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Pickleball??

The game with the funny name!
Facts & History

After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net.As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.

  • Pickleball was created in 1965.

    The first rulebook was published in March, 1984 and "the USAPA was formed in 2005 to promote the sport. It maintains the official rules, sanctions tournaments, provides player rankings and produces the annual National Pickleball Tournament. It is run by an Executive Director and a volunteer board of directors supported by thousands of dues-paying members." ~USAPA. In 2020 USAPA rebranded as "USA Pickleball", aligning more consistently it with other US sports governing bodies and our USA Pickleball National Championships. ~USA Pickleball

  • popularity!

    There are more than 4,004,113 total participants that play pickleball. (~SFIA report 2021) Up from more than 2,815,000 participants in the 2017 SFIA report! The average age for all players is 41 years old. (~SFIA report 2019) From 2019 to 2020, there was a 21.3% increase in pickleball participants. In 2020, there were 2,578,000 male pickleball participants and there were 1,193,000 college graduate pickleball participants. (~SFIA report 2021)

  • Where to play?

    There are currently 8,235+ places to play in North America alone. Find locations by clicking "Where/When to play?" or download our "Pickleball Locator" app on the Apple, Google and Amazon Appstore’s.

  • Pickleball, The Name

    Pickleball has a very interesting name, especially since no pickles are used. Accounts of how the name originated differ. (1)According to Joel Pritchard’s wife (Joan), she started calling the game pickleball because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats”. (2) However, according to Barney McCallum, the game was officially named after the Prichards’ dog Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it. According to McCallum, “The Pritchards had a dog named Pickles, and you’re having fun at a party, right? So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it pickleball.” Others claim both accounts may actually be true. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. However a year or two after the game was invented, the Pritchards purchased a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, an official name was needed and “pickleball” was it. ~USA Pickleball

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Engage
Engage
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EngagePickleball is a US-based manufacturer that takes Pickleball paddles to the next level. They perform every step of the paddle manufacturing process themselves here in the United States.
Selkirk
Selkirk
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Selkirk Sport is a leading manufacturer of high-performance Pickleball paddles. They believe in never compromising their paddle’s workmanship, materials, and performance. They are a family owned company dedicated to innovation and quality.
Onix
Onix
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At Onix, they’re pickleball fanatics, just like you. They love the game and are committed to growing the sport of pickleball with top-of-the line products – a job that they take very seriously. Founded in 2005, their mission has always been to deliver top-quality equipment with advanced technologies and features that raise the bar for everyone on the court. Their paddles are designed by players, for players.
Gamma
Gamma
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Gamma is excited to be at the leading edge of America’s fastest growing sport – pickleball. Their advanced knowledge of composites, plastics and manufacturing techniques enables GAMMA to create pickleball paddles and balls with materials and methods that few can match. Located along the beautiful Allegheny River in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, their facility includes a state of the art research and development lab and onsite courts for product testing (and a bit of friendly competition among employees).
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on court off court
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OnCourt OffCourt has proudly been developing products for pickleball since 2009, when they teamed with the USAPA to develop and design the portable USAPA Pickleball Net that is still available today and at a discount on this webpage. They also private label pickleball nets for several other companies and have patents pending on many of the improvements that their net systems are continuously undergoing.
vulcan
vulcan
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Founded in 2015, Vulcan Sporting Goods Co.™ takes design very seriously. From the beginning with the iconic “Old Glory” pattern, Vulcan connects style with innovation. The Vulcan Team believes, at the core, in the simple logic of creating fresh products with relevant aesthetics. By continually producing new designs and influencing new market trends, Vulcan helps athletes express style and personality while pushing performance.The most important part of creating products for the Vulcan Team is producing innovations that give today’s athletes a next-level edge, as well as displaying vibrant style. For example, each grip created features the latest technology in materials science—with lay flat edge technology, VULCAN ADVANCED LOGIC™ polymer as a base, and the patented maze pattern to create the ultimate gripping system.Vulcan Sporting Goods Co. continues to push forward, creating new products for baseball, softball, tennis, and pickleball. Vulcan is the super-excited division of Tanners Team Sports Inc., the world’s leading supplier of team sports accessories. Learn more about the parent company at tanners.com.
Pickleball, Inc.
Pickleball, Inc.
Manufacturer/Distributor
They are the company that started it all. Their founders and their friends invented the game of pickleball in 1965, and as it started to catch-on in the Pacific Northwest, Pickleball, Inc. was founded in 1972 to help people get the paddles, nets, and balls they needed to play the game. Over the years they have served the needs of hundreds of thousands of players worldwide. Their commitment to the sport is unique, and they have worked hard to innovate while protecting the integrity of the game.

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