A pickleball court is similar to a badminton court in terms of overall area. However, the lines and the measurements inside vary substantially.
Here, let’s discuss everything about the court right from the overall dimension and detailed segregation of different regions which has a different set of rules that makes the game really spicy.
Overall Layout of a Pickleball Court
As said earlier, the overall layout of a pickleball court is rectangular in shape, measuring 44 feet in length and 20 feet in width.
The net bisects the lengthy side of the layout into two, parting 22 feet on both sides. Although 44×20 feet is considered normal, professional pickle all courts are recommended to have a width of 30 feet and length of 60 feet.
The lines drawn around the court should adhere to 2 inches in thickness, and the line should be laid in such a way that it should be outside of the overall dimension.
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Lines, Regions, and Areas
The baseline: This is the line present at both the ends of the court. This is the last line, and beyond which it is out of the court. The baseline is situated exactly 22 feet away from the net.
- Sidelines: These lines are the lines laid perpendicular to the net, clearly depicts the side borders of the court.
- Service court Divider: This line is present on both the sides of the net that bisects the overall width of the court (20feet) into two, measuring 10 feet for both the left and right service courts.
- Non-Volley Region Line: These are the lines present parallel at both the sides of the net. This line is situated exactly 7 feet from the net approaching the service courts. This line is the start of the non-volley region from the view of players.
- Non-Volley Region: The area adjacent to the net bounds the net line, sidelines and the non-volley region line (LxB = 20×7 feet) is the non-volley region. This is the critical area, where you cannot stand or touch the line while hitting a ball without allowing it to bounce once inside your court.
- Service Courts: Service court is divided into two (left, and right). This is the area behind the non-volley region line and ends before the baseline is the service court. The left and right service courts are separated by a center line (service court divider). The dimension of one side of the service court is (10×15 feet). Both the service courts collectively measures (20×10 feet).
You can check out this pdf file to know more about the layout of a pickleball court.
Dimension and Specification of the Net
The net used for pickleball can be made of any netted material that can hold a wiffle ball at ease. As the pickleball court measures 20 feet in width, the net should measure a minimum of 20 feet in length. Remember that the net should have 20 feet of netted area, after which the tie ropes are measured.
Mesh size should be small enough to make a good screen to hold the ball without allowing it to pass through. Preferably, the mesh size shall be at 1-1.5 inches.
The height of the net
The height of the net should measure exactly 36 inches from the ground. It is preferred to have uniform height throughout the actual width of the pickleball court.
Center slack strap
In this game, an allowance of 2 inches is permitted to make a slack at the center. This means the middle of the net can have a sagging portion which can reduce the height of the net to 34 inches against its original 36-inch cross-section. For this, a center strap can be used to hold at the 34-inch height setting.
Net holders (Posts)
Posts must be placed at 10-12 inches from the sidelines. The posts should not block the player’s view of the opposite court’s sidelines. So, it should be away from the sidelines by at least 10 inches to make it easier to read the sidelines and the bifurcation.
Outdoor Court – Dimensions and recommendations
If the court is outdoor; it is important to think about the direction of court layout and the need of fencing or gating for a secured and precision playing session.
If the court is situated outside, and there’s no coverage or fencing, the players may face the direct sunlight which makes it difficult to play. As the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it’s better to choose north to south direction, as this evades the light directed straight to the players of any one of the team.
Also, the opposite team may confuse the lines with shadows of the poles or themselves while playing. This results in diversions and hinders focus. Some people may argue about the latitude changes when the court when the baseline of the court lies perpendicular to the north. But north-south orientation gives the best possible gameplay throughout the season.
Covering the Court with a fence
Fencing is best for playing the game with absolute peace of mind. Fence keeps the ball always inside the court irrespective of power shots. Another advantage it offers is security. Unwanted ball roaming on streets can be dangerous sometimes, or it might annoy your neighbors especially when you are playing near a residential area.
Backstops and Side Stops
A tennis ball court is relatively larger, and a backstop may be necessary to avoid overthrowing the balls outside of the court. All these stops should measure at least a minimum of 36 inches in height to arrest most balls within the court.
This way, you can avoid wasting time in chasing the balls inside the vast tennis ball court that escaped your bat.
Above are the basic details about the pickleball court dimension. You should not confuse the specs with that of a badminton court although both of them measure the same in terms of overall layout. Another thing to remember is the surface nature of the court. The court should be hard enough to make the perforated plastic ball bounce at ease. Lack of bouncing potential will make the game meaningless.