There’s not much else like it, and it’s safe to say we never really grow out of it. Of course, we love sports, which means we love going to sports facilities. They bring out the kid in all of us. Whether it’s a soccer field, racetrack, or batting cage, our eyes light up when we see them.
Of course, when going on our sporting adventures, we want to ensure that we are as safe as possible. This is doubly true for the owners of sports facilities. The first order of business is keeping your clients safe purely for their safety, but you also want to avoid any legal ramifications that could come your way if an accident were to happen. So, how do you ensure safety, especially in a multi-sport complex? The answer is simple. If you have ever been to a hockey or baseball game, you may already know the answer…
A Net Benefit
Whether your facility is for participating in sports, watching sports, or both, safety should always be your number one concern. Over the years, it has repeatedly been proven that facilities with adequate sports barrier netting systems are safer for both participants and spectators.
For some spectator sports, netting might not be a feasible option (think basketball or golf), but for others, netting has been a boon to spectator safety and might have even saved some lives. Major League Baseball, for instance, used only to have netting behind the backstop before they implemented the expansion of netting league-wide. This helped save spectators from a foul ball coming in faster than a Ferrari on the Autobahn. The National Hockey League did the same thing in 2002, adding netting to the corners and endzones of arenas.
While the thrill of getting a foul ball or a loose puck is fun, safety is that much more important, and the most significant leagues in the world have weighed in on the subject: sports barrier netting systems are the way to go.
Great For All Facilities
There are all sorts of different netting systems. There are many ways to keep spectators and athletes safe, from an outdoor golf net to netting panels. Remember, it’s not just the spectators you need to look out for.
For instance, if you go to a golf course or a driving range, you will likely see netting setting up the perimeters. This is great for the safety of other golfers on the driving range or the golf course. If you are a golfer, you’ve likely played on a course where a hole has run alongside the driving range. Now, imagine if that netting wasn’t there. It would completely change your shot! Instead of just focusing on keeping your head down, your lead arm straight, and maintaining flex in your back leg, all of a sudden, you must consider whether a rogue golf ball is going to doink you on the head.
The same is true for batting cages. Those set up in rows rely on netting to keep everyone safe. How surprising it would be if you were waiting for a pitch, and the next thing you know, you’ve taken a foul ball right to your lower back.
Smaller Facilities Need Netting Too
Some who are invested in their athletic performance might have systems at home. Some have golf nets set up in their backyard. Others have pitching areas set up so they can practice your pitching to live hitters. If you’ve ever watched a home run derby, you will know the exact device we are talking about: a netting barrier that protects the pitcher but has a cutout so that the pitcher can still deliver the ball. A backstop netting system can be crucial for those with a single batting cage in their backyard. Sure, it might add incentive to hit the ball if you had to chase it every time you missed, but the windows of your home and neighborhood drivers will thank you for the added protection.
Whatever your needs, we have you covered. If you need a netting system, please contact Golf Range Netting today!