What is Pickleball?
The History of Pickleball
Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island – a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. The original purpose of the game was to provide a sport for the entire family, according to co-inventors U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum. Pickles was the family dog that would chase after the errant balls and then hide in the bushes, thus Pickle’s ball which was later shortened to the namesake of Pickleball. Pickleball has grown and expanded from a family activity game to a paddle court sport with formalized rules. Now, over 20 years later, Pickleball is played in thousands of school, parks and recreation centers, resorts, and retirement communities.
The Pickleball Ball
A pickleball is similar to a whiffle ball but it is more durable. There is no rules governing what type of pickleball is played indoors or outdoors or the color of the ball. In our experience most people prefer playing outside with the small holed, hard plastic Dura, TOP, or Onix ball and so we’ve come to calling these balls “outdoor” balls.
The paddle is similar to a ping pong paddle in that it is solid and easily maneuverable with a turn of the wrist. The best quality paddles are made of lightweight fiberglass due to their lower weight and higher durability. Two of our most popular items are the Champion Bundle and the Rally Graphite Bundle. Our Pickleball expert, Eddie McDonald, can guide you on selection. He can be reached at Pickleball@oneclubgulfshores.com
The game itself is played on a court that is the same size as a badminton court (20 feet wide by 44 feet long). The net is set at 36 inches high on the edges and 34 inches in the middle. Pickleball’s small court allows younger players or those with varying degrees of mobility to participate in a way that the larger court of tennis sometimes prohibits. Additionally, a rule prohibiting volleying (hitting the ball in the air) in the non-volley zone (the space 7 feet from the net) helps to equalize play and reduce overpowering smashes at the net.
There are starter kits in the ONE Club Pro Shop and you can email us for any information or speciality selections you would like to order.
We are the only public, dedicated day and night-time pickleball courts in the entire Gulf Shores region. ONE Club’s integrated sport and social philosophy at its five-star resort community provides additional experiences and memories for individuals, couples, and groups to enjoy clinics and learning sessions, competitive play, fun date nights, dining, entertainment, drinks as well as other sports and exercise venues all on ONE campus.