August 31, 2011

Custom "Pillowcase-Style" Sock Nets

We recently facilitated the production and supply of some custom "pillowcase-style" sock screen nets for a university baseball program in Indiana.  There were 3 custom nets that were required to be built to fit over their steel framing, and each were to have a central portal with 'sock/catch' netting sewn-in to collect baseballs within.  Sock-screens are nets that are generally used for batting practice and swing-training off of tees, and also for close range impacts and collection of soft-toss balls.  Generally installed over square-shaped frames, the "pillowcase-style" design enables the netting to slide over the top of the frame, encapsulating it within 2 walls of netting.  Basically, the netting is seamed on the sides and the top edge but not on the bottom side (hence, the "pillowcase" description).

These 3 custom nets were constructed to the sizing of 78" X 78" and feature the #36 X 1-3/4" DuPont® type 66-728 twisted-knotted nylon netting.  The central portal area to hit into had a measurement of 47" X 39", which is a fairly typical dimension for products like these.  The sock/catch netting was sewn-in allowing for approximately 30" of mesh coming out the back of the screen.  All edges and sewing was reinforced with the 5/16" braided Dacron® rope bordering.
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