The Fascinating History Of Pickleball: Where Did It All Begin?


The Fascinating History of Pickleball

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and beyond. It’s a combination of badminton, tennis, and table tennis that can be played both indoors or outdoors. But do you know where pickleball started?

Boredom Breeds Invention!

Pickleball originated on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington in 1965 when three dads were looking for something to keep their kids occupied. The fathers — Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum — combined elements from various other sports like table tennis, badminton and tennis to create this new game. They called it “pickleball” after Pritchard’s cocker spaniel Pickles who would often chase after the ball during games!

From Backyard Fun To A Nationwide Sport

In 1972 the first official pickleball rules were written by Pritchard and McCallum with help from many others including Jack Wright who was an influential organizer in spreading knowledge about the game across North America. In 1984 Wright organized a national tournament which further sparked interest in pickleball as a competitive sport throughout Canada and the United States. Since then there have been countless tournaments held around North America as well as internationally.


Pickleball has come a long way since its humble beginnings on Bainbridge Island over 50 years ago – from 3 dads inventing it out of boredom to becoming one of the most popular sports worldwide today! With all its variations and adaptations, pickleball continues to bring fun for players young and old alike – all thanks to those original founders!