The Official Dimensions of a Pickleball Court: Consistency is Key

Pickleball Court Size Specifications

For those passionate pickleball players who are looking to set up temporary court lines at their local YMCA, community center, or tennis courts, or even considering building their own pickleball courts, one common question arises: “What are the official dimensions of a pickleball court?” The answer is simple, regardless of the location or venue, the official pickleball court size and dimensions will always be the same – 20 x 44 feet.

Key Points from the USA Pickleball/IFP Official Rulebook

The USA Pickleball/IFP official rulebook explicitly lays out the dimensions of a pickleball court. Here are three key points to know:

  • The court shall be a rectangle, 20 feet wide and 44 feet long, for both singles and doubles matches.
  • A minimum playing surface area measuring 30 feet wide and 60 feet long is recommended, with a larger size of 40 feet by 64 feet preferred, including a 10-foot surrounding margin.
  • It is important to ensure there is ample room between courts and avoid cramming them together. Space is needed for optimal gameplay.

Non-Volley Zone (NVZ)

The non-volley zone, also known as the kitchen, is an area of the court specific to each team on either side of the net. It is bounded by a line parallel to and 7 feet from the net. All non-volley zone lines are part of the NVZ. In this area, players are not allowed to volley the ball, meaning they cannot hit a ball out of the air with a foot inside the non-volley zone or on the non-volley line.

Pickleball Net Height

According to the USA Pickleball/IFP official rulebook, the recommended height for a permanent pickleball net is 34 inches at the center, with a center strap for easy adjustment. At the sidelines, the net should be 36 inches high. This differs slightly from a tennis net, which measures 36 inches in height at the center. The graphic below provides a visual representation of the size differences between a pickleball court and a tennis court.

Comparison to Tennis Courts

In terms of square footage, a tennis court is just over three times the size of a pickleball court. While a pickleball court measures 20 x 44 feet, a tennis court, including the doubles alleys, has dimensions equal to 36 x 78 feet.

A Common Configuration at Tennis Facilities

In places like Southwest Ohio, where we are fortunate to have 18 dedicated outdoor pickleball courts within a 20-minute drive, playing indoors during the winter becomes necessary. Thankfully, many tennis facilities are now adding pickleball to their offerings. In these facilities, you often see two pickleball courts with temporary pickleball nets set up on a single tennis court, with the tennis net dividing the two pickleball courts.

Consistency in Pickleball Court Dimensions

Just like in the iconic scene from the movie “Hoosiers,” where the coach demonstrates that the size of the venue doesn’t affect the court dimensions, pickleball court measurements should always remain the same. Whether you play at a dedicated pickleball facility, a church gym, or even your own backyard court, the dimensions of a pickleball court will always be consistent.

We look forward to seeing you on the pickleball courts, and if you happen to build your own backyard court, please extend an invitation to play!

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