We would like to invite pickleball players of all ages and ability levels to join us for our outdoor season starting May 15th. If you are a beginner or if you have never played we want you to come and give pickleball a try. We have plenty of enthusiasts who would love to help you learn the game. Paddles and a ball can be checked out at Owatonna Park and Recreation office at West Hills.
On the right you will find our indoor/outdoor schedule.We do encourage athletic shoes with non-marking soles to protect the court surface. The courts are there to be used, so please feel free to arrange other play times at your personal convenience.
We feel there is a great future for pickleball in Owatonna and we have many plans for its enjoyment and expansion.We ask you to inquire about the Owatonna Pickleball Association and see the advantages in joining for the play and growth of pickleball in our area. The cost is $10 for an annual membership. Applications are available here on our website.
Any questions or for further information contact Alan Peterson (President OPA) 763 - 670 - 2869. See you on the courts.
The game started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Washington. He and two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, returned from golf and found their families bored one Saturday afternoon. They attempted to set up badminton, but no one could find the shuttlecock. They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.
Although some sources claim that the name 'Pickleball' was derived from that of the Pritchard's family dog, Pickles, other sources state that the claim is false, and that the name came from the term 'pickle boat', referring to the last boat to return with its catch. According to Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard's wife, the name came "after I said it reminded me of the Pickle Boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Somehow the idea the name came from our dog Pickles was attached to the naming of the game, but Pickles wasn't on the scene for two more years. The dog was named for the game."
The paddle is similar to a ping pong paddle in that it is solid and easily maneuverable with a turn of the wrist. There are several different style and colors of paddles available.
A pickleball is similar to a wiffleball, but it is made with a more rigid, heavy material and has smaller holes. They come in a variety of colors.
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