It’s a Round-Robin format with 2 balls in play at the same time.
Games can be played to 11, 15, or 21 – win by one.
Points are scored on all rallies by either team.
This out-of-the-ordinary game consists of two servers on one baseline and two returners on the other baseline.
Whichever team is designated as the serve team begins play by exclaiming “Go”. Both servers attempt to serve at the same time into the correct service squares.
If the serve team continues to win, the team will switch places after every serve, so the serve team is not always serving to the same returner.
The serve team must honor the double bounce rule.
The return team must put the ball into play by returning cross-court.
After that any player can hit either ball.
Both balls are “point balls”.
One point can be won on each ball by either team.
If the serve team wins 1 point and the other team wins 1 point off the same rally, the serve team continues to serve.
If the serve team loses the rally by losing 2 points balls in the same rally, the return team becomes the serve team for the next points. A team may not let one ball die just to play only one ball or the game would not be an out-of-the-ordinary pickleball game!