Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that is quickly rising in popularity. The pickleball game can consist of two to four people, and there are specific requirements for the court. Today, we’re going to discuss pickleball court dimensions. We’ll discuss what size the court should be, the different areas of the court that have to be marked, and the types of things you will need to use for your own pickleball court.
You’ll learn everything you need to know to create your regulation-sized pickleball court. We use the size recommended by the official United States of America Pickleball Association.
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The sport of pickleball has specific regulations regarding the size of the court. If you want to design a pickleball court, you’ll need to ensure proper measurements. Improperly sized courts can be ineligible for playing pickleball.
According to the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association), a regulation size pickleball court has to be a rectangle that’s 20 feet wide and 44 feet long, which is the same size as a badminton course.
This size court allows for single teams (2 players going against each other) or for groups of two (four people total – 2 per side).
Pickleball may have the same size court as badminton, but the net requirements are different. The pickleball game requires the net to be lower, at 36 inches on the ends, and 34 inches at the center.
In addition to the court size for gameplay, it is also a recommendation that you provide adequate room for the out-of-bounds area.
The full size you should plan for your pickleball court should be 24 feet wide by 54 feet long, including the sidelines and end courts (all out of bound areas).
If possible, a court that is 30 feet long by 60 feet wide is the best outcome. This size would provide enough room for the players to move around and prevent damage from missed or wild balls.
It’s also a recommendation that you add a 10-foot margin to your court’s measurement, possibly expanding the court size to 40 feet by 64 feet. But this isn’t a requirement for regulation size courts when there is limited space.
How to Measure
When measuring out the area for your pickleball court, points should go to outside of the perimeter and non-volley zone lines (NVZ).
The non-volley zone has three boundary lines surrounding the net. The boundaries for the NVZ should be one parallel line seven feet from the net. The two sidelines are perpendicular to the net but inside the NVZ.
Once you have your court measured out and set up, you have to draw out the lines. There are different lines for specific areas of the court. Precise and accurate measurements are necessary to have a regulation court.
The different lines are:
- Non-volley zone
- Service court
The baseline has to be 22 feet from the net. All lines should be 2″ wide and painted with a contrasting color to the court, so the lines are noticeable and visible.
This line should be drawn at the back of the pickleball court, on both sides of the court. Remember that it needs to be parallel to the net but 22 feet away. The baseline creates the back end of the court.
The sidelines are the lines that run along the sides of the court to create the playing zone. Once the ball passes the sidelines, it becomes out of bounds.
As with the baseline, the sidelines should be painted a contrasting color to the court, with 2″ wide lines. Use the same color for all the lines.
The non-volley zone (NVZ) makes up the area between the net and the non-volley line, which is 7 feet from the net. You may hear this area referred to as the kitchen.
When the ball is in the NVZ, it cannot be hit. Therefore, you must have the non-volley zone marked, so the players don’t get penalized.
To set up the non-volley zone, you will need to mark the area from the net to seven-foot past on both sides of the net using a contrasting color paint.
There will be lines on each side of the net, extending to each side of the court for two fourteen-foot lines.
The centerline is the boundary that extends from the end of the non-volley zone to the baseline. This line divides the player’s side of the court into two equal sides – odd and even.
When you lay the centerline, it needs to start at the end of the non-volley zone at the middle point of the line (15 feet). It will extend down the middle of each player’s court to the baseline at the back.
The service court is the area of the court that lies past the boundaries of the no-volley zone. This area consists of the centerline, sidelines, and baseline.
Each player has its own service court on its side of the court, which consists of the entire area court, except the NVZ.
The service area should consist of 10 feet wide and 15 feet long for each half of the player’s court (left and right should be equal).
In addition to making sure your court has the proper size dimensions, you also need to make sure you have the correct net setup. Otherwise, your court will not pass regulations and will not be eligible for tournaments.
There are some general rules regarding the netting you must follow, including the size, material, and security features.
Your pickleball net’s material needs to be a mesh fabric that prevents the ball from passing through it. Many nets are made from synthetic fiber, which is durable enough to withstand frequent use and weathering.
Netting that has holes in it like volleyball or tennis nets, is acceptable as a pickleball net, as long as the holes are not large enough for the pickleball to pass through the net.
The size of a pickleball net should be 36″ high on the ends, with a 34″ height in the center. At a minimum, the net should be 30 inches. Any shorter and the net will not pass certification.
The length of a pickleball net should be 21’9″ (21 feet and 9 inches) from post to post. Each of the outer posts should extend past the sidelines, at least one foot.
In pickleball, the net should suspend over the court’s center, at a recommended height of 34″ inches (30″ is the lowest height allowed).
On the end posts, the net should be at the height of 36″ and securely attached to the posts to ensure it doesn’t come loose during a match.
All permanent nets should have a center strap that secures the center of the net. This strap should be able to adjust to the 34″ height of the center net.
The top of all pickleball nets should have a 2″ border of white tape. This binding should cover a cord or cable that stretches along the top of the net. The binding must be on top of the chosen support.
Each post needs to be a standard 22 feet from post to post. Measurements should be from the inside of each post and not the outside.
Post diameter should not exceed 3″ in width (meaning how thick it is). The height should not be more than 54″ with no more than 1″ clearance above the net.
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Pickleball is a fun sport that can be played as singles (two people playing together) or teams (two people on each team for a total of four players). The United States of America Pickleball Association has specific standards for pickleball court dimensions, though.
Following these rules allows you to have a regulation-sized pickleball court, which should be 20′ x 44′ minimum, but 40′ x64′ (including out of bounds) is best.