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#1 amutz

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 12:37 AM

Our league is debating whether to replace a worn-out pair of metal mesh batting cages with new steel mesh or the relatively new soft mesh 'tunnels'.    Our metal mesh cages have netting hung inside, while the new netting tunnels are hung on stanchions.  

 

Leagues using the fabric mesh tunnels - how do you manage safety?  I like the lower cost of the fabric batting tunnels but can't figure out how to stop kids from standing too close to the fabric and potentially getting hit by a batting ball. 

 

The steel mesh with hung netting inside is 5x the cost of the suspended mesh tunnels, so if there is a good way to manage safety it would be a nice option.   What do other leagues do?



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Posted 28 September 2019 - 02:47 AM

You could put a 6’ fence around the perimeter.

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 01:45 PM

League in our District has them.
They put up a simple post and rope fence around them with Danger/Keep Out signs.

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 10:02 PM

Thanks, Lou and Jeremy.  Perimeter fence seems like a viable option.  We'd have to provide some more training for our coaches around cage safety but i think it can work....


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