We are a group of pickleball players located in Kelowna, British Columbia. We enjoy recreational play, at a non-competitive fun pace. We encourage players of all skill levels to contact us. We feel that there are lots of pickleball opportunities for players of all skill levels in Kelowna.

We are offering an alternative to other established groups with more structured approaches - RECREATIONAL PICKLEBALL IN KELOWNA is geared to having a fun outdoor pickleball experience for anyone of any skill level. We do not hold tournaments, just drop-in play for anyone whenever we can get court time at various outdoor courts in Kelowna during the summer. Assuming our style of play allows our group to grow, we will look for indoor venues during the colder months.

We encourage other recreational pickleball players in the Kelowna area to come out and join us!

We are thrilled to have 4 new outdoor pickleball courts at the Rutland Senior Centre as of August 2017, thanks to the City of Kelowna! Bring your own balls and rackets and come enjoy these great courts! Click here for more information on these courts.

Remember to check the indoor court holiday schedule for each venue before you show up to play at any of the indoor courts over the Holidays!

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.

The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications.

Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels. Pickleball has now become a very popular game throughout North America, mainly among older adults although it is gaining popularity among the younger set as well.

Where did the name "Pickleball" come from and how did the game start?

Legend has it that the game was named after a dog named "Pickles", however there is a fascinating story on Wikipedia explaining the origins of the game."The game started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Washington. He and two of his friends returned from golf and found their families bored one Saturday afternoon. They attempted to set up badminton, but no one could find the shuttlecock. They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.

Although some sources claim that the name "Pickleball" was derived from that of the Pritchard's family dog, Pickles, other sources state that the claim is false, and that the name came from the term "pickle boat", referring to the last boat to return with its catch. Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard's wife, explained the following "the name came after I said it reminded me of the Pickle Boat crew, where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Somehow the idea that the name came from our dog Pickles was attached to the naming of the game, but Pickles wasn't on the scene for two more years. The dog was named for the game."

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