What Are the Agreed Dimensions and Specifications of a Pickleball Court?

A pickleball court is exactly the same size as a double badminton court.

However, it is not four times the size of a tennis court, as many websites claim.

A tennis court is 78 feet long by 27 or 36 feet wide. This means it is 34 feet longer and 7 feet wider in the case of a single tennis court and 16 feet in the case of a double tennis court.

Besides it being bigger, you can still use it to play pickleball. All you need is tape, chalk, paint, or crayons to draw pickleball court lines inside the tennis court. I recommend using tape because it is easy to use and gets the job done faster.

Similar to other court sports, the pickleball net is placed right at the middle of the court, which is at the 22 feet mark from each baseline. USA Pickleball instructs the net should be at least 30 inches wide.

As in tennis, a pickleball court has lines which define its size and sections. The two lines which mark its length are known as sidelines, while those at the end of the shorter side of the court (in front of where you serve from) and parallel to the net are called baselines.

There are also two 20-foot-wide lines drawn 7 feet from and parallel to the net on each side. These two lines are known as the non-volley or kitchen line. Both lines enclose a 2D area called the non-volley zone or kitchen area.

Early in the game, the kitchen rules were really confusing. Luckily, the more I played, the more I understood them. I also learned not to take the game or myself so seriously because I would miss out on the fun. So, focus on playing; with time, the rules will make more sense.

There are two main types of pickleball games: singles and doubles.

Single pickleball games comprise only two players, one from each team, whereas double games involve a pair from each team.

When four players are on the court, every player stands on a service box. However, you should never serve while inside the service box. The rules state that you must be at least one foot from the baseline.

Each time I had to serve, the ball would hit the net or go way out of bounds, which was frustrating. However, my play and accuracy became better with time.