Baseball hitting tees were used by many former youth players, community league players, and even major league players to hone their skills.
When it comes to teaching young players how to wield a bat, these tools are vital. Even the most seasoned players, though, use them from time to time.
Tanner batting tees have become an increasingly important tool while practising and often used to get ahead in the baseball game.
Many of the tanner batting tees are often expensive so we have collected and put out a way to make your own tanner batting tee-
- Start by arranging all the necessary tools required to build a tanner batting tee, i.e.-
- 4 Wood Screws
- 1 washing hose roughly length of ⅞’’ x 1 ¼ OD 2’
- Plywood roughly 12×12 size
- 1 PVC pipe
- 1 pack of rubber furniture leg tips
- 1 galvanised Iron Floor Flange
- Spray Paint
- Sand Paper
While with the tools here are some additional tools you are required to-
- Drill or Screwdriver
2. Let’s start by measuring the plywood to 12″ 12″ and cutting it; you can use your favourite measurement and cut it accordingly after you’ve organised your instruments. The size used here is a rough estimate of what a home plate may resemble.
3. The Galvanized Iron Floor Flange is centred on the plywood for step three. Grab your screwdriver or power drill, as well as your four wood screws, after you’ve centred the floor flange. On the floor flange, there will be four circular openings where your screws will be inserted to keep the flange in place.
During the screwing-
- The screws should not be too narrow since the flange may slip out of place if they are; the screw head should be larger than the circular cuts’ opening.
- The screws should not go all the way through the bottom of the wood because this could cause damage and make the tee unbalanced while being removed.
Handle the driller with caution and drill carefully.
4. The next item you’ll require is the Schedule 40 Male Threaded Adapter PVC Pipe Fitting. The Galvanized Iron Floor Flange’s huge central opening will be threaded on the inside. The PVC Pipe Fittings threaded side must be inserted into the Galvanized Iron Floor Flange. Screw the PVC Pipe Fitting in place as securely as possible.
5. This is where your table or hand saw will come in handy for step five. We recommend that you wear safety glasses and gloves throughout this stage.
Cut the PVC pipe to a length of approximately 2′. Then measure 2′ and cut two sections lengthwise. Make a mental note of where you’re going to cut the piece.
You’ll need a vice if you’re doing this step by yourself to keep the PVC Pipe from moving around while you’re sawing it. This phase is best done with the assistance of a buddy. When cutting with a table saw, be aware of the plastic particles that fly out during the process.
6. There will be an open side and a closed side (the piece that would contact the floor if it were on furniture), which you will be cutting out. If you have a power drill, a 1 1/8″ Forstner bit will come in helpful and is a safer option.
If you have the drill and bit, simply drill the closed side out so you can see out of each end.If you don’t have a drill, you’ll have to use a utility knife to cut the closed end.
This will take a long time due to the thickness of the rubber. Because you’ll be extending the previously opened end over the PVC pipe, you’ll need to stretch the rubber out for a few minutes after cutting it out. The rubber will first resist fitting, but with a little stretching and persuading, it will eventually fit properly.
7. The final and most important step is to create the ball holder. In the Furniture Leg Tip/PVC Pipe, place the Washer/Discharge Hose (this is the stem of the base). It’ll be a tight fit, but it’ll keep the hose in place and keep it from sliding down into the PVC pipe when you strike it.
This piece of the tee will be changeable, allowing you to modify the position of the ball based on where you want to practise hitting.