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Welcome to Wheelhouse Batting Cages

We make backyard batting cages for the family.

Wheelhouse Batting Cage Details

Dimensions

The cage is trapezoidal in shape: 10' tall, 10' wide at the top, and about 14' wide at the bottom. The L-screen is 6.5' tall by 7' wide with a 3'x3.5' cutout.

Design

The netting drapes over the frame. It is not attached anywhere to the frame. As a result there is less wear and tear and abrasion on the net. Anywhere the ball can hit the net the net can give. We use 3/4" electrical conduit on purpose.  While the frame poles are strong enough to hold the system up, they give upon impact of a hard hit ball.  Hence, there is no ricochet. Based on the principle or "The Law of Conservation of Momentum", the poles have the flexibility to absorb the momentum of the batted baseball so the ball just dies and falls to the ground.

Netting

Our mesh size is 1 7/8" on a side. We only use knotted nylon. We do not use poly net. Knotted nylon is much stronger than poly net. Knotted nylon is between 72% to 125% stronger than poly net. While poly net is cheaper you would have to get about a #42 poly to be almost as strong as our #21 and by then you have spent more money. Knotted nylon is strong, water resistant, UV protected, and will last for years. The #21 gauge has a burst strength of about 209 pounds per strand or about 836 pounds per mesh. The #36 gauge has a burst strength of about 380 pounds per strand or 1520 pounds per mesh. Our netting hangs on the diamond, not on the square.  This allows for more give when hit by a ball so there is less chance for tear and less abrasion. It also allows water to run-off more quickly.

What we send you

The box will contain the cage netting, cage connectors, L-screen netting, L-screen connectors, L-screen poles, extra twine, packing slip, copy of your invoice, and assembly instructions. You will receive one box approximately 42" long by 17" wide by 17" tall. The box will weigh between 80 and 150 pounds, depending on length of cage (40', 50', 60', 70') and gauge of twine (#21 or #36).

What you have to buy

You buy the frame poles locally. Shipping the poles would add hundreds of dollars to the shipping cost. The poles are standard 10' long and are 3/4" electrical conduit.

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Our cage comes with a complete L-screen

  • Free L-screen - a $190 to $250 value.

  • This is a 7' wide, 6.5' tall, with a 3 x 3.5 foot cutout.

  • This is a pillow case style and thus is twice as thick.

  • Includes extra twine so you can lace up the bottom edge.

  • Everything is included - net, connectors, and poles.

  • Lightweight and very portable. Easy to move.

Sagging Net vs No Sagging Net!

Another advantage of our design over a traditional cage is less sag.  With our ten foot sections and the the netting hanging over the frame there is considerable less sag.  Traditional cages normally have three or four frames to support the netting.  The weight of the netting causes tremendous sag.  It is not uncommon for a 12' high traditional cage to only have 9' of height clearance.  Look at some of the pictures on the web.  Some cage manufacturers only display drawings of their netting, of course with no sag!  The picture below, on the left, was taken at one of our local high schools.  The frame is 12' tall and the net barely cleared a 7' L-screen there was so much sag!  Compare to the image below, on the right, with our cage and only a 10' frame.

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