What Are the Dimensions of a Pickleball Court? Guide to Setting Up a Pickleball Court Correctly
To fully enjoy pickleball, playing on a court with the proper dimensions of an official court is essential. Given how fast pickleball is growing, it can be confusing finding a court that’s dedicated to just pickleball and even more difficult to find a guide to make your own.
Without the correct dimensions of a pickleball court, you won’t be able to enjoy the game the way it was intended. We’ve compiled a handy guide that goes over everything you need for a great experience.
What Are the Dimensions of a Pickleball Court?
According to USA Pickleball’s official guidelines, an official regulation pickleball court should measure 20 feet (6.10 m) wide, and 44 feet (13.41 m) long for both singles and doubles matches. Given these dimensions, the court should be rectangular in shape.
It’s also important to note that the Official USA Pickleball Rulebook states that the minimum playing surface area should measure 30 feet (9.4 m) wide and 60 feet (18.29 m) long.
The above represents the minimum necessary, but it is recommended to have a 10-foot surrounding margin area for a total area of 40 feet (12.19 m) by 64 feet (19.51 m). This ensures that there is enough space to maneuver comfortably around the court both during and in between play.
USA Pickleball provides a comprehensive and useful diagram outlining all the dimensions of an official pickleball court that we’ve included below:
Source: USA Pickleball
What is the Correct Pickleball Net Height?
According to the USA Pickleball Rulebook & Official Rules, a pickleball net should be 34 inches high in the center and 36 inches high at each net post on the sidelines. A center strap is recommended for pickleball nets to facilitate easy net adjustment to the proper height.
Setting up your net properly is key to enjoying pickleball. Without the right net, you might feel like you’re playing another sport!
What Are the Lines on a Pickleball Court?
Aside from the correct pickleball court dimensions and measurements, it’s important to understand what the different lines represent on a pickleball court.
The essential lines to know on a pickleball court:
Baseline: This is the line furthest from the net when facing it. The baseline runs parallel to the pickleball net. In pickleball, you serve from behind the baseline.
Sidelines: These are the two lines that run perpendicular to the net and extend from the end of each side of the baseline to the pickleball net. Sidelines are the left and right boundaries and as far as a pickleball can land when in play.
Kitchen (Non-volley zone): The area on each side of the pickleball court that extends 7 feet from the net on either side. Kitchen lines are included as part of the kitchen area.
Centerline: The line that runs down the center of the pickleball court on each side of the net. It extends from the non-volley zone (kitchen) line to the baseline dividing the court in half. This line is important because it separates the odd and even service courts that are used when determining where to serve from.
Service Areas: The two box areas (left service area & right service area) used for serving and created by the intersection of the kitchen line, sideline, baseline, and centerline.
Create Your Own Pickleball Court
Using the above guide, you can create your own pickleball court! We put together a simple guide to help you with all the steps you need!
You can create temporary pickleball court lines using chalk, Painter’s Tape, or Green Frog Tape. There are other options - just make sure you get approval before creating a pickleball court on any public courts!
We’ve also outlined how you can play pickleball on a tennis court and how to measure the lines for pickleball accordingly. Enjoy!
Cost of a Pickleball Court
If you decide you love pickleball enough to build your own court, we’ve got you covered. Read our guide on all the expenses to budget for when estimating the cost of a pickleball court.
A variety of factors can influence the final price of a pickleball court. If you’re just looking for a rough idea, constructing a permanent pickleball court typically costs between $25,000 to $50,000.
Knowing the dimensions of a pickleball court is an important step in understanding the game and enjoying it to its fullest. Have a blast on court!
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