Where Is Pickleball From? A Brief History Of This Popular Sport

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Exploring the Origin of Pickleball

Pickleball is an increasingly popular sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s a fun game for people of all ages, enjoyed by recreational players as well as competitive athletes. But where did pickleball come from? Let’s explore the history behind this dynamic sport.

The Birthplace of Pickleball

Pickleball was invented in 1965 by three Washington State families: the Ambler family, the Smith family and the Pritchard family. The story goes that they were looking for something to do together on vacation one summer day when Joel Pritchard came up with a plan to modify their badminton set into what would become known as pickleball. They created paddles out of plywood cut-outs and used wooden balls with perforations like those used in wiffle ball sets.

It didn’t take long before word spread about this new game, which quickly gained popularity throughout Washington State and beyond. By 1968, there were over 200 courts dedicated to pickleball in various parts of North America thanks to its founders promoting it through local parks & recreation departments across the continent!

Continued Growth Of Pickleboll Worldwide

Today, pickleball has grown exponentially globally — especially here in North America — with more than 3 million players estimated worldwide playing on thousands upon thousands of courts built specifically for this beloved sport! This immense growth can be attributed largely due to its accessibility; anyone can play!! People who enjoy outdoor activities or are just looking for something different from traditional sports have found solace in pickling regardless age or skill level!


No matter where you go today – whether it’s a local park near your home or even an international tournament – chances are you’ll find someone playing pickup-up ball! From its humble beginnings created by three families back 1965 while vacationing together on Bainbridge Island off Washington State’s coast, pickled has since gone global becoming one of world’s most popular racquet sports today!