Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States! Shocking news to many, but for those who play, this fact reinforces their passion for this very “user-friendly” racquet sport. Where did it come from? Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum – whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities, are credited for creating the game. Pickles was the family dog that would chase after errant balls and then hide in the bushes, thus Pickle’s ball which was later shortened to the namesake of pickleball.
Pickleball has evolved from the original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport in the U.S. and Canada, and is rapidly gaining popularity in many other countries around the world. The rules of pickleball are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Kalindi Dinoffer is trained in multiple aspects of mindfulness in life and in sports, sharing on her blog MindfulKalindi.com. She is also certified to teach yoga, fitness, reiki, and MFR. Kalindi also serves as VP marketing at OnCourtOffCourt.com, a leading supplier of tennis, pickleball, fitness and yoga training aids and equipment and has been published in Tennis industry Magazine and Pickleball Magazine, and has conducted workshops at conferences around the world. In her spare time, Kalindi plays tennis, pickleball and table tennis and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking and cross country skiing in the winter.