Tips and Tricks to Never Forget the Score in Pickleball

Understanding First Server Positioning and Its Impact on Scoring

  • An essential aspect of pickleball scorekeeping is understanding the significance of the first server's position and how it affects the determination of whether the score is odd or even. This understanding not only ensures that you're following the rules correctly but can also be used as a strategic tool to help keep track of scores.
  • In doubles pickleball, the player who is the first server of the game begins the match from the right-hand service court (when facing the net). This means that when your team's score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, etc.), the first server in the rotation should be positioned on the right side of the court. Conversely, if the score is odd (1, 3, 5, etc.), the first server should be on the left side.
  • This "odd or even" positioning rule is vital for maintaining an accurate rotation and keeping track of the score. When the first server loses the serve, the partner becomes the server, and they continue to serve until a fault is made, then the serve switches to the opposing team.
  • To make scorekeeping easier, always pay attention to your team's score before serving. If you're the first server and you're standing on the right side of the court, your team's score should be even. If you're on the left side, the score should be odd. This technique serves as both a positioning and a scorekeeping tool, reinforcing the score each time you serve.

Apply the 'Three Number Score Calling' Method

Before each serve, the server calls out their score, followed by the opponent's score, and then their server number. This ritual not only keeps everyone informed about the game status but also reinforces the score in the server's mind.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness exercises and meditation can greatly improve your focus, not only helping with scorekeeping but also enhancing your overall performance. By training your mind to be present in the moment, you can reduce distractions and keep track of scores more effectively.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Repetition aids memory. Whenever the score is called, repeat it to yourself silently. This will help you stay engaged and ensure the score is ingrained in your mind.

Visualize the Score

Visual learners can benefit from imagining the score. Create a mental image of the numbers in your mind, which could be in the form of numerals, number of objects, or a scenario involving the numbers.

Chunking the Score

Breaking down the score into smaller, more manageable bits, a technique known as "chunking," can also help you remember the score more efficiently. Instead of remembering a score like 7-5 as two separate numbers, think of it as "75," a chunked number.


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