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The Popularity of Pickleball

By: Turf Valley Resort / 14 Dec 2021

By: Jen Wingate, Association and Non-Profit Account Executive

Pickleball is a name that most of us have started to hear more frequently. Even though it has been around for quite some time, the popularity has increased drastically, mostly due to the pandemic. According to the Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), Pickleball grew by 21% in 2020.


10 Fun Facts About Pickleball You Might Not Know:

 ►  In 1965, three dads, Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum were looking for something to entertain their kids. They tried to play badminton but could not find the proper equipment. So, they improvised with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball in Bainbridge Island, WA.

 ►  The first permanent court was built in 1967.

 ►  The name pickleball has nothing to do with the pickles you eat. The name came from Joe Pritchard's cocker spaniel, Pickles, who loved chasing the balls.

 ►  The Minto US Open Pickleball Championship was first held in 2016.

 ►  A pickleball must have between 26-40 holes to meet regulations. 

 ►  Pickleball players are called "Picklers"

 ►  You don't "lose" a game, you have "Pickled."

 ►  There is a kitchen, but it's not what you think it is. You must stay out of this one! The "kitchen" is the  non-volley zone, which is 7 feet back from either side of the net. 

 ►  The "Double Bounce Rule" requires Picklers to let the ball bounce once on their side of the  net before making a return shot.

 ►  The average person will burn about 250 calories during 30 minutes of playing. (That's about 2  glasses of wine!)

Hopefully this inspires you to want to try the sport. It is a fun game that encourages fitness and    socialization. One game could change your life. Visitors to Turf Valley Resort have the opportunity to try pickleball on our court, in addition to other resort features

Can't wait to see you out on the courts!


Written by: Jen Wingate, Association and Non-Profit Account Executive

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