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.
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
1. If there is disagreement whether the ball was clearly in or out, play the point over.
2. Never walk behind a court (or enter one) while a rally is in progress.
3. When a point is over, return the ball to your opponent, not merely in his/her general direction.
4. If the opponent claims there was a major distraction while hitting a shot (such as a ball bouncing onto the court), don't hesitate to replay the point.
5. Verbal outbursts are -distracting to your opponent and to players on other courts.
6. Throwing equipment in anger is unsportsmanlike and dangerous. Control your temper on the court at all times.
7. Give your opponent time to get into position to return the ball before you serve.