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PICKLEBALL FAQ

  • How do you keep score in Pickleball?
    Doubles Scoring: In doubles pickleball, the score is made up of three numbers (for instance, 0-0-2). The first number represents the serving team’s score. The second number represents the receiving team’s score. The third number represents the server number, which is either server #1 or server #2. For example, if the score in doubles pickleball is 7-5-2, then this means that the serving team has 7 points, the receiving team has 5 points, and the serving team is on server #2. Singles Scoring: In singles pickleball, the score is made up of only two numbers (for instance, 0-0). The first number represents the server’s score. The second number represents the receiver’s score. There is no third number because, in singles pickleball, each side only has one serve (rather than two serves). For example, if the score in singles pickleball is 7-5, then this means that the server has 7 points and the receiver has 5 points. To win a pickleball game, you must be the first team to score the winning point. Most games in pickleball are played to 11 points (win by 2), although some pickleball games in tournament settings may be played to 15 points (win by 2) or 21 points (win by 2).
  • What is my pickleball skill level?
    Skills range, typically, from Beginner to Professional. Most of the time, you will self-rate for informal play or events. Once you have the Pickleball Fever and start playing competitive events, OR, you want to compete with players close to your level, you may start utilizing the USA Pickleball or DUPR. But for our purposes here, please refer to the self-ratings below: 1.0-2.0 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 1.0 to 2.0 if you are just starting to play pickleball and you are just starting to understand the rules of pickleball. 2.5 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 2.5 if you have limited experience playing pickleball, you can keep a short rally on the pickleball court, and you have a basic understanding of the rules of pickleball (particularly, if you can keep the score properly). 3.0 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 3.0 if (i) you can generally hit forehand drives, serves, and returns with medium pace, as well as dinks, but generally lack consistency and control (for instance, serves and returns are not consistent and lack depth); and (ii) you understand the basic strategy and rules of pickleball, including that you can keep the score properly. 3.5 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 3.5 if (i) you can hit drives, serves, and returns with pace (including developing backhand shots), as well as dinks and drop shots, and are developing some consistency and control (including consistently hitting serves and returns in play); and (ii) you understand the basic strategy and rules of pickleball, you are starting to vary your shots between the hard and soft game, and you are moving quickly to the Non-Volley Zone line when you have the opportunity. 4.0 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 4.0 if (i) you can generally hit both forehand and backhand drives, serves, and returns with pace, as well as dinks, drop shots, and volleys (including block volleys) of different speeds, and have consistency and control; and (ii) you understand the strategy and rules of pickleball (including stacking), you have a moderate number of unforced errors, and you understand how to attack your opponents’ weaknesses on the pickleball court. 4.5 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 4.5 if (i) you can generally hit both forehand and backhand drives, serves, returns, dinks, drop shots, and volleys with pace, spin, depth, direction, consistency and control; and (ii) you understand the strategy and rules of pickleball (including stacking), you have a limited number of unforced errors, and you change your game play to attack your opponents’ weaknesses on the pickleball court. 5.0 Give yourself a pickleball self-rating of 5.0 if (i) you have mastered both forehand and backhand drives, serves, and returns with pace, as well as dinks, drop shots, and volleys of different speeds, and have consistency and control; and (ii) you have mastered the strategy and rules of pickleball (including stacking), you rarely make unforced errors, and you attack your opponents’ weaknesses on the pickleball court. 5.5-6.0+ Give yourself a 5.5-6.0+ pickleball self-rating if (i) you have mastered all shots and strategy on the pickleball court; and (ii) you are consistently winning at the highest level, meaning that you are winning against the best professional pickleball players at the tournament level.
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