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How to Chalk a Tennis Court for Pickleball

By Heather Harris

Pickleball is a competitive game, commonly described as being addictive, which is played on a tennis or racquetball court with large wooden or composite paddles and a plastic ball. In many ways, pickleball is similar to both racquetball and ping pong. According to the USA Pickleball Association's official rules, to play pickleball on a tennis court , it is necessary to define the playing area with chalk. Depending on the size of the tennis court, multiple pickleball spaces can be drawn.

Use the tape measure to define the perimeter. The perimeter should measure 44 feet long by 20 feet wide, with the net at the center of the lengthwise lines.

Draw the perimeter with the chalk. Have someone hold the ends of the tape measure taut and use the tape as a guide to draw the lines straight.

Mark points along both long segments of the perimeter at 7 feet away from both sides of the net.

Draw lines parallel to the wide segments of the perimeter, connecting the points to define the 14 foot by 20 foot non-volley zone.

Draw lines with endpoints on the wide perimeter lines and the non-volley zone lines to bisect the service areas into 10 foot by 15 foot rectangles.

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