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Sick Trx Singles is a great way to practice doubles with only two people. We play this instead of half-court singles because it takes the handicap out of half-court singles. Sometimes people tape off part of the court or don’t allow around-the-post shots. 

Here’s how it works: Each player stays on the same side of the court that their score dictates. If I’m even, I’ll be on the right side of the court; if I’m odd, I’ll be on the left side of the court. My opponent does the same and, therefore, we get all four angles in one game.

The other difference is that around-the-post shots are legal and don’t have to land in the square you’re in. Sick Trx Singles 100 percent mimics doubles—with just two people—so you can get a great workout in a short amount of time. 

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How to Set up a Temporary Court

It’s SUMMERTIME! And what’s more fun in the summer than playing pickleball in your neighborhood? We thought this was the perfect opportunity to share with you the content from our very first “Pickleball 411” video about how to set up a temporary court, especially since most people in the country actually have to play on some kind of temporary court. It was inspired by a brand-new pickleball player who was looking for a fun activity for her family to do on their backyard sports court.

“Pickleball 411” is one of Pickleball Channel’s top- rated series that is dedicated to providing helpful information about the sport of pickleball. It is our desire that this article version of our video will give you a companion to your training that you can refer back to again and again. After you have read through the article, be sure to check out the entire video on Pickleball Channel so you can see visual examples of the steps in action.

We’re going to show you how to take a paved surface and mark it off with chalk and painter’s tape in order to set up a temporary court. We’re using the USAPA court dimensions, but don’t worry about being exactly perfect because the important thing is to just get out there and play.

The tools you need are:
1. A temporary net
2. Three 25-foot tape measures
3. Chalk
4. Painter’s tape

First, you have to set up the net. The USAPA has a great portable net that’s so easy to set up, even kids can do it.

The next step is to measure the outside lines of the court using the three measuring tapes. Place your measuring tape about a foot inside the net as your starting point for one sideline. Then pull the tape out to 22 feet. For the baseline, place your second measuring tape at the 22-foot mark of the sideline tape measure, and extend the baseline tape out 20 feet. For the other sideline, start at the net and pull the measuring tape 22 feet, and connect it to the 20-foot mark of your baseline measuring tape.

Now it’s time to mark the lines with the chalk. Run your chalk along the edge of the measuring tapes, all the way down starting with the sideline. Remember, it’s OK if it’s not perfect! As you’re doing that, mark the start of the non-volley zone line at 7 feet. Then, when marking the baseline, mark the midpoint at 10 feet. Once you’ve completed your marking all the way around, go back and connect the sideline marks at 7 feet. Then connect the center line of the baseline to the non-volley zone line as depicted in the following image.

Tape along the chalk lines with painter’s tape, tapping it to secure it. And now your court is set up! We hope this was helpful. And now there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s go play!

Rusty Howes is the Executive Producer and creator of Pickleball Channel. Rusty worked for the likes of Warner Bros and Disney before creating Pickleball Channel to develop and provide fantastic, professional video content for the pickleball community. He is deeply involved in promoting the sport of pickleball at home and across the country.

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