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America's Fastest Growing Sport

Welcome to ‘Pickleball Donkey,’ the ultimate destination where passion for pickleball meets a dash of humor and heaps of expertise. Imagine a place where the clink of pickleball paddles is music to the ears, and every serve is a story waiting to be told. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just discovering the joy of this exhilarating sport, you’ve found your herd here. 

Join us on this thrilling journey across courts and through the quirks of this new culture, where every shot is an adventure and every player a character in this exciting world. Let’s dive into the heart of the game, one dink, drive, and drop shot at a time!

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Pickleball, a captivating and fast-paced sport, has gained popularity worldwide in recent years. So, how did this unique game become popular?
Let’s rewind the clock and delve into its intriguing origins. It all started in 1965 when three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum – wanted to create a fun activity for their families during a lazy summer afternoon on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
They improvised using ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball, lowering their badminton net to adapt the game to their backyard. This impromptu invention quickly caught on in their neighborhood and its surrounding communities.
Basic Rules and Concepts
Now that we know where the sport originated, let’s move on to understanding what it is and how it is played. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
It can be played both indoors or outdoors on a court that resembles a mini-tennis court but with some unique features. The game is played with two or four players who use paddles made of composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball over the net into the opponent’s court.
The objective is simple: score points by successfully hitting the ball over the net so your opponents cannot return it before it bounces twice on their side of the court. Regarding rules, there are some key guidelines to follow during matches.
First, each side gets one serve per turn (similar to tennis), which must be executed underhand diagonally crosscourt from behind the baseline. The serve must clear the non-volley zone (the area within seven feet from each side of the net) and land within the opposite diagonal service court.
Once the serve is made, players engage in a volley rally until one side commits a fault, such as hitting the ball out of bounds or into the net. Non-volley zone restrictions also come into play, inhibiting players from stepping in and smashing volley shots directly from there.
With its fascinating history and straightforward rules, this sport has captured millions’ attention worldwide. So grab your paddle, find a partner, and get ready to experience the joy of this exhilarating sport!

Court Dimensions

The official court dimensions measure 20 feet in width and 44 feet in length. These dimensions provide players ample space to engage in exciting rallies while ensuring fairness and competitive gameplay. By adhering to the established court size, players can maintain a level playing field and showcase their skills within the defined boundaries.


  1. Balls: A pickleball has a diameter of 2.6 inches and is very similar to a whiffle ball.
  2. Paddles: Numerous options are available. Check out our blogs on beginner paddles and intermediate paddles.
  3. Sets: We recommend our top 3 sets.


  1. Clothing: These fads change weekly, so pickleball brands often as we constantly update it.
  2. Accessories: Check out our blog!

Pickleball Tournaments: Different formats and levels of competition

Tournaments provide an exciting opportunity for players to showcase their skills at different levels of competition. From local community events to national championships, various tournament formats are available based on skill level and age groups.
Some popular formats include round-robin play, where participants compete against multiple opponents in a group setting, followed by knockout stages leading to finals. Tournaments often offer divisions for beginners through advanced levels, ensuring fair competition among similarly skilled players. 
To learn more about tournaments, check out our USA Pickleball page or our blog about major league pickleball.
Notable Players

Ben Johns is widely recognized as the greatest pickleball player of all time, maintaining the #1 ranking in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for most of the past three years. His unparalleled dominance in the sport is highlighted by a staggering 108-match winning streak in singles, securing over 80 Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Titles, and achieving more Triple Crowns than any other male player in professional pickleball history

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Tyson McGuffin
Tyson McGuffin is a distinguished figure in the sport of pickleball, renowned for his competitive spirit and remarkable achievements. 

As a former collegiate wrestler and tennis player, McGuffin transitioned to pickleball and quickly ascended to the top, becoming one of the sport’s most recognizable faces. He has won multiple national titles across singles and doubles competitions, showcasing his versatility and skill on the court.
Fun Facts
Are you curious about where this unique name came from? The history of pickleball traces back to its inception when Joel Pritchard (one of its inventors) brought his dog, Pickles, onto the court while testing new equipment. Amusingly enough, Pickles would chase after the balls, leading to the sport being affectionately named “pickleball.”
Guinness World Records
Did you know that pickleball has its fair share of Guinness World Records? These records highlight the sport’s growth and enthusiasm worldwide, from the longest pickleball rally to the largest simultaneous pickleball lesson. Click Guinness World Records to learn more.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Is pickleball easiest sport?  Subjective! Easy compared to tennis, harder than badminton. Depends on experience and fitness.

Q: How to play pickleball?  Doubles or singles, hit ball underhand over net, one bounce per side, win by 2 points, 11 to win (except deuce).

Q: What is pickleball?  It is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court with a lowered net.

Q: Pickleball name origin?  Theories: The inventor’s dog combined “pickle” with “ping pong,” similar to a pickle boat in crew racing (mixed crew).