Minneapolis’ First Dedicated Indoor Pickleball Facility to Open in Northeast!

Jul 18, 2021 | people/passions

Lucky Shots Pickleball Club will open within a historic building that overlooks the Columbia Golf Course. The new facility’s next-door neighbor will be the recently opened Brother Justus Whiskey Company. Lucky Shots Pickleball Club will span over 40,000 square feet and will include a dozen professional grade courts and event space. Interested in learning more: luckyshotspickleball 

About

Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, much like a wiffle ball, with 26–40 round holes, over a net.
Mixed genderYes, separate singles and doubles & mixed doubles
Team membersSingles or doubles
Highest governing bodyInternational Federation of Pickleball
Equipment: Plastic pickleball ball and composite or wooden paddle

History

1965

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. Link here for more!

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