How To Select A Portable Pickleball Net

Portable pickleball nets (often referred to as “portable pickleball net systems”) are the perfect way for players to be able to set up a court in a variety of settings. The most common scenario is to put up a portable net on tennis courts or in a gym. But when a court or gym may not be available, you can also easily put up a net in a driveway, cul-de-sac, deserted parking lot, or anywhere else there’s enough space. For a very low investment you can set up a game in just a few minutes.

Portable Nets at Pickleball Station in Kent, WA

Factors To Consider

When deciding what type of net will be right for you, there are several factors to consider. For example, if you’re looking for a tournament net, you’ll want a sturdy, durable net that is standard regulation size and will hold up well with frequent use. If you’re a recreational player seeking an easily deployed net, price may be your most important criteria. Ease of maneuverability is another important consideration. Some homeowners or facility directors with plenty of space for one or more pickleball courts and storage might prefer nets on wheels that can be easily rolled off the court to a storage area when not needed, without having to be disassembled.

Another factor to keep in mind is weight. If you’ll be frequently transporting your net from your car to the courts, a lighter weight net will be much more comfortable to carry. All of the truly portable nets come with carrying bags that have carrying straps and/or wheels so that you can easily transport them. 

USA Pickleball and IFP Regulations for Tournament Approved Nets

USA Pickleball and the IFP (International Federation of Pickleball) guidelines require that regulation nets measure 22’ wide, 36” height at the net’s sidelines, and 34” at the center of the net. So if you are looking for a net that meets official tournament regulations you’ll want to get one this size. Regulation size pickleball courts are 20’ wide, so having a 22’ wide net provides one foot of net on each side extending past the sidelines of the court.

USA Pickleball and International Federation of Pickleball

If you don’t need a tournament net and just want a net for casual rec play, drilling, or having some fun with the kids, or if you don’t have enough space for a full sized court, there are some smaller nets that provide an even less expensive solution for playing and practicing. We offer a few 20’ wide nets, which are wide enough to span the full 20’ pickleball court width, but won’t have the additional foot on each side extending past the court’s sidelines that a 22’ regulation size net requires. For even smaller spaces like a garage or driveway, a 10’ wide “mini” net provides a great way to practice your dinks when you can’t get to the courts.

10’ Mini Practice Nets
10’ nets such as the Picklenet Mini Practice Net are an ideal option for practicing in smaller spaces like driveways, and can be handy when traveling.

Picklenet Mini Practice Net

20’ Portable Pickleball Nets
20’ nets with the frame sitting on the ground, such as the Rally Portable Lightweight Pickleball Net System, can be a good option for players who don’t need a tournament sized net. Lightweight, durable and inexpensive, this net features shock cord connection on all the frame parts, making it quick and easy to assemble.

Rally Portable Lightweight Pickleball Net System

22’ Nets That Meet USA Pickleball and IFP Guidelines
22’ nets with space below the bottom of the net, such as the Rally Deluxe Portable Net System, are a favorite with many players who like to be able to roll balls underneath the net to pass them to players on the other side. A perennial best-seller, this net is constructed with a powder-coated steel frame that has oval tubing, making it extremely sturdy and easy to assemble. Regulation size, this durable net is a great option for both recreational and tournament play.

Rally Deluxe Portable Net System

SwiftNet 2.1 Portable Pickleball Net System
The 22′ regulation size SwiftNet is in a class of its own, as the only easily portable net that plays like a permanent net. Made of strong and lightweight carbon fiber recycled from the aerospace industry, the SwiftNet weighs only 17 lbs (including the storage bag) so it’s extremely easy to carry. Designed with shock cord that connects all of the frame pieces it is a snap to put together, making it the easiest and fastest portable net to assemble. Players love this net’s performance and durability.

SwiftNet 2.1 Portable Pickleball Net System

Nets With Wheels
22’ nets with wheels, such as the Deluxe PickleNet Portable Net System, provide ultimate maneuverability for court facilities. This regulation size net also has the benefits of oval tubing constructed from powder-coated steel. The four wheels make it a breeze to slide the net on and off the court, a great option for community centers or other multi-use locations that need to quickly move their nets elsewhere when pickleball is not in play.

Deluxe PickleNet Portable Net System

The Douglas Net Premier PPS-22SQ Portable Pickleball Net System is a top-of-the line 22′ regulation net system constructed with an extremely durable, heavy-duty steel frame, stabilizer legs for stability, and an end wheel assembly for mobility. This portable net is the closest in quality and durability to a permanent net, but thanks to the wheels does not require the expense of any drilling or pouring concrete. Developed for use at the USA Pickleball National Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, this net is an ideal option for sports clubs adding pickleball to their facilities.

Douglas Net Premier PPS-22SQ Portable Pickleball Net System

Whether you’re playing just for fun or gearing up for tournaments, having a portable pickleball net in your collection of pickleball gear gives you the flexibility to play just about anywhere. We carry dozens of portable pickleball nets of every type – you can see them all here, and compare them in the chart below. If you have questions, call us at 1-888-854-0163. Our customer care experts will be happy to help you select the best net for your needs.

Portable Pickleball Net Comparison Chart

Portable Pickleball Net Comparison Chart

All I Need to Know About Life I learned from Pickleball…

There’s a reason pickleball is sweeping the nation. It’s fun, friendly, and great exercise… and there are a ton of lessons you can take from it for use in life. Pickleball Life Rules

Aim Carefully – you hit what you aim for so be careful where you point your paddle… and your life.

Know the Rules and Obey – no matter what the game, no one likes a cheat. Ignore the rules and you’ll run out of partners to play with.

Assume the best – in line calls and life, be generous of spirit and give others the benefit of the doubt. 

Help others – remember where you came from. When you see a less experienced player, offer to play them. We all start at the same level and get better with the help of those around us.

Be a good sport – it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. Shake hands, say good game, and hope for better luck next time.

Practice, practice, practice. Repeat. It’s the only way you get better at anything.

Play the hand you’re given – if you’re paired with someone with less skill, take it as an opportunity to teach, practice, and learn. If you’re paired with someone who can clobber you, take the lesson in humility. The only way you won’t learn something is if you don’t play cuz’ you don’t like the cards.

Slow and steady wins the race – until you’re proficient enough to have a 90% success rate with trick shots or spin stick to basics, keep it simple, keep it consistent. Basics are hard enough to master, and 75% of points are won through other players’ errors.

Announce the score loud and clear – in pickleball, and life, it’s always good to make sure everyone’s on the same page.

Poach at your own risk – unless you have a good reason and your partner’s permission, it’s easier on everyone (including you) if you just worry about yourself.

Be ready – always assume the ball (or insert life event here) is going to come to you next.

Communicate – as in relationships, doubles players can’t win without communication.

Give 100% effort 100% of the time – if you’re trying your best, you don’t need to apologize.

Smile and laugh often – humor makes life, and pickleball, a lot more fun.

Make friends.

Arrive on time.

Remember to breathe. 

Stretch.

Setting Up Pickleball is as Easy as 1-2-3

Pickleball mania is spreading! How do we know? PickleballCentral was recently contacted by a group in Dublin, Ireland who wanted to know what they needed in order to get started playing. That made us think there may be others out there who want to get started with this addictingly fun sport and need a rundown on the basics too. So, here’s what we told our friends across the Atlantic:Basket of pickleball paddles

Here’s the basic equipment you need for pickleball: net, paddles, balls, a place to play, and a desire to have the most fun you’ve had in years!

You can play indoor or outdoor, on a flat surface that’s at least 20’ x 44’. That’s the official court size, but we recommend a little extra space all around the playing area for player movement.

Pickleball courts are the same size as badminton courts, so if you have access to badminton courts you’re in luck. Tennis courts can also easily be temporarily converted, and the USAPA has an easy-to-read article on how to do that here.

If you’re converting badminton or tennis courts for your game, you don’t need to worry about nets. If you’re setting up a new court from scratch then you will want to invest in portable net systems. They cost $160-170 and can be set up and taken in down in about 5 minutes and come with a carrying bag for transport/storage.

Paddles start at about $15 per paddle for wood paddles up to $100 per paddle for top-of-the-line graphite paddles. For kids and adults new to the game and only interested in casual play, wood paddles can suffice. Adults who want to play on a regular basis generally prefer composite or graphite paddles. Composite paddles start at about $50 and graphite paddles at about $60. Generally you would want a minimum of four paddles per court.

Pickleballs for indoor use start at $12.99 per dozen.  Outdoor balls are $24.99 per dozen.

So, a low-cost set of equipment with wood paddles to get you going would cost in the range of $250.  Not too bad to get started in the fastest growing sport in the U.S., now spreading like wildfire around the rest of the world!