Temporary Court Setup

The USAPA receives many questions about how to lay out temporary pickleball courts on existing courts and surfaces. This page shows several of the possibilities. Also see Revitalizing Underutilized Courts with Pickleball, an article by David Johnson (former USAPA Media Relations Chair).

 

The following Pickleball Channel video provides some great tips for setting up a temporary pickleball court.

Pickleball Court Dimensions

When laying out a temporary (or permanent) pickleball court, it is important to know the correct specifications as indicated in the following diagram.  It is also important to note that if you are setting up an outdoor pickleball court on an existing court surface that is oriented in the normal north/south direction, do not place the pickleball courts at right angles to the court. If you do, one player will be looking directly into the sun in the early morning or late afternoon which can certainly prove to be safety hazard.

Be sure to also see our Do-It-Yourself page for information on laying out courts, including paint and tape options. Various temporary net options are also available on our Portable Net Stands page.

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Detail of 1/2 Pickleball Court Layout

half court layout

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Temporary Court Layouts  (layouts for other sport surfaces coming soon)

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One Pickleball Court per Tennis Court:  The simplest way is to just lower the tennis net to 34″ in the center. Lines may be taped or painted on the court for pickleball (always check with facility first). Then the court can be used for both tennis and pickleball very easily. The pickleball lines are blue in the diagram on the right. Because of the size of the court surface, you might want to have some sort of temporary barrier for the balls so that they don’t have to be chased the full length of the court.

The center strap could be used to bring the net down to 34 inches in the center. If the tension on the net cord is very tight, the tension might have to be loosened slightly by adjusting the ratchet on the net post.

Only where permission can be obtained,drill holes at the sidelines, see this pdf file (189 KB) for a method of setting the correct height at the sidelines.

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Two Pickleball Courts per Tennis Court:  The diagram on the left shows 2 pickleball courts laid out on a tennis court. A standard tennis court pad is 60’x120′. The minimum recommended size for a pickleball court is 30’x60′. That is exactly one fourth the size of a standard tennis court pad. Therefore, it is possible to put 4 pickleball courts in the space of a tennis court except for the possible existence of angled corners that are on some tennis courts.If the corners are angled, then two courts can fit very nicely as shown. If the conversion is temporary or it is desired to be able to continue to use the court for tennis, then USAPA Portable Net Stands can be used for the pickleball courts and the tennis net can be left in place as a backstop for the two pickleball courts

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Four Pickleball Courts per Tennis Court:  The diagram on the right shows four pickleball courts on a tennis court. Note how the position of the pickleball courts has been shifted by two feet to allow for the angled corners of the tennis court. That leaves only 6 feet between the pickleball baseline and the tennis net. That is a little tight, but works in a pinch. The compromise is especially acceptable if the tennis court is being used temporarily while permanent pickleball courts are being built. If the tennis court does not have angled corners, then move the courts 2 feet so that there is an 8-foot distance between the pickleball baseline and the backstops. Note how the lines are made to coincide as much as possible with the tennis court lines in order to minimize line confusion for the players. Note also that this layout does not allow room for fences between the side-by-side courts.To serve as a backstop for the balls, the tennis net should be extended with netting or some sort of temporary barrier.

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Permanent Conversion of Tennis Courts:  This diagram shows 2 tennis courts that are converted to 8 pickleball courts. If a single tennis court is converted, just refer to half of the diagram. Angled corners are squared off if necessary. If the tennis court is a standard dimension of 60’x120′, that only allows 5 feet between the pickleball sidelines and the fences. That should be considered the minimum dimension. If space and budget allow, add some additional overall width. That will give the more active players more room and also give room for seating on the courts.

For information on court construction and maintenance details, see the ASBA/USAPA Construction Manual

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