The Fascinating Origin Story Of Pickleball: How Did It Get Its Name?

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Exploring the History of Pickleball

Most people know it as a fun outdoor game to play with family and friends, but have you ever wondered how pickleball got its name? Like many beloved sports and games, pickleball has an interesting story behind its iconic moniker.

The Origins of Pickleball

Pickleball was invented in 1965 by three dads looking for an entertaining activity to keep their children occupied on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. The original version used Ping-Pong paddles, a perforated plastic ball, and a badminton net set up at badminton height. After much trial and error they decided that the game should be played with wooden paddles rather than Ping-Pong paddles which soon led to the production of official pickleballs!

It wasn’t until later when one of the inventors’ wives suggested naming it “pickleball” after their cocker spaniel’s nickname: Pickles! It stuck immediately – everyone loved it – and so began the popular sport known today as “pickleball”.

The Popularity Of Pickleball

Since then pickleball has grown exponentially in popularity throughout North America due largely to its easy accessibility – all you need is some basic equipment like paddles, balls and nets – plus it can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age or experience level. Nowadays there are even official tournaments held for competitive players who take this sport seriously! Not only does this provide athletes with a chance to compete against each other but also encourages physical fitness amongst participants while providing hours upon hours of entertainment value too!

This fascinating tale explains why so many love playing this enjoyable sport: not only because it’s convenient but also because even though somebody gave it an odd name back then that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy playing today! Whether you’re just starting out or already experienced in playing pickleballl , there’s always something new to learn as well as plenty opportunities for having fun together outdoors with your family & friends.


In conclusion, though nobody could predict what would happen next when those three fathers first set up that makeshift court back on Bainbridge Island in 1965 – now we have one explanation for why pickleballl is such a beloved pastime around North America today: all thanks to Mrs McCallister who thoughtfully suggested naming her dog’s nickname after this unique athletic pursuit– giving us ‘pickl eba ll!’