Trivia Questions Quiz: What Do You Know About Pickleball Referee?

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Trivia Questions Quiz: What Do You Know about Pickleball Referee? One can confuse tennis with pickleball, but they are totally different in the way they are played and the rules involved. If you want to see just how much you know about refereeing such games? How about you give the quiz a try and get to refresh your understanding!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The paddle face must be below the wrist at all times to prevent side arm motion.

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  • 2. 

    A Pickleball net should be set at 38 inches at the net post and 36 inches at centre court.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The net should be set at 36 inches at the net post and 34 inches at the centre. The centre measurement is the most critical.

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  • 3. 

    The server has 10 seconds to serve the ball after the score is called.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The official rules suggest 10 seconds.

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  • 4. 

    A receiver may indicate his partner is not ready by holding up his paddle arm at any time before the ball is actually served

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The receiver can hold up his hand, his hand with the paddle extended or turn his back to the play if he or his partner is not ready to receive

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  • 5. 

    Each team is allowed 2 one minute timeouts during a game.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A team is allowed two one minute time outs during a game. The referee must keep track of the time outs as they are used. If at the discretion of the referee an additional time out is needed by a player after the two time outs have been used for an equipment problem, the referee may grant an additional time out if safety is an issue.

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  • 6. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    If the ball hits the playing surface first before hitting the player the ball is declared dead and no point is awarded to the other team

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  • 7. 

    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?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is true. The ball does not have to go over the net or be at net height as long as it bounces in the opposing court.

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  • 8. 

    If a player returns a ball on the bounce but their forward momentum takes them into the non volley zone this is a fault.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This is not a violation of the non volley zone because the ball in fact bounced. It is only a violation if the ball is hit in the air or vollyed.

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  • 9. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Yes. If there is a question about the correct score just called by the referee, the server should stop and clarify before serving or the receiver should just let the ball go if they want to question the score.

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  • 10. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    If a player begins the rally and stops during that rally to query the score, they lose a point if in fact the referee is correct. Players are advised to complete the rally and then clarify the score before the next serve.

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  • 11. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No. The rules have been changed so that calling OUT is considered player communication and the partner may ignore the call and play the ball as in.

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  • 12. 

    If one team cannot decide whether the ball is in or out they can ask the referee for a redo or a let serve.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No. If the team can not decide whether the ball is in or out they could ask the referee if they saw it but in this case the benefit goes to the opposing team and the ball is IN.

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  • 13. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There is no onus on the referee or opposing players to inform a player he or she is serving from the wrong court. The responsibility rests on the serving team.

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  • 14. 

    An opposing player or team can query a player directly about a high serve.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    All queries must go through the referee.

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  • 15. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is a good habit for the referee to get into regardless of whether the players leave the court of not. When players switch ends to start a new game the referee should instruct the players to do the same. When players return to the court there is not question about positioning.

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  • 16. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The receiver can raise their hand at any time before the ball is served to stop play. Just because the referee checks the receiver first does not mean that things can not change ie a ball enters a court or a distraction occurs on another court.

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  • 17. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Yes.

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  • 18. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is recommended in all tournament play to help the referee keep track of whether players are serving from the correct court.

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  • 19. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The above should result in a technical foul and the other team awarded a point immediately.

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  • 20. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The referee can only take away the serve at the point the error is caught. All other points stand.

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  • 21. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is a point for the serving team as long as the ball does not bounce first. Pickleball awards points for hitting players no matter where they are standing on the court.

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  • 22. 

    The team that wins the toss at the beginning of a match has the right to chose serve or side but not both.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    They can select only one. Normally they select to serve or receive but in out of door play, they may opt to start on a certain side if wind is a factor.

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  • 23. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    If the ball hits the paddle hand, the hand up to the wrist is considered part of the paddle. Therefore if the ball hits the hand, it is not considered dead but a legal play.

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  • 24. 

    A 15 minute time out is allowed between games in a best 2 out of 3 match.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A two minute time out is allowed between games.

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  • 25. 

    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. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Players switch ends when the first team reaches 6 points.

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  • 26. 

    A player can legally stand in the non volley zone as long as they do not hit the ball in the air.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A player is allowed to stand in the NV zone they just can not play the ball unless it bounces in there first.

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  • 27. 

    A referee can issue a warning of a technical foul and award the opposing team a point.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The issuing of technical foul does not result in the awarding of points to the opposing team

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  • 28. 

    If a referee feels a cracked ball affected the outcome of a rally, they can call for a replay of the rally.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    If in the judgement of the referee, a cracked ball was a factor they can ask for the point to be replayed

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  • 29. 

    The referee's focus should be on the ball at all times to make sure there are no missed line calls.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The referee's focus should be on the feet of the players and not on the ball. The referee is responsible for foot faults at the service line and nv line and not to call lines.

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  • 30. 

    If one player calls the ball OUT and his partner calls the ball IN, the ball is IN.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    One partner can over rule his or her partner. They can ask the referee as well.

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  • 31. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The request can be made through the referee only and they can rule only if they clearly saw the ball in or out.

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  • 32. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A player is allowed to step out of bounds and not be considered in the NV-zone.

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  • 33. 

    One of the worst habits a referee can develop is being a spectator and start watching the ball.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The referee is concentrating on the foot faults and therefore should not be watching the ball.

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  • 34. 

    If the referee has any doubt about the score or the server number, they should clarify with both teams before announcing the score.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Referees should check with both sides so there is no bias.

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  • 35. 

    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

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is proper procedure to follow so that play can begin following a designated warm up period.

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  • 36. 

    If a ball hits the clothing of a player that is not considered making contact with the player and no fault is called.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    If a ball hits the clothing of a player, a point is awarded to the opposing team.

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  • 37. 

    A ball that touches the very edge of any line is deemed not to have touched the line.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Since a Pickleball does not compress on impact the same way as a tennis ball does, it must hit the line straight on or it did not hit the line.

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  • 38. 

    When starting the third game of a tie breaker, the referee should but a line through the number 6 on both teams score sheets.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is recommended procedure so that the referee does not forget to have players switch after the first team reaches 6 points.

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  • 39. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This helps the referee keep focused on which team is serving and therefore scoring the points.

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  • 40. 

    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. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A method of identifying that player should be used to make it easy for the referee.

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  • 41. 

    If the player that started the game in the left court, is back in the left court, the score is odd.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A trick question. When players are back in the same position they started the game in the score has to be even.

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  • 42. 

    A serving player can step into the court after making contact with the ball.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Again, this can be a difficult call but the player can step in or even have their foot in the air over the line on service contact.

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  • 43. 

    The referee can immediately stop play when a stray ball enters the court and call for a replay of the rally.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A referee should call all distractions immediately to prevent injury to a player.

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  • 44. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A non receiving player must let the ball bounce or a point is awarded to the serving team.

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  • 45. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The convener will use this method for convenience and to save time.

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  • 46. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A referee does not have to tolerate a player or team that questions every call by either the referee or another player.

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  • 47. 

    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. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Referees are human and they should feel free to consult with the convener at any time.

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  • 48. 

    One team in a doubles match can ask that a referee be removed by the convener.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Both teams have to make the request.

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  • 49. 

    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.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Any part of the body or clothing touching or landing in the NV Zone is a fault.

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  • 50. 

    One of the easier calls for a referee to miss is a violation of the two bounce rule bu the serving team.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is sometimes missed by everyone. Players are expected to call it on themselves.

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