Pickleball anyone? Have you ever played or even heard about the big new sport in the Lakes Region? It actually has been around for over 50 years! It is a wonderful sport that all ages can play. Grab a partner and a paddle and enjoy the great game of Pickleball!
1965 : Pickleball was created by Joel Prichard and Bill Bell in the state of Washington. Joel was a Congressman of Washington State and Bill was a successful businessman.
During the summer of 1965 while on vacation together they created pickleball using mix matched and make-shift equipment including a badminton net, ping pong paddles and small plastic balls.
Joan Pritchard came up with the name “Pickle Ball “ from a term used in her rowing days at college: “Pickle Boat”.
1976: 1st World Tournament
1984: The United States Amateur Pickleball Association (USAPA) was organized with an official rule book.
A Corporation was formed as USA Pickleball Association.
1990: Pickleball is being played in all 50 states.
2022: Today there are over 53,000 players with a USA Pickleball Membership.
Types of Pickleball Strokes:
- Overhead smash
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