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Local Pickleball Community is Stepping Up by Organizing itself into a Nonprofit, Pursuing Covered Courts and More

Local Pickleball Community is Stepping Up by Organizing itself into a Nonprofit, Pursuing Covered Courts and More

Bainbridge, of course, is the home of Pickleball, and the sport is exploding all over the world. Celebrities are playing it on a regular basis, there’s a pro circuit well underway, and it’s even mentioned on television sit-coms and variety …

Contingent of Foreign and Out-of-State Players Help Enrich Bainbridge’s Founders Tournament

Contingent of Foreign and Out-of-State Players Help Enrich Bainbridge’s Founders Tournament

Chohika “Char” Wannachinda lives in Seattle now, but she was born and raised in Thailand. The 45-year-old marketing director for a Seattle-area senior living firm started playing Pickleball just four and a half months ago, but her game is so …

Island Pickleballers and Tennis Players Face Off at Park Board Meeting over Courts and Playing Time

Island Pickleballers and Tennis Players Face Off at Park Board Meeting over Courts and Playing Time

Pickleball vs. Tennis. It’s a conflict that’s playing out in communities big and small all over the country, and it’s now coming to a head right here on our little island, where Pickleball was founded nearly five decades ago.

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Local Pickle-ballers Mull Creative Ways to Add New Courts to the Mix

Local Pickle-ballers Mull Creative Ways to Add New Courts to the Mix

Talk about an ironic twist of fate. Bainbridge Island pickle-ballers find themselves in – well – a bit of a pickle. They have too many active players and not enough courts for them all to play on.

The game that …

The Governor Showed Up at Pickleball’s Special Moment, But the Day Belonged to Clay Roberts!

The Governor Showed Up at Pickleball’s Special Moment, But the Day Belonged to Clay Roberts!

Clay Roberts is Bainbridge Island’s Mr. Pickleball. That moniker was emphatically reinforced on Monday afternoon when Gov. Jay Inslee presented Roberts with the Governor’s Pin in recognition of his yeoman contributions to the game on Bainbridge Island and elsewhere. Not …

Pickleball to be Touted as the Official Sport of Washington State

Most islanders are probably aware that Bainbridge is the home of Pickleball. Now Legislation is being proposed to make the game Washington State’s official sport!

“If we don’t claim it some other state will,” says Clay Roberts, a spokesman for …

Not to be Missed: Sunday’s Formal Celebration of Pickleball’s Founders Courts – October 3, 2021

The island’s Pickleball community, along with anyone interested in the game that has its origins on Bainbridge, is invited to celebrate the completion of the Founders Courts project Sunday (October 3rd) from 2 to 3 p.m. at Battle Point Park.…

Pickleball’s Founders Tournament is Back on the Island with Fun for Everyone

Pickleball is taking center court on Bainbridge Island this week as the Founders Tournament returns after a year hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The tourney, which includes a number of different events, will be held from August 9-15 at …

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