What are Batting Cages

These days sports accessories and its related industries have grown in such a great way leaving no stones unturned that the players and sports enthusiastics are able to improve their skills and take their interest of playing at competitive level to great heights. Every sport requires specialized skill which can be achieved only through constant practices that helps in enhancing the skill. One such tool which aids in practicing skill of a baseball player is a “Batting cage”.

Batting cage as the name implies is an enclosed cage which is a great tool for a baseball hitter to practice and improve his hitting skills. This cage is used by both professionals and starters including youngsters and kids who have great interest in baseball and would want to specialize in hitting. It helps both for a team as a whole to make the exercise of hitting practice more efficient as well for an individual player who can set a batting cage just in his backyard. Infact it is ideal to have a batting cage indoors to keep the baseballs safe within the range.

A batting cage is rectangular in shape enclosed with netting or a fence and the interior floor of the batting space is designed to be sloped so that the balls are automatically fed into the pitching machine which is kept opposite to the batter to pitch balls to the batter. This automatic pitching machine often uses a synthetic or a soft ball and there are features to control the speed at which the balls are required to be pitched depending upon the experience of the batter. There are different types of batting cage which are designed to match various kinds of requirement and limitations. Let’s see some of the common ones and their features.

  • A free standing batting cage is designed to simulate an original game activity which comes in the dimension of 70 ft in length, 17.5 ft in width and 12 ft in height. Thus the batter can maintain the actual professional distance of 60 ft away thereby making realistic pitches.
  • There are portable backstop cages which can be used flexibly in various locations without hindering the rest of the practice sessions. This could be set at 16 ft wide, 15 ft deep and 12 ft high either at indoors or in an open field. The backstop here restricts the balls from leaving the back of the hitting area thereby giving scope to the coach to give corrections to the batter.
  • A long life batting cage is ideal for youngsters less than 14 years of age which spreads over 54 ft long, 15 ft wide and 12 ft high. Thus the pitches are apt to them which range from 45-52 ft.

Thus batting cage serves as a great tool to make hitters become better through constant practice which is made easier and quickly accessible with the advent of such batting cages.