How To Score Pickleball Singles: A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners

Steps to Scoring Pickleball Singles

Pickleball is an incredibly popular racquet sport that combines elements from tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. It’s a great game for people of all ages and fitness levels, but if you want to become a serious player then it pays to know the rules of the game – most notably how to score pickleball singles. Here we look at the steps involved in scoring a singles match so you can up your game.

Serving Rules

In Pickleball singles matches, players alternate serves each time they win a point. The serve must pass over the net diagonally such that it lands inside the opponent’s court – either on or within its boundaries. If someone fails to catch or return their own serve correctly, then they lose that point automatically; otherwise, play continues until one person scores 11 points (15 in tournament play).

Scoring System

The winner of each point scores 1 point for themselves and 0 points for their opponent; however, if both players fail to return their shot correctly then neither of them will be awarded any points at all. Whenever someone reaches 11 points (or 15 in tournaments), they are declared as the winner unless there is a tiebreaker situation where both opponents have 10/14 points respectively and need an extra two rounds before being declared victorious – this is known as ‘winning by two’.


With a basic understanding of how scoring works in pickleball singles matches, you can now go out onto court with confidence! The key takeaway here is alternating serves every time you win a point and knowing when someone has won by two rather than just reaching 11/15 first – good luck out there!