Pickleball Court Dimensions | Court Size Guide by USAPA

On one hand, when pickleball is growing with such a dramatic increase, the need for more and more pickleball courts is necessary. To build one near you, the first thing you need is the area dimensions, and to help you with that; here I’ll talk about pickleball court dimensions given by the USA Pickleball Association, inclusive of the playing area, the boxes, and the odds of how the calculation works when building a court.

Pickleball Court Dimensions

You can often easily find the pickleball court size that is 20 by 44 feet. But knowing that won’t give you a fully functional court. You’ve to break down the compartments. The net area, court structure, and what about the fence and taping lines? I bet you missed that. You can hire a court contractor to build you a court from the scratch too, however, if you’re all on your own, let’s discuss how that 20 by 44 feet works in a pickleball court.

Pickleball Court Dimensions:

A pickleball court is 20 feet wide and extends to 44 feet in length, which looks rectangular. This measurement goes for both singles and doubles play. In that whole area, there are 3 compartments: the kitchen and 2 service areas. The kitchen or NVZ line stretches from the net to 7 feet on both sides, taking 14 feet from 44. Now, from the 30 feet left area, there’ll be 2 equal service areas measuring 15 in length. As for the width, if the court is for singles play, both will have 20 feet; otherwise, a partition is to take place, dividing the area into 10 feet for each compartment.

Pickleball Court Dimensions

Concisely: 

  • The official pickleball court dimensions are 20 by 44 feet in feet.
  • 14 feet (7 feet from both sides of the net) for the Non-Volley zone. This area is also called the kitchen.
  • For singles play: 2 compartments measuring 15 by 20 feet.
  • For doubles play: 4 compartments measuring 15 by 10 feet.
  • Diagonally, the court will measure 48 feet and 4 inches.

Did anything click in your head? Yes! It’s the same dimension as the badminton court has. In fact, pickleball was first played on a badminton court when the three dads invented this game. As its roots are connected with tennis, volleyball, and soccer, pickleball can also be played on different courts. By making these compartments, you can draw the lines in a 20 by 44 feet area, and Voila! It’s a brand new court. Saving around 50k dollars. Whoosh!

Pickleball playing area:

Playing area is the entire area of the court where you’ll play pickleball. It’s important to mark the playing area markings when converting an existing sports court because you don’t want to jump into each other. Also, there’s an out-of-bounds area, the space for keeping your stuff, so extra space is needed.

Pickleball playing area

Per the official rulebook of the USAPA, the playing area is 30 by 60 feet. However, when you include the out-of-bounds, fencing, and so forth, the measurement gets altered to 30 by 64 feet. Any inch more than that will be considered illegal. Around that 30 x 64 feet area, you can have your fences installed if you’re building a dedicated standalone pickleball court. The fences can be 10 feet max in height. However, it can also be 4 or 6 feet unless the fences are padded.

Pickleball court lines and layout:

Along with all the measurements, the lines also count as 2 inches, as described by the USAPA. The 2 inches of the line measurement alters the overall area allowed to play. So, let me break down the types of lines in pickleball, starting with the… 

Pickleball court lines and layout
  • Baseline: It’s parallel to the nets and is 20 feet on both sides of the court.
  • Sideline: This is the line perpendicular to the nets and is 44-feet. Both baseline and sidelines make a pickleball court boundary.
  • Centerline: Centerline is a compartment’s division line and draws from the center of the court from the NVZ to the baseline.
  • Kitchen Line: the 7” line that I talked about earlier. It’s the kitchen line, which also consumes 2” from both sides individually.
  • Service court: now, the remaining area from the baseline, sideline, and the kitchen line makes up the service court.

As a result of the alterations that these lines cause, the rulebook has given line tolerance.

  • Net line to outside of NVZ line: 7-feet +/- 1⁄8”
  • Net line to outside of baseline: 22-feet +/- 1⁄4”
  • Outside sideline to outside sideline: 20-feet +/- 1⁄4”
  • Outside sideline to centerline: 10-feet +/- 1⁄8”
  • Diagonal dimension to out of lines: 48-feet 4” +/- 3⁄4”

Now let’s talk about the nets:

Well, the pickleball net height and length go hand in hand when the talk is about pickleball court size and dimensions. The pickleball net is curvy; the sides measure 36” while the center is 34” and the pickleball net length is 22”. The rulebook mentions the 2.C.5. Clause, which says:

pickleball nets

“A center strap is recommended for permanent net and must be placed at the center of the net to enable easy adjustment to the 34-inch (86.36-cm) requirement at center. The top shall be 36 inches (91.44 cm) high at the sidelines.”

Also, ensure your net is durable and made of fabrics, and the ball doesn’t pass through it.

Pickleball Court Dimensions vs Other court dimensions:

Per my survey, many pickleball courts are converted tennis or badminton courts. This is because pickleball can be played on any rigid surface, which opens the door to many sports courts. Here’s the guide for your alternate option and how many pickleball courts you can fit in 1 of them.

Sports court (1): No. of pickleball courts that fit in: 
Badminton 1
Volleyball 1
Tennis 4
Baseball 4
Indoor soccer4

Other than these, you can play pickleball, following the standard dimensions anywhere, whether it’s the grass on your nearby part or your driveway. That’s just how accessible pickleball is to everyone.

Planning to build a pickleball court?

As you how big is a pickleball court, you can head towards making your own with the help of the pickleball court dimensions I just guided you about. Building a court can be anything between building from scratch and 5-minute DIY, turning any existing 20 by 44 feet area into a playing ground. It depends on how you decide to invest in the pickleball court. Until you can have a good 30 minutes of your day, there’s no need to have full-fledged construction. However, if tournaments play and commercial setup is your aim, I suggest looking out for an authority that builds you one. I recently renovated a court in LA near Chatsworth Recreation Center by Sportsmaster. They did an amazing job, though. Also, I’d recommend you read how to build a pickleball court if you’re all on your own.

HARRY ANDERSON

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