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New Pickleball Courts Installed at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Oct 29, 2022 09:05AM ● By Mb News Staff

Pickleball courts at MBMS - Photo via city of Manhattan Beach.

Following increasing demand for the popular sport of pickleball, the city of Manhattan Beach has created new pickleball courts at Manhattan Beach Middle School.

“Combining elements of tennis, racquetball, and badminton, pickleball is fun for all ages and is one of the fastest growing sports in the country,” said Mayor Steve Napolitano in a statement. “Due to its popularity, the demand to play often exceeds available court space in Manhattan Beach, so when the opportunity arose to replace the MBMS paddleball courts with pickleball courts, the city made the investment to resurface the courts. Through our ongoing partnership with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, the city and MBUSD are looking forward to bringing the community additional opportunities to enjoy the many benefits of pickleball.”

The MBMS pickleball courts will be open to the public on weekends from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Four courts are designated by skill level for open play and two courts are first come, first served with a one-hour limit per group. All MBMS pickleball courts are free during a pilot program in place until the end of the year.

For more information on available courts and reservations, visit

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington by three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities.

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular well-regulated sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.

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