The Origins Of Pickleball

Contributed by Stan Piesla

In 1965 four weekend neighbors on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, Washington, came up with a game to keep their kids busy on the rainy days when their water activities were put on hold. This was the birth of Pickleball.

Thanks to Art Fitch, one of the CCPL co-captains at Sea Grass Plantation, who emailed me last week.. He shared a Pickleball Channel link of a 14 minute interview with one of the founders of the game.

One thing that the video piece doesn’t cover is how the game got its name. It’s named for Pickles, the cocker spaniel belonging to Joel Pritchard, on whose old badminton court those initial games were played. Pickles loved chasing after the ball as it went between opponents.

FUN FACTS: Did you know that there are 2 million people who play pickleball in the United States? And 68% of the players are over the age of 60.

Here’s the link to the video on The Pickleball Channel: