Pickleball is a sport that is something of a mix between tennis, badminton and table tennis. It is played with a whiffle ball on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court. The net and rules are similar to tennis, with a few adjustments. Because of its simple rules and straightforward style of play, it is increasingly popular with people of all ages and athletic abilities. Pickleball is also an inexpensive sport to participate in and is played in a multitude of gyms, parks, community centers, schools, and athletic clubs.
Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Congressman Joel Pritchard and friends, William Bell and Barney McCallum, returned from a game of golf and finding their children bored and inactive, decided to create a game that could occupy them. Having only a few badminton paddles, a disused court and a whiffle ball at their disposal, they began lobbing the ball across the net at each other. The game evolved the more they played, and an activity that would keep their kids busy through the summer was born.
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