Choosing The Right Practice Batting Cage

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English: The batting cages for the Colorado Ro...

English: The batting cages for the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many parents, coaches, amateur adult players and pros wonder what the best dimensions are when they are looking to buy a practice batting cage. Most good batting cages are a minimum of 70 feet in length, 12 feet in height and 14 feet in width. This allows both left-handed and right-handed batters to use the cage in comfort without having to move the plate around. Players also don’t have to worry about injury on the back-swing or about damaging the net during practice.

When you want to choose the right size for mostly personal and family use, measure the distance between the plate and the mound for the different people who will be using it. You don’t have to make this a complicated process either. If you start to feel overwhelmed, just ask your customer care agent for recommendations. Pro mound to plate distances are often as small as six inches. For amateurs, you might want a bit more distance, like anywhere from 38 inches to 60 inches.

For baseball and softball batting cages, 70 feet is a good length. This will give you room at the pitcher’s end, where you can store equipment like ball carts, machines and portable mounds; and give you a lot of room to comply with the distance regulations for space between the batter and the pitcher. Standard width range is good at 12 to 14 feet.

For kids and players shorter than 6 feet tall, you can go with a smaller width of 12 feet. However, just keep in mind that with teens and junior high school aged players, arm lengths can vary significantly, and bat lengths can as well.


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