To every baseball player, batting practice is a very important exercise. Only by this practice can a player know about the shortcomings of his forms and how to fix them. But this type of practice usually required a large space that may not readily available. So if you are playing baseball and you want to have lots of batting practices yet you are unable to find a place for that, what would you do then? Well, the answer is rather easy: Build for yourself a batting cage. It’s not a very hard work and not very difficult for you to find material. This article will give you a short guide on how to make it.
Batting cage is places where you can swing all you want without fear of hitting anybody. You also don’t have to worry about losing the ball. In this cage, you can gain valuable batting practices with only a limited requirement in space. So let’s see how you can set up for yourself a batting cage.
1. Gathering material
A batting cage is a simple design with 2 main components: the frame and the net. You should use material that is both flexible and can withstand pressure to some degree. After that, you must figure out a way to anchor the cage firmly in place so it won’t be wobbling when the wind is up. The recommended material would be PVC treated wood for the frame and nylon thread for the net. If you can find high quality, sport – level material then it will help a lot too.
2. The location and size of the batting cage
Well the place that you want to set up the cage should not be exposed to too much sun light. It is also a good idea for the cage to be put in a place where it won’t create too much disturbance to the neighbors. About the size it’s up to you. A compact size is fine but you can also build a batting cage with the same length as the distance from the pitcher to the batter in a real match.
And it’s quite vital that you put your cage surroundings into consideration. No matter whether the cage is in your house, a park or a public space, you must be sure to avoid any possible hazard elements. This includes power line, noise, weather climate, human and animal activities, etc. This will have a very big impact to your cage life span and maybe even to your own safety. Time and efforts are definitely needed in this process.
3. Set up the frame
As stated above, you should utilize tough and flexible material. The diameter of the posts that involved in the frame should be at least 1 inch. The base of each post should also be reinforced either by bury them into the ground or base plate. If you use base plate then make sure its heavy enough to keep the posts steady. You can use moveable base plate as well if you want to fold back the cage when not in use.
In case you want to set up an indoor batting cage, you can use the house infrastructures to make parts of the frame such as the hallway or the ceiling. But be aware that by doing this, your ball may have a big impact that the net can’t fully absorb and result in an awfully loud bang.
4. Deploying the net
This is the final and also the most important part. Now you already have the frames in place, it’s time to cover it with the net. You see, it’s not so simple to just throw the net over the frames. The net is what keeping the ball from bursting away from the cage. If you put it too tight then the net will be easy to snap and may bounce the ball back in a dangerous way. But if it’s too loose, you will have a hard collecting ball after the practice. The net tension should be kept at an appropriate level. And if you use human pitcher, do remember to set up a pitcher screen.
Batting cage will provide valuable lessons to players who don’t often have access to training field and want to train more at a convenient location. It’s a simple design and with an easy to follow instructions on how to build one, you can effectively and efficiently set up a batting cage for your own. It won’t cost you much but still has lots of benefits to offer. Good luck and have fun in your practice.