Is pickleball ready for rally scoring?

Is pickleball ready for rally scoring?

June 05, 2018 0 Comments

There’s a debate going on in pickleball whether we should change from Side Out scoring to Rally Scoring.  Not sure what the difference is?

Rally Scoring is a scoring method where points can be won by the serving or receiving team.

Side Out Scoring is a format of scoring where points can be won only by the serving team.

All the other paddle/racquet/net sports had a similar decision to make and they decided to switch to the rally scoring system.  Let’s talk pros and cons to switching to rally scoring:


  • Difficult to explain scoring to new players
  • Easier to watch on TV, able to grow internationally quicker
  • Games move faster
  • Same fundamentals of the sport


  • Maintains a balance between offense and defense
  • Don’t use the third shot drop as much
  • Harder to find out your opponent’s weakness if the game is shorter
  • Not how the founders of the sport designed the rules

Most agree that the receiving team has the advantage currently.  Why?  The 2-bounce rule requires that the serving team must stay back so the service return can bounce.  Because of this, the receiving team will get to the kitchen line first.  Some argue that beginning and intermediate players will not be able to improve their skills.

Do we change the scoring like badminton and volleyball have done?  Instead of the first team to 11, we play to 15, win by 2 and cap it at 21.

What are your thoughts? 

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