Player Test

Welcome to the Player Test!

This 50-question rules test is designed as a fun exercise for players who mainly participate in non-officiated play. Although the rules are the same for recreational and tournament play, when there is no referee to enforce the rules that job falls on the players and rests with their ability to self-enforce.

So, if you want to test your knowledge of the IFP/USAPA rules, give this test a try. A reference to the related section in the IFP/USAPA Rules is included at the end of each question, but don’t spoil your fun. Complete the test and see which questions you miss before referring to the rulebook.

Pick a time when you can complete the entire test without interruption because the test will automatically close after 50 minutes. Each question is scored after you select an answer. The test will close when you click the “Submit” button at the end of the test, so answer all questions before submitting the test.

You can take the test as often as you like, so study up and take it again if you desire. Each time you will receive a follow-up email containing your test score so you can track your improvement. Before long you’ll be scoring 100%. To challenge yourself even more, try the Referee Test.

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1. (#66)
On the serve, if the served ball hits the top of the net and then goes over the net and  hits the horizontal bar on a temporary net system, this is a fault. [Rule 11.L.5.c]
2. (#54)
During the side switch, you have up to 1 minute to switch sides and get in the ready position to resume play. No coaching is allowed during the side switch. [5.B.6.]
3. (#10)
If, while the ball is in the air, you yell "out," "no," "bounce it," or any other word/phrase to communicate to your partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered a line call and play should stop. [Rules 6.D.11. & 6.D.12.]
4. (#41)
Team B's 2nd server, serves into the net. The referee says, "Side Out". Team A is now about to serve at 9-8-1. The starting server for Team A (the player wearing the visible form of identification) should be serving from the right court. [Rule 4.B.6.b.].
5. (#46)
You volley a ball from just behind the non-volley zone (NVZ) line. During the follow-through, your paddle strikes your partner’s shoulder. This is a NVZ fault because your partner’s right foot was on the NVZ line when you struck him. [Rule 9.C.]
6. (#59)
In a singles match, when the server has an odd score, they will serve from the right hand court.  [Rule 4.B.5.b]
7. (#44)
When your right-handed partner serves from the left service court, he stands very near the court center line. His feet are within the proper service area, but when his paddle contacts the ball, the paddle is slightly across the imaginary extension of the center line, above the playing surface of the right-hand court. Your opponents protest that this is not allowed. This is allowed. [Rule 4.A.3.]
8. (#62)
If a technical foul has been issued, a subsequent technical warning, for any reason, will result in a match forfeiture. [Rule 13.H.1.b]
9. (#67)
Once the choice of serve, receive, side or to defer has been selected, it may not be changed. [Rule 5.A.2]
10. (#16)
A ball that cannot be called "out" will be considered "in". [Rule 6.D.3.]
11. (#64)
Any player on the receiving team may call a time-out after the score has been called, but, the time-out must be called before the service motion has started. [Rule 10.A.3]
12. (#13)
When your team has an odd score number, your team’s starting server (the player wearing the visible form of identification) should serve from the right-hand court when they are serving.  [Rule 4.B.6.b.]
13. (#14)
During the serve, when the ball is struck, the server's foot/feet shall not be touching the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline, or outside the imaginary extension of the center line, or be touching the court, including the baseline. [Rule 4.A.3.]
14. (#25)
You make a line call, but your partner disagrees. The ball should be declared "out" because you were closer to the ball. [Rule 6.D.9.]
15. (#18)
The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, or other support construction) are positioned out of bounds. If a ball strikes the net post, it is a fault and a dead ball is declared. This does not include the net, the net cable, or rope between the net posts. [Rules 11.K. & 11.K.1.]
16. (#70)
There is no rule which states that during the serve, the server must release the ball before paddle contact. [Section 4.]
17. (#22)
"Out" line calls should be promptly signaled by voice and may include a hand signal, regardless of how obvious they may seem. [Rule 6.D.10.]
18. (#8)
You may step on the non-volley zone line or enter the non-volley zone at any time except during the act of volleying the ball. [Rule 9.E.]
19. (#28)
The correct receiver is the only player who may return a served ball. If the wrong player returns the ball, it is a point for the serving team. [Rule 4.N.1.]
20. (#43)
Your opponent hits a powerful overhead to the sideline. You suspect that it might have been “out,” but you’re not certain. What are your options? [Rule 6.D.3.]
21. (#39)
During an extended exchange of crosscourt dinks, your opponent suddenly steps in the non-volley zone and then onto the adjacent out-of-bounds area so he can get closer to the net to smash a volley return. Is this legal? [Rule 9.D.]
22. (#15)
The service motion begins: [Rule 3.A.33.]
23. (#2)
A serve landing on any correct service court line, except the non-volley zone line, is considered in play and should be returned by the receiving team. [Rule 6.A.]
24. (#21)
You must have possession of the paddle when it makes contact with the ball. [Rule 11.P.]
25. (#34)
A ball can be hit twice, but only during an unintentional, continuous, single-direction stroke. If the stroke is not continuous, not single-direction, or if it is a definite second push, the hit is illegal. [Rule 11.A.]
26. (#55)
Players are responsible for line calls on their side of the net. If the opponents hit a ball close to a line, the player or team that is supposed to make the line call may appeal to the referee without making a call. (6.D.3)
27. (#68)
In doubles play, the starting server may be changed before the start of any game with notice given to the referee. [Rule 5.A.3]
28. (#31)
When portable net systems have a horizontal bar that may include a center base: [Rule 11.L.5.]
29. (#11)
Which of the following will be declared a fault when you volley a ball and you teeter (or "windmill") just outside the non-volley zone? [Rule 9.C.]
30. (#7)
A hinder is any element or occurrence that affects play, such as a stray ball that enters the court or people who disrupt play by walking across the court. Any player may call a hinder. [Rule 3.A.15.]
31. (#33)
If your paddle touches the non-volley zone during a volley swing, it is a fault regardless of whether the touch occurred before or after contacting the ball. [Rule 9.B.2.]
32. (#5)
If the server misses the ball when trying to hit it, the server should be given another attempt. [Rule 4.M.3.]
33. (#3)
While near the non-volley zone (NVZ), you swing to return a shot and completely miss the ball. Your partner, who is near the baseline behind you, cleanly returns the ball. This is legal since a ball remains in play until it bounces twice or until any other fault has occurred. [Rule 8.B.]
34. (#45)
Your opponent hits a shot low over the net. You are positioned just behind the non-volley zone (NVZ) line and stretch to return the ball before it bounces. In the process your paddle scrapes the NVZ court surface just before you volley the ball. This is a non-volley zone fault because your paddle touched the non-volley zone during the act of volleying swing. [Rule 9.B.]
35. (#58)
In sanctioned play without a referee, players may call service foot faults and non-volley zone faults on the opponents.[Rule 13.D.1.b]
36. (#48)
It is a “let” when a served ball nicks the net and lands on the non-volley zone line or bounces inside the non-volley zone. [Rule 4.M.8.]
37. (#1)
Once the score has been called, the receiver cannot become "not ready" unless there is a valid hinder. [Rule 4.E.2]
38. (#42)
Your opponents, who are receiving serve, both line up in the receiving court. The referee has called the score, what must you do? [Rule 4.B.7.].
39. (#27)
If you are in the process of changing hands with both hands contacting the paddle, or you are attempting a two-handed stroke, and either hand is hit below the wrist by the ball, the ball is considered to still be in play. [Rule 7.H.]
40. (#51)
The server is allowed 2 lets in a row; the third will be considered a fault. [Rule 4.O.]
41. (#36)
As your partner smashes an overhead put-away shot, you notice that his foot is planted a few inches into the non-volley zone area. What should you do? [Rule 9.I.]
42. (#50)
When the score is 8-6-2, the receiver's partner must always stand in the left-hand court. [Rule 4.B.7.]
43. (#61)
The Starting Server is defined as, "The player designated to serve first at the start of the game." Also, in doubles tournament play, the starting server shall wear a visible form of identification determined by the tournament director. [Rule 3.A.12]
44. (#40)
Your partner notices that your opponent has committed a non-volley zone fault, so he calls it. This is permissible. [Rule 9.I.].
45. (#38)
Yelling, “It’s going to be out!,” when your opponent is about to return your lob, could be considered a distraction and a fault could be called on you. [Rule 11.J.]
46. (#37)
If you ask your opponent's opinion about whether a ball was “in” or “out,” you must accept their opinion. [Rule 6.D.6.]
47. (#19)
The lines that surround the non-volley zone are part of the non-volley zone. [Rule 3.A.19.]
48. (#69)
If hydration breaks have been authorized by the tournament director, while players are quickly drinking, partner communication is not allowed.  [Rule 10.C]
49. (#63)
In games to 21, each team is allowed 3 time-outs. [Rule 10.A]
50. (#29)
If a served ball hits the net and strikes the receiver or the receiver's partner before hitting the court surface, it is a point for the serving team. [Rule 4.A.9.]

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