Pickleball

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements from badminton, tennis and wiffleball. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court and with a net similar to a tennis net. The game is played with a hard paddle and a smaller version of a wiffleball. Drop in on Sunday evenings at the Fairfield tennis courts to play.

One of the most noticeable things about pickleball is the name. How did “pickleball” get its interesting name?  After all, you don’t see too many other sports that are named for a kind of food.

Pickleball was first played in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington. Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum and their families had some free time and decided to play badminton. For some reason, they could not find their shuttlecock. They decided to play with a wiffleball which didn’t work with the badminton rackets, so they grabbed their ping-pong paddles instead. Lowering the net to tennis height created the first game of pickleball.

Fairfield High School is offering an adult ed opportunity to play pickleball at the Fairfield city tennis courts.  Details below:

What: Adult Ed Pickleball

Where: Fairfield tennis courts

When: Sundays @ 5:30 (weather permitting and as it gets darker we will play at an earlier time)

Wear non-marking tennis shoes and we will provide equipment.