Courts & Equipment
When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however, today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials, including aluminium and graphite.
There are 100s of different paddles for you to choose with all with varying shapes, sizes, grips and weights. We recommend you check out some of our preferred partners to see what paddles they have available.
With so many innovations in paddles every month, it's important to always check that your paddle is an approved paddle. While non-approved paddles are fine for recreational play, only approved paddles are allowed to be used at official tournaments and events.
In Ireland, matches are typically played using temporary nets that can be set-up and taken down easily. Similar to paddles, there are a number of regulations that need to be taken into account when setting up a net. Buying official Pickleball nets will make it easier to comply with the rules.
The net can be made out of any mesh material that will not allow a ball to pass through. It should be at least 21 feet 9 inches long, stretching from post to post; from the bottom edge to the top, it should be at least 30 inches wide. The posts should be 22 feet apart, and no more than 3 inches in diameter.
Once the net is suspended from the posts across the centre of the court, it should be 36 inches tall at the sidelines, and 34 inches tall in the centre. The top edge of the net should have a cord or cable and it should be covered with a 2-inch tape.
There are a number of different balls available on the market today. Many colours are available as well as different constructions. Outdoor and indoor pickleball balls have distinct differences in their construction, which can significantly affect the way they behave on the court.
In Ireland, the majority of our players play on an indoor badminton court. While the outer dimensions of the court are correct, in order to play to regulation an additional non-volley zone line 7ft either side of the net.
For those looking to construct your own court, check out the court construction guide below.