Pickleball Basics

Brief History

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts

The Court



A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton court

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To download the offical USAPA pickleball rule book, click on the image on the right.

What do I need to play pickleball?

Basically the only items required is a net, a wiffle type ball and paddle.

The Pickleball Net

A professional Pickleball net height should be 36” high on both ends at the poles. The height in the middle of the net, however, should only be 34” high. If you have those measurements taken care of then you are ready to start a game! If you play with San Juan Bautista a net will be supplied during schedule times of play.

The Pickleball Paddle & Ball

When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from
wood, however today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials,including aluminum and graphite.
The ball itself is unique, with holes through it like a wiffle ball and there are different ball models intended for indoor and outdoor play. The ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis
ball and is usually white or yellow in color.

For additional information, go to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) by clicking the following link.

More Pickleball Information: Go to USAPA.org.