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Short History Of Pickleball From 10sBalls • Tennis Players Need To Keep An Open Mind To The Game

About Pickleball

Pickleball was invented by three dads in 1965 as a way to entertain their children during summer. The families resided on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Congressman Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum fashioned handmade equipment and based the simple rules on the existing sports of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Unlike Tennis, Racquetball and many other sports, Pickleball has a short learning curve; you don’t need months of lessons to participate in a fun game. It also is less running compared to Tennis. However, at the same time, it can be very competitive and addicting for all ages, as well as an excellent, fun family activity. Pickleball can be played as both a singles and doubles game, and can be played inside or outdoors, on a court that uses the dimension of a doubles badminton court, along with a modified tennis net. A Pickleball court is 20’ x 44’ for both singles and doubles. The net is hung at 36” at the ends and hangs 34” in the middle. A non-volley zone – called the Kitchen – extends 7’ back from the net on each side.


Editors note • this short history was courtesy of Selkirk Sports which seems to be a well known brand. The sport is great. Tennis courts sitting empty is sad. This sport is in its infancy.

Tennis could teach it a few things. Like issues involving injuries. Or re hydration. The PICKLEBALL players suffer cramps a lot.

Try the Pickle Juice product. We highly recommend it. Our teams been using all summer. No cramps.

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