What is Pickleball?

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities — are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.

Pickleball @ MIBC

We have two pickleball courts here at Mercer Island Beach Club. A dedicated court to the north of the clubhouse, and a shared court on Court 6 of the tennis complex. Pickleball equipment can be purchased through Pickleball Central online. Currently, loaned equipment is not available due to safety guidelines.

Pickleball rules can be downloaded here, so you can play today!

Getting Ready to Play:

  • Be sure to have the proper shoes, ones that support your feet and are designed for court sports.
  • Give any existing injury plenty of time and rest to heal before you resume play.
  • Know how to get help quickly if you or a co-player are hurt or develop a medical problem.  Is there a telephone, a first-aid kit and an automatic external defibrillator (AED) nearby?  Do you have the phone number available of someone to call in case of emergency?
  • Be aware of any obstacles in the area that you might run into or trip over, such as benches or gym equipment.
  • Never play on a wet court; they are extremely dangerous.  One way to check a damp court surface is to press your toe down firmly and make a twisting motion.  If you leave an obvious “wet” spot it’s too wet to play.
  • Check with your doctor regarding exercise and any physical conditions that exist or may have previously existed.
  • Please review our MIBC Tennis & Pickleball Player Guidelines