The pickleball scoring system comprises three numbers.
The first is the number of points your team has; the second is your opponent’s score, and the third can be a one or a two.
The third number always confused me because I never knew when I was The One or The Two. This number represents the serving order after a team achieves a side out.
Whichever player is on the right box when the side out occurs will be the first server, also called The One.
To start a pickleball game, a coin is tossed. The coin toss winner can choose whether to serve or receive a serve first.
The first server serves from the right side of the court to the diagonally opposite side of the court. If they score a point, they switch sides to the odd side (left court) and serve again. The process continues until the server commits a fault.
When this happens, a side-out happens if it's a single-player game. However, the second player of the serving team gets their chance to serve if it is a double game.
The serving continues until the second player commits a fault, after which their opponent gets two opportunities to serve and score points.