Homemade Ball Catch Nets for Table Tennis

by Brenda Priddy
Ball catch nets make playing table tennis easier.

Ball catch nets make playing table tennis easier.

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A ball catch net is a net positioned behind a ping pong table designed to catch any loose balls and prevent the trouble of fetching the balls that tend to bounce out of control when not in immediate play. Some athletic and sporting good stores sell ball catch nets for ping pong, but you can build your own nets for much less. Position the net behind the players during the game to prevent the balls from escaping and slowing down play.


The ping pong net prevents the ball from flying away from the table. Some nets are designed to attach to the table, catching the ball where it can be easily grabbed. This version of the net, however, acts more like a baseball net barrier to prevent the ball from flying too far away. Position the buckets about 6 feet apart from each other behind the table. This will catch any flyaway balls and prevent them from escaping the play area.


This netting screen is not the only way to catch balls and prevent them from flying away from the table. Use a smaller net attached to the table to catch the balls. However, the problem with nets attached to the table is that they are not tall enough to capture high balls. Add a pocket to the bottom of the net to prevent the balls from bouncing out of the play area after they hit the net.

Materials and Supplies

Before starting, make sure you have 2, 1-inch dowel rods, 7 feet long each. Have a handsaw, sandpaper, a sewing machine and thread on hand. Purchase two, 5 gallon buckets and about 20 pounds of gravel. You will also need 7 feet of 1-inch wide ribbon and 2 yards of green mosquito netting per ball catcher that you want to make.


Cut the dowel rod into 2, 6-foot long sections. Sand the rods with sandpaper until smooth. Cut the mosquito netting to a length of 7 feet, 2 inches and width of 4 feet. Fold a 7-foot, 2-inch piece of white ribbon in half horizontally. Fold the ribbon over the long edge of one side of the netting. Pin the ribbon in place. Sew the ribbon to the top of the netting. Fold the short edge of the netting over one inch, creating a small pocket. Sew the fold in place using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Make a second pocket on the other side of the netting. Slide the dowel rods inside the pockets. Place the dowel rod inside a 5 gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with gravel. Repeat for the other dowel rod.


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