How to Keep Score in Pickleball


June 15, 2023

<p><strong>How to Keep Score in Pickleball</strong></p> <p> </p>

Pickleball is a fun and easy sport to learn, but the scoring system can be a bit tricky. Here's a quick guide on how to keep score in pickleball:


In singles, each player serves for two points. The first player to reach 11 points wins the game, but they must win by at least two points. So, if the score is 10-10, the game will continue until one player has a two-point lead.


In doubles, each team has two players. The first server from each team serves for one point, then the second server serves for one point. The teams alternate serving until one team reaches 11 points. Again, the team must win by at least two points.

Calling the Score

When serving, the server must call out the score before serving the ball. The score is called in the following order:

  1. The server's score
  2. The receiver's score
  3. The server's number (1 or 2)

For example, if the server has 10 points and the receiver has 8 points, and the server is serving for the first time, the server would call out "10-8-1".

Keeping Score

There are a few different ways to keep score in pickleball. If you're playing with friends, you can try to keep track of the score in your head. However, this tends to get challenging after extended points. Also, in our unprofessional research, we have found that players who are not thinking about the score are better able to focus on their performance. That is why we recommend using the ScoreBand PLAY for keeping track of your point tally in pickleball.

No matter how you choose to keep score, the most important thing is to be consistent. This will help to keep the game moving and avoid any confusion.

Here are some additional tips for keeping score in pickleball:

  • If you're playing with a group of people, it's helpful to have one person designated as the scorekeeper. This will help to keep things organized and avoid any arguments.
  • No matter how you choose to keep score, the most important thing is to have fun! Pickleball is a great game, and keeping score shouldn't take away from the enjoyment.

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