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               Fastest Growing Sport in America

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America today, according to NBC News and many others.

Pickleball has nothing to do with pickles, although the name may have been inspired by a dog named Pickles. Looking for something to do with their kids one day in the summer of 1965, three men on Bainbridge Island, Washinton, created a game that combined elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. One of the founders, Joel Pritchard, had a cocker spaniel named Pickles, who, as the sport’s lore has it, would steal stray balls. In 1976, the first tournament was held. The first national tournament was held in 2009 in Arizona and attracted 400 competitors.

According to the USAPA website, there are currently 4,000 places to play the sport and its popularity is exploding in New York State.



Though it has been around for about twenty years, the last five has seen tremendous growth. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA today.

Pickleball is a simple paddle game, playing a special perforated slow-moving ball over a tennis type net, on a badminton-sized court. A game is won by the first side to reach eleven (11) points but will continue until won by a two point margin.


                      At home Upstate       

New York is the “Home Nest” so to speak for many snowbird pickleball players. It comes as no surprise that pickleball popularity soars as snowbirds come home from pickleball hot spots such as Florida, Arizona or California. For Upstate New Yorkers, pickleball tournaments are a great way to meet other people with the same passion.  It's a fun game that good all year.            

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                                                                                           Pickleball Basics

Pickleball is a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.[2] Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball was invented in the 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but has become one of America's most popular growing sports among all ages.