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.
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.
Comparison of Two Types of Popular Flat Shooting Goals
What setting would you use a FFIT shooting goal in?
-Any place where a goal needs to be taken down and moved quickly
-Easily transported (Fits in car or trunk)
What setting would you use the EFSG shooting goal in?
-Ability to move in different places
-Heavier and more durable then the FFIT but still relatively easy to transport
What are some features of the FFIT?
-Breaks down into pieces and fits into a bag for transport
-Fit together so no tools are needed to set up
-Sledgehammer is needed to pound in steaks if ground is hard
-3-5 minutes to set up
-Option to have a weight and base for indoor or turf use
What are some features of the EFSG shooting goal?
-2-inch aluminum pieces
-More durable and heavy duty
-Few pieces to put together with push buttons
-Easy to assemble but stronger than other flat-sided goals on the market
-Sledgehammer needed to pound in stakes
-Option to have a weight and base for indoor or turf use
Transcription of Audio Question with John Moynihan
Cody – My name is Cody Johnson and I am here with John Moynihan the owner of Keeper Goals and this will be the first question in a series of Q&As. John, you offer several types of flat shooting goals, tell us about two of your most popular the FFIT Shooting Goal and the EFSG Shooting Goal. What setting would you use with that?
John – Well, these goals are used for people who want a frame to shoot at, but do not necessary need a goal with a back depth. The FFIT is mainly used for people that want the goal to be broken down and taken from place to place. It can be transported in the car or in the trunk. It breaks down into a 4 foot section. The FSG is mainly used for people who want a frame at one site and can be moved around on that site easily. It is not something that is going to be taken to different sites each day.
Cody – Okay, and then if you could just talk about a couple of some of the best features of each of the goals.
John – One FFIT five phase shooting goal feature is that it can be broken down breaks into pieces that fit into a 4 foot bag. They all fit together without any tools needed to assemble the goal itself. The only tool that might be needed is a sledge hammer if the ground is hard to get the stake into the base. It is durable. It is transportable and it is easy to set up, takes about 3 to 5 minutes to set up once someone knows what they are doing.
John – The EFSG is all 2-inch2 aluminum, very heavy duty. It has a few pieces that you put together with push buttons so it is easy to assemble and it is strong, stronger than most of the other flat-sided goals that you will see in the market. The only tool you need is a sledge hammer in order to pound in the ground if you are staking it into the ground. Both have an option to have a weight and base for indoor use or for turf. We also have the flat base that you can add sandbags to weight it down if you do not want to stake it in the ground.
Cody – Okay thank you very much John. Again, this has been the first question in our series of Q&As with John.