How To Keep Score in Pickleball: A Step-By-Step Guide

Getting Started with Pickleball Scorekeeping

Pickleball is an exciting and fast-paced game that has become increasingly popular. It’s easy to learn the basics, but keeping score can be a bit intimidating for new players. This guide will help you understand the rules of pickleball scoring so that you can keep track of your games quickly and accurately.

How Scoring Works in Pickleball

The object of pickleball is to reach 11 points before your opponent does. The only way to win a point is by serving the ball correctly over the net, making sure it bounces within the boundaries on your opponent’s side and not letting them return it back over the net within bounds on their side. If either player fails to do this, then no point is scored and play carries on until one person reaches 11 points or more first.

Keeping Track of Points

When starting out playing pickleball, it helps to have someone who knows how to keep score – usually a referee or coach – present at all times during play as they can quickly call out each player’s scores when they are earned. However, if there isn’t anyone around who knows how to keep score properly then here are some tips:

-Keep track using rally scoring which means that each time someone serves successfully they get 1 point regardless of who won the last rally (i.e., volleys).

-Score should be called out loud after each successful serve so everyone involved knows what’s going on in terms of points scored and when someone needs just one more point for victory!

-If both players are having trouble remembering their scores or if things get too confusing during play then consider writing down scores after every two or four rallies instead; this will make it easier for you (and others) to follow along!


Keeping score in pickleball doesn’t have to be complicated once you understand how it works. As long as everyone remembers that points are only awarded for successful serves made over the net into their opponents’ court area without being returned back across again within bounds, then keeping track should become much simpler with practice! So go ahead: grab some paddles Snd start playing – just don’t forget about those all-important scores!