One afternoon in the summer of 1965, Washington State Representative Joel Pritchard (later serving in the US Congress and as Washington’s lieutenant governor), Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum returned from golfing to find their families bored.
Bainbridge Island residents Bell and Pritchard set up a badminton net but couldn’t find a shuttlecock or other equipment. With a wiffle ball and improvised paddles, they lowered the net and created the game of pickleball.
They introduced the game to McCallum the following weekend, and the three men came up with rules that emphasized a fun game for all family members and all ages.
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