Referee Training Quiz

51 Questions  I  By Pickleballpromoter on November 12, 2010
A quiz to review the duties and function of a referee in a Pickleball Tournament.

  

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1.  The server has 10 seconds to serve the ball after the score is called.
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2.  If the referee has any doubt about the score or the server number, they should clarify with both teams before announcing the score.
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3.  The referee's focus should be on the ball at all times to make sure there are no missed line calls.
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4.  If one player calls the ball OUT and his partner calls the ball IN, the ball is IN.
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5.  The referee can immediately stop play when a stray ball enters the court and call for a replay of the rally.
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6.  A ball that touches the very edge of any line is deemed not to have touched the line.
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7.  If the player that started the game in the left court, is back in the left court, the score is odd.
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8.  A ball hitting the paddle hand of a player is consider a dead ball and results in loss of serve or a point being awarded to the opposing team.
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9.  If one team cannot decide whether the ball is in or out they can ask the referee for a redo or a let serve.
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10.  The score sheets of the 2 teams are reversed on the master score sheet to assist the referee in recording the right score beside the right team.
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11.  If a player returns a ball on the bounce but their forward momentum takes them into the non volley zone this is a fault.
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12.  If a team calls a time out the, the referee should insist that all players put their paddles on the court and the server should place the ball on their paddle.
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13.  In a serve motion, it is legal to have the paddle face above the wrist as long as contact with the ball is made below the waist.
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14.  A number maybe recorded on the back of a score sheet rather than actually tossing a coin at the beginning of a match or game.
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15.  A server can verify with the referee the correct call of the score if they have not served the ball and the receiver can do the same if they have not returned the serve.
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16.  If one player saw the ball OUT and the other partner saw the ball IN, they have the right to ask the referee if they saw the ball IN or OUT.
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17.  The reason for determining the identity of the player starting each game in the right court, is to make sure players are serving from the proper court. 
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18.  If in the course of making a volley shot, a player steps out of bounds, over the sideline but beside the NV-Line, this is considered a fault.
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19.  The referee should usher the players to centre court and decided serve or receive, side, and the players starting in the right court before any warmup
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20.  One of the easier calls for a referee to miss is a violation of the two bounce rule bu the serving team.
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21.  A player can legally stand in the non volley zone as long as they do not hit the ball in the air.
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22.  A referee can issue a warning of a technical foul and award the opposing team a point.
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23.  A receiving player can return the serve and start the rally and then stop play to verify the correct score with the referee without any loss of point.
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24.  A coloured sticker attached to a player's clothing, an arm band or other  method can be used to identify a player starting the game in the right hand court.  This helps the referee keep track of whether the server is serving from the correct court.
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25.  If a ball hits the receiving player, even though they are standing out of bounds, it is a point for the serving team as long as the ball did not contact the court surface first.
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26.  A serving player can step into the court after making contact with the ball.
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27.  When starting the third game of a tie breaker, the referee should but a line through the number 6 on both teams score sheets.
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28.  If after the referee checks the receiver to make sure they are ready, the receiver can not raise their paddle hand to stop play before the serve is made.
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29.  If a player throws a paddle in such a fashion that it injured another players on the court or caused damaged to the court, a technical warning should be issued by the referee but no point awarded to the opposing team.
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30.  If the ball bounces on the court of the non receiving player and then hits the player, it is consider a point for the serving team because the ball hit the player.
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31.  In the third game of a 2 out of 3 match, the teams switch ends when the total score of each team adds up to 6. 
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32.  If a referee discovers a player serving from the wrong court, they can take away the serve plus any points earned while the player was serving from the wrong court.
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33.  If a player discovers a ball is cracked at the end of a rally, they can request a replay of that rally through the referee.
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34.  If a referee is unclear on a rule or a disputed call becomes difficult, they should signal the convener or tournament chair to the courts. 
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35.  If a player goes out of bounds to return a ball that bounced in his court and returns the ball around the net pole below net height and into the opposing team's court, this is a legal return?
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36.  One of the worst habits a referee can develop is being a spectator and start watching the ball.
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37.  If a ball hits the clothing of a player that is not considered making contact with the player and no fault is called.
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38.  The team that wins the toss at the beginning of a match has the right to chose serve or side but not both.
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39.  If a player continues to question the calls of the referee or hassles the referee in any way, a warning should be issued first and a technical foul given if the behavior continues.
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40.  A 15 minute time out is allowed between games in a best 2 out of 3 match.
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41.  The opposing team can challenge a line call by asking the referee if they saw the ball and if they agree with the call made by the opposing team.  The referee's decision is final.
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42.  If a player yells OUT to his partner, but the partner proceeds to play the ball anyway, this will be deemed to be a distraction and a let serve or redo of the serve allowed.
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43.  A Pickleball net should be set at 38 inches at the net post and 36 inches at centre court.
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44.  If a referee notices that a player is about to serve from the wrong court, they must inform the player or it is not a fault.
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45.  A receiver may indicate his partner is not ready by holding up his paddle arm at any time before the ball is actually served
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46.  The referee should not call a foot fault if only the toe of the player's shoe touches the non volley line on a volley shot.
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47.  Each team is allowed 2 one minute timeouts during a game.
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48.  An opposing player or team can query a player directly about a high serve.
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49.  If a referee feels a cracked ball affected the outcome of a rally, they can call for a replay of the rally.
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50.  If the non receiving player catches a serve hit in his court before it bounces, a point is awarded to the serving team even though the ball was obviously served to the wrong court.
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51.  One team in a doubles match can ask that a referee be removed by the convener.
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