Pickleball: A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
1965:After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington state and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Brainbridge Island, WA (Near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net. As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches.
The following weekend, Barney McCallum, was introduced to the game at the Prichard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play.
The Name Pickleball:
Pickleball has a very interesting name: especially since no pickles are involved. Accounts of how the name originated differ.
Others claim both accounts may be true. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. However a year or two after the game was invented, the Pritchard’s purchased a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, an official name was needed and “pickleball” was it.