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?):
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.
- Sports Complex Specifications
- Layout, first revision
- Layout, second revision
- 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.)