Have you decided to build an outdoor pickleball court for your recreation center, school, or club, but don’t know where to begin to set up a pickleball court? If you have ever built a tennis court, then you have won part of the battle as the techniques for constructing pickleball courts are practically identical to those used for tennis.
Whether you coach pickleball for league play at a recreation center, a country club, senior living community or a school team, the following guide will help you understand the basics of constructing a pickleball court.
Will you be converting a tennis or badminton court to play pickleball? Are you building a multi-court complex? Are you starting a new pickleball court from scratch? Whatever your situation, it’s important to keep in mind the standard size of pickleball courts, and then adjust according to your unique program needs.
For example, if you need to use a tennis court to play pickleball, it can be easily divided into four pickleball courts so multiple games can occur simultaneously. Or, if you are building a multi-court pickleball system, the overall construction and dimensions would be the same as a single court. The only difference is that you will be building multiple courts on a larger scale, and will need fences with padding between each pickleball court.
If you are building your outdoor pickleball court from scratch, or if you have an existing court that needs revamped, you will need to choose what type of court surface is best for you. Common types of court surface materials for pickleball include the following:
Fencing is crucial for multi-court pickleball as it contains the ball within the playing area and provides security for players as well as spectators. There are a variety of different types of pickleball court fencing to choose from, but fences made from wire are the most common as they allow players and spectators to see into and out of the court. They also allow light to pass through easily. A contractor who is familiar with building pickleball courts can help you choose and install pickleball fencing. Just be sure it is covered with rust-resistant materials to keep players safe from injury.
Pickleball Fencing Dimensions: 10 feet high is preferred, but 4 feet can also work as long as the top of the fence is padded.
Lighting for pickleball courts follows a fairly standard protocol. All pickleball courts should include a two 1,500 watt light poles. You will want to ensure that each pole is 18 to 20 feet high and mounted in the center, at least 24 inches back from the court.
After determining your space, surface and court materials, contacting an expert to help you find the right pickleball net system for your program is the next logical step. There are many types of pickleball poles and systems to choose from, and all have different characteristics. Outdoor pickleball poles, however, are specifically designed to withstand the elements of being outdoors for long periods of time. A complete outdoor pickleball net system includes the following:
After the pickleball surface, fencing, lighting and other materials are picked, it’s time to set it all up. The following tips can aid you in the building process:
*If you are painting the surface of your court or marker lines, let the paint dry for 24 hours before placing your net system.
Are you ready to get started? Find a sales rep who can help you choose the best pickleball net system for your program.
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