News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2017

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ASBA Publishes First-Ever Pickleball Manual

Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual Regarded as Enormous Step Forward for Emerging Sport

ASBA is proud to announce the publication of its newest book, Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual. The manual, written jointly by ASBA and the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), is currently available in both hard copy and online form.

The 108-page manual details the design, construction and maintenance of courts for pickleball, which is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., with more than 2.5 million participants, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

The publication includes chapters on planning a court or facility, building courts, fencing and lighting, accessories and amenities, care and maintenance, and courts and facilities for adaptive/wheelchair pickleball. Throughout the manual are detailed construction drawings. There are also sources for more information and a glossary of terms. It is the first technical construction manual for the sport.

The publication is available for $29.95 from the ASBA website. It is available in both hard copy and electronic form.

The new Pickleball Courts manual is already being hailed as a major step forward for the sport, and for the two organizations that worked together to produce it.

“This manual is an essential tool for those who plan, build and maintain courts and facilities,” said Fred Stringfellow, ASBA’s executive director. “But beyond that, organizations, clubs, schools, park & rec districts, resorts, pickleball enthusiasts and many others will want to have this reference on hand, as they continue to enjoy the sport and improve and expand their facilities.”

“We’re excited to see the pickleball construction manual come out,” added Justin Maloof, the executive director of the USAPA. “It’s been great working with the certified court builders of the ASBA to put this guide together. We expect this manual to help pickleball continue to grow around the country and around the world, bringing a fun, social, easy-to-learn sport to participants of all ages and skill levels, and allowing them to stay healthy and active.”

The book was written by a joint editorial board comprised of representatives of both the USAPA and ASBA, including athletes, officials, court contractors, surface manufacturers and suppliers of equipment for pickleball courts.

The sport is played on a court that is 44 feet long and 20 feet wide, approximately the dimensions of a badminton court, using a slightly modified tennis net. The sport uses a solid paddle and a seamless, perforated plastic ball about the size of a baseball.

Pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, and can be played indoors or outdoors. According to the USAPA, there are more than 17,000 indoor and outdoor pickleball courts in the U.S., at nearly 5,000 sites in all 50 states.


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