The Incredible Growth of Pickleball

The Rapid Rise of Pickleball Courts

Pickleball, a popular sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, has exploded in popularity in recent years. The growth of pickleball is truly mind-boggling. As of 2021, the United States was adding an astonishing 66 new pickleball courts every month. And that number is only expected to have increased since then.

What’s even more remarkable is that these figures don’t even account for the makeshift courts that have sprouted up in backyards, driveways, and even on ice. Pickleball truly knows no boundaries – you can play it just about anywhere. But how exactly does one go about creating their own pickleball court? Let’s explore.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Pickleball Court

To create a pickleball court, you’ll need to gather the necessary materials and choose a suitable location. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Step 1: Choose a Location

Find a flat, level area that is large enough to accommodate a pickleball court. The official court dimensions are 20 feet by 44 feet, but you’ll also need additional space around the court for player movement and safety. Most facilities suggest leaving about 7 feet between the baseline of the court and any walls or barriers.

Ideally, it’s best to choose a hard surface like concrete or asphalt for optimal play. However, a gym floor can also work well. The key is to have a surface that allows for smooth, consistent gameplay.

Step 2: Gather Materials

You’ll need a few specific items to set up your pickleball court. These include:

– Measuring tape
– Chalk or court marking paint (in a color that contrasts with the playing surface)
– A straightedge (such as a ruler or hockey stick) for drawing straight lines
– A pickleball net and posts (if you don’t have one, various options are available for purchase)

If you don’t have access to a dedicated pickleball net, you can repurpose a tennis court net or create a makeshift barrier using cardboard boxes or other materials.

Step 3: Mark the Court Dimensions

Use the measuring tape to mark the length (44 feet) and width (20 feet) of the court. Then, use the straightedge and either chalk, court marking paint, or tape to draw the boundary lines.

Additionally, you’ll need to mark the non-volley zone, also known as the “kitchen.” Measure 7 feet from each net along the sidelines and mark this distance. Then, draw a line connecting these points parallel to the net. This creates a 7-foot by 20-foot zone on both sides of the net, which is the non-volley zone.

Continue by marking the centerline and service boxes. Measure the halfway point along the length of the court (22 feet) and draw a line from one sideline to the other. This divides the court into two equal halves – the centerline.

Next, draw lines parallel to the centerline on both sides of the court at a distance of 15 feet from the net. These lines create the service boxes, which are 15 feet by 10 feet on either side of the centerline.

Step 4: Install the Net and Posts

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble and install the pickleball net and posts. The top of the net should be 36 inches above the ground at the sidelines and 34 inches at the center. If you’re installing permanent posts, you may need to dig holes, set the posts in concrete, and attach the net with screws or nails.

For a more professional touch, consider using a high-quality court marking paint to paint the lines. This will provide more durability compared to using chalk.

Step 5: Find Some Paddles and Balls

Now that your court is ready, it’s time to gather some equipment. From pickleball paddles to balls, there is a wide selection available on the market. Many online retailers offer discounts, so be sure to check for any promotional codes before making a purchase.

Continue to Improve Your Game

With your newly created pickleball court and equipment in hand, you’re ready to start playing. But don’t just stop there – pickleball is a sport that allows for continuous improvement. To take your game to the next level, consider subscribing to the Dink Newsletter. This free email newsletter provides valuable tips, news, and everything you need to know about the fastest growing sport.

Pickleball’s growth is nothing short of incredible. With a little effort and creativity, anyone can create their own pickleball court and join in on the fun. So, gather your equipment, mark out your court, and get ready to experience the thrill of this rapidly expanding sport.

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