Outdoor Court Surfaces FAQ
Official Court Sponsor of USAPA
Q: What kind of coating should be used?
A: The USAPA recommends PickleMaster® by SportMaster Sports Surfaces. It is a textured acrylic
coating made especially for coating asphalt, concrete, or existing acrylic pickleball court surfaces. PickleMaster is available in a Ready-To-Use product, in 5-gallon pails or a concentrated coating in larger packaging for sport contractor use, on larger facilities.
Q: How large an area is needed to successfully convert an area to pickleball?
A: The USAPA RuleBook states that “a total playing surface 30’X60’ is the minimum size that is
recommended. A total size of 34’X64’ feet is preferred.” Whenever possible, a north-south
orientation should be maintained to minimize the angle of the sun in player’s eyes.
Q: Is this a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) type project?
A: Yes, a group of adults can successfully surface one pickleball court. It is suggested that
multiple courts be done by a sports surfacing contractor familiar with the materials and
Q: What are the dimensions of the court lines?
A: The outside of the court lines measure 20’X44’. Please see the court diagram attached for
Q: What are the best color combinations for the court surface?
A: A single color is the least difficult for a DIY installation. A contrasting color can be applied to
the “out-of-bounds” area and/or in the “kitchen” for aesthetic reasons, but this becomes more
complicated and an experienced contractor is recommended for multi-color applications.
Q: Will the coatings fill in my cracks?
A: While very fine cracks may be covered by recoating the courts, most cracks require the
attention of an approved court installer. Care should be taken in the materials and methods use
to fill and/or overlay cracks. Too often crack repair materials used for driveways and parking
lots are used. These tend to have performance issues and long term risks associated with
them. Only acrylic crack fillers should be used.
Q: What color should the lines be?
A: For dedicated pickleball courts, white textured lines are the best. If adding lines to an
existing tennis and basketball court, “tone on tone” lines in the same color family as the court
itself should be used. These lines should stop 3” before all white playing lines. Other colors can
be used as an alternative on multi-use facilities.
Q: How much surface material do I need?
A: Typically, PickleMaster RTU will cover 75 Square Feet, per gallon of coating. Two coats are
recommended. A 30’ by 60’ court area (1800 ft²) would require 50 gallons of
PickleMaster for 2 applications. The product is shipped in 5 gallon buckets. You will also
need ½ gallon of textured line paint. Line paint is shipped in 1 gallon jugs. Note: Porous
asphalt and concrete may require more material. Acrylic Resurfacer with sand can be used on pavement to fill the extra voids and provide a better look. Resurfacer will also maximize the coverage of the PickleMaster and minimize visual pinholes.
Q: How do I get the product?
A: PickleMaster is available through the SealMaster Franchise System, with over 100 stores throughout the United States. Please visit https://www.sportmaster.net to find the location nearest you or to request a qualified SportMaster installer for a free estimate on pickleball court construction, repair, or resurfacing.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Contact SportMaster or an installer for pricing.
Q: How do I apply it and how long will it take to coat a court?
A: Materials should be applied with a soft rubber squeegee, designed for application of acrylic coatings. Application times can vary, depending on surface preparation and level of experience. Detailed video and guides are forthcoming.
Q: What other tools will be needed?
A: 1 – Tape measure – 50’ is adequate
1 – Chalk line – 50’ long (white chalk dust works best when marking black asphalt)
1 – 24” Sport Squeegee for coating application
2 – 2” by ½” nap paint rollers
1 – 3” roller for applying line paint
1 – Mixing paddle for 5 gal buckets
2 – 1.5” or wider roll of exterior use masking tape (at least 200’ each)
1 – Drop cloth for mixing area
1 – Utility knife
1 – Chalk or soap stone for markings
1 – Broom & Blower to clean surface
Q: What can go wrong?
A: If the surface is not cleaned, or if moisture is trapped in the concrete or asphalt, the surface
coatings may blister and not adhere properly. This could lead to peeling and blistering. If the surface or
ambient temperature is below 60°F, it may not dry or cure properly. If it gets too hot, the surface may
be difficult to apply the materials. Stop work if the ambient temperature is over 90°F.
Q: If I want to hire a contractor, how do I find a qualified installer?
A: For a list of approved contractors in your area, contact SportMaster Sport Surfaces at
For additional court construction details, see the ASBA/USAPA Construction Manual