Welcome

We are 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 join us at any of the pickleball courts mentioned in either the INDOOR or OUTDOOR informational pages on this website.

We are an alternative to organizations with more structured approaches where you must be a member to play. RECREATIONAL PICKLEBALL IN KELOWNA is geared to having a fun pickleball experience, either indoor or outdoor, for anyone of any skill level who just simply wants to play without joining a specific club or organization. We do not hold tournaments, we have no structured instruction, just drop-in play at several different places throughout our local area for anyone whenever we can get court time at the local venues offering Pickleball courts.

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

Pickleball is quickly becoming a very popular game for players of all ages and many courts are available in Kelowna. The Rutland Senior Centre has 4 outdoor courts built in the summer of 2017 by the City of Kelowna, as well as indoor play. There is indoor and outdoor play available at the Parkinson Rec Centre, and indoor courts at the Rutland YMCA!

Please note that because we are not an organization or club, play is on a drop-in basis only at a location of your choice, subject to the rates and rules of each particular venue. You must bring your own balls and rackets!

SPECIAL NOTICE: July 27, 2018 - Due to a fire at Rutland Centre on July 26th, the activities are temporarily suspended. No one is allowed in the building until further notice.

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INDOOR - COURTS & TIMES

We love to play pickleball - come join us!
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OUTDOOR - COURTS & TIMES

2018 outdoor season begins as soon as weather permits.
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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 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 rapidly 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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