Make a Pickleball Court

The pickleball court has been around for over 40 years. It's a popular recreational activity for retirees, college students and families. It's not difficult to make one. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you build your own court.

A pickleball court is the same size as a badminton court, which is 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. When building your own court it's a good idea to leave a little extra room around the perimeter of the pickleball court to allow for player movement.

You have some options when deciding how to go about building the court itself. There are companies that sell sports courts that you can simply snap together. These are generally made of plastic and are relatively easy to make. They require a hard, flat surface over which to place the court. The biggest disadvantage to these snap together courts is that they can be expensive.

Another option is to make your own with poured concrete. A pickleball court made of concrete should be built over sand to allow for water to drain. You will also need to make sure the ground is sloped to allow for rainwater and snow to runoff; otherwise you'll end up with perma-puddles on your court.

A third option is asphalt. This is probably your cheapest choice, although maintenance can be expensive. An asphalt pickleball court will require sealing and the nature of asphalt may cause puddles to form.

Whether you choose to finish your court is up to you. Some people use plexi-pave, which is common on badminton courts. Otherwise, you can simply paint lines onto the court you have. Most court lines are white. The perimeter of the court itself should be the aforementioned 20 feet by 44 feet. A non-volley zone should be painted on either side of the net, stretching seven feet from the center on each side, the width the same as that of the court. Each 10-foot-by-15-foot player box should be divided in half for doubles pickleball play.

The biggest difference between a badminton court and a pickleball one is that the pickleball net is set at 34 inches on the outer edges and 34 inches at the center while a badminton court's net is 60 inches high. The net should be set up in the very center of the pickleball court.

These are the basic necessities for a pickleball court, though some people choose to make their court even more elaborate. You may wish to include lights for nighttime play or other amenities as you see fit.

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