What is PickleBall?PickleBall is a paddle sport combining several sports into one. Wrap badminton, tennis, and ping-pong (table tennis) all into one, and you have PickleBall. The playing field is the same size as a badminton court (20'x44'), used by both singles and doubles play. The net is similar to a tennis net, extending 1 foot past the court width on both sides, 36" high on the ends, and 34" high in the middle. Any flat, hard surface is great for PickleBall, but most games are played on tennis court surfaces and gymnasium floors. Solid surface wooden, graphite, or aluminum paddles are used for hitting a stronger construction whiffle ball back and forth over the net. Enjoyed and played by people all ages, PickleBall is one of the fastest growing sports in the US, due to the smaller court and lightweight paddles.
How did PickleBall get its name?It was in 1965 on Bainbridge Island where U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard and his best friend Bill Bell modified a badminton court. They lowered the net, made custom wooden paddles from plywood, and borrowed a whiffle ball from neighbor Dick Greene. The name PickleBall stuck when Joel's wife Joan said the game reminded her of a Pickle Boat crew, where oarsmen were selected from the leftovers of other boats. Yes there are other stories, like "Pickles the Dog", but the dog "Pickles" actually came 2 years later.
Where can I play PickleBall?PickleBall.net is trying hard to list every location that has PickleBall available (worldwide). So if you don't see any locations listed near you on our location map, try calling your local recreation centers, YMCA's and gymnasiums to see if they host drop-in PickleBall. And if you can't find any locations, you can always purchase a net and setup on a tennis court. Portable nets make it so easy to setup a court anywhere, and you'll be surprised how many people will want to play. PickleBall is quite addictive!
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