A regulation pickleball net has specific dimensions according to the official rules set by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). The net dimensions are as follows:
Length: A regulation pickleball net should be 20 feet (6.10 meters) long, stretching horizontally from one sideline to the other, covering the entire width of the court.
Height: The net’s height should be 36 inches (91.44 centimeters) at the sidelines and 34 inches (86.36 centimeters) at the center. This creates a slight dip at the center of the net, which is achieved by a center strap anchoring the net to the ground or the court surface.
Mesh size: The net’s mesh should be small enough to prevent a pickleball from passing through. There is no specific mesh size requirement, but it’s crucial to ensure the ball cannot go through the net during play.
Cable or cord: A regulation net should have a top cable or cord that runs through the binding at the top of the net. This cable or cord ensures the net remains taut during play.
Side and bottom bindings: Official pickleball nets have bindings on the sides and bottom, which help maintain the net’s shape and protect it from damage.
When setting up a pickleball net, it’s essential to follow these guidelines to ensure fair and consistent play. If you’re playing recreationally or practicing, a non-regulation net may be used, but it’s always better to practice with the proper equipment to improve your skills and adapt to the standard playing conditions.