What Is The Right Size for a Baseball Backstop?
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The best baseball backstops have a half-moon design and will be high enough to catch foul balls and wild pitches. In terms of height, for high school ballparks and beyond, the backstop should be at least 25 feet tall.
If the baseball diamond has high stands that are normally filled to capacity on game days, you will want the backstop to have a height that gives fans a more protective shield.
For the best protection, the backstop must stretch from one end of the dugout to the other and be at least 25 feet from the home plate.
Consider The Players’ Age Group When Sizing Your Backstop
In general, the age group of the players, as well as your location and the height of the spectator sitting area, are useful guides when sizing your backstop.
For younger players, the arc, height, speed, and distance of foul balls will be different from what you would expect from older players in the minor and major leagues. So practice fields for youth baseball teams may not need to be as high as 25 feet.
Yours may even be a practice field for which there is no spectator seating. But the absence of spectators does not mean you won’t need a backstop.
A backstop is essential, even for backyard pitching or batting practice fields where you do not expect any spectators. Foul balls and wild pitches could still damage cars, shatter windows on neighboring houses, or even hit and injure bystanders and people going about their business.
Chain-link Fence Backstops Are The Right Fit For Amateur Baseball Fields?
In recent years, the Major League Baseball teams have tightened their regulations on the use of backstops after multiple incidents of fans getting injured from wild pitches and foul balls during competitive games. As a result, backstops now extend to the far ends of the dugout.
While the wealthy MLB teams may opt for high-end netting as the fabric for their backstops, minor league and high schools typically prefer chain-link fencing wire backstops.
Chain-link steel fencing wire produces a hardy, weather-resistant backstop fabric that will last a long time, with minimal maintenance. But that also makes them quite heavy when compared to netting.
So it is crucial to make sure your backstop’s upright poles can support the weight of the chain-link fence, whether the backstop is a half-moon or straight design. The last thing you want is to have the backstop failing and collapsing on top of the players.
Use A Professional Fencing Contractor for Your Chain-link Wire Baseball Backstop
Backstops are an essential piece of safety gear that protects baseball fans from wild pitches and foul balls. Therefore, you will want to have yours professionally installed by an experienced contractor.
If you have chosen chain-link fencing wire as your fabric of choice, you should opt for a professional fencing contractor like Jay’s Fencing.