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The History And Rules Of Pickleball


Pickleball History

Pickleball was invented during the summer of 1965 by three men who lived on a small island very close to Seattle, Washington. Joel Pritchard, William Bell and Barney McCallum were looking for a sport the whole family could play when they created Pickleball.   

This game was named after Joel Pritchard's dog named Pickles. Pickles (the dog) became interested in the new game and would pick up any loose ball and disappear with it. Hence, the name "Pickle Ball." In the beginning the game was played on any hard surface such as backyard patios, driveways and on dead end streets. Since the mid 1970's formal rules have been developed. In 1972 a corporation was formed to protect the new game (Pickle-Ball, Inc.). The three-creators also formed the United States Pickle-Ball Association (U.S.A.P.A.) to govern and promote the sport. The game is now played in schools, recreational facilities and health clubs. Pickleball is still being played at family homes.   

Pickleball is a net court game that is played by either two or four people. Doubles play with four people will be the most practical arrangement due to the number of students in physical education classes. The doubles badminton court on the gymnasium floor or on any hard, smooth outside surface can be converted to a pickleball court.   

Simply attach a pickleball or badminton net to standards at a height of 3 feet. Light weight wooden paddles and the plastic "whiffle-like" ball help to produce exciting long rallies which consist of ground strokes and volleys at the net similar to tennis. 

Pickleball Rules

  1. The Court:  The net is hung 36" on ends and should be 34" at the middle.  When laying out courts, allow enough room at the ends and sides for player movement.  
  2. The Serve:  Player must keep one foot behind the back line when serving.  The serve is made underhand.  The server must contact the ball in the air; it cannot be hit after a bounce. The service is made diagonally cross court and should land between the non-volley zone and the baseline.  Only one serve attempt is allowed, except if the ball touches the net on the serve and lands in the proper service court.  Then the serve may be taken over.  At the start of each game, the first serving team is allowed only one fault before giving up the serve to the opponents.  Thereafter, both members of each team will serve than default before the ball is turned over to the opposing team (in doubles).  
  3. A point is scored by the serving team when the receiving team (or player) makes a fault.  
  4. When the serving team makes its first fault, players will stay on the same courts and turn the ball over to the other team.  Players switch courts only after scoring.  
  5. Singles Play:  All rules apply with one exception; when serving in singles, each player serves from the right hand court when the score is 0 or an even number and from the left hand court when the score is odd numbered.  
  6. Determining the Serving Team or Player:  Use a coin toss or rally the ball until a fault is made.  The winner has the option of serving first or receiving.  
  7. Volley:  All volleying (hitting the ball before it bounces) must be done with player's feet behind the non-volley zone line.  It is a fault if the player steps over the line on the volley follow through.  
  8. Double Bounce Rule:  Each team must play their first shot off the bounce.  That is, the receiving team must let the serve bounce and the serving team must let the return of serve bounce before playing it.
  9. Scoring:  A team may score a point only when serving.  A player who is serving shall continue to do so until a fault is made by his/her team.  The game is played to 11 points.  A team must win by 2 points.  
  10. Fault:  It is a fault when:

  • Hitting a ball out of bounds.  A ball landing on the line is good;
  • The ball does not clear the net;
  • Stepping into the non-volley zone and volleying the ball;
  • Volleying the ball before it has bounced once on each side of the net.

Additional Rules     a) The server may not serve until his opponent is ready, but the opponent shall be deemed "ready" if a return of serve is attempted.     b) If a player is playing a ball that has bounced in the non-volley zone and she/he touches the net with the paddle or any part of the body, it will constitute a fault for that player.     c) A service fault occurs when the server swings the paddle with the intent of striking the ball but misses.     d) Only the player served to may receive the service, but if the ball touches or is hit by his/her partner, the serving side scores a point.

Trilogy Pickleball Court Building Project Donors


  • The Worth Group
  • Fred La Monica and The FocusPointe Team
  • Don & Linda Beardsworth
  • Don & Pam Paisley
  • Kathy Leisenring - In memory of George Leisenring
  • Steve & Carol Drum
  • Jim & Pat Wenckus
  • Robert & Sandy Schlager
  • Chet & Maria Britten


Thank you to all of the volunteers and to all club members and Trilogy residents who made contributions to the pickleball court building fund. Without them, we might not be enjoying this fun sport here at Trilogy today. Thanks also to Shea Homes for their generous financial commitment  and support. Working together we have accomplished our goal of building permanent pickleball courts here at Trilogy! Here, we recognize those folks who made contributions to the fund.


  • Dennis O'Hearn
  • Bob & Linda Nolan 
  • Donald & Judy Johnson
  • Bryan & Glenda Jackson
  • Mike & Robin Flanagan
  • Larry & Phyllis Wojciechowski
  • Len & Vicki Stricker
  • Jim & Sharol Harris
  • Sharol Harris - Harris   & Macneil, 
  • Manley & Barbara Perkel
  • Kevin Hunt


  • Michael Santonino
  • Ken Woodfield
  • Carl & Fran Rosker
  • Donald & Greer Gladstone
  • David King
  • Lee Beatrice
  • Ron Oats
  • Lucinda Killion
  • Phil & Kathie Dunmeyer
  • Lucille Matlock
  • Warden Palmer
  • David Nicholson
  • Don Hackett
  • Randy & Dee Lewis
  • Gary Terachsel
  • John Jensen
  • Gene & Pat Adler
  • Judith Gage
  • Scott & Denise Carty
  • Adriene Kirschner
  • John Lyon
  • Terry & Lynne Aubel
  • John Lampe
  • JL Meyers
  • Frank & Chris Visceglie
  • Gordon & Sue Rule
  • Debbi Hill & Maureen Archer- Premier Designs Jewelry
  • Tom & Karen Walsh
  • Will Richard
  • Robert Moore
  • Dennis O'Hearn
  • Bob & Linda Noland
  • Joel & Christine Cane
  • Jerry and Susie Burs
  • Carol Wood
  • Mark and Jane Siewers
  • Mike and Patsy Pagliarulo
  • Jude LeBlanc
  • Robert and Darlene Taylor


  • Gregg & Inez Vincent
  • Sue Bentley
  • Stu & Beverly Bernstein
  • John & Gigi LeMaster
  • Ronald & Arlene Pierantozzi
  • Jay & Genanne Davis
  • Marvin & Linda Shadman
  • Sandy Goodwin
  • Vasant Acharya
  • John Hanna
  • Bruce Lemkau
  • Dan Cathy Fisher
  • Jerry & Joyce Parker
  • Jeff & Sabrina Forgan
  • Brad & Ellen Ashinoff
  • Doug Vetter
  • Mark & Debbie Spinnato
  • Fran & Sandy Consagra
  • Steve Wong- Onix Sports, Inc.
  • Bruce Bergland
  • Stephen Lattion
  • Yvonne & Gorden Campbell
  • Linda Julson
  • John Jensen
  • Al Smith - Merchants of   Print
  • Jo Ann Claiborne
  • 71 American Grill
  • Elaine Hertz
  • Dianne Seldin
  • Joan Reichert
  • Joe & Maria Setticase
  • Victoria Redoble
  • Pickleball Inc.
  • David & Diane Krichbaum
  • Brownie & Colleen Brownworth
  • Thomas Fontaine


  • Dr. Scott Mitchell- Mitchell   Chiropractic
  • Barbara Whitaker
  • Dan & Kay Wick
  • Lee & Debbie McNaught
  • Bill Halker
  • Ron Dunlop
  • Robert Clemmens
  • Inga Arnadottir
  • Bill & Barbara Langley
  • Dick & Sharon Gilbert
  • Rod & Linda Heining
  • Dan & Liz Barker
  • Bill & Melanie Mindick
  • Kimberly Williams Nance
  • Steve & Angie Parker
  • Sue Gusich - Silpada   Designs
  • Bud Gusich
  • Ellen Pressman
  • Larry & Linda Burditt
  • Bill & Adele Dobbins
  • Barbara West Whitaker
  • Dolores Thain and Sue Bieber - The   Gemini Team
  • Merlin & Ellen Dressel
  • Joe Masisak - FPNP Firearms   & Training
  • Nick & June Martucci
  • Jack & Carol Perveiler 
  • Bob Williams
  • Dennis O'Hearn
  • Bob & Linda Noland
  • Kim & Joan Arbuckle
  • Gary & Kae Harris
  • Stewart & Linda Helfrich
  • Ted and Lana Friedman-Friedman Realty Associates
  • Frank and Carol Riebli
  • Jim and Dana Harish