The sport of pickleball is rapidly growing in popularity, especially among seniors. The game is easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages and skill levels. Plus, it’s loads of fun!
Before you begin construction on your pickleball court, it is essential to understand the basics of what you’ll need. North State Resurfacing has years of experience in creating outdoor courts and can help with every decision along the way. The guide below covers topics such as how much space is needed and what equipment is necessary for a successful court buildout.
The guide below will help you understand how much space is required, what equipment is needed, and other crucial details.
Pickleball Court Dimensions
The ideal pickleball court size for singles and doubles play is 20’ x 44’, which incidentally happens to be the exact same size as a badminton court. The net is positioned lower than in badminton, specifically at 36” on the ends tapering down to 34” in the middle.
When you are drawing the lines for your court, make sure to leave enough space on the sides and ends of the court so that players can move around easily. It is recommended that the entire court area, including out-of-bounds areas, should be at least 24’ x 54’. If there is more space available, it is considered ideal to have a 30’ x 60” court because then play will be at its most athletic level.
Depending on your personal preferences and the existing state of your court, you’ll need to choose which type of surface material to use. If you’re starting from scratch, there are a few popular options for pickleball courts, such as:
- Concrete: If you’re looking for an outdoor court surface that is both durable and budget-friendly, concrete is the best option.
- Asphalt: More affordable than other court surfaces, but may require additional upkeep.
- Snap-Together Plastic: If you don’t want to permanently alter the surface of a multi-use court, you can apply snap-together plastic over asphalt or concrete.
Fencing is an important part of multi-court pickleball since it keeps the ball within the playing area and makes it safe for players and spectators. There are lots of different types of pickleball court fencing, but wire fences are usually used because they let people see into and out of the court easily, and light can pass through them well. A contractor like North State Resurfacing can help you choose which fence would work best for your situation.
If you will be using the pickleball court as the sun goes down, you need lights. Lighting for pickleball courts follows a fairly standard format. All pickleball courts should include two 1,500-watt light poles. Each pole should be 18 to 20 feet high and mounted in the center, at least 24” back from the court.
Pickleball Net Systems
Once you have determined the space, surface material, and fencing for your pickleball court, it is time to find the net system that best suits your needs. There are many types of pickleball poles and systems from which to choose—each with different features. Outdoor poles, for example, are designed to withstand weather damage. A complete outdoor pickleball net system includes:
- Two poles
- One ratchet
- One outdoor pickleball net
- Sleeves (these may or may not be required)
Setting Up the Pickleball Court
Setting up the court is recommended to be done by a professional, as they can guarantee that everything meets code requirements. This is especially important if you are building the court for public use, such as at schools or clubs.