Where Does Pickleball Come From? A Brief History Of The Sport

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A Brief History of Pickleball

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the US, and it’s easy to see why. It combines elements from badminton, tennis, and table tennis for a fast-paced game that can be played by people of all ages. But what many don’t realize is that pickleball has an interesting history — one which goes back almost 50 years!

The sport was created in 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle Washington. Three dads had just finished playing badminton when they decided to make up their own game instead. They used Ping-Pong paddles and a plastic ball with holes so it wouldn’t fly away when hit with the paddle. The net used was lower than a regular badminton net and the court size was much smaller as well.

The name “pickleball” came from Joel Pritchard’s wife who called it “a pickle” because it involved mixing different sports together like you would mix together ingredients in a recipe—hence the name “pickle.” By 1976, there were over 2 million players across North America! Pickleball quickly spread around the world during this time period due to its simplicity and versatility – anyone could play regardless of age or gender.

Modern Day Pickleball

Today, pickleball continues to gain popularity among casual players as well as competitive athletes alike – thanks partly due to its accessibility (it doesn’t require expensive equipment) but also because it provides an enjoyable way for people both young and old to stay active while having fun at the same time! While there are now official rules governing how pickles should be played (such as court sizes), most recreational games stick closely to those original rules established back in 1965: low nets, reduced court sizes relative to other racket sports – all these help create an exciting atmosphere where everyone can enjoy themselves without worrying about technical details too much.


Pickles have come a long way since first being invented nearly half century ago; yet despite its evolution over time, much remains true about this unique sport today – namely that anyone can learn how to play regardless of age or skill level! Thanks largely due its accessibility compared other racket sports such as tennis or squash; pickles continue captivate large audiences both online & off allowing individuals everywhere keep fit & healthy no matter their current physical condition or location– making this fantastic pastime here stay awhile longer yet still counting…