Equipment and Court Accessories
In July 2017 the Club took delivery of a Pickleball Tutor ball machine from the U.S. – plus the associated indoor and outdoor balls. The machine is extensively used at our drills sessions.
RRPC supports the initiative of a British company to stock paddles, balls and other equipment in the UK. The owners are pickleball players themselves and are dedicated to growing the sport and the player base.
Note of warning: Personal import of equipment from the U.S. may seem like a good idea. However, prices quoted on sites – including Amazon – do not mention that in addition to carriage there is Customs Duty and VAT payable on the goods (and on the carriage) on entry to the U.K. These charges can almost double the listed price of the goods.
We have found the PickleNet system extremely easy to use. It’s quick to erect and when unassembled fits into a smart carry bag. These are available from www.pickle-ball.co.uk
Prior to having the PickleNets the club designed these wooden struts to convert badminton posts for pickleball use. They have a “v” cut into the top to take the net cord, the bottom of the “v” being 36″ from the floor. This arrangement maintains the net at the correct height without the need to use a tape measure. The struts have strings attached to them and these tie around the badminton post. Anyone is welcome to copy !
We also used non-slip matting to prevent the posts creeping inward during play. Any amount of creep will reduce the height of the net at it’s centre from the regulation 34″.
We marked out a Pickleball court on an existing all-weather, macadam tennis court very successfully using 50mm wide Tesa tesaflex® Red PVC Electrical Insulation Tape. It comes in a 30 metre roll and you will need 2 rolls for one pickleball court. We bought ours from uk.rs-online.com at £9.11 per roll. The lines have not lifted despite being subjected to warm weather, rain, etc.
Having made sure the intended area is totally dry, use a leaf blower to remove any loose material from the surface, then mark out the court using a “chalk reel pinger” – available at Homebase, etc. Then stretch out sufficient tape from the roll to do, say, one side line. Be sure to allow the tape to “recover” completely from the stretch you have imparted before applying it to the surface. Once all lines have been laid rub the tape down very firmly using a clean, dry cloth to ensure maximum adhesion.