The Origin Story: Where Was Pickleball Actually Created?


The Fascinating Origins of Pickleball

Few people realize that Pickleball, the popular sport usually associated with retirees, actually has a fascinating history. It was invented in 1965 by three dads from Washington State who wanted to find an activity for their children and families to play together during summer vacation. Since then, it has grown into a beloved pastime that is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels around the world. But where exactly did Pickleball come from?

The Birthplace of Pickleball: Washington State

Pickleball found its start on Bainbridge Island in Washington State when Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum created the game as a way for their families to enjoy quality time together over summer break. They combined elements of badminton, ping pong and tennis to create a new game that would be easier than those established sports yet still enjoyable for everyone involved. The name “Pickleball” came about because Joel Pritchard’s wife Joan referred to it as the “pickled version” of other racquet games due to its combination of rules from different games!

Growth Around The World

Since then, Pickleball has seen incredible growth both within North America and internationally. In 1972, it was even introduced at recreation centers throughout Canada before becoming more widely known in countries like Australia in 1988 and Japan in 1997. Today there are estimated 3 million players worldwide across all age groups who love playing this versatile game indoors or outdoors – making it one of the fastest-growing sports on the planet!


From humble beginnings as a backyard family game played by three men from Washington state back in 1965, pickleball has gone on become an international sensation loved by millions around the globe today – proving just how far creativity can take you!