Ten courts of fast-paced action!
A Brief History
The sport of Pickleball is exploding nationwide and La Camarilla is pleased to have added more courts and programming to accommodate it!
Pickleball is a game for the whole family. So it’s only fitting that it was invented by a family, too. The game got its start back in 1965, in Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride away from Seattle, WA. When Congressmen Joel Pritchard, William Bell and Barney McCallum came home from a game of golf one day to find their kids bored and restless, they set out to create a game that would engage them through the lazy days of summer.
They wanted to create a game that would be challenging, but still accessible. They handed the kids table tennis paddles and a whiffle ball, and lowered the net on their badminton court. In the coming days both kids and adults alike fell in love with the game, and as they played the rules evolved (to include the non-volley zone, for instance) and solidified to their present incarnation.
Pickleball caught on fast with friends and neighbors. People began making their own Pickleball paddles, which were more suited to the game than table tennis paddles, using a wood jigsaws and marine plywood. Those who had access to badminton courts simply lowered the net. Others set up courts in their driveways and backyards, drawing lines with chalk. News of the fun new game spread by word-of-mouth.
Pickleball continued to gain in popularity over the years for players of all ages, and in 1972, Pickleball was officially incorporated to give the game a proper hub and keep up with the demand for paddles, balls, nets and other gear. Today Pickleball is played all over the world and there are more than 2,000,000 people playing Pickleball in the U.S. alone, and the game is growing exponentially!
To register for classes, or if you have questions about scheduling group or private lessons, call or email one of our instructors.
Beginning Pickleball: Instruction and drills in the basic strokes and strategies of pickleball for players fairly new to the game. Sessions consist of one hour of instruction and drills and a half hour of instructional play. Paddles are provided if needed. A minimum of three people is needed to run a session. The maximum number is four.
Intermediate Pickleball: Instruction and drills in the basic strokes and strategies of pickleball for players who have some playing experience and want to improve their strokes and strategies. Sessions consist of one hour of instruction and drills and a half hour of instructional play. Paddles are provided if needed. A minimum of three people is needed to run a session. The maximum number is four