How To Layout The Perfect Pickleball Complex or Venue

The word is out and pickleball courts are popping up everywhere.  Parks departments are building pickleball courts. Towns and cities are building pickleball courts.  County’s are building pickleball courts.   Yes, the word is out that having pickleball courts can be a boost to the local economy, and can do wonders in pulling communities together socially.  But be careful.

Consider this as a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Let us start by saying that In our opinion, any pickleball court is a good pickleball court.  Give me a piece of chalk and some portable nets and we’ll have some fun. That is what is making pickleball grow so fast.  But many communities are spending the money to build pickleball courts and some do a great job, and some…..not so much. We’ve seen the best and the worst of pickleball court planning.

Happened to recently catch a new court layout (location will remain unnamed here) where they had a nice distance between the courts, but decided to place a light pole between two of the courts, positioned about half way between the non-volley lines and the baselines.  Guess they wanted good lighting, but OUCH when players start running into that misplaced pole. 

Almost as bad is the court layout that leaves so little room between the baseline and the back fence or wall, that you can’t take a good back swing to serve, let alone running down a lob that was carefully placed over your head.  I’m sure many of us have bruises to show from that lack of court planning.

So this PSA is to help you help those who are building the courts and complexes across the country. There are a lot of things to consider when you build pickleball courts.  So the best thing you can do is educate those builders before they build something they will regret later.

So if you are laying out a new pickleball court complex, what kinda things should be considered?

1) Think seriously about the number of courts you’ll need. 
Are you building courts to simply accommodate the number of players who currently play in your area.  This is the most common mistake made by communities.  Keep in mind that the sport of pickleball is without question, the fastest growing sport in the country and on track to continue its growth path for years.  So plan ahead now.  Otherwise you will have a logjam of disgruntled players very soon, and your growth will stop.

2) Plan adequate space for your courts
This is the second biggest mistake made by pickleball court planners.  Everyone of course wants to squeeze in as many courts as they can in their available space.  But if you squeeze too much and leave too little room between your courts or beyond the baselines, you will create permanent problems, including creating injuries from running into fences or even a player from an adjacent court. 
The USAPA provides the following minimal guidelines for each court:
A total playing area 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28 m) is the minimum size that is recommended. A total size of 34 feet by 64 feet is preferred.

3) Plan proper access to your courts.  
We see so many pickleball venues that have lots of beautiful courts, but no easy way to enter into the courts. This causes continuous interruption of play.  In placing your gate access to the courts, a good rule of thumb is to position your gates in such a way that a player never has to cross more than one court to arrive at the court they are going to play on.

4) Plan your court useage.  It’s one thing to build a pickleball complex for recreation only play.  But quite different if you are planing to hold tournament play at your venue.   The idea behind holding a tournament is to give a very unique feel for your registered players that is quite different from just playing socially on their home courts.  Otherwise they might as well stay home and play. If you intend to hold tournaments at your new complex, then plan ahead for having a designated area for some vendors.  That area should be in the high traffic area where the players will hang out between matches.  You will need an area for a hospitality tent for your players.  You will need an area for your referees and volunteers to hang out and rest between matches or between duties.  And you will need an area for your tournament operations desk.  What else might you use your courts for?  Plan accordingly, otherwise you potentially shut the door on those additional opportunities to utilize your courts.

The video below was shot recently in Griffin, Georgia where Spalding County has built as close to a perfect pickleball complex as we’ve seen.  They have thought of, and covered so many issues which make for a great pickleball venue.  Do you have to incorporate all their ideas?  Of course not.  But our hope is that this video will help stimulate thoughts and ideas for your next pickleball courts.

Watch This Video For Great Pickleball Court Layout Ideas

So there are a lot of things to consider as you plan that next great pickleball facility.  But it is certainly worth the time it takes to figure it out now rather than later.  The results undoubtedly will show up as increased growth.

Put in the planning time now and you’ll be very happy you did.

Keep up the great work everybody.  Pickleball Rocks because of you.

Rocket, Stephanie, Jason, Wyatt, Josh, Zack Cam, LeEllen and Abby
The Pickleball Rocks Team

The Pickleball Rocks Rockstar Paddle is Here

For years people have asked the same question:  When is Pickleball Rocks going to come out with pickleball paddles? And for years our answer was the same.  We are an apparel company.  We love selling good, high quality clothing to players around the world.  And paddles is just not our thing.  There are plenty of paddle manufacturers such as Pro-Lite and Engage and Paddletek and Selkirk and ONIX and many, many others making good high quality paddles.  So there was no good reason for us to get into the paddle business.
UNTIL NOW….

  • Approximately 7.5 ounces
  • Great Polymer Honeycomb Core
  • Soft Carbon Fiber Face
  • Pro-Level Leather Grip
  • Beautiful Pickleball Rocks Graphics
  • Paddle Paddle Cover

Coach Josh Grubbs was the one who suggested it.  He said, “we are doing so many beginner clinics and when the players ask what paddle they should buy, it just seems unfair to sell them on a $150 paddle when they don’t even know they have a game yet.  We really need a good $50 paddle that we can put them into with confidence and tell them to use it for a year or two.  Then if they want to step up to a tournament level paddle, they can choose based on what is best for their game then.  Most of these new players will never play a tournament.  They will simply have a blast playing recreational pickleball and we need to develop a paddle they will be happy with, but at a good price.”

We feel like we have done exactly that. 
We believe the Rockstar is the perfect first paddle.

We approve it for all recreational play and non-sanctioned tournaments. 
The Rockstar has NOT been tested by the USAPA for sanctioned tournament play.

Play the ROCKSTAR today.  You won’t be disappointed.   

Josh, Abby, Zack, Cam, Jason, Stephanie, LeEllen, Mindy, Wyatt and Rocket
The Pickleball Rocks Team

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Wyatt Stone Joins The Pickleball Rocks Team

Hey Pickleball Nation.  Below is what may be the most exciting press release since we introduced our first Pickleball Rocks shirt ten years ago.  The movement is coming…..We feel the youth of America and the world has been waiting for someone to invite them into the wonderful world of pickleball, and we feel like we’ve found the perfect man to do it.  Help us welcome Wyatt Stone to the Pickleball Rocks Team.

July 23, 2018PRLog — Today, the world famous Pickleball Rocks Team announced the addition of Texas Junior player, Wyatt Stone to the team.  Stone has joined the team to fill the newly created position of National Junior Player Development Manager.

This position will primarily be responsible for growing pickleball at the youth level nationwide. Functions will include but not be limited to attending and playing tournaments, social media posting and article writing as well as teaching and coaching kids of all ages. Stone is an IPTPA Certified Level 2 instructor.

When asked about his joining the Pickleball Rocks Team, Wyatt replied with, “I am so excited about this opportunity to work with the country’s most recognized team when it comes to helping pickleball grow.  They seem to be everywhere and are always giving back to communities. The way I look at it, most adult players already know about Pickleball Rocks.  But now I get the chance to introduce our passion for the game to guys and gals my age and I can’t wait to spread what I’ve already started.  I love that everyone on the team has the same vision, to get EVERYONE playing.

Said Pickleball Rocks CEO Rodney “Rocket” Grubbs, This is an exciting time for the sport of pickleball.  So many great things going on at both the pro level and the amateur level.  And now with the addition of Wyatt, we have just greatly increased our ability to help the sport of pickleball grow at the youth level. Wyatt already has a great reputation for being not only a very good young player, but for being a great advocate for players of all ages and skill levels. There are kids across the country who are just waiting to be invited to try pickleball and Wyatt will find them and get them on the courts.  I see him leading an amazing youth movement, and he will be great at it.  We are so happy to have him on our Pickleball Rocks Team.” 

 

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Why You Should Wear A First Server Wristband

See if you recognize this scenario.

 

You serve the ball. Your opponent makes a nice deep return and that point turns into a 10 plus shot rally, filled with dinks and lobs and
hard drive shots, that eventually ends with you hitting a great shot down the middle for a winner.

Then while your opponent chases down the dead ball, this discussion begins.

“Alright who’s serve is it?” “What is the score?” “Am I on the right side?”

That scenario plays out on pickleball courts across America and around the world every day.

And if one player on each side of the net is wearing a First Server Wristband, the answer to those questions becomes much easier to  figure out.

A First Server Wristband is used to help easily identify the person who, at the beginning of the game, served first for your team. That  magical wristband helps avoid arguments and settle disputes because it automatically tells you a couple of things.

Number One: It tells you who did indeed started the game serving for your team. That identified player would have started serving the game from the right/even side of the court as the team is facing the net.

Number Two: That magical wristband also tells you that the wearer will serve or receive all even points from the right side of the court, and all odd points from the left side.

So next time you get into one of those really long points, where everyone stands and looks at each other with the question, “who served
that?” or “what is the score?”, remember that having a first server wristband on a player on each side of the net will definitely help you sort it out.

If you can remember what the score was when the last side-out occurred, you can look for those players wearing the wristbands or other first serve indicators and figure things out quickly. Problems solved and many disagreements averted.

Always have a couple of first server wristbands in your bag and wear them every time you play. You will be very glad you did.

Hope you are playing pickleball today because as you already know….Pickleball Rocks!

Rocket, Mindy, Cam, Jason, Zack, Josh, Abby, Stephanie and LeEllen
The Pickleball Rocks Team

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