INDOOR BATTING CAGE SYSTEMS
Athletes committed to greatness don’t limit their training days to when the weather’s nice and sunny — instead, they maintain a type of year-round dedication that requires the ideal equipment and space. Indoor batting cages allow softball and baseball players to practice all year round to keep their skills and techniques sharp for next season.
When you’re ready to advance your facility with an indoor batting cage setup, Grand Slam Safety is here to help maximize your playable indoor field space. Our experts will work with your specific requirements from beginning to end to deliver the perfect solution. Indoor batting cage systems are invaluable for athletes of all ages and experience levels.
Types of Indoor Batting Cages
As a sports recreation manager or facility developer, you can implement batting cage netting systems to support various scenarios. Sports complexes, gyms, indoor sports facilities, high schools and colleges could all benefit from indoor batting cages. Plus, baseball and softball netting allows players to practice during colder months and inclement weather.
You can incorporate indoor batting cages into an area’s layout or rely on portable options that are easy to set up and deconstruct when necessary. Both the retractable and stationary netting options give you the flexibility and freedom to host other events or remain dedicated to batting practices.
Some of the most common types of indoor batting cages are:
Indoor Drop-Down Batting Cages/Retractable Batting Cages
SPECTO® indoor drop-down batting cages are great for multi-use facilities if you want to maximize your space and offer training in a full cage. After a batting session is over, you can raise the netting to restore the area for other activities like soccer games, field hockey practices and ultimate frisbee tournaments.
Retractable batting cages can be installed into the architecture of your building for simple setup and storage. Drop-down batting cages accommodate flat or sloped ceilings, and work with the space you have to make for a simple solution.
The netting has bottom lift technology, ensuring the material will hang straight, minimizing tripping hazards and preventing balls from escaping.
Stationary Batting Cages
SPECTO® stationary batting cages are permanent indoor fixtures that attach to your walls and surrounding areas. The durable netting can create batting cages and tunnels for indoor baseball facilities and other recreational activities.
Grand Slam's stationary batting cages use a sleeved pole system that allow you to have a free standing netted batting cage. This batting cage system is suspended from poles that fit into sleeves in the floor surface, much like poles for an in-floor volleyball net system.
You can disassemble and store the system when necessary, which takes just a few minutes with the work of two or more people. These types of batting cages are useful in dome athletic facilities or other building structures where suspending a cage is not feasible
Custom Batting Cages
Custom batting cages are ideal when you need a full solution that matches your precise demands. Our professionals can build tailored batting cages to your specifications for indoor sports sites. Customization allows you to be a part of the process by explaining what will fit best with your facility.
The pros will take your requests into account and construct an enclosure that parallels the necessary dimensions of your facility — baseball netting that fits perfectly into your existing design.
Whether you need a retractable, stationary or customizable indoor batting cage system, you can find a solution that works with your space.
Indoor Batting Cage Design
Deciding on your indoor batting cage dimensions can depend on the size of space you have available, your budget and the experience level and size of the softball and baseball players you accommodate.
The typical size of a batting cage net is 70 feet long by 14 feet wide by 12 feet high. This standard allows enough room for players to avoid creating back-swing contact with the netting.
When it comes to an athlete’s size, the distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate can differ. For example, various mound-to-plate distances include 38, 44, 54 and about 60 feet, starting at a range for beginners up to professionals:
Batting cage length: The standard length for an indoor batting cage is 70 feet. It’s an adequate amount of space for the pitcher to store equipment such as portable mounds, ball machines and ball carts. The length also allows for plenty of room between the pitcher and batter, according to particular regulations for different age groups.
Batting cage width: Indoor baseball netting has a standard width between 12 and 14 feet. If a coach works with younger children, a 12-foot wide tunnel is ideal, although bat lengths and wing-spans can vary between kids. In other cases, a 14-foot wide cage is more common and comfortable for athletes of all sizes.
Batting cage height: The typical height of batting netting is 12 feet. About one foot of extra mesh is necessary to sag on the ground to contain stray balls. So, 11 feet is available as playable height. The taller the cage, the better, as an athlete’s experience increases.
If you opt for an indoor batting cage design that has a shorter netting height, it can work in most situations. But be aware that shorter cages can reduce ball flight tracking for coaches dedicated to improving their players' technique. The mesh will knock down the ball quicker, preventing the player from knowing where to focus his or her hitting. Lower cage heights can also reduce the lifespan of the netting because of its proximity to the bat and ball.
Tunnels with shorter lengths may be ideal for coaches who want to work on soft-tossing for a player’s hand-eye coordination. The space is better for focusing on specific techniques and can also save money.
However, a larger cage is better for players to grow into. Teams can also use the extra space to store their equipment. Wider and taller batting cages allow players to track their ball flights more efficiently, helping them improve their batting.
Benefits of Indoor Batting Cage Systems
Because repetition is key for baseball and softball athletes, they require an area where they can perform different routines over and over — baseball indoor batting cages allow them to do just that.
Proper batting cage installation and setup is crucial. When you rely on the experts, you receive benefits such as:
Tensioned bottom: Decrease the amount of excess slack within a cage’s netting to eliminate tripping, while also preventing balls from rolling underneath.
Dividing net: Transform your softball or baseball batting cages into one or two areas to maximize your available space. A removable center divider can boost practicing capabilities without sacrificing safety.
Open weave: The open weave material offers incredible visibility for coaches, teammates, spectators and parents who want to watch the action inside the cage.
Recessed pole: When a bat comes in contact with a pitched ball, the bat sends it flying into the outfield, or batting cage, with a lot of strength behind it. To keep everyone inside the cage safe, you can rely on recessed poles, in our stationary cages, to reduce the rebound effect of batted balls.
Unique soft toss area: The design of your cage becomes multi-functional with recessed poles that form exterior areas for athletes. Players can use the space for soft toss, even when others are inside the area.
Batting cages also suit right or left-handed batters without having to move the plate. Additional advantages of an indoor batting cage system include:
Comes with a limited warranty.
Constructed of premium sports netting.
Contains baseballs better.
Made of high-quality parts and materials.
Maximizes the amount of playable indoor field space.
Features powder-coated high gauge steel.
Reduces risk of injury.
Allows for several cages to be next to each other without interference.
Features stainless steel cabling.
Supports many types of facilities.
When you choose the best indoor batting cage for your space, you can support all levels of play from beginners to professionals.
Contact Grand Slam Safety for Your Batting Cage Needs
At Grand Slam Safety, our indoor batting cage nets and outdoor batting cages allow athletes of all ages to improve their batting skills while remaining safe. Our in-house engineers handle each aspect of your project, from design to installation.
Reach out to a Grand Slam Safety representative to purchase one of our solutions or inquire about our indoor batting cage customization options.
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