If you've heard of pickleball and want to give it a try, you'll need to find or set up your own pickleball rinks. Invented in Washington State in the mid-1960s, pickleball has been around longer than you think. However, it has been in recent years that this family sport has experienced a huge increase in popularity and participation.
In this guide, we'll take a look at everything about pickleball courts, including their dimensions, surfaces, and much more.
What are the dimensions of a pickleball court?
Measured in feet, pickleball courts measure 20 feet wide and 44 feet long, which is 6.10 m x 13.41 m.
Within the playing area of a pickleball court there are several zones that are unique to pickleball. The "non-volley zone" (also known as the "kitchen") is 6.10m wide and 2.13m long. The left and right service areas are both 10 feet (3.05 m) wide and 15 feet (4.57 m) long.
Each side of a pickleball court is divided into the non-volley zone and the left and right service areas.
The non-volley zone is located on both sides of the net. As the name suggests, volleying (hitting the ball without first bouncing) is prohibited in this area.
Each service area is delimited between the non-volley zone and the end line of the court. Players serve behind the baseline diagonally to the opposite service area. Once the rally begins (the ball has been served and returned) the players may volley in the service area.
Pickleball Court Layout
What is the height of a pickleball net?
The regulation height of a pickleball net is slightly lower than a tennis net, and must be 36 inches (91.44 cm) high at the sidelines and 34 inches (86.36 cm) high at the center .
Pickleball court surfaces with Greenset
Although the rules and regulations regarding the dimensions of a pickleball court are strict, pickleball can be played on a variety of surfaces. For example, it can be played on concrete, asphalt, artificial grass, clay, wood (covered sports halls) or even grass. Our tracks are made with GreenSet surfaces, the most important brand of track surfaces in the world today.
One of the few differences between indoor and outdoor pickleball is the playing surface of the court. Most indoor pickleball courts are made with a specialized polyurethane sports surface, while most backyard and home courts are marked out on concrete.
Modular rink tiles on a concrete base are a popular option for those who don't want a permanent pickleball court. The tiles also provide additional grip and reduce impact on the lower body.