How to Transform a Tennis Court into a Pickleball Court

March 22, 2017

How to turn tennis courts into pickleball courts.

There’s a problem.

Don’t be alarmed! It’s actually a good problem to have.

The problem is one we’ve been hearing about time and again throughout the pickleball community: a lack of courts. We know what you’re thinking: “You call that a good problem?” Well, it is when the reason behind this conundrum is due in part to pickleball’s exploding popularity.

But never fear, we have a solution!

In a previous blog, we shared some helpful tips on how to get pickleball in your community, where one tip mentioned temporarily transforming tennis courts into pickleball courts. We hope that tip helped plant a seed in your mind to head out to your local YMCA or community park and start playing pickleball.

We also hope that it didn’t leave you standing on a tennis court, pickleball gear in hand, with a puzzled look on your face, wondering how that transformation was actually going to happen. But just in case it did, we’re going to give you the low-down on how to temporarily transform a tennis court into a pickleball court.

Our resident pickleball expert, Chuck Vietmeier, put together a few diagrams to show you how to do it.

For starters, a standard tennis court pad is 60’x120’ and the minimum recommended size for a pickleball court is 30’x60’ – a perfect fit. Because the minimum dimensions of a pickleball court are exactly one fourth the size of a tennis court, it is possible to put four pickleball courts in the confines of a tennis court. However, if the tennis court has angled corners, then two can fit perfectly.

Here’s an example:

Diagram of two pickleball courts on a tennis court.

Because we’re talking about temporary courts, a portable net will be your best bet. If you’re converting the tennis court to two pickleball courts,  the tennis net can act as a backstop between the two pickleball courts.

Now let’s double that number and find out how to place four pickleball courts on one tennis court.

A diagram of four pickleball courts on a tennis court.

Let’s say the tennis court that you’re working with doesn’t have angled corners. That’s no problem. Simply move the courts two feet so that there is an eight-foot distance between the pickleball baseline and the backstops. It’s important to note that the lines should coincide as much as possible with the tennis court lines. This helps minimize confusion for players. Finally, keep in mind that the above diagram doesn’t allow room for fences between the side-by-side courts.

As pickleball’s popularity is on the rise, court time is at a premium. So, if you can snag a tennis court, take note of the how-to info we just shared to temporarily transform it into some pickleball courts and start playing! Plus, by turning one court into two (or four!) there’s plenty of room to invite some friends to play too!