Sports Fences

In addition to our residential work, Buzz Custom Fence offers professional-grade fencing for outdoor playing fields. Here are some of our most common requests:

Though basketball doesn’t have much in the way of court fencing regulations, a good fence is still essential for the safety of the players, the court, and the general public. The most obvious advantage of having a fence is to prevent a ball from bouncing or rolling away; no one likes having to pause a game to chase a ball halfway across the block! The fence will also prevent a wayward ball from striking bystanders or damaging property (both personal and public). Without a fence, how many players will run into the street to chase a ball? Finally, a fence will inhibit unauthorized access to the play area, helping to keep it safe from vandals and stray animals.

Basketball court fences are usually made out of steel mesh or chain link. Steel mesh fences are more impact resistant and thus less likely to be damaged if they’re struck by a ball repeatedly, and they tend to be more difficult for trespassers to breach, too. Chain link fences are less secure and will need to be repaired (or at least re-tensioned) from time to time, but they’re typically much less expensive than the alternative. Regardless of their composition, the support posts in basketball court fences are nearly always placed on the outside of the fence; this is to help prevent injuries to players who may accidentally run into the fence while pursuing the ball.

The game of golf has a lot of policies about how fences should be treated during play.For example, they’re considered exceptions to the rules about on-the-green obstructions, and hitting a ball so that it comes to rest against a fence will result in a one-stroke penalty. However, the United States Golf Association doesn’t really have any guidelines about how tall fences around courses and driving ranges must be, nor does it specify the kind of materials that fences must be made out of. Fencing decisions are usually left up to the owners of individual clubs or sports complexes…and they often defer to the advice of their insurance companies.

Buzz Custom Fence is no stranger to golf course fencing; every year, we’re in charge of putting up a protective perimeter for the Fort Worth Invitational Tournament (formerly known as the Colonial Golf Tournament). So whether you’d like a decorative picket fence made of vinyl to simply mark your property line, or a sturdy chain link fence to stop airborne balls in their tracks, we can help you build something that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Fencing for baseball fields tends to be a little more regulated than fencing for basketball courts and golf courses. The most prominent difference is the presence of a backstop behind home plate, which is designed to protect spectators from stray balls—and, in the case of zealous players, thrown bats! Backstops are usually made of rectangular, interconnected chain-link panels and extend around 25 feet in the air, far above the heads of the batter, pitcher, and umpire. Some also have top panels that jut inward, giving the whole thing a cave-like appearance.

In the major leagues, outfield fences are about eight feet tall, but recreational fields are more likely to top out around six feet. These back fences are frequently topped with brightly-colored foam or tubing to improve visibility (and decrease injuries of players smashing into the fence while tracking the ball). Perimeter fences around fields are between four and six feet tall and may include box-shaped, integrated dugouts for the players. Again, chain-link metal is the most common material used.

If all these numbers seem a bit overwhelming, don’t despair: we have experience building regulation fences for both entire baseball fields and compact batting cages. We’ll do the measuring and the assembling for you!

Fences around tennis courts nearly always have a feature unique to the sport: a blanket-like covering of polyester or vinyl that’s affixed to the outside of the structure. Windscreens, as their name implies, are used primarily to prevent strong winds from altering a ball’s trajectory while it’s in play. They can also allow for better visibility by eliminating outside distractions, and opaque screens are sometimes used to provide privacy for the players.

Beyond the windscreen, though, an ordinary chain link or steel mesh fence is usually sufficient for most courts—provided, of course, that the links are small enough that a regulation tennis ball won’t get wedged inside of one. The standard height for these fences is 10 feet.

Need fencing for a playing field we didn’t list? There a lot of sports we left out, rugby, squash even cricket pitches. Interested in creating a structure that’s unique and eye-catching? Contact us today so that we can help bring your vision to life!