PowerNet Baseball Practice Net was a great purchase for my son’s tee ball team

Thursday 18th September 2014

The PowerNets Baseball Net was a great purchase for my son’s tee ball team this season and is something that has been helpful for the whole league. The league in our area is primarily instructional and is focused on teaching these kids the fundamentals and rules of the game. There isn’t a big focus on keeping score and we do not emphasize the competitive aspect. The league is almost like pre-school for the next level.

My initial reason for buying PowerNets Baseball Net was for practice drills and warm ups. Players like to hit off the tee into the net’s red target pouch. It served its purpose pretty well for this function. It also serves as an awesome backstop for any area of the field where you want to stop baseballs from flying all over the place.

This PowerNet's Baseball Net really started to be helpful when I got the idea to start using it for games. As anyone has ever witnessed a tee ball game with 5-year-olds will tell you, the game can be frustrating to watch. Overthrows and missed catches are usually the norm. At this level these kids are not accurate or strong with their throwing arm so baseballs sometimes just literally fly all over the place. Most tee ball leagues don’t allow for base runners to advance to the next base on overthrows for this very reason. Any hit would have the potential of becoming an inside the park homerun if we allowed base runners to advance on these overthrows. This can dramatically slow down the action. Constantly having to stop play and let the players chase after the overthrown balls just eats up a lot of our time. These kids haven’t quite grasped the concept of backing up base when a throw is coming but we’re working on that.

After getting frustrated with this constant chasing after overthrown balls I had an idea. Since this is a primarily instructional league I suggested to one of the opposing coaches that we position these Baseball Nets in foul territory behind first and third base. The idea was that this could help cut down on time spent chasing and running after overthrown balls and make the game go faster and smoother, which in turn makes more time for the fun parts of the game. The coach I spoke to loved the idea and immediately ordered the same PowerNet Baseball Net and have to be delivered in time for our next game. We got some interesting looks and questions from parents and bystanders initially, but when we explained our rationale for using these everyone loved the idea.

We had push back from a couple of coaches who seemed too interested in the competitive aspect and wanted to teach our kids “real baseball.” But once they witnessed how we were using the nets they got on board with the idea.

The impact of incorporating these PowerNet Baseball Practice Nets into games was huge. We usually end games when the kids have either played six innings or have hit the two hour mark. Rarely if ever do the kids get to play six full innings. Errors on the field and sloppy throws typically create a lot of havoc. Typical games don’t go passed four innings and getting to five innings is extremely rare. Our first game using the PowerNets Baseball Net went to five innings and a few times we’ve even been able to play a full six.More innings equals more at bats for the kids.It may sound pretty simple, but by placing these instead of the Baseball Bow Nets behind first and third was probably the best idea I’ve ever had as a coach in terms of cost savings.

On top of using the PowerNet Baseball Net to block errant throws in game we still used it for practices and warm ups in the traditional fashion. I’ve even used it as a protector when I pitch to the kids. Even though we are a tee ball league, I sometimes will stand in front of the mound a gently pitch or toss the ball to my players. Not all of them can make contact yet, but a few can. Even though they are only five years old a come backer to mound in the right place can still hurt and do some damage. So I stand behind and pitch to the players by throwing around it.

But it was deciding to use this thing in our games that made the purchase a real game changer. The next level of youth baseball after tee ball is coach pitch. This is where the coaches stand closer than the average mound and lightly pitch hittable balls to the kids. At this level one of the children has to serve as catcher and return the balls to the coach who is pitching. Well it should be no surprise that these kids do not catch every ball that gets thrown their way. Next year when my son is playing in that level I intend to use the Baseball Net as a backstop behind the catcher to stop all the balls that they can not catch. I anticipate that this will the same usefulness as when we used it to block throws to first and third.

I would recommend this baseball net to any coach or parent looking to either work on skills and drills, or to use as a backstop for actual games like we did. Use it for practices or even as a toy at home with your children. I ordered my Baseball Net from this Web site - http://baseballtrainingnets.com.  I was a little surprised at the price at first, but I did some research and looked up competitor’s prices, and the PowerNets Baseball Net was actually the cheapest. At the time of my purchase they were offering a $5 instant store credit with every purchase, which was a nice little added incentive. The last time I check that offer was still out there.