First Annual Pickleball 2016

Pickleball ROCKS!

October 2, 2016

CASA of Ulster County
First Annual Pickleball Tournament

Hosted by the
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County

The First Annual Pickleball Tournament

A Great Success

Check out the great pictures from the day of at Facebook

A heartfelt Thank You goes out to our gracious hosts 
at the YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County and all
the wonderful Pickleball Players who made the day
a great success!

A HUGE Thank You to all of our amazing sponsors: 

So many wonderful local businesses donated items and we
cannot thank them enough!

 Van Loan's Discount Beverage, Joe Beez, Picnic Pizza, King's Pizza, Stone Soup, Dallas Hot Wieners, La Roma, Mt. View Gardens, The Alternative Baker, Mickey's Igloo, Mario's Pizza, Deising's Bakery & Restaurant, Flower's By Maria, Bagel World, Mountain View Nursery, Frozen Rainbow, Hannaford, Bagel World, Maria's Flowers, and Planet Wings!

The History . . .
After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net.As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.

Currently, the sport of pickleball is exploding in popularity. The number of places to play has more than doubled since 2010.  There are now nearly 4,000 locations on the USAPA’s Places to Play map. The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity within community centers, PE classes, YMCA facilities and retirement communities. The sport continues to grow worldwide as well with many new international clubs forming and national governing bodies now established in Canada and India.