instant baseball & softball cage featuring the First Pitch Baseline
We selected the equipment for this Instant Baseball And Softball Cage Package with the focus on developing young players at home. The cage, screens, and machine are ideal for a residential setting and will transform your backyard into a practice facility. We also approached the selection process knowing that homes with multiple athletes have multiple needs. With this in mind, our team pulled together an assortment of equipment suitable for different skill levels for both baseball and softball, representing the best balance of value and quality. With a batting cage and pitching machine at home, your player can have effective batting practice whenever they want, allowing them to elevate their game right in their own backyard.
This package features:
50' 1 1/2" Complete Frame and #24 Net
4' X 6' Vinyl backstop
Combination Baseball & Softball Pitching Machine
Automatic Ball Feeder (16 Baseball or 12 Softball Capacity)
Wireless Feeder Remote
7' X 6' #42 Baseball L-Screen
7' X 7' #42 Softball Screen
1 Dozen Dimpled Pitching Machine Baseballs
1 Dozen Dimpled Pitching Machine Softballs
3' X 7' Green Stance Batting Mat
The residential batting cage frame and net were chosen for this package because of the quality construction and features often found only in more expensive cages. The cage represents a quality practice cage at a reasonable cost, making it affordable for at-home installations. This batting cage is a must-have tool for dedicated players.
The net is constructed of twisted knotted twine which makes these batting cages very strong. Each fiber is treated with two chemicals to protect the premium polymer blend (polyethylene) against the sun and enables the netting to retain its strength for a longer period of time. The netting has excellent abrasion resistance and will not absorb water and nor shrink. The net features full rope borders for additional longevity.
The net will hang from the one and a half-inch steel frame by heavy-duty net hangers (also included) and three top ropes to minimize sag. There is a 4' wide over lapping door at one end for easy entry and exit from the batting cage. We also include a set of end caps for your frame poles to prevent gouging or marring the ground or gym floor if you were to relocate the cage.
We have included a 4' X 6' vinyl backstop which will lengthen the life of your batting cage by protecting the net behind the batter, which is the heaviest used area of the batting cage.
The cage will house an extremely high quality, heavy-duty, pitching machine that will work for both baseball and softball. The First Pitch Baseline is built to be a workhorse, with pitch speeds up to 70MPH, delivering a consistent pitch that allows the hitter to get plenty of quality repetitions.
The Baseline has an easy to read control panel with a speed adjustment dial marked 0 through 7, representing 0 to 70 MPH. For baseball, the 70MPH speed is calculated at 60' 6", so with the cage having a 50' footprint, the machine will be closer to the batter. By moving the machine closer to the plate, by default, you will be simulating speeds higher than the dial indications. It is easy to mimic pitches reaching in excess of 90MPH (depending on the distance to the hitter). This makes the machine versatile enough for baseball players as young as 8 years old, but still an effective training tool for more experienced youth players and older recreational players.
Softball players of all ages will benefit from training with this machine, and the “no tools required” design allows for you to switch from baseball to softball in a matter of seconds. The package comes with reversible capped legs to switch between baseball and softball and for easy use on any surface.
The Baseline also can be used for defensive drills and has a convenient knob adjustment that allows 360-degree swivel allowing you to "aim" the machine. This allows you to run drills to help improve fielding by simulating pop-ups, fly balls, and ground balls. The machine can be set stationary and swivel to get to all parts of the field for defensive drills.
The FirstPitch Baseline Pitching Machine weighs only 55 lbs. making the machine easy to move to the shed or garage between uses, or you can purchase a brand name pitching machine cover to protect it from the elements. We recommend saving some money and buying a cover locally. Believe it or not, there are gas grill covers sold at the big box stores that make for very good machine covers. The Baseline is powered by a 1/4 horsepower motor and has an oversized shaft and bearing system, giving it power to spare. This will ensure the machine is operating smoothly year after year.
We paired the First Pitch automatic ball feeder with a wireless remote, making your baseline the ultimate companion when training alone. The remote enables the hitter to start and stop the ball feeder with the push of a button, giving the player complete control from homeplate.
To protect your Baseline and feeder, we have included two screens, an L-screen for baseball, and a pitch through the screen for softball. With these screens, you also have the flexibility to move the machine aside and throw live BP.
These residential screens have a #42 weight net and a frame made of 16 gauge powder-coated steel that is 1 1/2" in diameter. They are easy to assemble and a.great fit for this dual sport at-home batting cage. Although considered "residential grade", these screens are sturdy and long-lasting, built to withstand the rigors of home-usage. The #42 netting will stand up to quite a bit of abuse, and this will last for years at home.
The machine can pitch regulation leather baseballs and softballs, but we favor a dimpled ball with our machines. The JUGS Sting-Free dimpled practice balls are considered the "gold standard" when it comes to pitching machine balls, and one of our most recommended. Thanks to JUGS' high standards and attention to detail, these will prove to be amongst the best practice balls you will use in your Baseline. We have included two dozen of these Sting-Free balls because, unlike other balls, they have been specifically designed for use with pitching machines, and they are dimpled (like a golf ball) for maximum accuracy and performance. These balls will not dent aluminum bats and feel like a leather ball when hit. An additional benefit of the JUGS Sting-Free Baseballs is that they won't sting your hitters' hands upon contact, as they are the same size and weight as leather balls.
To ensure excellent footing for your players, we have included a 3' X 7' heavy-duty, quality manufactured, batting stance mat. This allows your player to wear his or her cleats just as they would in the game they are practicing for. The turf is also steel spike proof.
The baseball/softball artificial turf stance mat is designed for indoor-outdoor use and is easily moved if your hitter desired to use the mat elsewhere for tee work, soft toss, or other drills in the garage, driveway, or basement. Since the mat is easy to roll up and store, it can be stored with the machine in the garage or shed in between practice sessions to extend its life span.
Once cage and machine have been installed, just walk out your backdoor for Instant Baseball practice.
This Instant Baseball Practice Package Has Been Designed By The Professionals At Unique Sports. If you don't see a package that suits your needs, please visit Unique Sports, and we will build you a custom package that is perfect for your player! Call or email us today with any questions: (800) 297-0747 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Baseline Pitching Machine
Speed: 70 MPH
Type of Ball: Baseball & Softball Dimpled Balls
Pitch Type: Fastball Only
Defensive Drills: pop-ups, fly balls, and ground balls