It’s easy to find great pickleball action in Fountain Hills. Did you know our town offers seven pickleball courts and boasts more than 320 active club members?
Pickleball is a fun sport for all ages that combines many elements from tennis, badminton and ping pong. With a badminton-size court and a modified tennis net, this game is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
Pickleball originated in 1965 in the backyard of Congressman Joel Pritchard at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. After returning from golf with a friend and finding their families bored, the two men attempted to set up a game of badminton. Fortunately, they couldn’t find all the equipment for the game as it caused them to put their creative minds into action.
They improvised with a Whiffle ball, lowered the net, and quickly crafted paddles from plywood they found in the shed. Pickleball was born!
By 1972, a corporation was created to protect the creation of this new sport and in 1984 the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) was formed. The first USAPA National Tournament for all ages was played in nearby Buckeye, Arizona in 2009 with nearly 400 players from 26 states and provinces. The sport has grown dramatically in recent years with over 4,000 places to play across North America.
The Fountain Hills Pickleball Club began in 2006 and has seven beautiful courts, four of which are lighted, on the west end of the Fountain Hills High School. They support the town’s strategic plan by “providing alternative and affordable recreation while in partnership with Parks and Recreation and the Fountain Hills High School”.
For more information about the Fountain Hills Pickleball Club, visit https://www.fountainhillspickleball.com/