What Is a Pickleball Court? Answers To Your Pickleball FAQs

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Pickleball is increasingly becoming popular in America. It is an ideal sport to consider if you want to transition from your current sport. That aside, if you're new to the game, having a well-designed court is an easy way to sharpen your skills. And what's more, you can customize your backyard into a court to maximize your playing time.

Here are answers to questions about designing a pickleball court.

What Is the Size of a Pickleball Court?

A pickleball pitch is similar to a doubles badminton court in dimensions and size. According to the requirements of the US Pickleball Association, a superior court should be 44 feet long and 20 feet wide. The court also includes an out-of-bounds section with a 10-foot margin. As a result, the total playing surface is usually 40 by 64 feet.

Although the 10-foot margin is not mandatory, it guarantees safety in case the ball goes out of the court. Similarly, an out-of-bounds zone may be necessary if you intend to have two courts side by side.

What Materials Make Up the Court's Surface?

If you're designing a homemade court, you can use various materials for the court surface. However, since pickleball borrows heavily from tennis, it's not surprising to find similar materials used for the tennis and pickleball courts.

Concrete is the most preferred material for an outdoor court since it can endure harsh climatic conditions such as rain and sunshine. On the other hand, asphalt is the best choice if you're looking forward to cutting down on your costs.

Besides concrete and asphalt, professional contractors incorporate synthetic materials such as Silica sand for surface texturing. A major benefit of silica is that it provides a firm grip for the players on the court.

Due to technological advancements, custom-engineered surfaces such as SportGame Pickleball are also available on some courts. Their resistance to strong UV radiation guarantees a longer shelf life, while shock absorption capabilities minimize risk of injury in case of an accident.

What Important Lines Should the Court Have?

A well-designed pickleball court doesn't only contain the play area. In addition, it has boundary lines defining designated zones. The most important lines making up a court include:

Baseline: The line runs parallel to the net at the court's back end (width). Players usually serve the ball from the baseline.

Sideline: The sideline runs perpendicular to the net, usually along the court length. It also forms the side boundary of the court.

Centerline: The center line runs from the kitchen to the court's baseline. Usually, it divides the court into two halves.

Kitchen and Kitchen Lines: Kitchen lines run parallel on both sides of the net, leaving a 7-foot separation. Similarly, the kitchen space stretches 7 feet from either side of the net.

Another name for the kitchen is "non-volley zone" since it is the special zone where a player can't volley the pickleball. Generally, you can't stand inside the kitchen or touch the kitchen lines while playing. 

What's the Cost of Constructing a Pickleball Court?

Building a standard court requires substantial financial investment, although it's still worth the price. An easy way to save on costs is to convert a tennis court you no longer use. Professionals at Sport Court Las Vegas can provide a free estimate to ensure all the elements of your ideal pickleball court are included. 

Is a Pickleball Pitch Worth Anything?

Building a pickleball pitch is a worthwhile investment of all time. If you have a resort or recreation center, having one will have incredible financial rewards. On the other hand, if you have an open backyard, customizing it into a court will offer easy access to a playing field whenever you want to unwind.

Sport Court Las Vegas is a trusted court builder in America. Contact us for a free estimate of your pickleball court project.