what is pickleball?


The game started during the summer of 1965 in Washington, at the home of Joel Pritchard.  He and two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, 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 perforated plastic ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.  The rest is history as they say…

McCallum made the first paddles that were specifically for pickleball and in 1972, he incorporated ‘Pickle-Ball Inc.’ Some sources claim that the name “Pickleball” was derived from that of the Pritchard’s family dog, Pickles, or from the term “pickle boat”.  According to Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard’s wife, “The name of the game became Pickle Ball after I said it reminded me of the Pickle Boat where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Somehow the idea 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, but stories about the name’s origin were funnier thinking the game was named for the dog.”

"Because of Pickleball, we all have more friends, we all belong to one friendly pickleball community, and we just have a lot of fun!"

World Pickleball Federation

pickleball at nscc

Pickleball was brought in to Australia, and established here – at the North Shore Country Club – in 2018, and we are pleased to be able to continue to provide Pickleball sessions – currently two times a week.

Listen here if you want to learn more about the game.

Want to come along and give it a go?  All equipment is provided – everyone is welcome.

If you are interested and want to know more about out sessions please call Steve Armson on 0405 200 177 or send enquiries to [email protected].

Social sessions have 6 pickleball courts available with up to 24 players on court at any one time.  Play is situated on the upper courts.  Doubles partners are selected centrally (via a seeded ladder) to ensure players have the opportunity to play others whilst also trying to ensure a well matched and fun game every 15 minutes (on average)

7:00-8:30pm Tuesday
3:00-5:00pm Sunday

Members – FREE                         Non-members – $5

PLEASE NOTE – Social Pickleball on Mondays 7-8.30pm has been cancelled
due to the lack of demand

if you missed world pickleball day, read on...

World Pickleball Day is a day to celebrate the sport of pickleball with the objective to, according to the World Pickleball Federation, “establish pickleball as a game that is played across the world and not just North America.”  World Pickleball Day is a day to promote the sport of pickleball to the general public by promoting the sport to new players (with a specific goal for October 10th 2021 to bring in 10,000 new players across the world) and holding events to “raise the profile of pickleball worldwide.” 

We held our own event  and a great day was had by all. Thank you to all who participated and spectated and congratulations to our winners!