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Pickleball is a sport that uses a paddle and a perforated plastic ball. It uses components from badminton, ping pong and tennis. A player serves the ball underhand diagonally over a net to the service court area of the opponent's side.


To play pickleball, serve underhand to your opponent diagonally across the court. He must allow the ball to bounce once before returning it. Let it bounce, and then hit it back. After this, either player may volley the ball (hit it in the air) or let it bounce once.


Pickleball was invented in 1965 by Washington State Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell in Bainbridge Island, Washington. The two began developing the game over the course of a weekend after not having enough rackets to play badminton with their familie...


According to the USA Pickleball Association, Pickleball is a sport played by 2 or 4 players that combines the rules and skills of badminton, ping-pong and tennis. Players use paddles to serve and return plastic balls on a badminton or modified tennis court.


Congressman Joel Pritchard and his two friends, Barney McCallum and Bill Bell, invented pickleball in 1965. During the spring of 1976, the first known pickleball tournament occurred, and by 1990, people in all 50 states played the game.


Pickleball is named after the pickle boat, which is the name of the boat that comes in last with its catch. There is an untrue story that indicated the game was named after the owner's dog.


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.