Our Favorite Outdoor Batting Cages By admin | Published on November 28, 2019April 15, 2020 Spring is the most popular time to install outdoor batting cages, which means its the perfect time to review the pros and cons of our 3 favorite in-ground outdoor batting cages. We’ll even take a quick look at netting so that you order the right net for cage, your players, and your coaches. Batting Cage Frames Varsity Batting Cage If you’re on a budget, the Varsity Outdoor Batting Cage is a solid batting cage frame that is available in 2 pole widths, 1-7/8” and 2-3/8”. If you’ve got to go the 1-7/8” we’d absolutely recommend upgrading to 11 gauge steel. If you’re going with the 2-38” poles, then you don’t have to upgrade to the ten gauge, unless you’re in a high wind area. Remember, the thicker the poles, the longer the lifespan of your frames. As far as the powder coating option, we usually recommend skipping that unless you absolutely need it. Powder coated items can get damaged in shipping, so unless your homeowner’s association, university board, or superintendent demand painted poles, we’d recommend putting that money back in your pocket. Collegiate Batting Cage I like this cage a lot because it only has four poles and two crossmembers, so cuts down on potential ricochet points. I would be sure to add on the bottom anchor kit, because that helps keep the net in place, especially when it is windy. You can probably skip the kicker stabilizer kit since standard softball cages are only 55 ft long, but it is a nice addition for added stability. Pro Batting Cage The Pro Outdoor Batting Cage is getting more popular every year and I think it has a lot to do with the 25 year limited hardware, not to mention just four uprights to plant. We really love this cage and so do a lot of our customers. There’s a couple of optional upgrades: powder coating and a bottom anchor kit. The Bottom Anchor Kit helps to keep the wind from whipping the net around, which is vital to keep from having distracted players and coaches, so I’d recommend spending your money on the Anchor Kit instead of the Powder Coating if you are on a budget. If you are a facility that needs multiple cages in one spot, the Pro Double Lane is a great way to save some money. The Net I’d recommend nothing less than a #36 nylon net (#21 nylon is recommended mostly for little leagues, and poly is more of a backyard hobby type material) and since your net is going outdoors, I would absolutely add the latex dip. The #36 nylon is our most popular netting by far, but if these cages are going to see a lot of action I would consider the #60 nylon. It’s twice as thick, so if you take it down in the off season I could see you getting about 10 years out of it. We offer free shipping on all of the items I’ve mentioned here, so its a great time to get those cages planted and start taking some swings.