Net – The net is used as a “back up” system to keep balls in the area of play.
Net Mesh Size – Net mesh refers to the size of the squares or diamonds in the netting. The proper mesh size will depend on the sport you are playing.
Soccer, volleyball, football and basketball – 4” mesh
Baseball – 1 ¾” or 1 7/8” mesh
Lacrosse and hockey – 1 ½” or 1 3/16” mesh
Golf – 7/8” mesh
Net material strength – The strength of the material needed will depend on the size of the net and what it is being used for. We offer several different options based on the customers situation.
Grommets – This is an eyelet that is placed in a hole on the edge that the netting to prevent it from being torn. There is a snap hook in each grommet that is used to attach the net to the cable.
Rope binding on netting – This tape seals the edges of the net. It gives the netting its shape and allows it to be pulled tight by cables or ropes.
Posts – The posts hold up the netting.
Aluminum posts – These posts are used for portable netting systems. Aluminum is a lighter material that allows you to move the posts if needed.
Steel Posts – Steel is a heavier material that is used for a netting system that the user intends to keep in one spot. It will also hold up against high wind areas better than aluminum.
Zinc Plated “Budget” Pulley – The pulley is on the top on the pole and is attached to the upper corner of the net. When the cable is pulled through the pulley, it tightens the nets and pulls in towards the upper corner.
Halyard – This is a rope that creates tension in the net and helps to tighten the net
Rope Cleat – The Halyard Rope Wraps around the cleat after it is used to tighten the net.
Turnbuckle – This tightens the cable which ultimately keeps the net taut.
Bottom Steel Cable – This cable is on the bottom on the net and prevents the net from being damaged during grass cutting.
Eye-bolts – These bolts attach the pole to the cable.
Height Adjustment Collars – The collar is at the bottom of the pole and is a measuring point for how far to put the pole into the ground.
Hand Winch – The winch is attached the side of the posts and is used to crank the rope which will tighten the net and keep it taut.
Snap Hook Clips – These clips attach the end of the cable to the net attachment.
Listen to the discussion about Soccer Nets with John Moyniham
Soccer Nets – What is the right net for your situation? (click on the link for more information)
We sell a wide range of soccer nets available for customers based their specific wants and needs. We recommend getting a net that is closest to your chosen goal size and remember, you get what you pay for. Expensive nets have a higher quality and will last longer
Net sizing (Click on the link for more information)
3 MM braid is your best type of net if you are taking the net up and down often.
3 MM braid
4 MM or 6 MM polypropylene net is best if you are leaving your nets up for the season and do not have vandalism problems.
4 MM braid
6 MM braid
HTPP (High Tenacity Polypropylene) Nets – This material of netting, if in a high UV area, will wear better than polypropylene netting. It is also available with smaller mesh.
Small mesh netting – Smaller mesh netting lasts longer than larger mesh netting. It is harder for kids to climb on and require more holes before needing to be replaced. The only downside is they are more susceptible to wind and need to be anchored with weights or sandbags.
Excess netting – Many times there is excess netting at the bottom of the goal. We recommend rolling up the excess netting so it does not drag on the ground. If you have a wheeled goal, make sure to roll the netting up as well so it doesn’t get stuck in the wheel bracket. We recommend using plastic ties to secure the net.
Vandalism – If you live in an area with high vandalism, we recommend getting the cheaper 3 MM braid because vandals can still cut or burn through more expensive netting.
Practice Goals – These goals are shot on more frequently than game goals, so we recommend getting higher quality netting so it will last longer.
Transcription of the Audio
John – We have a wide range of soccer nets available for customers based on their different needs. Basically, they come in different sizes, materials and colors. When deciding what net is best for you, it is best to pick the net based on your budget and your use. If you are taking the net and up down often, a 3 MM braid is your best type of net. We have 3 MM twist, 3 MM braid, 4 MM braid and 6 MM braid.
John – If you are leaving your nets up for the season and do not have vandalism problems, a 4 MM or 6 MM polyethylene net is better than a 3 MM braid and will last longer. We also have high tenacity polypropylene nets, otherwise referred to as HTPP. These nets, if there in a high UV area, tend to wear better than a polyethylene net. These nets are also available with smaller mesh. Some people prefer smaller mesh nets because it is harder for kids to climb on and it needs more holes in the net before they are replacing them. Smaller mesh nets will last longer than a larger mesh net. The one downside of smaller mesh net is that there is more wind load on the goals if it is a high windy area and the goals are unanchored or using sandbags to secure.
John – The best thing to do is pick the net size that is closest to the goal size that you have and if there is excess net then roll up the bottom of the net so it does not drag on the ground or if there are wheels on the goals, it cannot get caught in the wheels. Some people use plastic ties to secure the nets so they do not get in wheel brackets.
John – One thing to remember is that you normally get what you pay for. The more expensive net you buy, the longer it will last. The one downside is if someone vandalizes the nets by cutting them or burning them which has happened in the past. The thickness and the mesh size does not matter if it is in a high vandalism area. It is best to go with a 3M braid net and just replace as needed. Some people decide that a practice net could be a lighter weight net than a game net. Often the practice nets are the nets that get used the most often and have the most shots taken on them. So again, if you want to replace the net less frequently, go with a higher priced net for a practice goal net as long as a goal can support that.
A strong and flexible cable is put on top of the net and hangs between two walls with a pulley or winch system.
Tension Divider Net Winch System
Tension Divider Nets come in a variety of sizes you can pick from depending on what you want to use it for. Some popular heights are 10 ft, 12 ft, 15 ft or up to 25ft. Tension divider nets can be almost width depending on the structure it will hang on.
It works best for dividing an area for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or volleyball. It can also be used for a batting cage for baseball or soccer. (Click on “batting cage” for a video)
Tension Divider Net Batting Cage
There will be some sag in the net, but that can be reduced by using a winch system.
It is cost effective and can be a fast and easy set up once you know how to do it.
Tension Divider Nets are easy to store and can be put away is something as small as a hamper or a roll away garbage can.
Tension Divider Net Hamper for storage
We recommend using netting for this system instead of a divider curtain or vinyl.
4-inch netting is recommended for soccer, volleyball or basketball, while 2-inch netting is recommended for lacrosse or when younger kids are playing to avoid getting their feet tangled on the bottom of the net.
Transcription of the Audio
John – Another type of way to divide a court up is to use what we call a tension divider net or phantom divider net. These nets are hung between two points. They are normally hung between two walls with a pulley or winch system. We actually put a cable on top of the net that is a high strength rope so it is flexible and can be moved. We then create tension in the net between those two points with the use of either Camlock, with the rope in a cleat, or with a winch on each wall. This is ideal when someone cannot have the net stored in the side of the building with a walk draw or do not have the money to do a motorized system to raise the net up.
John – It is very ideal for areas that just want a net at a certain height to divide for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or volleyball. A lot of times these nets can be somewhere between 10 ft high, 12 ft high, 15 ft high or up to 25 ft high. The good part is that you can pick the height that you need. There will be some sag in between the net from point to point, but that can be reduced by using a winch system. On those types of systems, we often see people take down the net when it is not being used and store in a hamper or something like a garbage can that could be rolled and stored in the closet. The advantage of this over motorized system is that it costs a lot less and it is fast and easy to set up for people once they know what to do.
John – On divider tension nets we recommend that you use netting and not a divider curtain or vinyl. The netting weight works where you can then hoist and lift it because there is a load that goes on each wall or off each ceiling joist that you are going to attach it to. We normally suggest people using 4 inch for soccer, volleyball or basketball and 1-1/2 inch for lacrosse or situations where the end line is close to people’s feet so kids’ feet do not get caught in a 4-inch mesh net.