Building Pickleball Courts

For several reasons we really like Pickleball Central’s article on building pickle court, so we show it in the browser insert below, and we also include a full link to it here. You may notice that the Bend Pickleball Club and AJ are quoted in the article, so maybe those are the two reasons we like it…LOL! Actually, it gives a great deal of pertinent information ranging the gauntlet from taping out and marking temporary pickle court to building a full complex of courts.

The article may a little easier to read off the full link above, but the insert below could serve as a “live preview” so you can decide if it’s what you are looking for.

Besides the above, there are a few other considerations when it comes to court construction. Other than the Dimensions piece, all pertain to permanent outdoor pickle court construction only. (We don’t yet have a lot of experience building indoor courts except to arrange for multi-use of already existing indoor facilities at Senior Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs and the like.) Note that our focus is often more practical (e.g. how many gates do you really need on your gated courts and why?) than it is technical (e.g what gauge fencing are the best gates constructed of?):

Pickle Court Dimensions
Marking and Lining Courts
Court Surfaces
Nets, PA systems, Fences, Hardware, etc

Once  you have got all of your requirements together, you will need to communicate with your chosen contractors. Below are our examples of how we, in an HOA project, communicated our requirements.This particular project was the conversion of four old asphalt tennis courts to a multi-use sports complex which includes four pickle court, a multi-use court (volleyball, badminton and pickleball), a basketball half-court area, a “practice backboard” area and two new tennis courts. We asked for two bids from each contractor; one for post-tensioned concrete, the other for asphalt. We ultimately chose asphalt.

  1. Sports Complex Specifications
  2. Layout, first revision
  3. Layout, second revision
  4. Additional Notes on Layout, revised to conform to requested bid

Remember, irrespective of how you build, you will go out to bid or your general contractor will. And probably you’ll need to provide a Construction Estimate. Construct it so that you can check it against bids when you receive them. Remember that competitive bids can vary dramatically and the devil is in the details. (This OpenOffice Calc document can open in Excel or any other spreadsheet program.)

SIDE NOTE:  Below there is a consideration if you are simply laying pickleball lines onto pickle court now used exclusively for tennis. This is mainly a consideration IF the tennis use is going to include varsity collegiate activities, leagues, or any US Tennis Association-authorized event.  The following is a question-and-answer thread from the USAPA Ambassador Forum, by Ambassador Bernie Mills, a former USTA (US Tennis Association) official:

Q:  Can sanctioned tennis events be played on courts that have different lines (are multi-recreational courts), such as pickleball as well as the standard tennis lines?

A.   When I investigated this some years ago, I was advised that tennis courts used for sanctioned USTA events, such as leagues, would only allow the extra lines associated with Quickstart.  The rules have specifically added this stipulation for intercollegiate tennis, but do not specifically reference this requirement for league play.  Colorado advised me that this was not going to be allowed for Colorado tennis league play unless it was specifically allowed by USTA. Not sure if that position is still current.

Before painting additional lines on tennis courts used for USTA functions, you should make sure it is ok.  (High-school events are not USTA functions, and have their own rules)

Bernie Mills, USAPA Ambassador (Previous USTA official for many years.)

5 Comments

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    Bev krueger
    September 22, 2017

    We are thinking of double stripping some tennis courts to with pickleball court lines. What is Quickstart?

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      Us
      September 22, 2017

      Quickstart, from memory, is a program designed to teach youngsters to play tennis more easily and simply. The court is much smaller, running, I think, width-wise on a normal tennis court. The rackets used are smaller as well and I think the balls are less bouncy. scoring is different, etc. It’s usually directed at kids 10 and under. Lines I believe share some of the same tennis lines…like the center line might be the net line in Quickstart? Not sure what your relationship to Quickstart is here. They aren’t the same size courts as pickleball I don’t think so your double-lining would have a relationship to the Quickstart courts. Here’s another link I found: http://www.tennisforlife.net/quickstarttennis.aspx#WiQST? Hope this helps.

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    Suzanne mpMstson
    August 31, 2015

    Club Naples RV Resort in Naples, Fl recently installed two pickleball courts. Fortunately, Collier County has installed many. It is addictive, healthy and a great way to exercise. It is very popular. I would like to practice and would like them to install a Practice backboard. Could you provide materials to be purchased and dimensions. My,husband and I love pickleboard. He is 77 and I am 73. We feel so lucky to have found a sport that we enjoy so much.

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      Us
      August 31, 2015

      Hi. It’s relatively easy to build your own backboard. I’ve done so using 3/4″ plywood, two standard sheets hung next to each other, a couple of coats of paint the same color as your courts and a white line at 34″ up to indicate the net line and you’re in. They are heavy to hang; it will take two people. Ways of hanging them vary. We typically have simply drilled holes and used chain of about four inches. I’ve seen them zip-tied to fences using steel zip-ties and those work well, too.

      Products you can simply buy include a couple of neat backboarders for pickleball – see these links. rebounder
      and
      /backboard products

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    Mark Nelson
    May 16, 2015

    Pickleball Central’s article on court construction is good. I would like to add something. That thing is 48’4″. That is the measurement from one corner to it’s opposing diagonal corner . I’ve lined out 50+ pickleball courts and found that measurement to be the easiest way to make sure your court is square. I’m surprised that I’ve never seen that measurement in any diagrams of courts. It’s essential that courts are square checking both sets of opposing diagonal corners ensures that.

    The article suggest laying out the 20′ baseline first and measuring from there. I prefer laying out one of the 44′ side lines first. I measure out from a fence line, edge of a slab, adjoining court or whatever runs parallel to the court you are trying to establish and snap a chalk line 44′ long. Once you have the sideline go to one corner and lay a 20′ tape at approximately 90 degrees. Go to the other end of your sideline and lay a tape 48’4″ at an approximate 45 degree angle. Mark the spot where 48’4″ meets 20′ on your two tapes. That is now a corner. Swap your tapes to opposite ends of the original sideline you established. Repeat the measuring process for the next corner. Once that one is marked you have all four corners of your court and are ready to proceed.

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