resources

To share the love of pickleball, we’re offering an ever-expanding set of pickleball resources.

Intro

Pickleball is a simple paddle sport played on a badminton-size court with a tennis-style net. Players use large paddles to hit a wiffleball back and forth. The ball has to bounce once on each side before open volleying. The game is played to 11 and has to be won by two points. 

Here’s a summary of the rules and an overview of the basics.

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History

William Bell, Barney McCallum and Congressman Joel Pritchard invented the game of pickleball in 1965 on Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle. Initially the adults were just trying to keep the bored kids entertained. They offered table tennis paddles and a wiffle ball and sent the kids outside. They didn’t hear from the kids for a while and when they went outside to check on them, the kids had created their own game on the badminton court.

 

That night McCallum started creating larger paddles with scrap wood and a band saw. Experimentation led to lowering the badminton net. The rules evolved as they played, creating a game that’s both challenging and accessible. 

 

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where to play

Chatsworth Park South

22360 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

  • Courts: 2 permanent, 2 temporary lighted courts
  • Contact Info: Los Angeles Parks
  • Kid-friendly: Playground within 100 feet of the court.

 

Granada Hills Recreation Center (aka Petit Park)

16730 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills, CA 91344

  • Courts: 4 outdoor, lighted courts
  • Contact Info: Los Angeles Parks
  • Kid-friendly: Small playground in front of the Granada Hills Recreation Center, but it’s pretty far from the pickleball courts. 

 

Rancho Simi Community Park (aka Duck Pond)

1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065

  • Courts: 6 outdoor permanent lighted courts, 8 temporary courts on tennis courts using provided rollaway nets.
  • Contact info: Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District
  • Kid-friendly: Playground located next to the pickleball courts.
  • Note: Rancho Simi has specific pickleball rules, including requiring a permit for paid coaching.

 

Rancho Tapo Community Park (aka Lemon Park)

3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93063

 

Sinaloa Middle School

601 Royal Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065

  • Courts: 12 outdoor courts
  • Schedule: Available 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday only
  • Contact info: Sinaloa Middle School

 

Deerhill Park

6700 Doubletree Rd., Oak Park, CA 91377

 

Encino Park

16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316

  • Courts: 4 courts set up on existing tennis courts

Contact info: Los Angeles Parks