Who Invented Pickleball?

Three men invented pickleball with one goal in mind—to keep their children entertained during a summer vacation on Bainbridge Island, WA.
Who invented Pickleball

Pickleball was created in 1965 by Bill Bell, Barney McCallum, and US Congressman JoelPritchard. The three men invented the game to keep their children entertained during a summer vacation on Bainbridge Island, WA.

The three dads combined elements from three different sports. They used ping-pong paddles, a wiffle ball, and a badminton court. The game evolved through the following summers and eventually became a popular activity among the adults vacationing on the island.

In less than a decade, the game had spread to other regions and was featured in a tennis magazine. Pickleball is now played by people of all ages in countries around the world.

John Warner

John Warner

John is a pickleball fanatic and father of two.  He is an avid player and competes in local tournaments whenever he can. In addition to his love for the game, John is also passionate about teaching others and has organized several pickleball clinics for beginners in his community. He and his wife, first met on a pickleball court, and now make sure to set aside time each week to play together as a family and teach their two toddlers to art of the dink.

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