Pickleball court dimensions are pretty straight forward and clearly stipulated in the Official Tournament Rulebook that is governed by the International Federation of pickleball.
The pickleball court dimensions and specifications for this conversation are referenced to section 2.A and the net specifications section 2.C of the Official Tournament Rulebook in the edition Last Revised: June 15, 2016
2.A. Pickleball Court Dimensions and Specifications. The dimensions and measurements for the standard pickleball court are:
2.A.1. The court shall be a rectangle 20 feet (6.10 m) wide and 44 feet (13.41 m) long for both singles and doubles matches. See Figure 2-1.
2.A.2. A total playing surface 30 feet (9.14 m) wide and 60 feet (18.28 m) long is the minimum size that is recommended. A total size of 34 feet (10.36 m) by 64 feet (19.5 m) is preferred. (revised April 1, 2011)
Figure 2-1 The Court
Section 2: Court and Equipment
2.A.3. Court measurements shall be made to the outside of the lines. The lines should be 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide and the same color, clearly contrasting with the color of the playing surface. (Revised April 1, 2011)
2.B. Lines and Areas. The lines and areas of the standard pickleball court are:
2.B.1. Baselines. The baselines are the lines parallel to the net at each end of the court.
2.B.2. Sidelines. The sidelines are the lines perpendicular to the net on each side of the court.
2.B.3. Non-Volley Line. The non-volley line is the line on each side of the net between the sidelines and parallel to the net. These lines are located 7 feet (2.13 m) from the net.
2.B.4. Non-Volley Zone. The non-volley zone is the area of the court bounded by the two sidelines, the non-volley line, and the net. The non-volley line and the sidelines are included in the non- volley zone.
2.B.5. Centerline. The centerline is the line on each side of the net bisecting the area between the non-volley line and the baseline.
2.B.6. Service Courts. The service courts are the areas on either side of the centerline, bounded by the non-volley line, the baseline, and the sideline.
2.C. Net Specifications.
2.C.1. Material. The net may be made of any open, meshed fabric material.
2.C.2. Net Size. The net length shall be at least 20 feet (6.1 m) extending from one sideline to the other. The net width shall be at least 2½ feet (0.8 m).
2.C.3. Mesh Size. The net’s mesh size must be sufficiently small to prevent a ball from passing through it.
2.C.4. Height. The net shall be suspended over the center of the court and shall be 36 inches (0.914 m) high at the sidelines and 34 inches (0.86 m) high at the center of the court.
2.C.5. Center Strap. A center strap may be placed at the center of the net to enable easy adjustment to the 34 in. (0.86 m) requirement at center.
2.C.6. Net Edge. The top of the net should be edged with a 2 inch (5.1 cm) white binding over a cord or cable running through the binding. This binding must rest upon the cord or cable.
2.C.7. Posts. Net posts should be placed outside the sidelines. Recommended placement is 12 inches (30.48 cm) from the sideline.
· The official pickleball court size inclusive of lines is a rectangle shape 20 feet wide and 44 feet long for both singles and doubles.
· The non-volley line is the line on each side of and parallel to the net and in-between the sidelines. These lines are located 7 feet from the net.
· The non-volley zone or kitchen area is the area of the court bounded by the two sidelines, the non-volley line and the net.
· The net is 36 inches high at the sidelines which are effectively at the net post and 2 inches lower at 34 inches high at the center of the court.
· Recommended placement of the net posts is 12 inches outside and from the sideline.
Special Note: While all pickleball court dimensions are minimal and exacting to play legal pickleball it is well to remember that it is convenient and comfortable to allow for extra space outside the end and side lines for player movement. How much you allow for this is totally personal and subject to space obviously.
Pickleball court design and construction is happening all over the country and people from all walks of life are looking at the feasibility of their own pickleball court or looking on behalf of their club or local sporting complex. If you are on this path also check out Pickleball Court Design and Construction – Initial Considerations (Link)
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