Pickleball Court Dimensions + How to Set Up Your Own Court
How big is a pickleball court compared to tennis and badminton courts? And what size is the net? These are the sorts of questions I asked myself when I first discovered the sport of pickleball.
Before you dive in with playing, it’s pretty important to have a good understanding of the rules and court dimensions.
Not only will this mean that you understand the game and adhere to the regulations, but you can also check whether the dimensions of a pickleball court are correct. And armed with the information of pickleball court dimensions, you can even set up your own if you don’t have a court near you.
What Are the Dimensions of a Pickleball Court?
According to the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA), pickleball court dimensions in feet measure 20 ft wide by 44 ft long. This is the exact same size as the courts used for badminton!
However, this refers to the markings of the court itself, not the minimum play area. This is instead 30 ft wide by 60 ft long.
And remember, this is the minimum recommended size. For tournament play, the standard pickleball court size is 34 ft wide by 64 ft long, and for wheelchair play, it’s even bigger at 44 ft wide by 74 ft long.
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Pickleball Court Playing Lines
While the makings of a pickleball court may seem similar to the likes of a badminton or tennis court, there are some key differences that you need to know. In this section, I cover all court markings and definitions.
- Baselines: The end lines which are parallel to the net.
- Sidelines: The lines on the side of the court that meet the net at a 90-degree angle.
- Non-volley zone: An area measuring 20 ft wide and 7 ft long on either end of the net. They are marked by the sidelines and an additional line to connect the two.
- Service court: The region behind the non-volley zone where services must bounce. It includes the centerline, baseline, and sidelines.
- Left court: The service region on the left side of the court (odd side) when you are facing the net.
- Right court: The service region on the right side of the court (even side) when you are facing the net.
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Pickleball Net Requirements
While having a regulation pickleball court is of the most importance, it’s also pretty damn crucial that your net is the right size.
The official net specifications are flexible. Despite this, there are lots of pickleball nets out there that do not meet the requirements. So if you’re planning on buying one, ensure you get one that adheres to the rules if possible.
- Material: Any mesh fabric material is legal, as it prevents the ball from passing through it.
- Posts: The posts must be 22 feet from one another and no more than 3 inches in diameter.
- Size: The length of the net must be at least 21 ft 9 inches between the posts. The height must also measure at least 30 inches.
- Edge: The top edge of the net must have a 2-inch white tape marking over the cord or cable.
- Height: The center of the net must measure 34 inches in height, and at the sidelines, it must instead measure 36 inches.
Tip: To prevent nets from sagging in the middle, we recommend purchasing a net with a center strap support.
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Where to Set Up Your Own Pickleball Court
As pickleball is both an indoor and outdoor sport, you have quite a few options to set up a temporary or permanent pickleball court.
The main conditions are that firstly the ground is hard. Pickleball balls are made of plastic, not rubber. Therefore they won’t bounce on soft ground such as grass.
What’s more, I recommend picking an area that won’t incite arguments and cause unnecessary hassle. Remember, you are essentially repurposing an area to play pickleball. Some people may not take to kindly to that.
With that out of the way, here are my top recommendations:
- Badminton court: Badminton courts are ideal for indoor play as they share the same outer perimeter and centerline. All you need to do is add markings for both non-volley zones, and you are good to go!
- Indoor basketball court: Another decent option is to mark out a pickleball court on an indoor basketball court. This, of course, takes a little more effort and is more likely to cause disruption.
- Outdoor basketball court: I prefer repurposing an outdoor basketball court instead of an indoor one, as they are usually free to use. There’s also no staff who could give you a hard time. As such, you shouldn’t experience many issues playing pickleball here.
- Cul-de-sac: A cul-de-sac is perhaps an even better option. With very little footfall, it’s perfect for setting up a court. It might even be a good opportunity to lure in some neighbors for a few friendly games.
- Your Driveway: This is a super option if you have a large driveway. Of course, if you’re a bit short of space, you could always shrink the court size slightly to fit it in.
- Your garden: Although your garden is likely too small for pickleball, this is the best place to play if you have the room. As it’s a private area, you should have absolutely no issue playing pickleball here. Just don’t play too late, as noise complaints are the only possible issue I can think of.
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Supplies for Setting Up Your Own Pickleball Court
With pickleball exponentially growing in popularity, there are lots of ways you can set up your own court. Here is what you will need:
- Tape measure
- Outdoor pickleball tape / indoor pickleball tape / court marker kit / chalk
- Pickleball net
Make sure you buy the correct material for marking the court based on where you want to play. Our proposed outdoor pickleball tape is a long-term option, and so is the indoor pickleball tape. However, the indoor tape is easier to remove and leaves no residue, which is an advantage.
The pickleball court marker kit and chalk are our short-term alternatives. Use chalk outdoors — it naturally washes away after spells of rain, and use the court marker kit indoors or outdoors.
The versatility of the court marker kit makes it a super option. However, it only marks the key intersecting line boundaries. They are not joined up, making it difficult to tell if a ball lands in or out.
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So that wraps up just about everything you need to know about pickleball court dimensions. Now you can check courts near you to make sure they are legal and you can even mark out your own.
Remember, badminton courts are almost identical and made of hardwood, perfect for indoor pickleball. With just a tiny bit of adjustment to mark the non-volley zone, you are ready to play!
How Much Space Is Needed Around a Pickleball Court?
How much space is needed around a pickleball court is a question we often get. At minimum, you need at least 5 ft of additional space on either side of the court and 8 ft of space on either end.
This means the pickleball court size in feet you require is at least 30 ft x 60 ft.
What Is the Best Court Surface For Pickleball?
Any hard surface is perfect for pickleball. If you are playing indoors, a sports hall featuring hardwood is perfect. If on the other hand, you are applying outdoors, both asphalt and concrete are ideal.
How Small Can You Make a Pickleball Court?
The official pickleball court dimensions measure 20 ft wide by 44 ft long. However, you could create a smaller court if you are short of space. This could be a good option say for your driveway or garden.
To ensure you don’t change the game’s dynamics too much, I wouldn’t reduce it by any more than 25%. To create a ¾ size court, mark the outer perimeter as 15 ft x 33 ft.
Just remember to keep the scale of the non-volley zone the same. If you don’t, it will end up too large and you will find yourself entering the non-volley zone more than you usually would.
What Is the Actual Size of a Pickleball Court for Both Doubles and Singles?
The dimensions of a pickleball court for singles and doubles court are the same, as are all the markings.
A pickleball court’s measurements are 20 ft wide by 44 ft long.
Is a Pickleball Court the Same Size as a Badminton Court?
Pickleball courts are the same size as badminton courts at 20 ft x 44 ft. However, a key difference you need to be away of is the short service line. It’s different for the two sports, and given it serves as a boundary for the non-volley zone, it’s very important that it is the right size.
Therefore if you are going to use a badminton court for pickleball you will have to map out a new line for the non-volley zone.
What Are the Pickleball Court Dimensions in Meters?
Pickleball courts measure 6.1 m wide by 13.41 m long.
How High Is a Pickleball Net?
A pickleball net must be at least 30 inches tall and held at a height of 34 inches in the middle, and 36 inches at the sides.
How Wide Is a Pickleball Court?
A pickleball court is 20 ft wide (6.1 m).
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