Originating in 1965 the game was created by Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State, Bill Bell, and Barney Mac Callum. They were looking for a game their families could play together. The property had an old badminton court and since they couldn't find any equipment they improvised. Pickleball is very successful in retirement communities but has recently crossed the boundary to all age groups. It is not uncommon to see the 10 year old child playing the 70 year old grandparent and providing a very competitive game for each.
Pickleball is easy to learn, easy to setup, inexpensive to play and provides a vigorous workout. The court is a combination of the badminton and tennis court with a 34" net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball ( similar to a wiffle ball) are all the equipment you need to start. Although you can purchase equipment on this site, most community centers have starter equipment available for you to use during open play times. It won't be very long however before you will need your own equipment and a court diagram to play wherever and when ever you want
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