Measuring Tips for Building Batting Cages

Batting Cage Building Tips: Cut Yourself Some Slack

There’s a few simple things to keep in mind when determining the best size for your batting cage.

First, be sure to add an extra 12 inches to the height of your net. Having that extra netting sag on the ground is critical to containing balls inside your tunnel. This will help make clean up a lot faster. Less time spent gathering balls means more time hitting, and you know how important that time is in the cage.

Second, if you have an extra large cage or netting upwards of 100 feet, add 2-3 feet to the overall length. That extra couple of feet will make installation a lot easier.

3rd, and maybe most importantly, avoid installing your batting cage netting “trampoline” or “guitar string” tight. Not only does it reduce the life span of your netting, it also voids the warranty and could be a potential safety hazard.

Softball Batting Cages

A typical softball cage measures 55 ft Long x 12 or 14 ft Wide x 12 ft High.

Length

The standard length for a softball batting cage is 55 feet. This allows room on the pitcher’s end for storage of equipment, such as machines, pitcher’s mat, ball carts, etc. while allowing plenty of room for regulation distance between pitcher to batter.

Width

The standard & optimal width is 14 feet. If your players are younger or shorter than about 6 ft tall, 12 ft wide tunnels can be adequate, but 14 feet cages are much more comfortable for players of all sizes, and allows players to follow the ball flight much better.

Height

The standard height is 12 feet. You will need to allow approximately 8-12 inches of netting to sag on the ground to properly contain balls, so the result is 11 ft playable cage height.

Baseball Batting Cages

A typical Baseball cage measures 70 ft Long x 12 or 14 ft Wide x 12 ft High.

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.

Keep these tips in mind, and your batting cage net will be easier to install, easier to maintain and will last a lot longer.



Source by Chad Schneider

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