How To Build A Indoor Batting Cage
- December 13, 2013
1st off we are a Synthetic Turf Company located in Dallas TX. We supply builders, homeowners, and DIY’ers with synthetic turf for many projects. We have been asked many times how to build a batting cage. These are simple instructions for you to make your own cage for indoor or outdoor use.
You will need to provide the following Materials:
(10) Corner Fittings
(36) 5/16′ x 1/2 Hex bolts (setscrews)
(50) Carabiner clips
(50) Rope (for Hangers)
1-5/8″ Galvanized Steel Round Tubing, 12 gauge
(10) pieces @ 12’6″ long each (Vertical Poles)
(5) pieces @ 15′ 8″ long each (Cross Poles)
(8) pieces @ 18′ long each (Longitudinal Poles)
(available at any Fence Supply company)
(10) Ground Sleeves
Lay out the following pattern on the ground where the vertical poles will be placed.
The frame is designed to be 72′ long by 16′ wide. If you have extra room, consider
making the frame slighter larger. (This allows the net to slow a ball more before it
hits the frame, reducing ricochet speed.)
Dig or burrow each hole as laid out in step #1. Each hole should be 6-12” deep.
Your vertical poles will sit in the holes. By placing the vertical poles 6” to 12” into
the ground, the legs will be kept from moving around as players or balls hit the
Optional Ground Sleeve instructions: Set ground sleeves in cement, leaving above
ground approximately 1” below the bolt hole. This allows poles to be
tightened/loosened after the sleeves are secure.
Thread each of the 5/16″ x 1/2″ setscrews into the fittings.
With poles lying on the ground, connect two vertical
poles to one cross pole with two corner fittings. Lock
the tubes into the fittings by tightening the set screws.
Stand two of these assembled sections up, place them in the holes, and connect
them with the longitudinal poles. Each pole should go half way into each fitting.
Repeat step #5 until all poles are assembled.
(Ignore Step 7 if ground sleeves are secured in cement.)
Compact the dirt around the ground sleeves.
Stretch the net out on the ground and loosely tie off each corner to the vertical
poles and raise the net up as high as you can. You will probably get it about 6′
Connect some of the Hangers to the top of the net near the center of the frame.
Raise the corners up more, and keep adding Hangers going toward the ends of the
Once all of the Hangers are in place, tie the corner ropes of the net firmly to the
corner vertical poles at the desired height.
Note: Order a net that will fit your frame dimensions.
Laying the turf. Roll out your 15ft X 70ft piece use a stiff broom to brush up the turf and apply 3lb sq/ft of 12/20 silica sand. You may use small dollops of glue around the outside perimeter where you will be entering and exiting the batting cage.
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