December 31, 2009

Safety Screen Assembly Guidelines

The baseball and softball safety and training screens supplied by are a strong, dependable, and easily transportable option for pitching protection and fielding/hitting practice.  They are quite spacious in sizing, measuring 7' tall and 7' wide.  The nets themselves are built from thick 3.0mm (#60) twisted-knotted HDPE netting, and constructed "pillowcase-style" - allowing them to slide over the top of the framing and resulting in a double-wall of protective netting.  There are options for L-Screens, Softball-Screens, Fielder Safety-Screens, and Sock Net-Screens.  For each selection you have the option of sourcing a complete package with framing, or the replacement nets individually.

Now, a very unique and attractive feature of these particular screens is the design of the framing.  The frames are produced in a high-quality "Hammer-Coat Finish" from 1-5/8" diameter 18G steel.  They also feature a sectional assembly with snap-lock pins, meaning that you can easily disassemble the frame for easy transportation to different practice locations, or for compact storage if needed.  The estimated time to assemble the steel framing and fitting the netting is only 10 minutes!  And each screen design has a weight about around 37 lbs. or so, making them durable and dependable, yet manageable to transport.  Popular for many applications including team-use, residential practice, scholastic applications, and general protection - these screens are a really nice option for traveling to different locations with and for both indoor and outdoor use.

The framing assembly guidelines for the L-Screen Frame are available to view online right here, and the similar guideline for the Square-Screen Frame are viewable online here.  On the main product page in the site you can also detail some great images of the different features and prices.

To help assist you with the dimensional specifics of each safety screen, here is a rundown of the sizes and locations for each different protection screen option:

L-Screen Net (LS77NET)
7' tall X 7' wide
  • Pitching Area of 40" high X 32" wide  
Softball Screen Net (SPS77NET)
7' tall X 7' wide
  • Portal Size of 30" high X 24" wide
Portal Location:
  • 20" up from the bottom, and 25" down from the top
  • 16" in from one edge, and 45" in from the opposite edge
Sock Screen Net (SN77NET)
7' tall X 7' wide
  • Sock Size of 47" high X 39" wide
Sock Portal Location:
  • 22" up from the bottom, and 21" down from the top
  • 19" in from both edges
Square Screen Net (SS77NET)
7' tall X 7' wide

-Josh Grzyb @

December 17, 2009

Hockey/Lacrosse Goals: Back In-Stock!

For everyone who had been waiting for the Pro-Style Hockey Goal (HG643) and the Lacrosse Goal with 5.0mm Net (LGOAL5.0) to be back in-stock, we'd just like to let you know that as of tomorrow morning they are all set to go!  These are two very, very popular products that are really great for home practice, fun, and training!
We had about a 2 week "backorder" on these two items, due to a combination of high-popularity and holiday shopping.  Apologies for any inconvenience that the availability-status may have caused - and we're happy to promptly ship them out to you beginning tomorrow morning.

The Pro-Style Hockey Goal has the following features:
  • For Ice Hockey, Street Hockey, Floor Hockey, and General fun!
  • Pro-Style Hockey Goal, great for ice/street/gymnasium applications!
  • Rugged 1-5/8” 18G steel frame with red/orange powder-coat finish. 43 lbs.
  • 3mm HTPE Professional Grade Net is durable and UV stabilized.
  • Goals measure 72" wide X 48" high X 36" deep, with pro-style rounded back.
  • Quick Assembly with Welded Lacing Connections Installed
You can order it at anytime convenient for you, right through our encrypted online shopping cart - right from this page (click).

The Lacrosse Goal is another really great package, with the following features:
  • 6' high x 6' wide x 7' deep regulation goal net.
  • 5mm White HTPE Net (webbing- edged back ribs)
  • UV Treated
  • Includes 1-1/2" Heavy Duty Frame
  • "Moderate-Duty" Residential Applications
  • Quick and Easy Assembly
You can order it at anytime convenient for you, right through our encrypted online shopping cart - right from this page (click).

-Josh Grzyb @

December 10, 2009

Recent Custom Netting Productions

Customized netting projects are facilitated and supplied by every business day, all year long.  Netting is a very functional and dependable solution for a huge variety of applications and uses.  Ranging in scope from athletics to industrial needs, and from animal control to home-projects, there is a seemingly unlimited array of purposes and situations that can greatly benefit from nets and netting products.  We certainly see it all!  And of course, years and years of customized netting supply and design means that can provide you with what you need to be up-and-running.

Although we deal with a wide range of netting materials and constructions throughout our product line, with rare exceptions tje customized netting projects are produced from the highest-end nylon netting available - DuPont® Type 66-728 Twisted/Knotted Nylon.  Hand-built and built to most any spec that you require, you can have netting panels, enclosures, and specialty applications supplied to you from a variety of netting twine thicknesses and mesh sizes.

There are some really great examples of custom netting enclosures and netting panels noted on their respective pages on the website, and to further assist you with your netting research we'd like to share some recent products supplied and shipped out within the last month:

ABOVE:  This is a customized netting formation that was basically a 60' X 100' "box" created from some Dacron® rope-bordered netting panels, and then topped-off with a custom top-net that was to be installed within a peaked-roof.  This was supplied and drawn-up/produced for a customer that was installing a baseball training facility at their own property - and they had a pretty specific request on how they preferred the netting to overhang on the end-panels when installed.  Using the 1-3/4" diamond mesh knotted nylon netting works out very well for baseball netting applications like this one.

ABOVE:  This is a 77' circumference circular tent-style netting production that was shipped over to Hawaii, and was designed off of the customer's specs regarding their yurt.  This #21 X 3/4" knotted nylon netting project has the purpose of being installed over the top of their yurt in order to protect the structure's walls and canopy from the effects of wild storms and winds prevalent in the their Hawaiian location.  Utilizing the 3200 lb./test Dacron® ropes, and the 241 lb./twine DuPont® nylon small mesh netting, results in a very strong and dependable reinforcement barrier against the elements.  All while being very user-friendly and very manageable to work with.

ABOVE:  Customized golf netting enclosures are consistently supplied and produced for commercial training facilities, universities, pro-shops, and residential installations.  Often, the overall area to be enclosed is to act as a multipurpose sport training area, and needs to have the capacity to block direct golf ball impacts as well as have the overall area available for larger-scale hitting purposes like baseball and softball.  This 14' X 20' X 50' netting enclosure (with impact panel net) is a great example of a multipurpose net enclosure that was produced to accomplish just that.  Featuring the thickest available knotted nylon golf impact netting, and additional ceiling lines for maximum support on the top netting, this customized netting enclosure gets the job done for a huge variety of sports and uses.

ABOVE:  Maximizing the space available within a building is a concern of most every netting customer.  Often, the side walls of a building have different heights than the central-ceiling sections of the building - making a custom shaped netting production inevitable in order to get a great fit and a functional installation.  This professional-style custom batting cage net was drawn-up from the customer's building specs, and then built to shape.  Featuring a tapered ceiling/end-panel design which was necessary to match the slope of the building's roof, this batting cage net was provided to make sure their training facility was able to provide athletes with the best possible space to practice.  Not to mention that the #36 DuPont® knotted nylon was all Diamond-Shield Dipped, and that the enclosure has the built-in impact panel (double-wall end + entrance), 3/8" Dacron® ropes, and a heavy leadline bottom.  This is a good example a high-end professional batting cage net that also utilizes a customized tapered build based on a customer's specific available area.

-Josh Grzyb @

December 4, 2009

New #36 Batting Cage Net - Limited Inventory!

All of the batting cage options that are offered by have really unique characteristics and features, and everyone can find an excellent design for their particular requirements.  Typical netting options for batting cage nets through include DuPont® Type 66-728 Nylon netting, High-Tenacity PolyPro (HTPP) netting, and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) netting.  Each particular material has fantastic benefits and attributes, which are generally outlined for you on our site, and also towards the end of this article.

Knotted HDPE is a very popular and durable batting cage netting option for all types of installations, especially for outdoor areas and locations with high UV exposure.  We are happy to let you know about a limited-inventory offering of some great batting cage nets that were just added to our inventory.  #36 Twisted-Knotted HDPE netting, in the full-sized dimensions of 12' high X 12' wide X 70' long.  These nets are on sale for $399 - and you can source them online, while supplies last, at this part of our store (here).

NEW! #36 HDPE Heavy-Duty Scholastic/Team-Style Batting Cage Net
Designed for moderate/high-abrasion installations; often popular for scholastic/team purposes (indoor & outdoor). These HDPE cages are full-featured and include entrance doors, 3/8" overlock-sewn rope borders, and square mesh construction. Material and design information is included in the product ad-copy.

As noted earlier, all sport netting options have unique intrinsic and extrinsic attributes.  For batting cage nets, this means that you can find the right option for you - as supplies a wide-variety of each commonly-used netting material.  Should you have some specific questions on which may be best for you - feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Here is a general informational summary of material characteristics for netting types we offer (when available).  Other information and questions can be answered by clicking here:

DuPont® type 66-728 nylon
high tensile strength
high abrasion resistance
UV stabilized
dyed black, twisted, knotted netting construction ("Diamond-Shield" dipping available)
available in diamond or square mesh
can be customized to any dimensions

PolyPro (HTTP):
moderate tensile strength
moderate abrasion resistance
4 units of UV stabilizer
extruded black, braided, knotless netting construction
available in square mesh with serged edge
available in "set" dimensions

high density polyethylene
moderate tensile strength
moderate abrasion resistance
UV stabilized
extruded black, twisted, knotted netting construction
available in square mesh with posi-lock rope edge
available in "set" dimensions

When comparing batting/golf cage/netting sources, comparisons should be made regarding:
netting material used (std. nylon, 66-728 nylon, HDPE, polypro, etc.)
netting construction (twisted knotted, braided knotless, etc.)
twine tensile strength
mesh size used
netting features (bonded, dipped, etc.)
rope material used and size/strength (Dacron, PE, PolyPro, etc.)
sewing material used (nylon, PE, etc.)
cage features (impact nets, edges, tails, etc.)
sizing/customization options
country of origin (materials & craftsmanship)
physical weight

-Josh Grzyb @

December 1, 2009

Mini Soccer Goal Holiday CLOSEOUT!

A couple of weeks ago we let you know about the Mini "Ultimate" Soccer Goals, and how they are a great holiday item and include the FREE 32-panel soccer goal.  These soccer training goals have always been a really nice training option for drills and team/scholastic use, as well as for durable and fun residential backyard practice.

And is excited to announce a special holiday CLOSEOUT promotion on them!
A single goal package (with free soccer ball) is now $39.99!
The pair of complete goals (with free soccer ball) is only $59.99!

They are in-stock and ready for shipping within one business day of your transaction - and you can order them 24 hours a day/7 days a week right here through the secure online shopping cart.

The Mini "Ultimate" Soccer Goals are a really convenient, reliable, and absolutely fun product for soccer players of all ages.  Use them for drills, general practice, youth skills, or any multipurpose soccer application.  And of course, they feature high-quality materials and a very intuitive assembly design which can be detailed online here, and here.

We look forward to shipping them out to you, especially during this great sales promo!

-Josh Grzyb @

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