Myrtle Park Batting Cage
The batting cage in Myrtle Park may be used by teams in Minors AA and higher divisions. Click on a date in the booking calendar to reserve. Teams may book one hour slots up to a total of two hours on the same day. For questions about the batting cage please email.
Teams in Minors (AA/AAA) can book the batting cage, but must use either coach pitching from behind the L screen or have the players hitting off tees. Minors teams must not use the pitching machine in the cage until they have received training on how to use it. Training sessions will be offered early in each season. Teams and/or players in Rookie Senior and Rookie Junior are not allowed to use the batting cage at any time.
Batting Cage Instructions
- Adults only feeding the machine.
- Inspect the machine prior to every use.
- Set the machine and test 3 to 5 balls prior to allowing anyone in the batting area.
- Only one batter in the cage at a time (except when picking up the balls).
- Check tightness of all bolts and nuts at regular intervals. If any looseness, vibration, or rattle is noticed, correct immediately before further use.
- Batters must have helmets on while in the cage.
- No more then 1 youth in the machine area at a time and they must have batting helmets on (balls often come back through the opening).
- No one under 18 years old to feed the machine.
- Do not turn the speed up on the machine and attempt to get the ball all the way to the plate. Every bucket or two a ball will go off and it is very dangerous. Do not set the machine any faster then the pitchers at your level are throwing. It will not make your batters any better. Turn the speed down and move the plate to the distance you use.
- There should be at least 2 coaches at all times . If there is no one working with the batters as they are hitting they will be repeating bad habits and it does not help.
- Store all bats in the pitching area. Only one bat in the cage at a time.
- Never use any balls other then the white and yellow dimple balls supplied by MSLL.
- When the batter has taken his/her stance and indicates he or she is ready to hit, hold the ball high in the air where the batter can see the ball. Then bring the ball down to the chute simulating live action so that the batter can time the ball correctly. Set the ball in the feed chute and release. Do not drop the ball into the chute. Watch the ball into the wheels, then look up at the batter. The whole feeding operation should be smooth and without interruption. Give the batter time to re set prior to the next pitch.
- Space all pitches approximately six seconds apart. Try to get the batter to regard each pitch as a “separate” pitch and not to be an “automatic” swinger
- When you increase speed of any pitch, you must lower elevation of aim; when you decrease speed, you must increase the aim elevation.
- Always turn speed dials to the full counter-clockwise position when throwing is completed or temporarily stopped. Then turn toggle switch to the OFF position.
- Do not use your good team bats in the cage.
- No Spitz
- Both doors closed at all times.
- Make sure lights are off, machine is off and unplugged and covered when finished.