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1-7/8" OD 13 or 11-Gauge, 4 Sections, In-Ground
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Perfect for backyards, the 55 ft nCage Varsity Batting Cage Frame is also a great entry – level choice for schools.
This frame includes 4 upright rib sections to fit standard sized and custom nets up to 55 ft. in length.
Our In-Ground FlexCages are designed for fast, easy installation.
After the PVC sleeves are set in the ground (using concrete if desired), the frame slips together with no bolts or pins.
No tools needed other than a step-ladder, an allen-wrench for the elbows, and a shovel for the ground holes.
Recommended cage layout required is 2 feet wider (1′ on each side) and 4 feet longer than your net (2′ on each end).
Assembly normally takes 2-3 people about 2 hours, depending on number of frame sections.
Custom sizes available. Contact us for a quote.
1 – 7/8 in Steel Specs
Nylon vs Poly. Which Material is Right For Your Baseball & Softball Net?
There are two types of netting materials used for baseball and softball, Nylon and Poly.
Poly, because it less durable than Nylon, is considered more of a backyard, hobby type of material.
Poly, a plastic material, is suitable for outside use, without additional treatment.
#36 Gauge Nylon.
Our most popular batting cage material.
#36 Nylon Specs
#36 Poly Specs
How many frame sections will I need for my net?
To maintain the best performance from your net with minimal sag, the standard is to use one frame rib for every 12′-15′ of net — so for a 35′ long cage you will need 3 ribs, for a 55′ cage, 4 ribs, and a 70′ cage will need 5 ribs.
*Overall net size, thread thickness and material can all greatly impact the most appropriate number of sections needed to maintain optimal performance. i.e. a 35’L cage with #21 twine size will require less stability than a 55’L or 70′ net using #36, #42 or #60 thread.
How tall and wide are the frame sections?
Each frame section/rib is 15’W x 13’4″‘H, which accommodates the most common net size (14’W x 12’H) — this allows 2’ of each upright to be inserted into the ground for support, which leaves 11’4″ of frame above ground (allowing 8″ of sag on the ground), and also allows for 1’W of extra room on the width (when using a 14’W net). The adjustable 6″ chains connect to steel snap-hooks to allow for your preferred sag on the ground (to contain balls and create slack, which reduces tension and extends the net life-span). The chain can also easily be shortened if necessary. Each rib also includes 2 PVC piping sleeves for inserting into ground.Custom Design is also available — please Contact Us for a quote.
What if my net is shorter, taller, or not as wide as these frames?
If your net is shorter than 12′, you can simply insert the frame legs an extra couple feet to accommodate.
If your net is taller than 12′, you can simply allow the extra net to hang on the ground, which is recommended to reduce tension and reduce ball roll-out.
If your net is less than 14′ wide, no problem – the net is hung on the inside of the frame sections, so you will only need to extend the tie-offs from the frame to the net, to compensate. This also reduces the opportunity for balls ricocheting off the frame & hitting the batter or pitcher.
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#36 Nylon is by far our most popular material, but be sure to add latex if you’re using nylon outdoors.
Poly is a plastic material, so is waterproof without any further treatment. However, the poly tends to break down much quicker than the nylon. We consider poly to be more of a hobby material.
We sure can. Check out our NetCalculator, where you can enter your dimensions and receive an instant quote on a variety of materials.
You absolutely can. As long as your player can swing freely, and you protect your walls, ceiling structure, lights, and windows, you can turn almost any space into a potential hitting cage.
Small Batting Cage – How Small Is Too Small
Standard-size nets are 12 or 14 feet wide, 12 feet tall, and 55 or 70 feet long. Shop Standard Size Batting Cage nets.
We’ve got lots of great resources on batting cages in our playbook:
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Absolutely. In fact, the majority of our customers install their batting cages themselves. We’ve got some great guides here:
We always recommend a minimum of 12-foot wide batting cages, but if you do have a tighter space, you may be able to move your player to one side of the cage to help prevent them from finishing their swing into the net. Before you order your net, have the player take a few practice swings in the area to be sure they can swing freely without hitting any objects, or feeling too constricted within the space.
We recommend a minimum of a 12-foot-tall net that’s installed at 11 feet to help prevent baseballs and softballs from escaping. However, we’ve seen and played in, some great basement cages that are installed at 8 feet high. If you’re in a tight space, have your player take a few practice swings in that space to make sure that they can swing freely without hitting any walls, windows, or other objects.
We sure can. We call that our ShellCage.
We recommend #60 nylon for all our commercial facility customers.
For larger, multisport facilities, we recommend the AirCage, an indoor, electric, retractable cage with the lowest profile in the industry.
Many facilities love the flexibility of the ShellCage, which is a great multi-lane, multi-sport cage.
Most homeowners end up with a CurtainCage, which features three overhead cable lines to support the net.
Take a look at our nCage Pro, nCage Collegiate, and nCage Varsity frames. Be sure to check with your HOA before you plant your cage. You’ll want a minimum of our #36 Nylon net, but be sure to add latex to help waterproof it against the elements.
We do! Take a look at our portable outdoor cages here.
We love the nCage Pro, nCage Collegiate, and nCage Varsity. In-ground batting cages like these provide durability and longevity.
Standard-size nets are 12 or 14 feet wide, 12 feet tall, and 55 and 70 feet long. However, we can build a net of any size. Be sure when determining what net size is best for your space that you stay at least 1 foot away from walls and at least 3 feet away from delicate objects like unprotected lights and windows.
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There are two netting material types that we focus on at Practice Sports. Poly and Nylon.
First, the 36 gauge Nylon is the most popular material type. It’s a great net for high school players, or if you’d like to get your little leaguer through high school on one net. Nylon by itself isn’t water resistant, so if you’re using your net outdoors, be sure to add a latex treatment.
Poly is more of a backyard/hobby type of material. It is a plastic material, so it doesn’t require an additional treatment to make it water resistant.
Once you decide to set up a home batting cage, the next steps may seem overwhelming. So, we’re here to help. We’ve written many articles on how to build a batting cage at home, in basements, garages, backyards, or at a sports facility. First, decide where you want to install your batting cage, and then follow the steps from the articles below:
Batting Cage Frame Kit – Buyer’s Guide
These articles are surely helpful, but if you have more questions, Contact Us and we will be happy to help you plan, purchase all of the correct parts, and walk you through building your own cage!
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