How to Build a Batting Cage for Your Backyard
Practice makes perfect. However, going to the batting cage facilities in your area can add up quickly. While a few dollars for 15 or so pitches isn't very much, 15 pitches goes by very quickly and you can easily spend $10, $20, or more every time you go.
Practicing as often as possible is really key to improving skills but most people can’t afford to go to the batting cages or bring their kids every day. Nevermind the time it takes out of your schedule to go to and from the facility.
That’s where having a batting cage in your own backyard can really help to get that necessary practice time in. With the help of a pitching machine, you or your children can spend hours practicing without having to pay for every 15 pitches.
Building your own batting cage doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe, along with a large cargo net, you can assemble a batting cage in a few hours or less. Best of all, since Kee Klamp fittings use a set screw to secure to pipe (vs. traditional pipe that uses threaded fittings), the batting cage can be dissembled and reassembled.
In this guide, we’ll cover two different customers who each built their own batting cage using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe. We’ll discuss the details of each project and the fittings you’ll need to build your own.
Let’s get to it:
Paul’s Backyard Batting Cage
This DIY batting cage was built by Paul from Hampstead, Maryland as a present for his youngest son’s 15th birthday. The cage is 55 ft. long and features a metal frame built using pipe and Kee Klamp fittings.
The pipe and fittings have been painted black, and Paul even laid down some astroturf. The structure uses a large net placed over the frame to complete the cage.
Paul has been very satisfied with the result and appreciates how sturdy the structure is:
“I’m happy to report that Simplified Building played a key role in helping me to transform my initial design into a reality. Simplified Building’s Kee Klamp fittings helped me to get the job done.
Unlike what you will find at Lowes and Home Depot, Simplified Building offered Kee Klamp fittings to fit the 2 3/8” O.D. tubing that I used to build the frame of the cage. Moreover, the quality of the clamps is excellent, ensuring a very sturdy structure.”
Paul’s batting cage uses the following fittings:
Bryan’s DIY Batting Cage
This batting cage was built by Bryan from Baytown, Texas. Bryan’s design differs from Paul’s by using two main uprights at each end rather than three spread out evenly. The two uprights feature a triangular design to provide stability to the structure.
The batting cage uses the following fittings:
Just like Paul’s design, however, the entire structure can be dissembled. This is made possible due to the unique design of Kee Klamp fittings.
Rather than using a threaded connection, Kee Klamp fittings slide over pipe and secure in place by tightening down a set screw. This connection type allows for some adjustability but it also enables owners to relatively easily disassemble and reassemble any structure built with these fittings.
Here’s what Bryan had to say about the project:
“I built a collapsible batting cage for my local little league team in my backyard...Nothing I could find was easier to use than the Kee Klamps, and it prevented me from having to disassemble everything and do some welding.”
Build Your Own Batting Cage Today!
Well, that’s it! Two batting cages built by regular, everyday people. You don’t need to have a ton, or even any, building experience to put together a Kee Klamp built structure.
In just a few hours, you can build a fully-functional batting cage in your backyard for much less than what you’d pay for a pre-built solution.
In addition to their flexibility, Kee Klamp fittings are also:
- Rust resistant. Kee Klamp fittings are made from galvanized steel, which makes them resistant to rust without having to be painted. In fact, many Kee Klamp structures can go for 20 or more years before seeing any type of rust. This makes them perfect for use in outdoor and/or wet environments. You can rest assured that any structure you build with Kee Klamp will be free of rust for many years to come.
- Adjustable. Since the fittings use a set screw connection, there is some play in the fittings before you fully tighten the set screw. This makes things a bit easier when it comes to assembling your structure and getting everything square.
If you’re feeling inspired but aren’t quite sure where to start, feel free to reach out to our projects team for help. We’ve helped countless customers to come up with a design that fits their needs perfectly. We offer free design assistance and would be happy to craft a design that works for you.
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