The Fascinating History Of Pickleball: When Was It Created?

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The Birth of Pickleball: A Brief History

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, but it hasn’t always been around. Its history dates back to 1965 when three men from Washington state invented the game out of boredom. The original rules were basic and simple and have since evolved over time. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how pickleball was created as well as its evolution since then.

How Pickleball Was Created

In 1965, Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum found themselves with some free time on their hands while spending a day together at Joel’s summer home on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. With nothing better to do they decided to invent a new game using ping pong paddles combined with badminton rules that could be played on their lawn or beach court area measuring 20 x 44 feet. They called it “pickleball” because they said that the combination of different elements reminded them of “the pickling process” – combining various ingredients into something unique and tasty!
As word spread about this fun new game more people began playing it recreationally all over the country by 1970s which led to competitive tournaments in 1976 followed by an official rulebook being published two years later in 1978 by USAPA (USA Pickleball Association).

Evolution Of PickleBall Rules & Equipment

Since pickleballs creation in 1965 there has been numerous changes to both equipment used for playing as well as adjusting rules for safety reasons such as increasing net height from 36 inches up to 38 inches tall today – making it easier for players who are not very tall or athletic compete against each other without having too much advantage given either side due taller player reaching higher balls more easily than shorter ones would be able too otherwise . Other rule adjustments include limiting number of serves allowed per turn , type/quality control regulation enforcement regarding what kind materials can make up paddle surface etc…

Equipment wise modern era brings us composite graphite paddles which allow players generate more spin than traditional wooden ones thanks additional flexibility plus lighter weight allowing arm fatigue stay away longer allowing player enjoy session even after few hours spent outside playing nonstop ! Plus colorful ball options add bit extra vibe during games helping keep competition exciting full way through !


Pickled was invented out of boredom by three friends back in 1965 and has come a long way since then; From its humble beginnings to becoming one of most popular racquet sport worldwide . It’s amazing how far this sport has come from just being an idea between three friends who wanted something new , fresh & exciting play during hot summer days . Rule changes & advancements made equipment definitely help make sure everyone is able enjoy great experience provided by fantastic game named pickled !