THE JOMBOLA COURT
Except for the net height, the court ‘floor’ dimensions are exactly the same as that of a badminton court. It is rectangular and divided into halves by a net. Courts are usually marked for both singles and doubles play, although Jombola rules permit a court to be marked for singles only.
The full width of the court is 6.1 metres (20 ft), and in singles this width is reduced to 5.18 metres (17 ft). The full length of the court is 13.4 metres (44 ft). The court must have free space of at least 12 ft at the back for the players to move. The side space between courts must also be a minimum of 10 feet to provide separation between courts.
The service courts are marked by a centre line dividing the width of the court, by a ‘Short Service’ line at a distance of 1.98 metres (6 ft 6 inch) from the net, and by the outer side and back boundaries. The back of the court is also marked by a ‘Long Service’ line, which is 0.76
metres (2 ft 6 inch) from the back boundary. If the ball lands in either the ‘Short Service’ or ‘Long service’ areas during the ‘Service’, the server loses the point.
The net is 1.32 metres (4 ft 4 inch) high at the edges and 1.295 metres (4 ft 3 inch) high in the centre. The net posts are placed outside the doubles sidelines, even when singles is played.
The minimum height for the ceiling above the court is not defined by the Laws of Jombola. Nonetheless, a Jombola court will not be suitable if the ceiling is likely to be hit by a high ball.