Batting Cage Net Guide
Batting Cage Net
The primary component of any batting cage is the net. The cage net is also often the single component of the batting cage which encounters wear and tear with use. Batting cage nets have traditionally been constructed of nylon and it’s still the industry standard today. Nylon batting cage nets are extremely strong and the common choice of commercial sports complexes and professional baseball teams for indoor use. Nylon batting cage nets do have some disadvantages when it comes to outdoor use. When used outdoors nylon will fade, absorb water and, over time, the nylon batting cage net can stretch, shrink, fade, and deteriorate. Nylon batting cage nets are frequently used outdoors and one option is to use a chemically treated nylon batting cage net which will resist damage from the elements. The treatment process will vary with the batting cage net manufacturer along with the durability of the batting cage netting itself. A process commonly used by baseball batting cage net manufacturers is to treat the netting material by applying a protective coating to the net. This applied coating will help limit the effects of outdoor exposure. Only a few baseball batting cage netting manufacturers can mix the inhibitive and protective agents during the extrusion process. This results in a more durable batting cage net. We combine the above mentioned processes to create an extremely durable batting cage net with the best possible protection from the elements. Polyethylene or “poly” baseball cage netting is comparable to nylon and can go through the same treatment process to ensure durability. Nylon is extremely strong; it’s been the traditional material used in batting cages for years and is still the standard choice today. Poly batting cage nets are becoming very popular and will generally hold up better outdoors than nylon. In addition, the poly batting cage nets often cost less. Both the poly and nylon batting cage nets are a great choice for indoor use.
Batting Cage Net Construction
The construction of a batting cage net determines the durability and the useable life of the batting cage net. Some manufacturers do not reinforce the netting with rope borders and others will use poorly sewn rope reinforcement. Our batting cage nets are designed for durability with 3 top support ropes and a full rope border combined with heavy duty stitching which creates the strongest possible connection between the net and the reinforcing ropes.
Net Twine Size
The batting cage net twine size is an important consideration when choosing a net. The twine size of the netting is simple; the larger the twine size the stronger the net. Some manufacturers use a misleading product number, series number, or model number which indicates that the twine size is larger then the actual twine size of the net. Some manufacturers use twine as small as #12 for batting cage net even though #18 is the absolute minimum suitable size and would be considered “light use” netting. #21 is a common size for residential use, #30 is a typical light commercial use net, #36 is standard commercial quality, and #42 is heavy duty commercial use. If you shop around to find the lowest prices or best price on baseball cage netting, you will find there are a number of shops that will not clearly display the twine size. Our twine sizes are clearly displayed and our minimum twine size for batting cage nets is #24.
Square and Diamond Cage Netting
Square batting cage netting is the standard. It is usually easier to install, will hang straighter than diamond netting, and will naturally conform to the rectangular shape of the batting cage with clean straight lines. Diamond cage netting has the advantage of spreading the shock of the ball across several rows of netting opposed to square netting which absorbs the impact of the ball in one single spot.
Knotted and Knotless Cage Net
The knotted batting cage netting has been the standard. The knotted net is usually found in a square pattern. Knotless batting cage is most often a mesh or braided style and most often a diamond pattern. The knots of a knotted net are points of wear; however, they are also extremely durable. The knotless nets do not have points of accelerated wear. As far as durability goes a well-constructed knotted net will out last most knotless nets and a well-constructed knotless net will outlast many knotted nets. Regardless of type, quality is the key for both knotted and knotless netting and all of our nets are top of the line!!
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