Hit Zone Baseball & Softball FAQ
Welcome to our Hit Zone practice tee Q&A page!
We have done our best to try and answer any questions you may have about the Hit Zone hitting tees. We spent 4 years developing the Hit Zone and receiving the patent. As a result, we have a lot of knowledge about the Hit Zone! If you don't find the answer to your question here, feel free
to contact us through our contact page.
What's Special About The Hit Zone Tee?
Others have created a baseball air tee and received a patent on it, but they all did the logical thing! They used material, such as PVC plastic pipe, to deliver the air stream. As with the Tee, you hit it, you're going to knock it over or break it. We use a fabric sleeve to deliver the air. Your bat or
racket hit it - no big deal - you'll swing right through it! Our idea was so unique; the U.S. Patent office gave us a good old patent on the Hit Zone air powered batting tee!
What age group is the Hit Zone practice tee good for?
The Hit Zone air tee is a great training tool for all age groups! We have 2 year olds swinging away on it! At the same time, there are many traveling baseball and softball "A" teams and even Pros, who make the Hit Zone baseball air tee a part of their training ritual.
With the younger children, as long as they can swing the bat, they are ready for the Hit Zone. With the younger kids, though, adult supervision is necessary to insure its proper use. For player 6 or younger, the Hit Zone Jr is probably your best choice. We do include a bonus 14.5 inch sleeve so
your kids can grow with their Hit Zone or practice at different heights. The Hit Zone comes with a 9"tall sleeve. When using the 14.5" sleeve, the ball floats high enough where older kids can also use the JR unit.
What's the difference between the "Baseball" & "Tennis unit?
The only difference is the model numbers and logo on the unit. The baseball/softball units come with high quality dimpled plastic training balls. The tennis units come with Gamma foam tennis balls. They both function the same, so if you would like to use it to practice for both sports, go for it!
What type of outlet do I need?
A standard 110V is needed. The Hit Zone practice tee comes with a grounded cord. Use a grounded 3 prong extension cord. It is also very important that when using the Hit Zone outdoors, you use a GFI grounded outlet.
Need 220-220V - no problem. For an additional $10, we can out fit your Hit Zone with 220V and the proper plug for your country. We will also need to calculate the shipping. Please contact for details.
Can I adjust the height of the ball?
The stream of air coming from the Hit Zone HZ-1B and the Hit zone Jr are not adjustable, so there are a few easy ways to adjust the height of the ball. The sleeve that comes with the Hit Zone air tee is 9 inches long. This height covers the typical strike zone for most people - from kids to adults. As We also mail you a bonus 14.5 inch sleeve so you can float the ball almost 6 inches higher!
You can also adjust the height of the balls by the type of ball you use. Different types of balls will float at different heights depending on their size and weight. It is fun to experiment!
Lastly, we have also had coaches who place the Hit Zone practice tee on a sturdy box if they are doing drills and need the ball floating at a higher height. The 4hp HZ - Model # B3-HZBV - has a variable speed control that allows you to adjust the stream of air. This will allow you to adjust the height of the ball. Using a lighter ball will give you a bigger variance in the height the ball will
float. You can also use the 14.5 inch sleeve for practicing at a different height.
How loud is the Hit Zone?
The Hit Zone contains a blower motor to produce the air flow. When in use,
the Hit Zone sounds like a vacuum cleaner.
What type of ball works best on the Hit Zone air tee for Baseball/Softball?
A number of light training balls work great on the Hit Zone practice tee! It's fun having a mixture of balls in the bucket! They often react a little different, giving you a different looking pitch.
A sampling includes:
Franklin dimpled pitching machine balls
Sandlot dimpled training balls
SKLZ Derick Jeter 5-Tool Foam balls
JUGS Lite-Flite Baseball & Softball
Atec, Trend Sports, & SKLZ foam balls
Plastic "Jump House" balls (For Jr & Deluxe)
These are just a few!
A standard baseball & softball will not work well with the Hit Zone Jr or Standard models. They are too heavy. You can see a video of various balls being used on the different units at the bottom of the Baseball Details page. The Hit Zone Deluxe has a variable speed control which allows you to
use a wider variety of balls as it is more powerful and you can adjust the strength of the air flow.
Can I use a real baseball?
Yes you can with the Hit Zone Deluxe! We discovered that if the air flow is at an angle, it would hold a real baseball. So we now include a 2 piece kit that allows you to use a real baseball. Its really cool! The Hard Ball Kit is included with the Deluxe.
What's the scoop on the sleeve?
The sleeve is made out of heavy duty Rip Stop nylon. It is very durable and made for outdoor use. Additional replacement sleeves can be purchased for $8. Additional sleeves are available in our online store.
Where is the Hit Zone practice tee manufactured?
Baseball is America's pastime, so it only seemed natural to manufacturer the Hit Zone in the USA! The Hit Zone unit is made in New Jersey and the fabric sleeves are sewn in Minnesota.
What is your Return policy?
Please contact us within 30 days if it is not what you expected. We want you to be satisfied with your purchase! If you are unhappy for some reason or if something is not working properly, let us know and we'll do our best to make it right! If all else fails, we'll return your money.
What is the Hit Zone practice tee warranty?
The Hit Zone practice tee comes with a 1 year manufactures warranty from date of purchase. If your Hit Zone is defective, we'll replace it! The Hit Zone has a strong steel housing, but don't make a habit of missing the ball and hitting the blower unit! The warranty does not cover a Hit Zone that has been damaged by abuse or leaving it out in the rain.