Pickleball was invented by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum in the summer of 1965. It was originally an improvised game designed to make use of badminton equipment in the absence of a proper set of rackets.
Pickleball was first played on a badminton court on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The court was owned by Joel Pritchard, and this first game was played between he and Bill Bell. The game utilized two ping-pong paddles, a light plastic ball and a regulation-height badminton net. Barney McCallum was introduced to the game a week later, after which the three men developed a set of rules. The first dedicated pickleball court was built in 1967 in the backyard of Pritchard's neighbor, Bob O’Brian.