Can You Play Pickleball On A Basketball Court?
What are the Pros and Cons of Playing Pickleball on a Basketball Court?
What Equipment is Required?
- The only equipment needed for pickleball is:
- Pickleball paddle
- Pickleball ball
The Pickleball paddle is similar to ping pong paddles but larger and made of wood, composite, or graphite. The ball is a lightweight plastic ball with holes, similar to a waffle ball.
When setting up a court, the net should be 22 feet wide and extend at least 2 feet beyond the sidelines. Its height should be 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches at the center of the court. It should be secured to the ground using stakes or weights. The net can be attached to the walls if the court is indoors.
Proper footwear is essential to prevent slipping and sliding on the court. It’s recommended to wear athletic shoes with non-marking soles.
A pickleball net system must be purchased to set up a pickleball court on basketball courts. The system should include a net, poles, and nylon cords or cable ties to secure the net to the poles.
How do you convert a basketball court into a pickleball court?
As a pickleball enthusiast, I have often wondered how to convert a basketball court into a pickleball court. After some research and personal experience, I found it quite simple.
Assess And Plan Your Court Layout
- Pickleball courts are relatively small, so you’ll likely be able to create more than one in the space of an old basketball court.
- You’ll need a 44-foot-long and 20-foot-wide space for actual play, plus some extra space to give players room to rest and run out of bounds.
Mark The Court Boundaries
- Use either chalk or tape to mark the court. The boundaries should be 20 feet wide and 44 feet long.
- Mark the service area, a 10-foot by 15-foot rectangle on each net side.
- Mark the centerline, a 2-inch wide line that runs perpendicular to the net and divides the court into two halves.
- Mark the non-volley zone, a 7-foot area on each side of the net where players are unauthorized to hit the ball in the air.
- You do not need to remove the three-point line or any other basketball court markings. You can simply ignore them during pickleball play.
How many pickleball courts fit on a basketball court?
Typically, two pickleball courts can fit on a standard basketball court. However, this can vary based on the basketball court’s specific dimensions and the pickleball court’s layout.
Court Size Comparison
- A standard pickleball court is 20 feet wide by 44 feet long, while a professional basketball court is 50 feet wide by 94 feet long.
- Despite the size difference, it is possible to fit multiple pickleball courts on basketball courts, as there is more than enough room for it, both outdoors and indoors (Pickleball Spots.com).
Adjusting for Different Levels of Play
- The size of a pickleball court can vary depending on the level of play, with recreational play courts possibly differing slightly from those used in professional play.
- In contrast, the size of basketball courts remains the same regardless of the level of play.