Pickleball Scoreboard pt 1- The LEDs

8 January 2019

Over the holidays my dad tasked me with creating an electronic post-mounted scoreboard for Pickleball that can be controlled by an android smartwatch. It would show the score and who is serving, and it would be mountable on the posts that hold the net up. As far as we can tell, there’s nothing like this on the market right now, probably on account of Pickleball being a relatively new sport. Pickleball is usually played in doubles where the servers on each team switch off, and it’s hard to keep track of who is serving. This would also be the easiest part to design, so I started with it. Here’s a video of the prototype :

Basically the idea is that the board will get a message over Bluetooth to move to the next player. The button simulates the “next player” message, and lights the LED’s accordingly.

Arduino Code on Github

My next plan is to work on the 7 segment displays that show the scores of each team.