considered “professional quality” and are ideal for collegiate level batting practice and for institutional use. Breaking strengths as low as 119 lbs can be purchased for light use or for young players, however 191 lb or 381 lb breaking strength hitting tunnel nets are more common for backyard cage installations as well as youth and high school level practices. 691 pound breaking strength nets are also available and are among the most durable nets available.
When evaluating a batting tunnel net, aside from the size and weight, consideration must be given to the type of installation. If installed outside, you will want to make sure that the net is weather and UV resistant especially in climates that experience extreme temperature changes. If an indoor cage installation is desired, thought must be given to whether it will be hung from a ceiling installation kit, or if it will be suspended from the walls. Retractable batting cage options are also available to give your practice space more flexibility.
If installing your batting cage outdoors, thought must be given to the strength and size of the frame. You need to make sure your batting cage frame is strong enough and designed to be paired with the weight of batting tunnel net you plan on installing. 3 section and 4 section tunnel frames are common depending on the length of batting cage net being used. Limited space frames are generally only 2 sections.
When hanging your batting cage net on the frame, you will want to ensure the net is installed properly to avoid sags and problems a few months down the line. A quality batting cage net is 100% pre shrunk, and “hung on the square” so the sags and droops are minimized the longer the net hangs.