According to www.whatispickleball.com, pickleball is oversized ping pong played on a badminton sized court with a tennis sized net. Pickleball originated in Bainsbridge Island, Washington in 1965 when congressman Joel Pritchard and his friend Bill Bell created the game for their families to play.
Pickleball is played with a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball that weighs about an ounce and composite or wooden paddles about twice the size of ping pong paddles. Pickleball is an indoor/outdoor sport that is easy to learn and, like tennis and ping pong, can be played singles or doubles. Learn more about pickleball at www.usapa.org.
Today, the sport of pickleball is governed in the U.S. by the USA Pickleball Association. which was founded in 2005 to promote the sport. There are over 150,000 pickleball players and over 2,000 pickleball courts across the country.
While I have not played pickleball myself, I'm intrigued when I watch the video below. Looks like a lot of fun, and certain does look like playing ping pong while standing on an oversized ping pong table (or undersized tennis court, if you will).
Pickleball is growing in popularity here in the Ventura County area. Here is a list of public pickleball courts in and around Ventura County.
- The Conejo Recreation & Park District maintains two pickleball courts at Del Prado Playfield in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park and three courts at the Thousand Oaks Community Center.
- The Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District maintains pickleball courts at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi.
- There are also pickleball courts in the tennis courts at Deerhill Park, 6700 Doubletree Road, Oak Park.
- Pickleball is available at Walter B. Moranda Park, 200 Moranda Parkway, Port Hueneme. Visit www.ci.port-hueneme.ca.us for more information.
- Pickleball is also available at the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center www.ahccc.org/athletics