Two, three or four players are sufficient to play a pickleball game. Like tennis, pickleball is a racquet sport requiring only enough team members for singles, doubles or cutthroat.
A pickleball court has a layout and dimensions similar to a badminton court. The game, alternatively spelled pickle-ball, is a 1960s invention attributed to Joel Pritchard, who was then the State Representative of Washington. He modified a badminton court by lowering the net, using makeshift paddles and a whiffle ball as substitutes for badminton racquets and a misplaced shuttlecock. His wife, Joan Pritchard, once said that the improvised, thrown-together aspect of the game reminded her of a pickle boat's oarsmen, who are typically leftovers from other crews.