Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Pickleball is a sport in which two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated whiffle ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications.
Pickleball is FUN! It is also a great workout, very social and can be a competitive and athletic game. Try it once and you’ll be back – it’s very addicting!
Why the Funny Name?
Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island – a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. The original purpose of the game was to provide a sport for the entire family, according to co-inventors U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum. Pickles was the family dog that would chase after the errant balls and then hide in the bushes, thus Pickle’s ball which was later shortened to the namesake of Pickleball. Initially, families played Pickleball in their backyards on a hard surface, on driveways, and on residential dead-end streets. Since the mid-1970’s, Pickleball has grown and expanded from a family activity game to a paddle court sport with formalized rules. Now, over 40 years later, Pickleball is played in thousands of school P.E. programs, parks and recreation centers, correctional facilities, camps, YMCAs and retirement communities. This sport is becoming very popular among active senior adults.