At Armor Courts, we have a love and passion for the sporting court industry. Many of our employees, friends, and family members can recall fond memories of playing games on a variety of different turfs; basketball courts, tennis courts, racquetball courts, etc. Imagine our surprise when a new sport was growing rapidly within just a few short years—that was very exciting to us! That sport is pickleball.
What is Pickleball and Where Did It Come From?
Pickleball is a paddle sport that is played on a badminton court with a tennis-style net. There is a zone in front of the net that is a no-volley zone, where you’re not allowed to return a serve back to the opposing team without letting the ball bounce—similar to ping pong.
Because the court is much smaller than a tennis court, in combination with the rules mentioned above, pickleball has gained traction as a sport that is comfortable for people of all ages to play. If there has ever been a success factor in the adoption of anything, it’s typically that it must be as appealing to as many people as possible. Pickleball satisfies that criteria. It’s strategic and there is certainly a skill to it, but it’s not so reliant on pure athleticism that it bars other people from feeling like they can improve beyond a certain point.
The sport initially gained traction in 55+ communities where retirees needed a way to get out and about and enjoy themselves. If you’ve ever seen a game of pickleball, it has enjoyable pacing and certainly gets the blood flowing without being too intense.
The Popularity of Pickleball in the South
Because the sport is so friendly towards senior citizens, it’s no surprise that our very own Sunshine State of Florida has seen an incredible explosion of pickleball activity throughout the state as well as much of what is referred to as the “Sun Belt” states all along the southern coast of the US.
These states have lots of sunshine and as a result, outdoor sporting activities are popular year-round. Florida, in particular, is one of the states that has a tremendous investment in tennis in general. Camps for aspiring players, participation in school, and courts of course. As a result, there are many tennis courts that are relatively unused but were created because it’s an expected amenity to many parks, schools, and private communities.
With the increase in popularity of pickleball, many of these scarcely used tennis courts are being converted into pickleball courts. One of the major benefits of this sport and conversion is that a pickleball court takes up much less space than a tennis court. You can choose to renovate the court with lines for pickleball. These lines will be very complementary and chosen so that they do not confuse tennis players who use the court. A 2-in-1 solution can definitely work.
However, many facilities have opted to convert one or more of their tennis courts into pickleball courts. The size and specifications of a pickleball court can allow for 2 pickleball courts in the space that is normally allotted for one tennis court! This is great as not only does it conserve space but it means that you can allow for more people to simultaneously enjoy the facilities for pickleball.
This is in part why the sport is considered very social since 2 tennis courts can have 4 groups playing in proximity to one another, it’s a great way to meet other people who are enjoying the sport too!
Pickleball Tennis Court Conversion
At Armor Courts, we specialize in all manner of sports court construction, conversion, resurfacing, maintenance, you name it. If it has something to do with courts, we have something to do with it too!
One of the requests we’ve had in the past few years with increasing frequency are schools, parks, living communities contacting us to convert their tennis courts into pickleball courts.
If you’d like to have a pickleball court in your facility, contact us today and we’ll be more than happy to start the process as soon as possible! Call us for a free court evaluation at (561)-279-6897!