Seattle Pickleball Guide

Pickleball was conceived on Bainbridge Island in the summer of 1965 by, of all people, a Republican congressman. Joel Pritchard, along with his friends Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, cobbled together the chimerical offspring of badminton, tennis, ping-pong, and squash to divert their children over summer vacation, back when a mere three months of entertaining one’s family seemed daunting.

Originally played with a badminton racquet and perforated wiffle ball, the fastest-growing sport in America is now played on a twenty-by-forty-four-foot badminton court, governed by rules that resemble those of tennis, with rigid paddles resembling their pingpong counterparts. 


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