The History Of Pickleball: How It All Started

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Understanding the Origins of Pickleball

Pickleball is a relatively new sport that is growing in popularity around the world. If you’ve ever played, you may have wondered where this exciting game came from and how it got its name. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of pickleball to shed some light on its origins.

The Beginnings of Pickleball

It’s believed that pickleball was invented in 1965 by three Washington residents: Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum. The trio were looking for an indoor game they could play during rainy weather; one that would be easy enough for children but still fun and challenging for adults. They created a hybrid between badminton and ping pong using wooden paddles and a perforated plastic ball with holes similar to those found on wiffle-balls.

The game first began as “paddle tennis,” but after Pritchard’s wife coined it “pickle-ball” due to its resemblance to pickle boats used in crew races, the new name stuck! Since then, many variations of pickleball have been created with different courts sizes (indoor/outdoor), net heights (standard/lowered), scoring systems (traditional/speed or “turbo”). The great thing about this adaptable game is anyone can enjoy playing it regardless of age or experience level.

Growth & Popularity

Since its creation over 50 years ago, pickleball has become increasingly popular both nationally and internationally – particularly among seniors who appreciate its low impact nature compared to other racquet sports such as tennis or squash. Hundreds of thousands of people are playing competitively across all ages groups in over 20 countries worldwide! Even more impressive is the steady growth rate seen each year as more recreational players take up the sport due to lower equipment costs than traditional court sports like tennis & badminton require


Pickled has come a long way since it was first invented by three Washingtonians seeking something fun indoors when rain spoiled their outdoor plans in 1965! With increasing popularity around the globe each year thanks to low cost equipment requirements versus traditional court sports like tennis & badminton – there’s no denying that Pickled will only continue growing further into future generations!