There are a variety of stories and theories surrounding the origin of the name PICKLEBALL. Some sources credit Joanne Pritchard for coming up with the name as it has a similarity with leftovers of a pickle boat of crew races.
Others believe that the name “pickleball” originated from the Pritchard family, as the sport was named after their dog – Pickles – who would chase the ball around during games.
Irrespective of the differences in theories and beliefs, the game has survived through decades since its invention. Moreso, it has gained so much popularity across the world.
Now let’s talk about who the inventors of the game are and where pickleball is most popular in the world.
Who are the Inventors of Pickleball?
Pickleball was invented by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Pritchard, a state representative who later became lieutenant governor of Washington, came up with the idea for the sport as a way for his family and friends to enjoy a fun and active game during their summer vacations.
He and Bell (a friend and neighbor) created the basic rules and equipment for the game. Afterward, McCallum, who was also a friend, helped to refine and popularize it.
What Does the Term Pickle Mean in Pickleball?