How To Keep Score In Pickleball: A Simple Guide for Beginners

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It’s a fast-paced game that can be played both indoors and outdoors by two to four players. The objective of pickleball is to hit the ball onto your opponent’s side of the court using your wooden or composite paddles. A key part of playing pickleball successfully is understanding how to keep score, so let’s dive in!

Keeping Score in Pickleball

When playing pickleball, each player serves twice before switching sides (you must serve diagonally). Players must switch sides after every odd numbered game. When a point has been scored, the winner marks it on their scorecard and then serves again until one player reaches 11 points with at least a two-point lead over their opponent(s). The first team to reach 11 points wins the game. If both teams are tied after 11 points have been scored, play continues until there is a two-point difference between them (winning by two).


Scorekeeping for pickleball might seem intimidating at first but once you understand the basics it becomes second nature! Keeping track of who won which point will help you stay focused on improving your skills as well as helping you strategize against opponents during competitive games. Get out there and start playing – good luck!