History of Pickleball

Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island - a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. The original purpose of the game was to provide a sport for the entire family, according to co-inventors U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum.

Pickles was the family dog that would chase after the errant balls and then hide in the bushes, thus Pickle's ball which was later shortened to the namesake of Pickleball. Initially, families played Pickleball in their backyards on a hard surface, on driveways, and on residential dead-end streets. Since the mid-1970's, Pickleball has grown and expanded from a family activity game to a paddle court sport with formalized rules. Now, over 20 years later, Pickleball is played in thousands of school P.E. programs, parks and recreation centers, correctional facilities, camps, YMCAs and retirement communities. This sport is becoming very popular among active senior adults at community centers and is growing in popularity on high school and college campuses.
Find Additional information at - USA Pickleball Association.
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The Pickleball Ball

A pickleball is similar to a wiffle ball  but it is more durable. Common whiffle balls will split apart during a game of pickleball.  

There is no rules governing what type of pickleball is played indoors or outdoors or the color of the ball. In our experience most people prefer playing outside with the small holed, hard plastic Dura or Onix ball and so we've come to calling these balls "outdoor" balls. 

Similarly, most people prefer playing indoors with the large holed Jugs or Big Hole Dura Ball, so we've come to calling these balls "indoor balls". 

Ball choice is a matter of preference. Pickleball communities develop a preference for a particular brand and color of ball.  Be warned. People feel strongly about their balls.  Make sure and check what ball your community uses so you don't show up with the "wrong ball". 

To learn more than you ever wanted to know about pickleball balls read our Ball Selection Guide. 


The Paddle

The paddle is similar to a ping pong paddle in that it is solid and easily maneuverable with a turn of the wrist. When game was invented, wooden paddles were used and are still used at many institutions due to lower cost. The best quality paddles are made of lightweight fiberglass due to their lower weight and higher durability. Our champion fiberglass paddles come in a variety of bright colors.

Our most popular item is the Champion Bundle. Two of our best paddles with 6 of our best balls.
The Court

The game itself is played on a court that is the same size as a badminton court (20 feet wide by 44 feet long). The net is set at 36 inches high on the edges and 34 inches in the middle.

Pickleball's small court allows younger players or those with varying degrees of mobility  to participate in a way that the larger court of tennis sometimes prohibits. Additionally, a rule prohibiting volleying (hitting the ball in the air) in the non-volley zone (the space 7 feet from the net) helps to equalize play and reduce overpowering smashes at the net.

Pickleball has become a common high school sport in gym classes and has gained popularity with teenagers as well as seniors. Schools often host tournaments. In New York State alone, it is estimated that over 500 schools include Pickleball in their curricula.
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Congressman 
Joel Pritchard 
in 1980
Getting Started

The Deluxe Set has everything you need to set up a pickleball court and play. The only thing not included in this set is a paved 20 x 22 foot surface, like a driveway.

The Deluxe Pickelball Set includes: 
  • USA Pickleball Association portable net system
  • Champion graphite paddles - four of them! 
  • Pickleballs - six Dura Fast Fourty balls
  • Pickleball Duffel Bag and 
  • Official USA Pickleball Association Rule Book!



Pickleball is a sport described as "a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton", played in schools, parks and recreation centers, camps, and retirement communities.  

Pickleball is FUN. It is also a great work out, very social and a competitive and athletic game. 

It's typically played on a badminton court with a net that is lowered to 34 inches in the middle. Players uses a baseball sized whiffle ball and a paddle, similar to a large ping-pong paddle, to volley the ball back and forth to score on the opposing team.

People of all ages and athletic abilites enjoy playing pickleball. 

Pickleball is easy to learn. After a few minutes of instruction a beginner can enjoy a game with a more experienced player. Try it one day and you’ll be back the next day to play again!

Pickleball is a fantastic way to exercise and spend time with friends and family. Grandparents can enjoy a competitive game with grandchildren.

Pickleball is beyond a hobby - it's addictive.

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