Where Did Pickleball Originate? An In-Depth Look Into The History of This Fun Sport

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What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a racquet sport that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis to create an exciting game for all ages and skill levels. The court is smaller than a regulation tennis court, but the rules are similar: players use wooden paddles to hit a sort of whiffle ball over a net on the opposite side of the court.

The History of Pickleball

Pickleball first appeared in 1965 when Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum were looking for something new to do at their local summer resort. They created pickleball as an amalgamation of three different sports – badminton, ping pong, and tennis – on their own backyard lawns with improvised equipment such as ping pong paddles and plastic balls. Word spread quickly about this innovative new game; it wasn’t long before people were playing pickleball all over the country!

Growth Of Pickleball

In 1973, Joel Pritchard formed the first ever commercial company dedicated solely to pickleball called “GameTime Manufacturing Company” — which provided standardized nets, paddles and balls for anyone who wanted to play. In 1984, USA Pickle Ball Association (USAPA) was founded in order to organize tournaments around America as well as internationally . Over time more organizations have popped up dedicated specifically towards advancing competitive play within organized leagues or associations such as American Amateur Pickled Ball Association (AAPBA). By 2016 there were over 2 million USAPA members across North America alone!


Today pickling has come a long way since its humble beginnings back in 1965 when it was created by Joel Pritchard et al., creating some recreational fun on their own backyard lawns with makeshift equipment like ping-pong paddles and plastic balls. Nowadays its popularity spans far beyond one family’s backyard into countries across the world thanks largely due to its social nature combined with accessibility regardless of age or physical ability making it an ideal sport for families everywhere!