Methods to Stay On Track with Pickleball Score Keeping


Keeping track when score keeping for pickleball, especially during long rallies and intense matches, can sometimes be challenging. Here are some practical tips and tricks to help you stay on track:

1. Use a Scorekeeper or Wristband

Employ a simple wristband with beads or a portable scorekeeper. Move a bead or adjust the scorekeeper after each point to keep a visual reminder of the score.

    2. Repeat the Score Aloud Before Serving

    Make it a habit to call out the score loudly and clearly before serving. This not only informs all players but also reinforces the score in your own mind.

      3. Assign Score-Calling Duties

      In doubles play, designate one player (usually the server) to be responsible for calling out the score before each serve. This consistency helps prevent confusion.

      4. Utilize Hand Signals

      Some players use hand signals behind their back to indicate the first number of the score (their score) before serving. This is a silent reminder to themselves and can be a signal to their partner in doubles.

      5. Practice Score Scenarios

      Off the court, practice calling out random scores and then determining who would be the server and in which position they should serve from. This mental practice can help solidify understanding.

      6. Visualize the Court as a Scoreboard

      Associate each side of the court with the server number (1 or 2 in doubles). Visualizing where you are standing in relation to scoring can help keep track of whether you're the first or second server.

      7. Use Physical Objects

      Place a small object, like a coin or a marker, on the ground or in your pocket to represent the server number. Switch the object's position (or pocket) each time the serve switches from the first to the second server.

      8. Develop a Routine

      - Create a personal routine or ritual that includes checking the score each time you prepare to serve or receive. This could be adjusting your paddle, tapping your foot, or any consistent action that triggers the reminder to think about the score.

      9. Keep a Score Sheet

      For more formal or competitive play, consider using a score sheet at the sideline. This can be especially useful in tournament play where keeping an accurate score is crucial.

      10. Engage the Audience

      In casual games where spectators or friends are watching, you can ask them to help keep track of the score. Sometimes, an external observer can be more objective and attentive to the score.

      11. Leverage Technology

      There are apps and digital devices designed for scorekeeping in sports, including pickleball. These can be a reliable way to track points, especially in more competitive or formal games.


      Keeping track of the score in pickleball requires concentration, but with the right strategies and tools, it becomes second nature. Whether you're playing a friendly match or competing seriously, these tricks can help ensure that scorekeeping doesn't distract from the enjoyment of the game. Remember, the goal is to have fun and stay engaged, and mastering the art of scorekeeping is just one part of that journey.
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