Pickleball is a fun and addictive game that is played on a badminton-sized court. It combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.
It is played with paddles and a ball similar to a wiffle ball but slightly smaller in size. The net used is a slightly modified tennis net and is lowered to 34 inches at the center.
Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors and as either doubles or singles. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum - whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities - are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.