Pickleball, pickleball, pickle ball, PickleBall or pickle-ball? How do you correctly spell pickleball?
Why? Because I see a lot of new, energetic players on social media sharing this awesome sport (love that!) – yet they are spelling the word wrong (not so good). This made me recall an article–from my time as the volunteer publisher of the USAPA newsletter–below written by the Laymons. I think it’s time to dust it off and share again. So here is a refresher course for everyone:
We all love pickleball no matter how we spell it, but there is a right way and several wrong ways. When referring to the sport the correct term is “pickleball.” It is one word, not hyphenated and not capitalized. In the past we may have capitalized the name to give the sport the implied significance of a proper noun. Today, however, pickleball has grown enough to be considered part of the English language and therefore standardization is most important. As we have grown, so has the number of companies selling pickleball paraphernalia. Most of these use some form of the word pickleball and some have even copyrighted their names. The simple term “pickleball” is generic and cannot be copyrighted.
Got it? Now you know how to correctly spell pickleball.
A portion of this article is a reprint from the USAPA newsletter, June 2012, with permission of course!