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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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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:
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