How Are Points Scored In Pickleball? A Guide To Mastering The Game

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Understanding the Point System in Pickleball

Pickleball is an increasingly popular sport that’s a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It can be played as either a singles or doubles game. Understanding how points are scored in pickleball is important for both new players just starting out and veterans looking to brush up on the rules of the game.

How Points are Scored

In pickleball, each side serves two times during each volley before it switches to the other team’s turn to serve again; this sequence continues until one side scores 11 points (win by 2) with at least a two-point lead over its opponents. When one team reaches 11 points first, they win that set; games are typically played to best three sets out of five total sets. If at any point in time both teams reach 10 points each, then whichever team scores next wins that set without requiring a two-point lead over their opponents.

Scoring Points During Play

Points can only be scored when serving and not during regular play; if you successfully return your opponent’s shot back into their court without them being able to touch it twice then your team gets 1 point added onto its score. In addition, if your opponent ever hits the ball outside of their designated court area then you automatically get 1 point even if they already served it once before you returned it back into their court space – all while keeping within normal gameplay rules like not hitting more than once on either side per volley exchange etc., which would result in an automatic 0 point penalty instead regardless of whether or not they hit it out or inside their court area!


Pickleball is becoming increasingly popular due to its combination of different sports such as tennis and ping pong with unique scoring rules. To play pickleball well understanding how points are scored is essential for success—points can only be earned when serving and must exceed eleven with at least two ahead from your opponent’s score for victory . With these tips now under your belt there should be no stopping you from taking home those wins!