Backyard batting cages allow little leaguers, baseball pros or anyone who enjoys the game to practice their batting at home. The cage contains the balls, so when the batter hits a fly ball or grounder, the balls do not become lost and can easily be retrieved. Practicing with a backyard batting cage makes it easier for the player to concentrate and focus on their hits. It also functions as a learning tool, showing the batter where their balls go, so they can adjust the angle or speed of their swing. Players can hit from a baseball tee ball machine or have a friend pitch it to them. A backyard batting cage also encourages safe batting and prevents surrounding people from getting hit by a rogue baseball.
Backyard batting cages can be set up both indoors and outdoors for versatility and protection against the weather. The frames are constructed from steel tubing, foam support padding (to protect metal frames) and flexible fiberglass arching sections to move with the wind. Since the frame isn’t dug into the ground, it allows for portability around the yard. Ground attachments, such as stakes or tie down ropes, are used to anchor the frame foundation. The netting or mesh has hexagon or square openings and is primarily black in color to avoid interfering with the batter’s vision. It is usually made from nylon or polyethylene. Nylon can wear eventually, but polyethylene is lightweight and can stand the outdoors. Both materials have stretch, which is what absorbs the energy from the ball. The thicker the twine, the stronger and more durable the net is and can withstand daily use. Some of cage styles feature sloped nets that send balls back to the batter, further streamlining their batting practice.
The sun’s UV (Ultraviolet) rays can eventually wear down the plastic netting. To promote longer cage life, each fiber is coated with two chemicals, Tinuvin 788 and Irganox B-215, to protect the polymer against the wearing of the sun. UV treatment extends the backyard batting cage’s life. Although the netting has abrasion resistance, deflects water and keeps its shape, it is recommended that cages be stored inside during the off-season to preserve their quality.
The space available in the backyard or home, as well as the player’s needs, determines the size of the batting cage. Spacious backyards offer more options for backyard batting cages. A larger model gives the batter more room to practice their swing and monitor the progress of their hits. If space is limited, smaller screens can be equally as functional and used for multiple purposes, such as pitching and batting. Regardless of size, both small and large batting cages are easy to set up, take down, and transport according to preference.
Backyard batting cages are a great piece of equipment for baseball or softball fanatics to practice the art of batting. If you are looking for a quality-batting cage, browse our selection of different styles and sizes to suit your needs. With a little backyard practice, you’ll be hitting balls out of the park in no time.