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What Is Pickleball?

Join the fastest growing racquet sport in the country! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.  TSR has the best pickleball facilities from Westchester to Albany.  No matter your age, you can play pickleball!

Pickleball originated at the home of Joel Pritchard in the Seattle, Washington, area
in 1965. The game began as a family activity when Mr. Pritchard and his houseguest, Bill Bell, discovered that there wasn’t enough good badminton equipment for the two families to play. After modifying rules and replacing rackets with wooden paddles, they developed this new game. The name came from the Pritchard’s cocker spaniel, “Pickles”, who kept running off with the ball whenever it landed off the court. Slowly, pickleball spread among neighbors and friends, and in 1972 a corporation was formed to protect the new game. During the 1970s the popularity of the game grew in the Seattle area, where it was used in high school and college physical educational programs and the park and recreation association. Though it has been around for about twenty years, the last five has seen tremendous growth. The United States of America Pickleball Association is the official promoter and governing body for the game.


  • pickleballplayersPickleball is a simple paddle game, playing a special perforated slow-moving
    ball over a tennis type net, on a badminton-sized court. The ball is served
    underhand, without bouncing it from the court, and is served diagonally to the
    opponent’s service zone.
  • Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults
    (fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds, etc.). The server continues to
    serve, altering service courts, until the server faults.
  • A game is won by the first side to reach eleven (11) points but will continue
    until won by a two point margin.