Pickleball Tournament coming to Palm Springs (November 3 – 11, 2018)

An introduction to Pickleball – or as some say “The Fastest Growing Sport in America”.

Until recently I had never heard of Pickleball – now Pickleball seems to be the talk of the town here in Palm Springs…especially with the Pickleball National Championship coming soon to the famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden (November 3 – 11, 2018).  The upcoming tournament will have 2,500 players of all ages and skill levels and the best part – admission is free.  For those who are not familiar with the game and want to come and check it out for the first time, this is a great to way to see the game firsthand.

So what exactly is Pickleball?  Well, it’s a racket / paddle sport.  It combines elements of badminton, tennis, table tennis and ping pong. Two to four players use a solid paddle to hit a perforated ball (similar to a wiffle ball) over a net.  The game is played using an underhand stroke with contact below the waist level.

a diagram showing where players stand on a court

Pickleball Diagram – photo taken from Internet

A pickle ball paddle with the name "diller" on it alongside a yellow wiffle ball placed on a wooden court floor

The Pickle-ball paddle and ball – photo taken from the Internet

Who invented Pickleball?  The game was invented (sort of by accident) in 1965 by Joel Pritchard (a Congressman from Washington State) and Bill Bell at Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island.  Legend has it that the guys came home from playing golf and were bored.  They wanted to play badminton, but they couldn’t find the shuttlecock so instead they improvised with a wiffle ball, lowered the tennis court net, and made some paddles from plywood found in the shed.

Two men wearing white t-shirts and white shorts standing on a pickleball court

Congressman Joel Pritchard – Creator of Pickleball – photo taken from the Internet

Why is it called Pickleball?  There are a few stories about how the game was named.  The Pitchard’s had a dog named Pickles and some say the game was named for the dog.  (This is disputed by those who say, the dog – Pickles – came to the home two years after they started playing the game and that the dog was named for the game.)  Others say that Joan Pritchard (wife of Joel) said that the game reminded her of a Pickle boat where the crew of a boat is comprised of the leftover men – and this game used the leftovers found by the men.

A cartoon image of 4 people shaped liked pickles holding yellow and green paddles and standing on a blue tennis court

Why is it called Pickleball? photo taken from the Internet

With so many tennis courts here in Palm Springs, the game seems to be very popular.  Most communities, neighborhoods, and parks have converted a few tennis courts to Pickleball Courts and teams seems to be springing up!  But be careful out there, I also hear Pickleball referred to as “the Orthopedists best friend!”.  Watch out for twisting ankles and wrists!

A diagram showing the size and dimensions of a pickle ball court compared to a tennis court

Pickle-ball court compared to a tennis court – photo taken from the Internet


If you’d like to learn more about Pickleball and the upcoming tournament, check out:


If you’d like to join local Pickleball Team here in Palm Springs, check out:


And don’t forget, for some nice relaxation after watching Pickleball all day, don’t forget about our Scandanavian Spa  https://www.themonkeytreehotel.com/spa

There is no better way to relax at the end of the day than in our dry sauna, hot tub, and our chilled cold plunge (and a glass of our complimentary sangria).

If you are coming for the Pickleball Tournament and haven’t booked your stay, we have few rooms left here at The Monkey Tree Hotel (located 15 miles from Indian Wells Tennis Garden).  https://www.iwtg.net/ 

We offer a 10% discount for Pickleball attendees.  Call us at 760-322-6059 or book your stay here: 

https://secure.thinkreservations.com/themonkeytreehotel/reservations?_ga=2.202696280.816343783.1539896319-1311821474.1528565863, then email us to let us know you have reserved and we will put through the 10% discount and send you a revised confirmation.  

A white bed with a blue blanket on the left side of the room.  A blue sofa and coffee table on the right side of the room.  A yellow bar with 2 barstools in the background of the room

King Bed / Kitchenette Room at The Monkey Tree Hotel

A green lawn with a swimming pool in the center.  White lounge chairs and yellow umbrellas surround the pool.  Palm trees, blue skies and mountains in the background.

Poolside View at The Monkey Tree Hotel

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