The History of Pickleball

The combination of badminton, tennis and ping pong that we know today as pickleball was invented back in the summer of 1965 in the property of the congressman Joel Pritchard, in Washington, United States. Pritchard, along with two friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, came up with a game that started as a way to keep their families entertained while playing with ping pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball in a badminton court.

The game started to grow it’s followers and by 1976 the first pickleball tournament was held in Washington and by 1990 the pickleball was reported to be played all over the US. Being a game adapted for every age, soon enough, in 2001 the game had its first tournament for seniors, in the Huntsman World Senior Games.

At last, in over 50 years of history, what started as a way to pass the time grow up to be a widely known game, currently played in sport club and recreation centers in various countries, with the most courts placed in US, Canada and Spain.

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