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.
Webster University's Pickleball Terms
Dillball- a ball suceeding contact with the court (hitting the ground once) and currently live
Flabjack- a midair pickleball that must bounce on the playing surface (return of serve, or returning the return)
Champion Shot- a ball which double bounces in the No Volley Zone
V0ll3y Llama- a player attacking a ball in the No Volley Zone, illegal in gameplan
DangerZone- nickname of the No Volley Zone
Falafel- aka dead paddle, when a ball is hit with little to no force causing the shot to be extremely short.
Pickledome- the court on which the Championship Game is played on
Pickle!- shouted by the server pre-serve to alert the the playing field of the serve
oPA!- often shouted after the Flapjacks have been played and open volleying begins
The Pickleball Ball
A pickleball is similar to a wiffleball, but it is made with a more rigid, heavy material and has smaller holes. The very best quality pickleball is the Fast 40 Dura Pickleballs. These come in three colors -- white, yellow and orange. The common practice is to play outdoors with yellow or orange balls and indoors with white balls, but anything goes. The Big Hole Ball is a slightly slower ball that many people prefer for indoor play.
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 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.
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.
- 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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