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Small Batting Cage – How Small is Too Small

When installing a batting cage, it is important to think about your players to determine the minimum size requirement for your cage. It is possible to build a small batting cage in limited spaces, but you want to ensure hitters are comfortable while spectators, windows, and walls are protected.

The hard and fast minimum space required is 12 feet wide with a 10 feet wide pitching lane. However, the more complicated answer is that you can fit a hitting lane in pretty much any space depending on use, player size and age, and proper safety considerations.

Small Batting Cage Considerations

The general minimum size recommendation for batting cages is 12 feet wide with the pitching lane being 10 feet wide. However, it is possible to build a small batting cage in any space with the following considerations:

First, consider the netting. Be sure there’s enough room so that the player’s swing is unaffected by netting. When building a small batting cage, think about who will use it.  Make it comfortable for everyone. For example, if the cage is for kids and adults, build it to fit the adults. As a bonus, the kids can still use it as they grow.

The second thing to regard is the placement of walls, lights, windows, etc. We recommend allowing at least 1 foot for walls and ceilings and 3 feet for unprotected lights and windows. Due to netting push-through from the ball, extra room is suggested to protect lights, windows, and other delicate objects. Of course, soft and squishy baseball/softballs may always be used as well. Additionally, we now offer NetShield to limit push-through and protect vulnerable spaces.  

Lastly, if you want to build in a space even smaller than the recommended size, look at the size and age of players. For example, tee work requires fairly little room because a tunnel is not necessarily needed. Instead, batters can hit into barrier nets, NetShield or a hitter’s bundle. With this in mind, a small batting cage may fit into any space as long as the player has the necessary space and the room is protected.

Home batting cage
NetShield cage netting

Dual-Use Tunnels for Baseball and Golf

Get the most out of your small batting cage and make it golf-friendly.

The standard minimum space requirement needed for a dual-use tunnel is 12 feet wide, 12 feet tall, and 10 feet long. Furthermore, make the tunnel in baseball mesh, then use the Net Calculator and build a golf tunnel insert to clip onto the baseball tunnel. In this situation, use #36 gauge netting so that it’s durable enough to withstand repeated impact from baseballs and softballs. Remember the higher the gauge, the thicker the twine of the net; therefore, the netting is more durable.


Measure the space, consider requirements, and play!

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