Understanding Pickleball Rules and Scoring

Understanding Pickleball Rules and Scoring

Quick Guide

Here's a simplified overview of pickleball rules to help you get started. 

Basic Rules Overview:

  • Pickleball is played in doubles or singles.
  • The serve must be underhand, below the waist.
  • The serve is crosscourt and must land within bounds.
  • The server continues serving until a fault occurs.

Service Sequence:

  • Both doubles players serve before a side-out.
  • Switch sides after scoring a point.


  • Points are only scored by the serving team.
  • Games are usually played to 11 points, win by 2.

Additional Rules:

  • Double-bounce rule for serves.
  • Non-volley zone (the "kitchen") restricts volleys.

Line Calls:

  • A ball touching any line (except non-volley on serve) is in.


  • Various actions result in faults, including out-of-bounds hits and net touches.


Downloadable Guides

Click on an image below to download the rules or a summary

Official Rulebook 2024  |    Rule Summary