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.”


We are delighted to announce that Troy Hargreaves from FitSportsWA has joined North Shore and the new Tennis and Pickleball Coach as of Monday, 11th July.  Please pop in and say hello – more news from Troy coming soon.  In the meantime, you can contact Troy on 0421 482 973 or direct your enquiries to him at [email protected].

Pickleball was established at the North Shore Country Club in 2018, and we have ‘Play and Learn’ sessions at various times of the week for beginners, or those not confident enough to play ‘social’ plus a ‘Dynamic Doubles’ competitive session for intermediate or advanced players that are led by the head coach.  We have 2 further ‘social’ sessions for established players.

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 our sessions please call Troy Hargreaves on 0421 482 973 or register your interest at [email protected]

We 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 to ensure players have the opportunity to play others whilst also trying to ensure a well matched and fun game every 15 minutes. To view the full calendar of Pickleball, Tennis and other Health and Well-being sessions, click here.

Pickleball Term 3 commences Monday, 25 July 2022

‘Pickleball Play & Learn’

Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 10.30am
Saturday 8.30am – 10.00am

 $12.00 per session

Suitable for beginners new to the game or intermediates not yet confident to participate in ‘Pickleball Social’

‘Pickleball Dynamic Doubles’

Saturday 11.00am – 1.00pm

Suitable for established players who are intermediate or advanced. Players are paired via a round robin.

$8.00 per session

‘Pickleball Social’

Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 9.00am – 11.00am

Full Members FREE

Social Members / Guests $8.00

Suitable for established players or players that have graduated from ‘Pickleball Play & Learn’

pickleball at nscc

"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

following our success at the 2022 WA pickleball state championships...

Congratulations to the North Shore Knights team in winning the division one play off final by beating Blue Gum at Sacred Heart on 9TH March 2022 and becoming champions of the first Perth pennants league.  A great team effort throughout the season from all the players – Oliver Dobson, Louise Dobson, ArIana Armson, Carrol Bryan, Glenn Robertson, Craig Cobern , Cindy Meintjes and Steve Armson (captain).

A huge thank you to the organiser Ben Hocking from Pickleball Perth and all the other teams that participated.



Congratulations to the Homeless Warriors for winning the Division 2 pickleball pennants final against the North Shore Dinkers at Sacred Heart on 16th March 2022.

A great team effort throughout the season by players of the North Shore Dinkers :- Beth Butler, Kylie Marchant, Melinda Leenman, Len Collier , John Pollard and Darryl Minas (captain).

A huge thank you to Ben Hocking from Pickleball Perth for organising the pennants league and all the teams that participated.