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How to Setup Nets in Your Gym

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WHAT’S UP PE FRIENDS!

It took me quite a few years to finally get what I feel is the perfect tennis and volleyball net setup for my gym, so I wanted to share it with you.

We all know that it can be really tedious to set up and put away nets each day, so I was looking for something that was super quick, simple and would be easy to setup or take down in between classes.

THIS SET UP IS QUICK AND EASY

This is a FASTER, EASIER and SAFER way to set up nets in your gym. The bungee cord and wall hook combo allows you to efficiently set up and take down nets for games like tennis, badminton, or volleyball quickly.

In the video below, I’ll show you how fast it is to set up one net and as a bonus I’ll show you how this setup has a built-in safety function. I also threw in some options you could use instead of a net (which is what I used to do before I had this setup).

As you can see from the video, I could literally set up the whole gym with 6 nets in no more than 2-3 minutes.

I hope you got some ideas and inspiration to do a similar setup in your gym or teaching space.

To recap the video:

WHAT DO I NEED FOR THIS SETUP?

  1. Nets
  2. Carabiners
  3. Bungee Cord w/ hooks
  4. Tarp Strap
  5. Round Hooks
  6. PVC End Caps

HOW DOES THE SETUP WORK?

  1. Use a round hook that you can drill into the wall to secure the bungee cord at the desired height for your nets
    1. I made one at tennis net level (3.5 feet) and one a little higher for volleyball nets (7.5 feet) *these are not official net heights, I just did what I’ve found to work well considering my past teaching experience.
    2. (optional) Use the PVC end caps and tarp strap bungee to cover the round hook for safety.
  2. Tie the bungee cord to one end of the net.
  3. At the other end of the net, tie a carabiner.
  4. Tie a carabiner as well on the volleyball standard. This will be used to attach the carabiner which is at the end of the net.
  5. To assemble the net, just stretch it out from the wall and hook it up to the carabiner on the standard.
  6. To put away the net, just unhook it from the carabiner, fold it up and then store in a bag hanging on the wall.

SAFETY FIRST!

I used PVC end caps to cover the hooks as a safety measure. In case the kids run into them, they won’t get caught or get hurt by slamming into the eyelet (this is probably overkill, but better safe than sorry).

Also, the bungee cord allows for some stretching. The net will just stretch and not snap off or pull the standard down if the kids run into it, which has always been a big safety concern anytime I’ve using volleyball standards.

EXERCISE BALL STORAGE HACK FOR YOUR GYM

Speaking of awesome hacks using nets in your gym – check out the post below to see how I created a space to store my exercise balls using a soccer net:

If you don’t have basketball goals like mine, you can use wall hooks and carabiners to create a space in the corner of your gym and achieve basically the same thing.

Good luck with upgrading your gym nets and storage solutions and of course with becoming a more awesome teacher!

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  • Striking with Paddles Unit Resource Pack
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Have an awesome day!

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