What’re batting cages?

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Batting cages are available for players of all levels to improve their hitting skills. They can be rented or installed at home and come in various sizes. Instructors are also available for lessons. UV treated netting is recommended for home installations.

Batting cages are a great way for both small leaguers and pros to work on their hitting. In cities and towns across the United States, children can hit the batting cage practice areas where they will pay a fee (usually a dollar for a chip) to have a pitcher throw them 10 to 15 pitches. This is a great way to work on becoming a better hitter. Most batting cages have a pitcher positioned 45 to 60 yards 14 to 18 feet from home plate. These machines can be set to throw pitches at various speeds to suit all levels of player. As the machine throws the pitch, the batter swings and tries to connect with the baseball. Mesh covering the sides, front, back and ceiling area is provided to hold the balls.

In addition to paying a fee for 10 to 15 pitches, many batting cage facilities allow players to rent the cage for periods of time. Many facilities also have instructors available to give batting lessons to youngsters who want to improve their batting skills. These lessons will be held in the batting cage.
High schoolers, college players, and professionals have batting cages in their respective facilities for players to gain additional batting reps and thereby develop into better hitters.

The average person can easily install a batting cage on their property if they have some land available. Batting cages come in a variety of sizes, and manufacturers will provide the posts, wires, mesh, and connecting pieces needed to install such a cage. Cage sizes are typically 10 feet (3 meters) high, 12 to 14 feet (3.6 to 4.2 meters) wide, and 30 to 75 feet (9 to 23 meters) long. Posts are normally installed at the ends of the cage and heavy gauge wiring is pulled tightly from post to post. The net is attached to the harness, often using cable ties or other similar fasteners. Once installed, the cage will provide an excellent containment system as the front, back, sides and ceiling will prevent baseballs from flying out of the area.

With a cage installed, a player can tee off or have a parent, friend or sibling tee. Home cages like these can lead to many hours of baseball enjoyment. If you order netting for home installation of a batting cage, make sure it is UV treated as such netting is much stronger than netting that has not been UV treated. If you live in a colder climate, you should take your net apart over the winter to ensure many years of use.

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