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OUR STORY: It all Started with a Boy and his bat…

Is this your hitting program and you want a better solution?

  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. This was our story. My son, Daniel and I repeated 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 what types of batting cages were on the market and they were way out of my price range. Not only that, they were permanent. I wanted something affordable and portable.

Our invention

So, 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 to share our story 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 yard.

Most noteworthy was our competition. 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.

Safety Concern

In addition, I am more and more concerned about some of my competitor’s copies. Be very careful. Some of these cages are made with 1 3/8″ poles ON THE INSIDE! Remember my design is based on “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. Read more about this under Design on our details page. My poles are 3/4″ EMT and have flexibility and absorb the momentum of the batted baseball so the ball just dies and falls to the ground. Don’t confuse flimsy with flexible. I want batter and pitcher to be safe.

Finally, 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. Learn from our story. 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 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. He also got a college baseball scholarship.

Read on to discover the benefits and savings you can have by owning one of our hitting systems and turn our story into your success story!

Robert R. DeCloss, Ph.D.

A boy and his bat