What is pickleball？
①What is pickleball?
Pickleball is a racket sport that combines the characteristics of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The pickleball court is the size of a badminton court. The net is about the same height as a tennis net. It is like an enlarged billiard board. The pickleball ball is a hollow plastic ball slightly larger than a tennis ball with multiple holes. Similar to tennis, you can hit the ball on the ground or directly volley in the air. Over the years, millions of people around the world have tried and gained a good reputation. Pickleball is undoubtedly a trendy sport that is fun, easy to learn and suitable for all ages.
②The origin of pickleball
In 1965, on Bainbridge Island in Seattle, USA, it was another rainy day. Three pals with top emotions had been having a own circle of relatives gathering. One of them, Joel Pritchard Congress In order to let a group of bored children have something to do, the councilor randomly took two boards and a plastic baseball after the rain stopped, urging all the children of the gathering family to come to the badminton court in his backyard, and lowered the badminton net to The position of his waist began to play around. Both adults and children played very vigorously. Joel and Bill, another guest neighbor, immediately invited Mr. Barney McCallum, the host of the party, to study the rules and scoring methods of the game together. In the beginning, they also used table tennis rackets to play, but they broke after playing. Therefore, Barney made a prototype of the current pickleball paddle in the basement of his home, using wood boards as materials, and it is durable. They then formulated the preliminary rules of Pickleball by referring to the characteristics, playing methods and scoring methods of tennis, badminton and table tennis. The more everyone played, the more fun they found. Soon after, relatives, friends and neighbors were invited to join. After decades of promotion and media dissemination, this novel, easy and interesting sport has gradually become popular all over the United States.
③The origin of the name of the Pickleball
Mr. Barney McCallum, one of the inventors, and his neighbor friend Dick Brown each have a cute twin puppy at home. When the owner and friends play ball in the backyard, these two puppies often go chasing and biting Rolling the ball, this new sport didn't have a name at the beginning, and they were often asked the name of this new sport, but they couldn't answer for a while. One day not long after, the adults of the three families got together again to choose a name. Seeing the two cute puppies LuLu and Pickle chasing the plastic ball again, Joel had an idea and proposed to use the McCallum family’s puppy Pickle ( pickled cucumber) and was unanimously approved by everyone present. Since then, this new ball game has an interesting, resounding and commemorative name pickleball. What's more interesting is that in some American pickleball games, the winning prize is a bottle of pickled cucumbers. When this prize is presented, it really makes people smile.