It’s a great game that brings out the crowds every morning on our 8 dedicated courts near the Main Clubhouse. It’s a fun and active sport that combines tennis, badminton, racquetball and table tennis, and played outside in the fresh morning air, it is a great way to jumpstart your day.
Even if you’ve never played racquet sports, you can become a proficient Pickleball player in a short time. It’s easy to play and score, and requires minimum equipment. From beginners to pros, our courts are in great demand for residents who enjoy the game for the exercise and friendly competition.
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Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves. Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played with singles or doubles.
The Kings Point Pickleball Club offers “Introduction to Pickleball” clinics. You do not need to be a member to participate but must be a resident of Kings Point. All residents may take one introduction class. The Club introduced over 100 residents to the game of Pickleball last season.
The game was created in the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington at the home of then State Representative, Joel Pritchard. He and his two friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum attempted to set up badminton but could not find the right equipment so they improvised with paddles and a Wiffle ball. The sport was named after Pritchard’s family cocker spaniel, Pickles. Pickles chased stray balls and then hid in the bushes, so they named the game after him.