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Why a Wheelhouse Batting Cage?
Since 1998 we have been committed to satisfying you - the customer. We strive to offer the best possible customer service. We answer the phone and respond to emails. We have a quality product. Give us a chance to prove to you what so many of our customers are saying. Thanks for considering us for your business.
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - is priced with the family in mind. A complete system including netting, connectors, a complete L-screen, and FREE SHIPPING starts at a little less than $700. There is no installation kit to buy, no cement to pour, and no holes to dig. The frame poles you will need to buy separately are readily available at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot. With bats going for $300 or more, this is a good investment and will last for years.
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - will give you years of trouble-free use. Since we started in 1998, none of our clients have had a single hole in the netting due to being hit with a baseball nor has the netting deteriorated due to weather or UV from the sun. This is due to the unique design we invented and the high quality of knotted nylon netting. The netting is draped over the frame and not attached anywhere to the frame. Because of this, the net can give, there is less wear and tear and abrasion on the net, hence longer life and more years of trouble free use for you. Even we have been surprised. While we can't say for certain how long your net will last we are hearing that a lot of nets last between 5 and 10 years before some minor repair is needed. We have gotten reports of animals like rabbits, squirrels, deer, and even lawn mowers chewing on the net.
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - is PORTABLE! Two people can put up the cage in under 30 minutes, my son and I have put up a 50' cage in fifteen minutes. This works out great for a team practice. With help from your team, it will go up in minutes! It comes down in even less time. The L-screen is portable too, its support legs come off and the screen folds in half. Because the cage is portable, it most likely will comply with your neighborhood's CC&R's.
Easy to Assemble
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - has easy to follow assembly instructions. We can put up a 50' batting cage up in about 15 minutes. It may take you longer the first few times. But it really is easy. On the other hand, our competition's instructions are lengthy and complicated, involving snap hooks, turnbuckles, aircraft cable, cutting tubing to certain lengths and requiring some to have a "swedge" ends while others don't. And the list goes on. Our system requires no cutting or no additional hardware to buy. You just buy the standard 10' long 3/4" EMT poles and you're ready to go. You will need a 7/16" wrench, we use a ratchet or socket wrench, assembly goes faster that way. That's it. See assembly slides. Or see our assembly video.
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - will fit your yard. Does your yard taper? Is your ground uneven? Is your yard too short? Not a problem - our batting cage will fit. Put up as few or as many sections as you like, up to the length of your cage. Each section is 10' long. It automatically fits the contour of your ground, which does not have to be level. It can be adjusted to fit narrower confines and can even be tapered to fit odd shaped spaces. While the standard width at the bottom is 14', you can easily move the poles in to 12'. Need it narrower, bend the roof pole up this will be bring the leg poles in. Need it even narrower? Still not a problem, cut the roof pole down and taper that end. We have had clients taper one end down to 8'. I do suggest putting the pitcher at the narrow end
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - includes a complete L-Screen for free. A $190 value. That's right. We give you a complete L-screen, including the poles for the L-screen. Some companies don't include the L-screen poles, just the net. So be careful when you compare.
Indoor and Outdoor Batting Cage
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - can be used indoors or outdoors. Not only does it make a great outdoor batting cage, it can be taken indoors during inclement weather or during winter to keep your players in shape. Utilize existing space and create an extra hitting station. Some move it to a gymnasium or other indoor facility. It has been reported by some of our clients that it is a neighborhood magnet. Take it to your team practice - be the envy of the rest of your team! We have some teams where five players on the same team have our batting cage. Save hundreds of dollars on coin operated machines. Leave it up all year long (we do recommend taking it down in the winter if you can't play).
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - has very little sag. Another advantage of our design over the traditional netting is it has much less sag. With our ten foot sections and the fact that the netting is hung over the frame means considerable less sag, only a few inches rather than feet. Traditional cages normally have only three or four frames to support the netting. The weight of the netting causes tremendous sag, in some cases 2-3' of 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 and see. Most of the time the other cage manufacturers will only display drawings of their netting, of course with no sag! The picture on the left was taken at our local high school. The net barely cleared a 7' L-screen there was so much sag!
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - has a one year money back guarantee. This is why Wheelhouse could be one of your best investments. Our batting cages carry a one-year money back guarantee. In most cases, other vendors only have a 60-day guarantee. This applies only to our batting cages.
Wheelhouse Batting Cage Details
The cage is trapezoidal in shape: 10' tall, 10' wide at the top, and about 14' wide at the bottom. The poles are
3/4" EMT - Electrical Metallic Tubing or simply electrical conduit. The trade name is "thin wall." The poles are 10'
long metal pipe, EMT is stamped on the side of each pole. They are available at hardware and electrical supply
stores such as Home Depot or Lowe's. You buy the frame poles locally. The L-screen is 6.5' tall by 7' wide with a
3'x3.5' cutout. The L-screen poles are included. You just have to buy the 10' frame poles.
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. While the frame poles are strong
enough to hold the system up, there is no ricochet. It is based on the principle or "The Law of Conservation of
Momentum" which states: The total momentum of a group of objects is the same after they interact as it was
before. Momentum of an object is its mass times its velocity (p=mv). Before collision, a batted ball has positive
momentum and the pole has zero momentum. After the collision the total momentum is the same. But if the pole
cannot give at the time of impact the final momentum of the ball will be about the same as the initial momentum
of the ball. Thus there can be tremendous ricochet and this is very dangerous. We use 3/4" EMT on purpose.
The poles are strong enough to hold everything up, yet they have flexibility to absorb the momentum of the
batted baseball so the ball just dies and falls to the ground.
We only use knotted nylon. Our mesh size is 1 7/8" on a side. 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 will have to buy the 10' poles for the frame. UPS only ships up to 9' and the frame poles are 10' long.
Shipping the poles would add hundreds of dollars to the shipping cost. The poles are 3/4" EMT (electrical metallic
tubing), standard electrical conduit. The trade name is "thin wall" and they are readily available at Lowe's or Home
Still not convinced, read further...
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.
No Sagging Net
A Wheelhouse backyard batting cage - has very little sag.
Another advantage of our design over the traditional netting is it has much less sag. With our ten foot sections and the fact that the netting is hung over the frame means considerable less sag, only a few inches rather than feet. Traditional cages normally have only three or four frames to support the netting. The weight of the netting causes tremendous sag, in some cases 2-3' of 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 and see. Most of the time the other cage manufacturers will only display drawings of their netting, of course with no sag! The picture 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 with our cage and only a 10' frame.
If this is this your hitting program, then you need our batting cage.
Are you visiting this website because you have been using the following hitting program and want a better solution? Does this sound all too familiar?
1. Take about twenty balls in a bucket or plastic bag.
2. Drive to a local park or ball field, possibly waiting for availability.
3. Pitch (and duck on occasion) while your son or daughter hits.
4. Spend the same amount of time finding the balls as you did hitting them.
5. Lose some balls, because the ball and grass color are about the same – brown!
6. Repeat steps 3 – 5 until dark or you run out of balls.
7. Drive home exhausted, saying to yourself, there has to be a better way!
Hi, my name is Bob DeCloss. I am the owner and president of Cages*Plus . Outside of school practice, my son, Daniel's hitting program consisted of the above procedure for several years. We needed something better. Daniel was getting stronger too, which I realized after getting tagged a few times when pitching to him from in front of the mound with no protection. I looked to see if there was a portable batting cage on the market There wasn't. They were way out of my price range and they were permanent. I wanted something I could afford and I wanted a portable batting cage.
Using my mathematics and physics background, I invented a totally new design: a cage with netting draped over the frame. After using it for some time my son said, “You know, dad, I'll bet there are a lot of people out there who'd love to have what we have.” So in 1998 we went to the internet and discovered that my son was right! We have had a blast. It has been a real joy listening to hundreds and hundreds of families say how appreciative they are to have something they can afford and use in their own backyard.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then we are really flattered. The competition used to ignore us, then they said beware of 'homemade remedies', now they copy us.
We hope you find what you are looking for at a price you can afford. Of course, we think we have the best product on the market today. Give us a call, we'd love to talk to you. Oh, that son of mine, who loved baseball, and spent hours everyday in his portable batting cage after school and after practice – his high school team took second in state his junior year, and won the state title his freshman, sophomore, and senior year.
If your story is anything like ours, then you've come to the right place! Learn how Wheelhouse Batting Cages can help you. Look over our web site to discover the benefits and savings you can have by owning our portable batting cage and you can dramatically improve your hitting program. Order now and within a week you too can be saying, "I love my portable batting cage."
Robert R. DeCloss, Ph.D.
Some Personal History, Comments, and Suggestions.
We started Wheelhouse in 1998 and our history has been interesting and exciting. We have sold our batting cages in all 50 states and Washington, DC. We have sold internationally as well. We have cages in Australia, Canada, Curacao, France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Qatar, and the Virgin Islands.
More and more companies are copying our idea, some are making subtle changes. You, as the consumer, should be aware of what you are getting. For example, a prospect called, who became a client, saying that one of our competitors was offering a batting cage similar to Wheelhouse and at a cheaper price. They were even going to throw in the L-screen for free. Investigating further, we found out they were offering poly net rather than knotted nylon. Poly net is quite a bit weaker and less expensive than knotted nylon. Knotted nylon is a lot more durable than poly net. See discussion on the Details page. Since we started in 1998, we have never had a water problem, UV deterioration, or any breakage of our net. Knotted nylon is easy to repair. So when shopping make sure to compare what you are getting. Ask a lot of questions.
We get calls about accessories for our batting cages. Some of the competition provides leaded rope, others sell backdrops, still others offer other things for sale. We're cheap, sorry frugal, and try to find inexpensive alternatives. Here are some. Leaded rope is expensive and heavy to ship. We used to offer it, but now we make our net wider. It is 36' wide and the perimeter of the frame is only 30', so there is 3' of overhang all the way around. But if you still feel you need something, try a simple garden hose. It is much cheaper than leaded rope and will do the same thing - provide a little extra weight on the net so it won't blow around as much in wind. Some companies offer expensive backdrops. We suggest an inexpensive piece of carpet. Hang it from the roof corner connectors.
Because our batting cages are free standing and lightweight, wind is the one weakness of our system. Strong cross winds can actually tip over the cage. If you can put the batting cage near a barrier like house, fence, or trees, generally wind is not an issue. If you are in a windy climate and your cage is in the wide open space you should anchor down the cage in some fashion. See question 15 on the FAQ page.
Wheelhouse Batting Cages are good but not perfect and may not be for everyone. However, we think we have made an exceptional product and people feel they are getting very good value for the dollar they spend. We also provide excellent customer service and support.
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We are actively involved with Perfect Game. Visit their web site at http://www.perfectgame.org/. Perfect Game is devoted to furthering the development and career of the talented amateur baseball player. To that end, Perfect Game produces the very highest national level individual player showcases and team tournaments all over the United States. These events have proved invaluable to the college coaching community and major league baseball as they can scout a large population of talented ball players all in one location.