How Does Scoring Work In Pickleball? A Comprehensive Guide

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What is Pickleball Scoring?

Pickleball scoring can sometimes seem confusing, but once you understand it, the game can become much more enjoyable. Pickleball is an exciting sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s a great way to stay active and have fun with friends or family. But before you start playing pickleball, it’s important to know how the game works and how points are scored.

How Does Scoring Work in Pickleball?

Scoring in pickleball varies depending on whether it’s singles or doubles play. In singles play, each player starts with 11 points at the beginning of the match (one point for each side). The first player to reach 11 points wins the match unless both players tie at 10-10 when there must be a two-point lead for someone to win (such as 12-10). In doubles play, each team starts with 15 points and follows similar rules as for singles where someone needs a two-point lead in order to win unless one team reaches 21 first.

How Are Points Awarded

Points are awarded whenever your opponent fails to return your shot within their court boundary lines while keeping their paddle above their waist height. If they hit the ball out of bounds or below their waist height then you score a point regardless of who served last time around. A let serve also awards a point; this occurs if either opponents serves too short or only touches part of his/her own court before reaching across into your partner’s area – such as underhand serves which often occur during warm up games prior to starting matches!


Pickleball scoring may appear complicated at first glance but understanding these basics will help make sure everyone has fun when playing this great sport! Once you get started playing pickleball and get used to keeping score correctly then it will soon become second nature – just like any other sport out there! So grab some paddles & balls today and enjoy all that pickleball has to offer!