The game of pickleball originated just outside of Seattle in Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1965. Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell invented the game in an effort to give their families something fun to do in the summer, explains the USA Pickleball Association.
The first games were played on an old badminton court with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. After placing the net at a height of 60 inches and volleying the ball over, the players realized the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and lowered it to 36 inches. Once friend Barney McCallum was introduced to pickleball the following weekend, the three men created official rules for the sport, deriving many of them from the game of badminton. The first permanent court was constructed in the backyard of Pritchard’s neighbor in 1967; a corporation was formed to protect the creation of the sport five years later.