I finally had a chance to play glow-in-the-dark (or black light)
My friends and I wanted to organize a
It was a huge success.
We transformed 3 courts with black lights and had 16 people play.
I’d never played black light
What equipment would we need? Can you play glow-in-the-dark
Turns out, it was surprisingly easy to set up, see our paddles, and track the ball.
We were able to play some fun rec games and had lots of laughs along the way.
Organizing your own glow-in-the-dark
Use this guide to save you time (and error).
Let’s take a look at what you need if you plan on playing glow-in-the-dark
What is glow-in-the-dark
Glow-in-the-dark or black-light
The rules are the same as regular
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Where can you play glow-in-the-dark
Technically anywhere you play
If you’re just looking to play
If you’re hoping to play glow-in-the-dark or black-light
What You Need to Play Glow-In-The-Dark
Here’s a quick list of the equipment you’ll need for black light
- Neon or LED pickleballs
- UV or fluorescent tape
- White or bright neon clothing
- Glow sticks (optional)
- Black light UV cannon (can be rented from a party supply store)
One of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need for glow-in-the-dark
There are several different manufacturers that make these, and they usually come in packs of three or four.
They’re just like regular pickleballs, only they have pigment in them that makes them extra visible in the dark.
You don’t have to use glow-in-the-dark pickleballs. But the neon balls you use must be bright enough to be seen in the dark.
LED light-up pickleballs also work well but sometimes don’t last as long.
We used Core pickleballs for our tournament and they glowed incredibly bright in black light. Although these are not technically glow-in-the-dark pickleballs, they worked great!
There are plenty of great options for glow-in-the-dark pickleballs. Some even come with a flashlight to charge the balls before playing.
You can also find LED light-up pickleballs on Amazon for a good price.
Hot tip: If you’re unsure if your pickleballs will be bright enough in UV black light or in the dark, test them in a dark bathroom first.
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How to see Court Lines
One of the challenges with playing
To make this easier, use high-quality fluorescent neon tape to create glow-in-the-dark court lines that can be seen in low-light conditions.
You’ll need approximately 100 yards of neon UV tape per court.
These court lines will help ensure that players stay within their designated areas and don’t venture off into other parts of the court while playing.
Simply add high-quality fluorescent neon tape to all your
Just be sure to test it out in a small area first to be sure you’re not ruining the paint.
You can even use your extra neon tape on the net, players, paddles, and other equipment.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any glow-in-the-dark
One quick solution is to wrap your paddle in fluorescent or neon tape. Just be sure to clean off any sticky residue before your next match.
You can also attach glow sticks to your paddle, as long as they don’t get in the way of hitting the ball.
We didn’t bother making our paddles glow at our black-light
Some paddle designs have neon painted onto them and were easy enough to spot on their own!
What to wear for Glow in the dark
To keep things fun and safe, all players should wear white or neon clothing.
This ensures that everyone is super easy to spot.
We did this for our black light
Glow sticks create a fun, eerie atmosphere and will definitely add an extra layer of excitement to your games! You can find them online or at most party stores near you.
Overall, the white clothing worked just as well as neon!
- Lightweight and breathable, this tennis dress helps you stay cool and comfortable on the court
- The shorts feature a tennis ball pocket on the left side and a cell phone pocket on the right side
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Using UV Black light for
The last piece of equipment you’ll need to play a successful game of glow-in-the-dark
We rented black light UV cannons and light stands (one per court) from a local party supply store. Each one cost around $30 for the weekend.
Be sure to ask the rental company how many light cannons you’ll need for your space. If it’s a large indoor gymnasium or community centre, you might need more than one.
If it’s a small space, one light cannon should do the trick.
Will you be hosting black light
Whatever type of lighting you choose (lasers would look really cool too!), just make sure it provides enough illumination so that players can clearly see their opponents and where they need to be on the court during gameplay.
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Whether you’re looking for a new way to enjoy
All it takes is a few pieces of special equipment—glow-in-the-dark pickleballs, neon tape for paddles and court lines, and black light/glow sticks—and you’re ready to hit the court (or backyard!) for some nighttime fun.
So grab some friends and get ready for an unforgettable game – all under a black light (or a blanket of stars!).
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