The popularization of Pickleball Court Size

What are the dimensions of a pickleball court 

You may be learning to play the sport of pickleball this time, or maybe you are transitioning from playing tennis and want to try something new, or maybe you have played badminton before and want to experience something different, or maybe you are just interested in wanting to create your own pickleball court at home or on the go to enjoy and get some good exercise. It is often very important and beneficial to learn about a standard pickleball court and the dimensions of it all, in this blog, we are going to give some tips.

A standard pickleball court happens to be around the same size as a doubles badminton court and the court measures 44 feet long (inclusive of lines) and 20 feet wide (inclusive of lines). The net height of a pickleball court is 36 inches high on the sidelines and 34 inches high in the middle. Yes, a pickleball court happens to be very similar to a tennis court. A pickleball court is striped with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net, which is often referred to as the kitchen. We explain each detail below to show most of the important details of a pickleball court and its dimensions.

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Pickleball court dimensions and size 

It is important to know the right measurements when setting up a temporary or permanent pickleball court. Also, if you are setting up an outdoor pickleball court on an existing court that runs north to south, don't put the pickleball courts at right angles to the court. If you do that, one player will be looking right into the sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon, which can be dangerous.

The courts for pickleball are rectangles with lines that divide them into different parts. They can be inside or outside and look very similar to tennis and badminton courts. To understand how to play pickleball, it's important to know how the court is set up.

The layout of the court is broken down into 3 main parts. The first area is a non-volley zone, which includes the space from the non-volley line (located 7 feet from the net) to the net. In pickleball, this area is often referred to as the “Kitchen”.

Then, there are the service areas. The left service area consists of the left half of the court behind the non-volley line, and the right service area consists of the right half of the court behind the non-volley line. These areas are 10 feet by 15 feet.

Thanks to its similarity to other pre-existing sports, courts can not only be constructed specifically for pickleball but also may be converted from pre-existing tennis or badminton courts.

Pickleball lines like sidelines, baselines, and centerlines help visibly divide the court into its 3 main sections. The net divides it horizontally in half and each half is identical.

The height of a pickleball net is 36 inches at the furthest sidelines and drops to 34 inches at the center of the court. Overall net size is 20 feet by 3 feet, though it does lose height at the center.

The official size of a pickleball court, including the court lines, is a rectangle that is 20 feet wide (6.10 meters) and 44 feet long (13.41 meters). Both singles and doubles use the same size court. The recommended minimum playing area is 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28 m), but the best size is 34 feet wide and 64 feet long, so there is room to move around outside of the playing area. For casual play, you can change the size of the court to fit the space you have, but try to make it at least 20 feet wide (6.10 meters) and 44 feet long (13.41 meters), including the court lines.

Pickleball court competition line and competition area

It's important to keep in mind that the Pickleball lines are 2 inches wide and white, so they stand out against the court. If the ball lands even a little bit outside the lines, it is in. The call is based on the point of contact, or where the ball hits the ground.

For example, if a part of the ball touches the line, but the diameter of the ball makes the raised part of the ball hover over the line, the ball is still out.

The lines' lengths are also part of the court's size. We've already talked about how a pickleball court is 20 feet long and 44 feet wide. The lines are part of these measurements. The width of the lines, which is 2 inches, is included in this measurement.

The 44-foot-long court is split in half by the net. The two baselines are the farthest from the net and run parallel to it. On each side of the court, the lines are perpendicular to the net.

On both sides of the court, 7 feet from the net is a line that says "do not hit the ball over the net." There is also a centerline on each side, which divides the area between the non-volley line and the baseline into two service areas.

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The Net 

If possible, make the net 20 feet in length. Mesh is the material used to create it. The holes in the mesh should be tiny enough that a basketball cannot squeeze through.

The height of the net must likewise be 36 inches. Because of the central strap, the net height in the middle of the court will be only 34 inches.

The net is kept from drooping thanks to an adjustable strap positioned at its middle. Without a center strap, the middle of a pickleball court will be somewhat lower than the outside edges.

The ideal location for net posts is 12 inches beyond each sideline. A rope or cable will be threaded through the 2" wide white binding at the top of the net and secured to the posts.

We recommend the Niupipo Pickleball Net, this high-quality pickleball net is incredibly portable while offering excellent playability on the court. The Niupipo pickleball net is in line with the official pickleball guideline at 22'' wide, 36'' high on the sidelines, and 34'' tall at the center. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced pickleball player.

Additional outdoor court specifications

When playing on an outdoor court, there are certain extra considerations. The first consideration is the direction of the courts so that players are not forced to stare directly into the sun. To avoid having the light directly in both players' eyes during the game, set up your court so that it faces north and south.
Further, fencing is essential for keeping the ball on the field. As a result of its cheap cost and transparency, a wire fence is often employed.

Finally, the fence may be outfitted with windbreaks. These lessen the ball's sensitivity to wind. The mesh is quite fine, yet it is spaced out enough that light may get through.

These guidelines are used by every court to provide a level playing field for pickleball. If you're building a DIY pickleball court, be sure to account for these measurements and specifics. All the best, and have fun!

All about Pickleball and answers to common questions
Particularly if it is your first time and you are unsure of whether or not you are building up the court in line with the rules, there are certain concerns that arise while attempting to set up a pickleball court at this time. We hope that at the end of this blog, all of your issues will be answered.

If there are any questions, we haven´t answered please let us know so that we can add it to our list of FAQs.

①What size is a pickleball court?

Each side of a pickleball court measures 20 feet (6.1 m), and the whole court is 44 feet (13.4 m), making it the same size as a doubles badminton court.

②How high is the pickleball net?  

The sides of a pickleball net are 36 inches high, and the middle is 34 inches high. To keep the center of the court at 34" high, center support or post can be used.
White binding 2 inches (5 cm) wide should go over the net cord and cover the top of the net. At least one foot of the net post should be on the sidelines.

③Can you play pickleball on the grass?

Basically, you can´t. Although we’ve seen some people play around in yards, you really need a solid outdoor surface (asphalt or concrete) or an indoor hard court made of wood or other appropriate material (badminton, volleyball court). 

④Difference Between Tennis Court and Pickleball Court?

I’ve heard some people (that have never played) say that pickleball is a “small tennis court game”. Although at first glance, a pickleball court does resemble a tennis court there are several important differences.

A more appropriate comparison would be a badminton-sized court since the two sports share a court of the same dimensions.