Pickleball has become a popular recreational game, but it’s nothing new.
This game was actually developed in 1965 when three friends wanted to play badminton, but didn’t have a shuttlecock, also known as a birdie, and decided to use a Wiffle ball instead.
The friends, Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum, also lowered the net and made paddles out of plywood they had in their shed.
The name “pickleball” comes from the name of a family dog who would chase after the balls.
Because of its origin, it makes sense that pickleball is very similar to badminton.
But it also has similarities to tennis and ping-pong.
The court is 20 by 44 feet and a net is hung to be 36 inches high on the sidelines and 34 inches high in the middle.
The court is striped like a tennis court.
The game is played with paddles and a plastic ball with holes in it.
Pickleball paddles are smaller than tennis rackets, but they are a little larger than ping-pong paddles.Continue reading