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What is the pickleball net height and size? This is a question that many people are asking as pickleball continues to grow in popularity. The official pickleball court net height and pickleball net size is defined by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), and it is slightly different than the tennis net height and size. In this blog post, we will take a look at the official pickleball net height and size, as well as how it compares to the tennis net height and size. 

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Pickleball Court Net Height and Size

According to USAPA, The top of the pickleball court net should be 36 inches (91.44 cm) high at the sidelines and 34 inches (86.36-cm) high at the center. As explained later, the two inch difference between the center and sidelines accounts for sag in the net.

Diagram showing pickleball net height and dimensions

Pickleball Court Net Size

Pickleball Net Height 

The net itself is 30 inches tall from the bottom edge of the net to the top. 

Pickleball Net Width 

A pickleball net is 22 feet (or about two-thirds the width of a tennis court) wide at the sidelines.

Other Pickleball Net Requirements

Net Binding 

The top of the net should be bound with a 2 inch (5.08 cm) white tape binding over a wire or cable that runs through the binding. This binding must rest on the cord or cable. 

Net Center Strap 

A permanent net requires a center strap, which must be placed at the center of the net to enable simple height adjustment to the 34 inch (86.36 cm) minimum requirement at the middle. 

Consult the USAPA Equipment Standard Manual for more information. 

Tennis Courts Net Height and Size Standards

 

 

Diagram showing the dimensions of a tennis net
Diagram showing the dimensions of a tennis net.

Tennis Net Height 

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) states that the tennis court net should be 36 inches minimum at the center and 42 inches at the sidelines. 
 

Tennis Net Size 

For a standard tennis court used in doubles matches, the (ITF) states that singles matches require a tennis net that is 33 feet (10.058 meters) wide, while doubles matches require a trap that is 42 feet (12.798 meters) wide. The net must be wider than the court lines to tie the tennis net to the side posts, which are 3 feet (0.914 meters) outside the court. Many sports stores carry nets that are 40 feet long because not all tennis clubs have separate courts for different types of matches.
Diagram showing the difference in pickleball net height and tennis net height
Diagram showing the difference between pickleball net height, tennis net height, and badminton net height.

FAQ

Q: How Far Apart are Pickleball Net Posts? 

A: The official pickleball net posts are placed 22 feet (6.71 m) apart from each other. This distance is measured from the inside of one post to the inside of the other post. 

Q: What are Pickleball Court Dimensions? 

A: A standard pickleball court dimensions are 20 feet by 44 feet. The playing area is 30 feet by 60 feet for both singles and doubles. 

Q: How Do I Measure the Height of the Pickleball Net? 

A: To ensure you have the correct pickleball net height, you will need a tape measure. Place the tape measure at the center of the net and measure from the ground to the top of the net. Measure again from the ground to the top of the net at the sidelines next to the pole. The pickleball net height should be 36 inches (91.44 cm) at the sidelines and 34 inches (86.36 cm) in the middle. 

Q: How Do I Know if My Pickleball Net is Regulation Size? 

A: A regulation-size net is at least 21 feet 9 inches (6.63 m) in length. The net height from the bottom edge of the net to the top should be at least 30 inches (76.2 cm). 

Q: What size should the Net Posts Be? 

A: The maximum diameter of the net post should be 3 inches (7.62 cm). 

Q: How Do You Set Up A Pickleball Net? 

A: To set up a pickleball net, you will need two posts and a net. The posts can be placed either in the ground or on top of a flat surface. The pickleball net attaches to the posts and should be tightened so that there is no sag in the middle. To maintain the net at regulation height, a strap is occasionally placed in the middle of it. 

Q: Why Are the Pickleball Net and Tennis Net Different? 

A: The main reason for the difference in net height between pickleball and tennis is the fact that pickleball is played with a smaller court. Pickleball courts are typically one-third the size of a tennis court, which means that the ball does not travel as far when hit. This shorter distance means that the ball does not need to travel as high to clear the net, which is why the pickleball net is lower than the tennis net. 

Q: Can You Play Pickleball On a Tennis Court? 

A: You can play pickleball on tennis courts, but you will need to lower the net. The official pickleball net height is 36 inches at the posts and 34 inches (91.44 cm) in the middle, so you will need to lower the tennis net to meet these requirements. You may also need to adjust the size of the court, as a pickleball court is typically one-third the size of a tennis court. You can add pickleball lines to your court and repurpose it for pickleball play. 

Q: Can You Use a Tennis Net for Pickleball? 

A: Yes, you can use a tennis net for pickleball, but you will need to lower the net. The official pickleball net height is 36 inches (91.44 cm) at the posts and 34 inches in the middle, so you will need to lower the tennis net to meet these requirements. 

Q: Can You Play Pickleball Without a Net? 

No, you cannot play pickleball without a net. The net is an essential part of the game and is used to keep the ball in play. If you don’t have a court available, you can purchase a portable pickleball net and set that up on any hard surface to create a court. Many modify existing tennis courts. 

Q: Where Do You Get a Pickleball Net? 

You can purchase a pickleball net from a variety of retailers, both online and in-store. You can also find pickleball nets at some sporting goods stores. If you already have a tennis net, you will need to lower it to the correct height or you can remove the tennis court net and put up a portable pickleball net. 

Portable Net 

The following are some recommended portable pickleball nets: 

Now that you understand the standard net height for a pickleball game, as well as how it compares to tennis nets, you can make sure your game is regulation. You can also use this information when setting up a practice space at home. Keep in mind that the standards for competitive play don’t have to be enforced for recreational play. When in doubt, ask a friend or fellow player what they prefer. And have fun on the court! 

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