The Dink History of Pickleball

The Dink History of Pickleball


What is Pickleball? How did it start? Who invented this sport? These questions come to our minds when we first encounter this game. 


Then, Let's have a quick brief history of Pickleball!


Pickleball is a game that resembles tennis in which the players use paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net.  Way back 1965 when Joel Pritchard, a Congressman in Washington State, Bill Bell , a successful Businessman and Barney McCallum founded this game in Bainbridge Island Washington. During that summer, When Pritchard and Bell returned to Pritchard home after they played Golf, they found their families sitting around and nothing else to do. Using the improvised equipment, they started to play with ping pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. Afterwards, these three men created a rule which heavily relied on badminton. Their purpose of this game is to provide the whole family to play together. 


And they Succeeded!


In 1967 when they constructed the First permanent pickleball court in the backyard of Bob O’brian who was the friend and neighbor of Joel Pritchard.


Over the years, Pickleball was played in all 50 States and continues to make it in big sports competitions and tournaments attended with different ages.


This is proof that in times of our boredom, creative minds strike to our head and build a kind of sport that we will enjoy,  have fun and excitement not only by ourselves but also to make us bond with the whole family and friends.


Building a future always comes with a great history, so into sports like Pickleball.