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How Pickleball Started

101 Pickleball - How Pickleball Started

Pickleball Origin Story:

Pickleball began as a simple backyard game that has grown into an international phenomenon. Imagine a sunny afternoon in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington pickleball was born. Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum was just looking to entertain their bored children. Little did they know that their simple creation would evolve into one of the fastest-growing sports in America.

Joel Pritchard, who was then a congressman from Washington State, along with his friend Bill Bell, returned from a golf outing to find their families restless and in need of an activity. They checked through the garage and found some ping-pong paddles and a plastic ball. With an old badminton court at their disposal but no shuttlecock, they improvised by lowering the net to 36 inches at the ends and 34 inches at the center.

The combination of elements from tennis, badminton, and table tennis created a unique blend of game that is easy to learn yet challenging enough. 

It’s simple rules made it easy for all ages alike while still offering challenging play for those seeking for more intensity.

Word spread quickly like a wildfire about this new game called Pickleball.It is named after Pritchard's family dog Pickles who would chase after stray balls during playtime or possibly after "pickle boats" in crew where oarsmen were chosen from leftovers of other boats; accounts vary but both add to its charm! Friends invited friends over for matches; neighbors became curious spectators turned participants; soon enough entire communities were hooked!

Recognizing its potential beyond casual backyard funsies led Barney McCallum (the third co-founder) along with others towards formalizing rules & equipment standards ensuring consistency across games played anywhere anytime! 

They crafted wooden paddles specifically designed handling larger surface area required hitting wiffle-like balls used instead traditional ones seen other racquet sports thus enhancing control precision shots making gameplay smoother enjoyable overall experience regardless skill level involved!

As interest grew exponentially so did demand proper courts leading establishment first dedicated facility Greenlake Park Seattle followed numerous others nationwide eventually globally too! Schools began incorporating curriculum promoting physical fitness teamwork among students while senior centers embraced low-impact nature appealing older adults seeking active lifestyle without strain joints muscles typically associated high-intensity activities like running basketball etcetera hence proving inclusive sport truly anyone everyone alike!

People playing a doubles pickleball game

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