Line marking drawings
Continental would be pleased to provide a CAD colour coded drawing showing court marking lines for your sports hall, outdoor MUGA, activity room or any room with marked lines.
We ensure that courts shown are:
- Compliant with Sport England and governing body guidelines and reflect up to date layouts
- Given the correct order of precedence when super-imposed
- Coordinate with the planned sports equipment
- Arranged so as to avoid lines on top of lines
If Continental is subsequently awarded the work to apply the lines to your facility we would be pleased to waive the charge for this service. The standard price includes as many drawing revisions as are necessary.
Q My court line markings must comply with Sport England. Can you do this?
We advise taking the Sport England guidance as a starting point and then taking into account various other matters which include:
- Special features of the hall
- Common practice
- Conflicts between different National Governing Bodies
- The trade off between hall size and court size with recommended run-offs
For example, the Sport England guidance document shows the "old style" basketball court rather than the one adopted by FIBA from October 2010. Whilst the old style court is still compliant until August 2012 we would always recommend specifying the new layout.
Run-offs in a standard 4-court hall (33m x 18m) are often contentious and always confusing. For example, five a side recommends no run-off (i.e. there is not seen to be any excessive risk in running at the walls), whereas basketball wants 1m run-offs with the old style court but 2m with the new style court (but will accept 1.5m to fit a standard court in a 4-court hall), and netball (a sport where the players aren't allowed to run with the ball) requires huge 3m run-offs around the court - so a standard netball court size of 30.5m x 15.25m must be reduced to a much smaller 27m x 12m (i.e. 30% smaller) court to fit in a 33m x 18m hall.
Many of our customers choose to adopt the guidelines on run-offs on health and safety grounds, but others (having undertaken their own risk assesments) prefer to have larger courts.
We produce line marking drawings on a daily basis and if you choose Continental to produce your drawing (and hopefully undertake the line markings as well) we will ensure your drawing complies as far as possible with the requirements of the National Governing Bodies and we will point out where we recommend a divergence from any guidance so that you can decide how to proceed.
We often receive comments and questions on our line marking drawings and have included specific advice / comments on each sport's lines in answers to separate questions.
Q Why haven't you shown the perimeter on my five a side court?
Sport England shows a perimeter line to the five a side court. However in the rules of the game the walls are "in-play" therefore the perimeter line is theoretical and not required (or possible to draw in practice) and is therefore left out as a matter of course.
This is not the case for futsal where there is a run-off outside the court so perimeter lines are needed for that sport.
Q Why haven't you shown a standard size netball court?
A standard netball court is 30.5m x 15.25m for all levels of play. In a standard 33m x 18m 4-court hall, this would give a 1.25m run-off at the ends of the court and a 1.375m run-off at the sides of the court.
Those run-offs used to be acceptable to the All England Netball Association and most halls in the UK have a standard dimension netball court. 1-2 years ago the AENA guidance changed to specify 3m of run-off around the court which means the largest court that can fit in a 33m x 18m hall is 27m x 12m - i.e. approximately 30% smaller than a standard court.
We show a compliant court on our proposal drawings but many of our customers choose (presumably having undertaken risk assesments) to revert to shorter run-offs and a standard, more practical size court.
Q Sport England offset the volleyball court in their example layout. Why haven't you?
The purpose of the offset volleyball court is to enable volleyball to be played over 3 badminton courts and something else played over the end badminton court. This is only possible if you have specified a division net to divide 3 badminton courts from 1. This means having the typical central divider curtain but also having a second divider curtain at the 25:75 position.
If you specify the second divider we will offset your volleyball court, but if you haven't specified one we will show it centrally to even out the run-offs at the ends of the court.
Q Why does your drawing show the basketball court as 15.1m x 28.1m?
The guidance from Sport England shows the basketball court as 28m x 15m. However basketball is the only sport that specifies the dimensions to the inside of the lines rather than the outside of the lines. We re-state the dimensions to show all courts to the outside dimensions and therefore we show basketball courts as 15.1m x 28.1m to allow for the 50mm thick lines.
Q Your drawing doesn't show a compliant width between badminton courts. Why?
The Sport England guidance is to have 1.2m at the side of a badminton court to a division net, and 1.5m space between parallel courts without a division net between them.
In a 33m long 4-court hall you can therefore fit in 4 badminton courts with one division net and be fully compliant. However if you add any other division nets (e.g. it is not unusual to have a division net to separate an end badminton court from the others) then you cannot use that second (or third) division net and remain compliant with the need to effectively have a 2.4m space between those courts (i.e. 1.2m either side of the curtain).
Therefore if you have more than one division net in a 33m long 4-court hall you can only be compliant on the space between courts if playing badminton with the central division net drawn. The space between the other courts is compliant as long as the other division net(s) is not used whilst badminton is being played.
Q Which lines do you apply first? What is order of prominence for the lines?
This varies according to the courts you require marking, but the basic advice is that the smaller the projectile, the faster it moves and the more important the line then the more prominence it is given.
Therefore badminton, with a small fast moving shuttlecock and lines that are vital to marginal calls of "in" or "out" always has preference to say basketball where the line has less importance to the larger, slower moving ball.
Q What colour should I paint the lines for each sport?
The answer is based on a combination of the following:
- Requirements of each sport - e.g. basketball specifies black and netball specifies anything other than yellow
- Tradition / common practice - e.g. some sports don't specify a colour but there are certain colours normally used such as blue or green for volleyball
- The range of courts being painted - e.g. if two governing bodies both want the same colour it would cause confusion so typical compromises are made
- The colour of the floor - e.g. if you have a green vinyl floor then volleyball would be better painted in blue than green
Continental will suggest colours for your courts as part of our sports hall line marking drawing production service. These will be suggested in line with the considerations stated above, but our default colours are shown below:
|Netball||Red (can use any colour other than yellow)|
|Five-a-side||Yellow / light blue|
|Hockey||Orange / light blue|
|Handball||Orange / light blue|
|Practice basketball||Dark blue|
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