The Ultimate Guide to Pickleball: What Is The Starting Score Of A Game?

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Understanding the Starting Score of a Pickleball Game

Pickleball is an increasingly popular sport that combines elements from tennis, badminton, and table tennis for a fast-paced game. If you’re new to pickleball, it can be confusing to understand how scoring works. In this blog post, we’ll explore what the starting score is in a pickleball game.

How Does Pickleball Scoring Work?

At its core, pickleball is scored like many other racquet sports: players earn points until one player reaches 11 points with at least two more than their opponent has earned (e.g., 11-9). To win a game of pickles ball, the first player or team to reach 11 points wins the game.

What Is The Starting Score Of A Pickleball Game?

The starting score for each side in a pickleball match is 0 – 0 or love – love which means no one has any points yet and all players are on an even playing field at the start of each match. As soon as someone earns their first point in the rally, they get 1 point while their opponent gets none. The winner of each rally will add another point to their total until either they reach 11 and win or they lose due to not having two more than their opponent when that person reaches 11 firsts. Depending on how long your rallies last, it can take anywhere between 10 minutes up over an hour before someone finally wins!


In conclusion, understanding how scoring works in pickleball games is essential if you want to enjoy this exciting sport! The starting score for both sides always begins at 0 – 0 or love – love regardless of skill level or experience so that everyone starts off with equal footing during each match!