Sunday, December 27, 2009


History of Pickleball

Pickleball is a sport similar to badminton and tennis, with some elements of ping-pong. It involves playing on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court with a hard paddle and a wiffle ball.

Pickle-Ball was created in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. The original purpose was to provide a sport for the entire family. The name came from their family dog called 'Pickles' that hides the ball in their backyard. Hence, 'Pickles-ball' became Pickleball. Initially Pickleball was played in backyards on a hard surface, driveways, residential streets. Since the mid-seventies PickleBall has expanded from a family activity to a formalized activity complete with specific rules for game play.

The Pickleball court is identical to a doubles badminton court. Actual size of the court is 20×44 feet for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36 inches on the ends, and 34 inches in the middle.


The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, will be held on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the resort town of Whistler nearby. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).

The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics. Read Vancouver 2010 Olympic Competition Schedule and Results: