Jackie Besteman

Why is pickleball so popular? Well, first of all, it’s not new as 2021 marks its 56th anniversary. The game, with its handmade equipment and simple rules, was invented in the Seattle area by three enterprising dads whose children were bored with their usual summertime activities. And the name? As the story goes, one of the founders had a dog named Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it, so they called it. Why is pickleball so popular, the game is an easy to learn paddle sport appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels.  It’s easy on the joints, and combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The only equipment needed is a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Though a great sport for beginners, experienced players compete against each other in fast-paced, challenging and competitive games.