DIY Basement Batting Cage
The baseball community is facing difficult times. Players and coaches are not able to meet, practice, or even be on their fields together. As athletes, we need to pick our heads up, keep fighting, and control what we can. So, it only makes sense that players and coaches are finding ways to continue to train and persevere during these trying times. With the help of On Deck Sports, residential customers Roger and Stacy Dunlap did just that.
The Dunlaps wanted to have a training space in the comfort of their own home. This would allow their kids to practice in the winter and reduce any future costs of renting cage space at a facility. Through their research to find the right company for the project, the Dunlaps noticed one that stood out as the most knowledgeable in the indoor sports facility industry, with Roger stating, “Hands down, On Deck Sports has the best online presence and displays their expertise better than any other company in the field, so we knew we could trust them with our project.”
The Dunlaps connected with Residential Sports expert, Nicky Ouellette, who made sure they had every piece of equipment they would need to install the batting cage in their basement. “The equipment came in like clockwork,” Roger says of the timing.
The Dunlaps installed the project themselves, with the assistance of Ouellette and the detailed diagrams and instructions provided by On Deck Sports. From beginning to end, they maintained a constant flow of communication, including the Dunlaps double and triple checking their anchor points with Ouellette before hanging the netting.
In the end, the Dunlaps successfully installed a walk-draw retractable netting system, which they are thoroughly impressed with. “We love that the netting is not too bulky when it’s retracted, and our kids can easily pull it out themselves.”
With concrete floors in their basement, the Dunlaps also needed batting cage turf to add a layer of protection and give the space an authentic feel. Knowing the space would also be utilized for activities including indoor lawn games and sled pulls, the Dunlaps wanted a durable but soft turf product, which pointed them to GT48 padded.
To complete their basement batting cage, the Dunlaps added several accessories including a Junior Bullet Screen, and a Batting Mat Pro, which Roger says holds very well to the turf without sliding.
The Dunlaps also look forward to using On Deck Sports in the future for all their baseball needs.
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Trying to get a better idea if an indoor batting cage would work for our basement. I love the Dunlap’s setup. Can you provide dimensions of the room?
Sure thing, Jed! I’ll have the sales rep who worked with the Dunlap’s reach out to you shortly.
I was also wondering what the dimensions of the room were
Hey Faiz, not sure the dimensions of the entire room, but the cage dimensions are 9’H x 11′ W x 53’L and we can make a custom cage to fit any sized space!
I have a pole barn that has windows and glass doors. We need a neetting system that will not give to much. Everything we have tried give to much and balls will hit the doors or windows. Do you have a solution?
Hi Jeffrey thanks for reaching out. I think we could find a solution! I’ll have one of our sales reps reach out to you via email
Hi – Can you send me information on this project? Besides for the cage work, did you do the other work as well? Thanks
Hey Eric, the sales rep that helped with this project will be reaching out shortly!
I am looking for a cage to fit my basement. My dimensions are 9hx13x40L…
What is the cost for a net this size?
Hey Bo, thanks for reaching out, we’d love to get you a cage in your basement! I’ll have one of our facility experts reach out to you via email.
What weight net would be recommended in a basement like that with drywall so close? Thanks!
Hey Jason, thanks for reaching out! This basement is using our most common netting for baseball/softball, which is a #36-gauge, and will work just fine. However, please keep in mind we always recommend hanging your netting at least 2 feet away from the wall and/or ceiling. Please feel free to give us a call at 800-365-6171 and speak with one of our facility experts to find out more information about our different netting options!
Thanks for getting back to me! I have a 21′ (L) x12′ (W) x 9′ (H) space in my basement that I would love to turn into a cage that hangs on cables and can be collapsed.
Sounds great, Jason! I’ll have one of our facility guys reach out to help!
Would love some information on this project. Looking to complete in the next month or so for our son.
Hey Laurie, thanks for reaching out! I’ll have one of our facility experts get in touch with you via email. Can’t wait to see how it comes out!
Was wondering what it would cost to put one of these in my basement, too.
Hey Andrew! Thanks for reaching out – the cost of one of these is going to be dependent on many different factors, including the size of your space and your goals for the space. We’d be happy to draft up a quote for you, please give us a call at 800-365-6171 to speak directly with one of our facility experts!