Related Place: Pickleball Courts at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

Pickleball is the real dill, in West Virginia

A dog named Pickle and a lack of badminton equipment led to the creation of a sport that has become a favorite pastime of seniors and small children alike.

The roots of Pickleball can be traced back to 1965, when according to the American Pickleball Association, Joel Pritchard and his family could not find any badminton equipment around their Bainbridge Island, Washington, home.

The Pritchards improvised, using Ping Pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. Pickle, the family dog, enjoyed chasing and hiding the ball so the family named their newly created sport “Pickleball.”

Thanks to the Active Southern West Virginia organization, Pickleball is played every Tuesday morning at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, in Fayetteville. One chilly Tuesday morning, a half-dozen men and women showed up for the day’s matches, which allowed for one game of doubles and one of singles on small tennis-like courts.

With “in” and “out” calls made on the honor system and scores mentally tallied, it wasn’t exactly Breakfast at Wimbledon, but a fun time was had by all.

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