What do you know about pickleball? It could become the official sport of Washington State


SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington lawmakers are considering a Senate pickleball bill.

If SB 5615 passes, the sport would become the official sport of Washington State.

Washington Congressman Joel McFee Pritchard and his friends started the sport in 1965 on Bainbridge Island.

According to The Economist, it continues to be the fastest growing sport in America.

But what do we really know about pickleball?

From Interior Northwest YMCA websiteit is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special rackets.

The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller.

The subnet and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

Played with two, three or four players, the ball must bounce once on each side before volleys are allowed.

At present, pickleball is offered at the North and Valley YMCAs regularly if you are interested in playing yourself!

But check with your local YMCA to see if they offer the sport seasonally.

Two Washington senators want the legislature to declare pickleball an official state sport, but the bill is not yet on the governor’s desk.

On Monday, January 17, it was forwarded to the Rules Committee for second reading.

Follow the evolution of the invoice here.

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