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How did Pickleball get started – who, where and when?

How did Pickleball get started – who, where and when?

Developed in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, by three venturesome fathers – Joel Pritchard, Bill Ringer, and Barney McCallum. Their youngsters were exhausted with their standard school holiday exercises so this is where the ideas and history of Pickleball began.

Pickleball developed from the original handmade equipment and straightforward guidelines into the fastest-growing sport all through North America and is presently taking off in many regions of the world, particularly here in Australia.

The beginning of the game’s name is exceptionally fascinating, particularly since no pickles were utilized. Records of how the name started contrast.

As per Joel Pritchard’s better half (Joan), she began calling the game pickleball in light of the fact that…

“the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.”

Be that as it may, as indicated by Barney McCallum, the game was authoritatively named after the Pritchards’ dog Pickles who would chase the ball and escape with it. As indicated by McCallum…

“the Pritchards had a dog named Pickles, and you’re having fun at a party, right? So anyways, let’s just call it pickleball.”


Others guarantee the two records might be valid. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. Be that as it may, a little while after the game was invented, the Pritchard’s bought a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles.

As the game advanced, an official name was required, and “pickleball” was it.

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