If you want to whack a few balls around without having to go too far, then building a batting cage right in your own backyard is the ideal thing to do. With the right tools and equipment, this task is actually not that difficult to carry out, and you can do it yourself too. Wondering how? Well, here's all you need to know.
First, Ask Yourself This
Before you begin the ultimate task of investing your precious money and time to build a batting cage, you must know the answers to these questions.
- Where do you want to build your batting cage?
- When do you plan to start the process of construction?
- How much money do you wish to invest in this project?
Things You Will Need
The cost incurred in the making of a batting cage will be only the amount spent on buying the material necessary for the construction. You will need the following things ready at the start:
- Nylon or polyethylene for the cage nets.
- Aluminum tubes that will support the nets.
- PVC pipes.
- Concrete/cement to fix the flooring of the frames.
- Clean the area/pitch/surface where you wish to make the batting cage net. Prepare a good flooring. It is good if the surface is a green grass bed or a cement-floored pitch.
- Make a rough layout of the batting cage. Generally, the sizes are 70' (length) by 14' (width) by 12' (height), 65' x 11' x 11', 10' x 12' x 12', 55' x 12' x 12', and 40' x 12' x 12'. However, depending on the space available to you, you can think of other possible sizes too that fit in well. Also leave at least 2 feet space around the perimeter of the batting cage.
- Use homemade wood or metal (aluminum) poles and dig holes (3 to 4 feet deep) in the ground to fix them. To further increase the strength, you may cement the area around the holes so that the pole is safe and secure. The poles will support the weight of the nets, so they must be anchored properly into the ground.
- Attach the batting net to the ends of the poles and drape it down. This covers the skeleton of the cage frame.
- Ensure that the nets are hung low enough.
- Remember, the nets should completely touch the ground so that the balls don't go out from under the nets. A hanging batting cage helps to stop the balls without causing much resistance to the nets. Never hang the net very tight or too loose.
- Make sure that an exit door is made too, through which you can come and go out of the net.
- Once the batting cage is ready, place the pitching machine inside.