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Simple DIY Batting Cage in Backyard (Video Tutorial)

Simple DIY Batting Cage in Backyard (Video Tutorial)

In this tutorial, I show you how to build a DIY batting cage with wood posts as well as useful tips to save you time and money.

This article contains everything you need to know to design and build a backyard batting cage for your baseball or softball player.
Also, I included a table of contents to help you navigate this article in order to find the information you need quickly.
So, let’s get started with a list of materials you need to build a homemade batting cage with wood posts.

Tools and Materials

I segmented the tools and material list into multiple sections to align to the different parts of a backyard batting cage.

Wood Frame and Cable Support

Tools

Accessories

Wood List

Before you purchase the wood for your DIY batting cage, I encourage you to read through this article to make sure my design fits your needs and your cage.
Either way, you can easily adjust the amount of wood to fit your backyard space.
Keep in mind, the lumber I used for this backyard batting cage design is pressure treated and ready for outdoor use.

  • Posts: 4″x4″x12′ – Qty. 8
  • Runners: 2’x6’x12′ – Qty. 4
  • Cross Boards: 2’x6’x16′ – Qty. 3
  • Support Braces: 2’x6’x8′ – Qty. 3
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Video Tutorial

There are many things which are difficult to explain with words and images, so be sure to checkout the video tutorial below.

Batting Cage with Wood Posts

My homemade batting cage sits adjacent to my detached garage/workshop.

This location is perfect for a DIY batting cage for the following reasons:

  • The detached garage blocks the afternoon sun.
  • My neighbor’s massive 200 year old oak tree blocks the morning sun.
  • This location fits my future plans to cover the batting cage with an attached lean-to roof.
DIY Batting Cage in Backyard

Backyard Batting Cage Plans

First, I created batting cage plans to determine the best layout.
In total, the total area I had to work with was 65.5 feet x 21 feet (L x W).
I had 10 extra feet in length, but I didn’t want my homemade batting cage to be that long.

DIY Batting Cage Total Area Dimensions

So, I decided to purchase a 12 ft (Height) x 14 ft (Width) x 55 ft (Length) backyard batting cage net.
As a result, I marked an area 16 ft wide and roughly 56.5 ft long.
The diagram below shows the total area and the batting cage net area.

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DIY Batting Cage Frame

The batting cage frame consists of 8 posts, 4 runners, 3 cross bars, and support braces.  

DIY Backyard Batting Cage

Also, part of the batting cage frame sits adjacent to my detached garage.
Eventually, I plan to pour a concrete slab in this area and cover it with a lean-to roof. 

Frame Dimensions

The batting cage with wood posts frame dimensions comprise a simple rectangle.

First, I marked the post locations.
The measurements in the diagram below are on center and require a 12 foot 2 x 6 to connect them – no cutting necessary.
One of the benefits of designing a batting cage frame before the build is reducing material waste and minimizing labor.

DIY Batting Cage Frame Dimensions

Dig Post Holes

Once I laid out the post hole locations, I used my post hole auger to dig post holes.  

Batting Cage Wood Frame post hole auger
post hole auger for batting cage frame
Batting Cage Wood Frame post hole

So, I bought this post hole auger a few years ago to build a fence in my backyard.
Additionally, I use it very often for planting shrubs and for odd projects such as this backyard batting cage.

Next, I placed a concrete round form in each post hole and used 2 bags of concrete to fill each hole.

After I poured the concrete, I placed an anchor bolt in the middle of the concrete.
Also known as a J-Bolt, the concrete anchor allows me to secure a post base to the concrete.  More on this later.

Cut Wood Posts

While the concrete dried, I cut the 4×4 posts to size.

First, I cross cut each post with my jigsaw.

cut batting cage frame posts with jigsaw

Wood Post Half Lap Joint

Then, I used my speed square to mark the cut lines for the half lap joint.
Keep in mind, the 4×4 post measures 3.5” x 3.5” and a 2 x 6 measures 1.5” x 5.5”.
So, I marked the half lap joint 5.5” from the top and 1.5” from the side.

measure and mark half lap joints

I like using half lap joints with posts.
The weight of the boards attached to the post gets distributed through the entire post.
If boards are simply fastened to the post with bolts, the bolts bear the weight.

Then, I used my jigsaw to cut along the lines.

cut half lap joint with jigsaw

Also, a hand saw works well to make these cuts if you don’t own a jigsaw.

half lap joint with hand saw

Once all the cuts were made, I cleaned up the inside of the half lap joint with an old chisel.

clean wood post half lap joint with chisel

Corner Post Half Lap Joint

The half lap joints for the corner posts require one more cut.
Ultimately, the corner posts will have a runner attached to it as well as a cross board.
Refer to the diagram below.

corner wood post half lap joint measurements

As I marked my lines, I wrote an ‘x’ on the area of the wood post I needed to discard and a ‘check’ for the area I needed to keep.

corner post half lap joint
batting cage frame corner wood post half lap joint
batting cage frame corner wood post half lap joint

Install Adjustable Post Base

Instead of mounting the 4×4 posts in concrete, I chose to use an adjustable post base.
Plus, concrete is permanent and I didn’t know if I would need to move the post in the future.
Maybe I’ll need to move it to adhere to a building code for the lean-to roof I plan to build.

The post base rests on top of the concrete anchor and adjusts about 1/2” in all directions if needed.  

First, I placed the base on the anchor and hand-tightened a washer and nut to secure it.
Then, I repeated this process for all post holes and checked for square when complete with a string.

Concrete adjustable post base

Once all anchors were in place, I tightened the nut with a wrench.

Concrete adjustable post base

Level and Secure Wood Post

Next, I placed a 4×4 post with a post level on the base.
Then, I used 2 boards to hold the post in place and secured the base to the post with structural screws.

secure adjustable post base to concrete
batting cage frame wood post

Also, I quickly realized this post base was not as sturdy as I hoped.
As a result, I used a retrofit post base to provide better stability for my batting cage with wood posts.

2×6 Wood Frame

First, I drilled pilot holes in the runners and cross boards and drilled the structural screws halfway.
Obviously, it is much easier to do this while the 2×6 boards are on the ground rather than in the air.

drill pilot holes for structural screws
drill pilot holes for structural screws

Runners

Next, I installed the 4 2×6 runners on center on each post.
As I mentioned previously, the half lap joints allow the posts to distribute the weight of the batting cage frame.

batting cage frame runners
DIY batting cage frame runner
secure DIY batting cage frame runner

Cross Boards

Each end of each cross board requires 4 structural screws.
So, two screws attach to the post and two screws attach to the runner.

DIY batting cage frame cross boards

DIY Batting Cage Wood Frame Supports

To further support the rear batting cage wood frame as well as the frame adjacent to my workshop, I installed 2×6 supports.
Also, the batting cage support cable will pull on the rear frame.
So, I felt it was a good idea to anchor it.

batting cage frame rear supports
diy wood batting frame cage support braces

Turnbuckle Cable Kits

To support the batting cage evenly, I installed 4 turnbuckle cable kits.
Additionally, the 3 cables allow me to slide the back of the batting cage up to the back of my detached garage.
This will allow my 2 sons to use the cage in the rain.

wood batting cage frame lean to
DIY batting cage support cable

First, I installed two eye bolts, the cable, and secured the turnbuckles.
Next, I tightened the turnbuckles until the cable was taut.

DIY batting cage turnbuckle support

To further tighten the turnbuckles, I used a wrench.

DIY batting cage turnbuckle support

Once I dropped my wrench, I used my hand.

DIY batting cage turnbuckle support

Keep in mind, the turnbuckle kit came with everything I needed to install the cable.

DIY Batting Cage Net

First, this batting cage is 12’ H, 14’ W, 55’ L. 

The batting cage arrived rolled up in a package and I used my dolly to move it to the batting cage location.
Obviously, this batting cage is heavy – very heavy.

unpacking batting cage net

Types of Netting

Ultimately, I elected to get the KVX200 batting cage net instead of the HDPE batting cage.

HDPE is the standard outdoor cage and stands for High Density Polyethylene.
Additionally, it has a UV stabilized coating and holds up well to the outdoor elements.

So, I chose to purchase the KVX200 batting cage net for a few hundred dollars more.
The KVX200 net has embedded UV inhibitors directly into the fibers of the net.
Plus, the carbon based dye adds additional UV protection.

You can learn more about KVX200 batting cage nets by watching this video.

Cost for DIY Batting Cage Net

Below is a screenshot of the cost of my DIY batting cage.

batting cage net cost

Hang Batting Cage Net

First, my son and I located the front and rear of the net.

hang batting cage net

Next, we stretched out the batting cage net and tied each corner to the batting cage frame.

hang DIY batting cage net

Then, I evenly spaced batting cage hangers along the front, back, and sides of the net.

hang diy batting cage net

Finally, I attached the hangers to the cables and adjusted as needed.
Also, the picture above shows me using a clip directly attached to the batting cage net, but this was a temporary solution until the batting cage hangers arrived.

DIY Batting Cage Net Sag

After experimenting for a short time, I concluded the batting cage should sag roughly 12 inches to 18 inches in order to absorb the baseballs and softballs.
If the cage is too tight, balls bounce off the net.
However, the balls will hit the posts if too much sag is in place.

Batting Cage with wood posts design
DIY Batting Cage without Sag
diy batting cage net with sag
DIY Batting Cage with Sag

After I hung my batting cage, the size shrunk a little to 12 feet wide and 11′ tall.
Also, the pictures below show the batting cage without sag and with sag.

DIY batting cage net sag

Conclusion

In summary, I hope my backyard DIY batting cage with wood posts tutorial helped you.
Additionally, this is a great project to do with your baseball or softball player to spend quality time playing in the backyard.

Once you build your DIY backyard batting cage, be sure to consider the following accessories:

batting cage with wood posts
backyard batting cage

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