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Backstop Netting Tips and Tricks

Barrier Net Tips & Tricks

A barrier net is a safe, inexpensive way to help contain balls of any size in a designated play area. But before you purchase a barrier net, it’s helpful to keep in mind these tips and tricks to make the process as easy and efficient as possible.

Know Your Mesh Size

Mesh size refers to how large the “squares” of the net are. Nets are available in a variety of mesh sizes, so it’s important to select the appropriate mesh size for the sport. For instance, a net designed for large ball sports like basketball is going to be no help containing a golf ball in flight. Here’s a list of mesh sizes and the sports they’re designed for.

  • 4″ for Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and other large ball sports
  • 1-3/4″ or 1-7/8″ for Baseball, Softball, Cricket, Indirect Lacrosse, High-Impact Soccer
  • 1-1/2″ for High-Impact Lacrosse, Hockey
  • 3/4″ or 7/8″ for Golf

Know Your Gauge

Gauge refers to the twine diameter of the net and is designated by a number. The higher the number; the thicker the twine diameter; the longer the lifespan of the net.

  • Use low gauge net for large ball sports with light impact duties like volleyball backstop nets.
  • #36 is the most widely used gauge for baseball backstops.
  • #60 is not recommended for baseball backstops due to it’s heavy weight and limited spectator visiblity.
  • Dyneema the thinnest and strongest material avaialable for backstop and barrier nets. Because of the strength and thinness of the net it makes a perfect backstop solution and is used in most MLB ballparks to protect fans while providing them an unobstructed view of the field.

Make Your Outdoor Barrier Net Water Resistant

Nylon nets require a latex dip to be truly water resistant. The net is soaked in a latex dip for 3 days. The nylon absorbs the latex and as the latex dries it creates a water resistant coating. This water resistance is vital to the lifespan of the net since most backstop nets are too large to take down during the off-season.

Add Extra Rib Lines to Oversized Barrier Nets

Some oversized nets may require rib lines to help the net retain its shape. Rib lines are generally made of the same material as the border rope of the net.

  • Rib lines are 3/8 inch ropes woven into the net to provide additional support.
  • Rib lines should run the length of your backstop net spaced 10 – 12 ft apart.
  • Always use the border rope or rib line as attachment points. Never attach directly to the mesh itself.

Keep these tips and tricks in mind and please be sure to take advantage of our Net Calculator; it’s the fastest easiest way to receive an instant quote on your barrier net.

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