What is pickleball?

From the USAPA site : A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. 

The Basics

  • A sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  • Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
  • Played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
  • Played as doubles or singles.

History of Pickleball

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. 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 handmade 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. More history is available on the USAPA site. 

What size is a pickleball court?

How do your keep score in doubles pickleball?

The most common game format is to 11 points, win by 2 points. A team can only score a point when serving. Here is a more detailed description of scoring.

Where can I play pickleball?

Please check the Places2Play site for locations near you. 


Where can I learn to play pickleball?

Please check the Lessons page for locations near you. 

What paddles are approved? 

Please see the USAPA Paddle List.


What balls are approved? 

Please see the USAPA Ball List.