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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13 Comments

  1. Great job Pickleball Channel in capturing Barney and all others in the wonderful history of pickleball. As you heard Janet say “Barney tells it how it is” I love that guy!

  2. Jeffrey Jackson says:

    Awesome video!! Truly inspirational!

  3. Don Simmons says:

    Met Barney at Nationals…….He is the real deal and so genuine, plus he’s humble about the beginning of pickleball. I’d love to hear Barney’s version of how PICKLEball actually got its name……is the dog story true or a myth?

  4. Keith Bing says:

    Excellent doco. Best video ever via the Pickleball Channel. A “must view” by anyone involved with Pickleball. Barney is a treasure.

  5. Dave says:

    Great video. I do wish Mr. McCallum would have addressed “how pickleball got it’s name”

  6. Chuck MacDonald says:

    Simply an awesome job producing this video which will be enjoyed by many for years!!

  7. Keith Bing says:

    Excellent doco. Great story. A “must view” video for anyone involved with pickleball.

  8. Mke says:

    Absolutely wonderful video. I have seen them all and have to say this is definitely my favourite. The teaching and tips that pickleball channel provides are extremely helpful but to see the origins of this game we all love so much and to see the people that made it happen brings it all into perspective.

    This truly is a family game that has evolved and grown incredibly and we should all be extremely thankful to Barney and his friends for what they started. I know my wife Janet and I both love this game, we have addicted our kids to it as well and it will be a part of our lives forever.
    Mike

  9. Paul Porch says:

    Excellent production but you seem to have avoided the “controversial” origin of the name.

    • Meredith Meredith says:

      Hi Paul! – That comes next week and has its own video. We asked Barney and David about it and they tell us their story. Glad you are watching!

  10. Irma Trommlitz says:

    Love this game and have met a lot of wonderful new people playing the game. At 68 tennis was too much but pickle ball is just right! Thanks so much for telling the story …..

  11. Patrick says:

    Great video and very informative. I echo Dave’s question from above – – how did “Pickle” get in the name of the game?

    • Meredith Meredith says:

      Hi Patrick – Watch our video that comes out today and you will hear from the creators of the game themselves to answer that question! Thanks for watching!

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