We don’t have a venue where you can rock up and use the cage – yet. Instead, we bring the batting cage to you. But what exactly does that mean and how do you go about booking the cage?
In this article, I’ll share some top tips for booking the cage and for making the most of your time.
So, how do I book the batting cage?
The first step is to get in touch and let us know as much detail as possible about your booking. At the very least, let us know the date, location and purpose of the booking. We’ll then get back to you to let you know if the cage is available and how much it will cost.
Where can you set up the batting cage?
The cage is huge. Enormous. Gigantic. I cannot stress enough just how surprised you will be at the size of the cage. With this in mind, the cage is best set up outdoors on grass where we can tether it down with stakes. Ideally, there will be power outlets available as this means that we don’t have to rely on generators.
You can also book the batting cage for indoor use, but we’ll need to have a chat about access. The individual pieces of the cage are quite large and difficult to move.
How long does it take to set up and take down?
The cage takes about 45 minutes to set up and the same to take down. We require a little bit of flexibility at the start to get everything running as it should.
Who operates the cage?
This depends on the type of booking. If you are using it for team training and are familiar with pitching machines, we are happy to give you a tutorial and let you run the cage for the day. This is often easier as you can take things at your own pace. If you are hiring it for a party or wedding, we would operate the machine. In this situation, we would simply ask for help in gathering up the balls when you are done hitting them.
How many people can use the cage?
Only one batter can be in the cage at any time. The cage throws a pitch every 6 seconds and there are 14 balls in the feeder. This means it takes about 1 minute and 24 seconds to hit a full round of balls. After this, the balls need to be collected and placed back in the machine. This can take anywhere between 2-3 minutes. Rounding this up to 5 minutes per batter, you should get 12 people in the cage per hour.
If you want more people to use the cage, we can simply give them fewer balls. For example, in a recent school booking, each kid got to hit around 4-7 balls depending on the size of their class.
When booking the cage, it’s important to remember that some people might be left disappointed if you have a very large group of people.
Please also remember that the batting cage operators will need to have breaks, so we can’t schedule the cage for non-stop use!
Are there any events you won’t attend?
We won’t do any events where the risk of injury to the operators or participants is significantly higher. We also won’t do any events where the risk of our equipment being damaged is increased. The cage can only be used for its intended purpose. And finally, we won’t align the batting cage with organisations that go against our values. If you’re planning “yay for fossil fuels and baby seal clubbing fest”, it’s probably best if you enquire elsewhere.