Like all games, the history behind Pickleball has funny details, some of which we know for general culture such as the truth behind the curious name of the game -inspired after Pickles, the dog of one the founders- or the fact that the 50 year old game was created out of the boredom of two families and it ended up becoming so popular it’s now included as a sport in schools across the US.
Those and many other little quirks like the game terminology might have come to your attention, but here we bring you four little known facts that might surprise you about this fun sport:
The sport has its own national association
The United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) was founded in 2005 with the purpose of directing and promoting the sport. The organization also runs programs to establish connections with new players and grow the pickleball’s community.
Pickleball it’s present worldwide
Besides it’s base in US, the game has already strong communities in spanish, french and english speaking countries, such as Canada, Great Britain, Spain and France.
The largest pickleball’s tournament to date registered more than 1,000 players
Back to 2017, USAPA National Championships gathered more than 1300 competitors to play pickleball in Casa Grande, Arizona. Also, this year’s tournament added six more matches due to the increasing interest in the sport.
More than 2 million people are active players in the US
According to the 2017 Pickleball Participant Report held by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), over 2.815 million people have played pickleball in the US. Also, according numbers provided by USAPA, active participants are mostly located in California, Oregon and Washington, with over 263,000 players.