Where Was Pickleball Originated? A Brief History Of This Fun Sport

The Fascinating History of Pickleball

Pickleball is growing in popularity across America and beyond, but where did this unique sport originate from? While the exact origins remain somewhat of a mystery, it’s clear that pickleball has a fascinating history. From its unusual beginnings to its present day success, let’s take a look at everything we know about the game.

The Beginnings of Pickleball

It all began back in 1965 when friends Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum were looking for something to do on Bainbridge Island near Seattle. After failing to find suitable equipment for badminton they created their own by combining elements of other sports – such as tennis, ping pong and wiffle ball – forming what we now know as pickleball! The name “pickleball” came from the Pritchards’ dog Pickles who watched them play the game or would chase after the balls they hit into each others court.

Modern Day Success

Since then pickleball has taken off around America becoming one of the fastest growing sports with more than 3 million players now nationwide! It can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age or skill level due to its relatively low-impact nature combined with easy-to-learn rules. As well as being played recreationally, it has also been adopted by schools and colleges across America which is helping introduce new generations to this exciting sport!


Pickled was invented initially out of necessity due to a lack of suitable equipment for badminton, but fast forward over 50 years later, and it’s become an incredibly popular pastime having spread far beyond its humble beginnings on Bainbridge Island near Seattle. With millions playing across America every year, it seems that people are just discovering why so many love this vibrant sport – making sure that Pickles legacy lives on long into future generations!