The Origins of Pickleball: How It All Began

The Origins of Pickleball: How It All Began

Ever wonder how this amazing game that you love so much got started? Well, don’t miss this episode of I ♥ Pickleball! Pickleball Channel was fortunate enough to go to Bainbridge Island, the birthplace of the sport, to speak with one of the founders of pickleball, Barney McCallum. Join us as we take you back to a rainy island day when the kids had nothing to do, and some charismatic men decided to make up a game! Learn how the founders made up the rules, how it spread off of Bainbridge Island, and how it eventually became the amazing sport we know today. This is one episode you do not want to miss!

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50 Comments

  1. Sue on November 29, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I play here in Canada. It’s such a fun game. I’ve played all raquet sports in my life and now at 58 years old Pickleball is the raquet sport for me. Both my husband and I go and play in clubs. We both enjoy it very much. We can’t get enough.



  2. Gary Bruno on November 29, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    What an amazing and purely joyful story !



  3. David Mercer on November 29, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I loved Barney. They don’t make ’em like him anymore.



  4. StarDance明星舞池 on November 29, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I am new Pickleball player living in Seattle. I hope that you can introduce this sport into China and millions people can play there too. I may come by to visit you sometimes because I love this game so much.



  5. Grace on November 29, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I was told that a man invented it for his wife when her injuries prevented her from playing tennis



  6. A J C Sr on November 29, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Love this !
    Love 💘 pickleball !



  7. butopiatoo on November 29, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Great Story!!!!! Thank you gentlemen!!!



  8. Tom Chenault on November 29, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    This amazing game is perfect for my very active life. I can’t believe it took me this long to get after it. And at 70 the PickleBall nutrition plan has really helped my overall health and life!



  9. 4lifejeph on November 29, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    The video talked about everything besides why I click on it and that is Why is it named Pickleball?



  10. Acer Jackson on November 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Love these stories about how games develop. Similarly boredom being the mother of invention for my brothers and I during the hot UK summer of 76. A local pub dumping the empties at a quiet car park, some creative lads and then behold the non stop fun and peril of bottle breaking was born! You held the neck of your bottle and the opponent endeavoured to demolish yours in one blow. If they failed it was your turn. If the base broke off and enough length was left then another strike was given. If you pulled away a helpful brother would hold your hand on the neck for the opponent to strike. Great days! and boy did we search for the thicker bottles of whisky back then. Shame it never really caught on. But many a long day ended standing proudly atop a pile of glass of myriad shades.



  11. dan wheeler on November 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    How can you go through the entire video and not talk about how the name came about



  12. Bryan Baker on November 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    But WHY oh why is it called pickleball?!



  13. Aloha Leslie on November 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    What an awesome story! I grew up in the Seattle area. My game was tennis back in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, though I did try pickleball a few times, playing on my brother-in-law’s home court around 1979. Nobody really knew what they were doing and, as a tennis player, I found it a bit boring. Fast forward to present, when I no longer play tennis due to various injuries. I discovered pickleball…again. They say we get addicted to pickleball. It’s true! I play 4 days a week, enter tournaments, and absolutely love it. Thanks Barney for creating such a life-enhancing sport that is perfect for all ages! 🙂



  14. Joel Justis on November 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Started playing at age 70 five years ago. Intro’d the game 1 12 yes. ago at the Oswego I’ll. Senior Center. We get over 20 players (60+) 3 days a week.



  15. All Pickleball - Jennifer Lucore on November 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Great job by Pickleball Channel in capturing the moments with one of the founders Barney McCallum. If you LOVE pickleball then you’ll love reading the whole story. Check out our sports only history book at https://allpickleball.com/product/history-of-pickleball-more-than-50-years-of-fun/



  16. Big CheeseyUK on November 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing this story, I’ve come back 3 times now to watch it. My dad was obsessed with this game after trying it whilst holidaying in canada and since his return we’ve been playing on the regular in Wales,UK. We used mini tennis nets on a badminton court and we’ve now got a nice group of us meeting twice a week, sometimes needing 2 courts. We’re at the very beginnings of developing a club and look forward to meeting and playing others. There are 2/3 more clubs in our area right now, it’ll be great to watch this amazing game start to grow over here. Thanks everyone!



  17. Dr CAD on November 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    how about players’ elbows? does this piece of firewood absorb anything?



  18. Feed on November 29, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    10:20 – "I bought all the WHAT balls…" ??



  19. Kxltures on November 29, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I live on bainbridge and have all my life and it’s cool to say I’m from the place pickle ball was made



  20. tennisace on November 29, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for the noise pollution



  21. larky368 on November 29, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Couldn’t you come up with a better name though?



  22. South Florida's Restaurant Guy on November 29, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Love this game!



  23. Cartoonking on November 29, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Looking to build a court in my back garden. I’ve read that the standard size court is

    20 x 44 feet. But with boundary it’s
    34 x 64

    I’ve also read someone creating a smaller one.
    Smaller 16 x 26

    Any thoughts on whether the smaller
    Size is any good?



  24. i don’t want thoma on November 29, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    im just here for a pickleball paper for school, but hey if ur from bmms i guess



  25. neil korn on November 29, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I’m launching a pickleball magazine. How do I get a hold of these guys?



  26. Peggy McLaughlin on November 29, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    A new pickleball aficionado sent me this video. Little did I realize what trendsetters my parents were – they put in a pickleball court in our home in Saratoga California in 1976….must have had friends from Seattle! We had many years of annual pickleball parties and we all loved playing. Hope the new homeowners treasure it as much! Thanks Barney!



  27. Beverly Youngren on November 29, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    How fortunate Jennifer and I were able to stay on Bainbridge Island, meet all the pioneers and their families, and then write a book on the history of pickleball. Every time I watch this wonderful video, how thankful I am to have been able to personally know Barney, David, and their families. They’re the best!!!



  28. sleuth 2077 on November 29, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    My swim club had pickleball courts, but the players used racquetball racquets instead of wood paddles. I’ve never played with the wood paddles, but the spirit of the game was just the same. I still get a kick out of the name.



  29. Kate Somerville on November 29, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    No mention how the name Pickleball was chosen? Rumors about a dog named Pickle, but no photo of a dog or verification that the name was named for a dog.



  30. gwquock on November 29, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Love the story. Love the game!
    But they didn’t mention how they came up with the name "Pickleball" .
    I’ve heard different stories about being named after a dog?



  31. Emilia Salas on November 29, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Hello from Venezuela.



  32. Steve Walters on November 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    My old tennis coach Dave Lester was world champion back in the early 1980’s, is that correct? A while back another tennis buddy of mine Billy Jacobsen was the #1-ranked player too I believe. Lately my tennis doubles rival Tyson McGuffin is good I hear.



  33. Mike on November 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    One day this is going to be an Olympic sport and this man will live on forever



  34. badmiyagi .s on November 29, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    My name is Arun and I don’t believe our paths have crossed dear. Been playing it for decades myself and heard of you though. Obviously you’ve done it right and reached that ripe, respected age and still playing, wow! Badminton has been and will always be a passion, although I’m playing more PB now and loving it.
    Good on ya lady, keep on pickling and maybe I’ll get to see you sometime. I wanna shake your hand friend.
    ‘I wanna hold your 🖐 hand, haaaand!’ Be well, I appreciate your enthusiasm and for reaching out to me.
    Take special care of yourself during these testy times. Cheers! 😉👍



  35. Mark Davison on November 29, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Amazing



  36. busdriver on November 29, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Hard to believe they produce this whole video and didn’t answer the one question we all have about Pickleball. Where did the name come from? Lol.



  37. ticklemybrain1 on November 29, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    So why did they call it "Pickle-ball"???



  38. Patrick Manley on November 29, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Love this backstory. God bless you sir for your creativity and spirit. I am addicted to this sport. I would be honored to have my paddle autographed by this man and I’m not an autograph seeker. Eternally grateful.



  39. RONALD RICHARD on November 29, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Great vid thanks so much!



  40. Robert Doran on November 29, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    But the NAME!

    Where did the name come from?



  41. multifariousgemini on November 29, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I’m in it forever tooooo! I play 3 times a week! If I could I would play it everyday BUT got to rest and work!



  42. KEVPRO on November 29, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    This game is great and fun exercise



  43. Alfred Campbell on November 29, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for this sport..I don’t know what I’d do without it. Played tennis and squash for 1/2 a century. Now in my 70th year, two knee replacements, and slower reflexes, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Again thanks.



  44. Mary Ann Wray on November 29, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Love PB! Been playing since March and I’m hooked!



  45. Todd File on November 29, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Thank You!



  46. rcmccas on November 29, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Wonderful! I learned about pickleball at just about the time covid hit, last year… In July, I convinced my husband to try it…. the rest is history for us. He was a racquet ball player for years, but has transferred over to pickleball. We can’t get enough. He layed out a short court in his shop and we play 5 nights a week…Practicing different skills.. Living in idaho, we can’t wait for the snow to go away!



  47. lynn thomas on November 29, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I just started playing pickle ball recently, I still have a question as to how you got the name ‘ pickle ball’ and how you got the name kitchen?



  48. Phil Walton on November 29, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    thank you Barney.



  49. Chris Dorrington on November 29, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Wonderful game



  50. Charlie Clarke on November 29, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I too have played squash for45 years and stated pickleball two months ago. Love it. In our small 60 k city we now have over 600 club members paying dues and playing regularly in church halls, local school gyms and rec centers . The city has converted low use tennis courts into a nice outdoor facility with 12 courts that are free play .
    The arrangements made with indoor facilities for hall rentals keeps the indoor session cost at$3 per two hour session. Need more halls.
    We are in St Albert, which is a suburb of Edmonton, so need good exercise in long winters. Half of club membersbspend time in winter in Arizona or California where they play more.