The International Federation of Pickleball
The International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) was organized to perpetuate the growth and advancement of Pickleball throughout the world. The member organizations representing their respective countries have agreed to conduct the business of the IFP in conformance to the Constitution and Bylaws of the IFP. Member organizations also support the International Rules of Pickleball.
IFP Member Organizations
IFP Associate Member
President of Pickleball Inc. at Kalyan
(Feb. 26, 2011 Kalyan, India) Thane District Pickleball Association (TDPA) had a surprise guest on Saturday in the form of none other than 58-year-old, 6 feet 4 inch tall Douglas Smith, president of Pickleball Inc, Seattle, USA. Soft-spoken Smith was impressed by the rousing reception extended by enthusiastic pickleball freaks that converged at Sacred Heart School at Kalyan.
Over a hundred sports teachers and students gathered at the venue to grab a chapter or two in pickleball from Smith, who is a prolific player and administrator in this game which is included in the physical education programme in USA and Canada. More...
Guess what the latest stress-buster that’s creating waves across the city is? It’s Pickleball — a popular game in the US — which is a hybrid of lawn tennis and badminton, with some elements of tennis as well.
Though a relatively fun and a soft sport, Pickleball is played on a badminton court (indoor or outdoor), with a wooden paddle the size of a ping pong racquet and a hollow plastic ball; while the net is reduced to half the size of a badminton net. Apart from all the health benefits that it promises, Pickleball also goes easy on your
New sport of pickleball 'a game for all'
(March 16, 2011, Ottawa, ON, Canada) The sport of pickleball is rapidly growing, not only here in Canada but also in other countries. The United States has about 3000 members under the umbrella of the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA). There are also members of the All India Pickleball Association, and players on the island of Guam. Many Canadian pickleball players travel to the southern parts of the United States for the winter and play in Florida, Arizona, Texas, California and other states. One Florida community, The Villages, has 112 pickleball courts and there is a waiting list to play. More...
(Dec 25, 2010 Kalyan, India,) Kalyan suburb was privileged to host India’s first ever pickleball competition over the weekend to herald the beginning of a new chapter in sporting arena. And sport-conscious Sacred Heart School was honoured to play host of the inaugural Thane district inter-school pickleball championship to reignite competitive spirit among the kids that are sincerely playing this new game for a few years now. More...
Disney Opens Re-branded ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex
There are more than 250 acres set aside for new development at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. And this spring, the staff is working on the idea of bringing down an event for a fast-growing, new sport: Pickleball. We're guessing Disney could fit six, maybe even 12, Pickleball courts inside one of its fieldhouses for a round-robin tournament. And I, for one, can't wait for that SportsCenter highlight reel.
More picking up pickle-ball
What sport is a mix of table-tennis, badminton and tennis? Answer: Pickle-ball. Originating from the United States, the game has been gaining steady popularity here since its introduction in the late 1980s.
Using a racquet similar to an enlarged table-tennis bat and a perforated plastic ball the size of a tennis ball, the game is usually played on badminton courts in housing estates and community centres (CCs). Played by two or four players at a time, its rules are similar to that of tennis while points are scored in the same way as in a badminton game. Players race to score 11, 15 or 21 points to win a match.
A versatile and family-oriented game, its largely low-impact nature has also attracted a following of slightly older players. The Singapore Pickle-ball Association (SPA), for instance, currently has a membership of 150 players, most of whom are over 35 years of age. More...
Why Is Mumbai Playing A Game Named After A Dog In Washington?
(Sep 8, 2009 Mumbai, India, www.mid-day.com) A modest indoor court tucked away somewhere at Elphinstone, is the venue for a new sport that's capturing the fancy of Mumbaikars. Morning workout sessions at the gym suddenly feel mundane when you drop in to watch a session of this new racquet and ball game that's been christened Pickleball, thanks to its hybrid nature. More...