Rope is much lighter and should always be used with portable game standards, when ratchet tensioning is not an option. For in-floor systems, steel cable tops respond optimally to the ratchet tensioning.
Knotted vs Knotless
Knotted nets feature greater strength and durability due to secure connection points. Knotless, or braided nets, provide a smoother surface and less friction for playing a ball off the net.
Mostly found in competition nets, side dowels hold a rectangular net shape even at greater tension levels.
Competitive play at the high-school level requires a 32' x 36" net, while collegiate play uses a 32' x 39" net. For recreational play, any net size will suffice.