Listen to full discussion with Keeper Goals owner, John Moynihan
What are the advantages and uses of Tension Divider Nets?
Tension Divider Nets (Phantom Divider Nets)
- 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 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)
- 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.
- 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.