Sunday, December 27, 2009

History of Pickleball

Pickleball is a sport similar to badminton and tennis, with some elements of ping-pong. It involves playing on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court with a hard paddle and a wiffle ball.

Pickle-Ball was created in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. The original purpose was to provide a sport for the entire family. The name came from their family dog called 'Pickles' that hides the ball in their backyard. Hence, 'Pickles-ball' became Pickleball. Initially Pickleball was played in backyards on a hard surface, driveways, residential streets. Since the mid-seventies PickleBall has expanded from a family activity to a formalized activity complete with specific rules for game play.

The Pickleball court is identical to a doubles badminton court. Actual size of the court is 20×44 feet for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36 inches on the ends, and 34 inches in the middle.

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