Pickleball Tournament will be served up in SeaTac this weekend
“Pickleball was invented in Seattle, and SeaTac will host the current men’s and women’s world champions this weekend,” said Jonathan Blake, who will be playing in the 4.0 division.
Blake adds that several local players from Burien will be competing in this National event, sponsored by the USA Pickleball Association.
The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning (May 18), and will go to at least 8 p.m. Saturday night. Play resumes at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning (May 19) and completes when the double elimination matches are over.
According to Wikipedia, Pickleball “…started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington at the home of Congressman Joel Pritchard, 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 whiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.”
Here are some videos of the game in case you’re not familiar with it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzNIbc3864o
The Seatac Community Center is located at 13735 24th Ave S., SeaTac; 206-973-4680.