Beach Volleyball Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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1: When was beach volleyball first played?

A: 1915

B: 1930

C: 1980

D: 1900

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Beach volleyball was first played in 1915 on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.

2: During which Olympics did beach volleyball make its debut as an official sport?

A: 1984

B: 1996

C: 2000

D: 1992

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Beach volleyball has been an Olympic sport since the 1996 Summer Olympics.

3: Who governs beach volleyball internationally?

A: FIFA

B: IOC

C: FIVB

D: NBA

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is the international governing body for beach volleyball.

4: How many players are on each team in a standard beach volleyball game?

A: 3

B: 5

C: 2

D: 6

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A standard beach volleyball team consists of two players.

5: In which year did the modern two-player game of beach volleyball originate in Santa Monica, California?

A: 1945

B: 1915

C: 1930

D: 1920

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The modern two-player game of beach volleyball originated in Santa Monica, California in 1930.

6: What scoring system change did FIVB implement in 2002 for beach volleyball?

A: Sideout to rally scoring

B: Increasing the points per set from 21 to 25

C: Introduction of time-outs

D: Allowing coaching during matches

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The FIVB changed the scoring system from sideout to rally scoring in 2002.

7: What is the primary goal of a rally in beach volleyball?

A: To collect points

B: To make the opponent commit a fault

C: To ground the ball on the opponent’s side of the court

D: To switch positions with teammates

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The primary goal of a rally in beach volleyball is to ground the ball on the opponent’s side of the court.

8: When did the first professional beach volleyball tournament take place?

A: 1950

B: 1976

C: 1980

D: 1960

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The first professional beach volleyball tournament took place in 1976.

9: Which tournament is often considered the “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball”?

A: The Manhattan Beach Open

B: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships

C: AVP Tour

D: The Hermosa Beach Open

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The Manhattan Beach Open is often considered the “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball”.

10: What is the maximum number of hits allowed per team before returning the ball over the net?

A: 5

B: 2

C: 1

D: 3

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Teams are allowed up to three touches to return the ball across the net.

11: When did the FIVB start organizing the annual FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships?

A: 1998

B: 2000

C: 2002

D: 2004

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The annual FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships began in 2002.

12: In what year did the first international beach volleyball exhibition take place?

A: 1986

B: 1978

C: 1990

D: 1985

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The first international beach volleyball exhibition took place in 1986.

13: What is the required pressure range for a beach volleyball according to FIVB regulations?

A: 0.30-0.325 kg/cm2

B: 0.175-0.225 kg/cm2

C: 0.15-0.20 kg/cm2

D: 0.25-0.30 kg/cm2

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: FIVB regulations state that a beach volleyball must have an inside pressure range of 0.175-0.225 kg/cm2.

14: What key environmental factors affect beach volleyball strategies?

A: Moon phases

B: Wind, rain, and sun

C: Humidity

D: Temperature only

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Wind, rain, and sun are key environmental factors that affect beach volleyball strategies.

15: Which of the following is allowed in beach volleyball but not in indoor volleyball?

A: Open hand tips and dinks

B: Coaching during matches

C: Legal crossing under the net without interfering with play

D: Unlimited substitutions

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: It is legal to cross under the net in beach volleyball as long as it does not interfere with the opponents’ play.

16: In the deciding final set, how many points must a team score to win?

A: 21

B: 20

C: 25

D: 15

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: In the deciding final set of beach volleyball, a team needs to score 15 points to win.

17: What is a common tactic for a beach volleyball blocker?

A: To serve the ball

B: To penetrate the opponent’s side of the net as much as possible

C: To switch sides every 3 points

D: To use their feet to hit the ball

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Blockers often try to penetrate the opponent’s side of the net as much as possible to take away more hitting angles.

18: Who won the first official world championship of beach volleyball in 1976?

A: Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith

B: Greg Lee and Jim Menges

C: Ron Von Hagen and Matt Gage

D: Dennis Hare and Fred Zuelich

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Greg Lee and Jim Menges won the first official world championship of beach volleyball in 1976.

19: Which position specializes in protecting the back court area not covered by the blocker in beach volleyball?

A: Setter

B: Libero

C: Defender

D: Server

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: In beach volleyball, the defender specializes in protecting the back court area not covered by the blocker.

20: In which year did the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) start organizing the first FIVB-sanctioned international tournament?

A: 1985

B: 1987

C: 1989

D: 1991

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The first FIVB-sanctioned international tournament was in 1987.

21: What happens if both teams commit a fault simultaneously?

A: The point is replayed

B: The more severe fault is penalized

C: The team with the higher score wins the point

D: No team gets the point

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: If both teams commit a fault simultaneously, the point is replayed.

22: What type of ball contact is not allowed when the ball is being served?

A: Using a closed fist

B: Using a single hand

C: Using an overhand hit

D: Using any part of the body except the hand or arm

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: During the serve, the ball must be hit using either the hand or arm.

23: What is the official minimum height clearance for beach volleyball courts?

A: 5 meters

B: 7 meters

C: 6 meters

D: 8 meters

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The minimum height clearance for beach volleyball courts is 7 meters.

24: Who attempted a professional volleyball league in the 1960s in Santa Monica which failed?

A: Ted Green

B: Sinjin Smith

C: Holly McPeak

D: John F. Kennedy

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: An attempt to start a professional volleyball league was made by Ted Green in Santa Monica in the 1960s.

25: What term is used for the second of the three allowed team contacts to position the ball for an attack?

A: Serve

B: Dig

C: Pass

D: Set

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The second team contact used to position the ball for an attack is called a set.

26: When was the first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships held?

A: 1997

B: 1995

C: 1992

D: 2000

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships were held in 1997.

27: In what year did the United States win its first gold medal in beach volleyball at the Olympics?

A: 2004

B: 1996

C: 2000

D: 2008

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The USA won its first gold medal in beach volleyball in 1996, the year beach volleyball debuted at the Olympics.

28: What should be used to indicate a “line” block in beach volleyball?

A: Closed fist

B: One finger

C: Two fingers

D: Open hand

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: One finger is used to indicate a “line” block in beach volleyball.

29: What special tactic involves the blocker moving away from the net to play defense?

A: Peeling

B: Jousting

C: Dinking

D: Setting

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The tactic where a blocker moves away from the net to play defense is called peeling.

30: What is an “over-on-two” attack?

A: The server attacks the ball after serving

B: Blocking with two hands

C: Attacking the ball on the second contact

D: Passing the ball directly over the net

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: An “over-on-two” attack occurs when the second contact is used to attack the ball.

31: When did the FIVB first start organizing the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships?

A: 1995

B: 1999

C: 2001

D: 2003

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships started in 2001.

32: Which multiple-time Olympic gold medalist popularized the use of kinesiology tape in beach volleyball?

A: Karch Kiraly

B: Misty May-Treanor

C: Sinjin Smith

D: Kerri Walsh

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Kerri Walsh popularized the use of kinesiology tape in beach volleyball.

33: What is a “pokey” shot in beach volleyball?

A: Hitting the ball with open hands

B: A type of serve

C: A contact with the knuckles to attack the ball

D: A defensive move

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A “pokey” shot in beach volleyball is when the ball is contacted with the attacking player’s knuckles.

34: During which decade did the professional tour for beach volleyball expand nationally in the USA?

A: 1990s

B: 1980s

C: 1970s

D: 2000s

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The professional tour for beach volleyball expanded nationally in the USA during the 1980s.

35: What is a joust in beach volleyball?

A: Simultaneous contact above the net by players from opposing teams

B: A special type of serve

C: A hit using both hands

D: A defensive stance

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: A joust is when players from opposing teams simultaneously contact the ball above the net.

36: When was the first Manhattan Beach Open held?

A: 1955

B: 1965

C: 1960

D: 1950

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The first Manhattan Beach Open was held in 1960.

37: In the context of beach volleyball, what does “rally scoring” mean?

A: Only the serving team can score

B: A point is scored on every serve

C: The game ends after a set number of volleys

D: Players must switch positions every point

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Rally scoring means a point is scored on every serve regardless of which team is serving.

38: According to beach volleyball rules, what should the sand on the court be free of?

A: Moisture

B: Markings

C: Rocks and potential hazards

D: Lines

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The sand should be as leveled as possible and free of potential hazards such as rocks.

39: Which is a common injury in beach volleyball that is less prevalent than in indoor volleyball?

A: Lower back pain

B: Shoulder tall pains

C: Finger injuries

D: Ankle injuries

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Shoulder pain due to overuse is common, but less prevalent than in indoor volleyball due to the softer sand surface.

40: During which event did beach volleyball gain popularity in the 1980s due to its association with high-profile players?

A: Manhattan Beach Open

B: The Pro Beach Volleyball Tour

C: Los Angeles Beach Volleyball Championship

D: AVP Tour

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Beach Volleyball gained popularity in the 1980s with the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour due to association with high-profile players.

41: When did 4×4 beach volleyball become contested at the World Beach Games?

A: 2000

B: 1996

C: 2015

D: 2019

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: 4×4 beach volleyball became contested at the World Beach Games in 2019.

42: Which tournament awarded the winner with a case of Pepsi in the 1940s?

A: AVP Tour

B: Santa Monica Beach Tournament

C: Pacific Beach Open

D: Manhattan Beach Open

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: In the 1940s, doubles tournaments in Santa Monica awarded the best teams with a case of Pepsi.

43: What was the first international FIVB-sanctioned tournament prize purse?

A: US$10,000

B: US$15,000

C: US$22,000

D: US$25,000

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The first international FIVB-sanctioned tournament had a prize purse of US$22,000.

44: What does “service order fault” mean in beach volleyball?

A: Player serves the ball illegally

B: Player’s foot touches the court before or during a serve

C: Team serves out of the sequence

D: Team loses a rally on serving

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A service order fault occurs when a team serves out of the service order.

45: Which is NOT a variant of beach volleyball mentioned in the article?

A: 4×4 beach volleyball

B: Snow volleyball

C: Indoor beach volleyball

D: Naturist volleyball

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Indoor beach volleyball is not mentioned as a variant of beach volleyball.

46: In what situation are gloves or special footwear required in beach volleyball?

A: Only when it is rainy

B: They are never required

C: When the court has uneven surfaces

D: When the match occurs after sunset

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Footwear and gloves are not required in beach volleyball.

47: In competitive beach volleyball, what does the term “split blocking” refer to?

A: Alternating blocking and defensive roles between players

B: Serving towards an unprotected part of the opponent’s court

C: Using different hand signals to confuse the opponent

D: Switching server after every point

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Split blocking refers to the alternating of blocking and defensive roles between players.

48: What is the standard length and width of a beach volleyball court?

A: 10m x 20m

B: 9m x 18m

C: 8m x 16m

D: 7m x 14m

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A beach volleyball court is 8m wide and 16m long.

49: Which region’s governing body for volleyball is the NORCECA?

A: Asia and Oceania

B: Europe

C: North and Central America

D: South America

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The North, Central America, and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) organizes volleyball in the North and Central America region.

50: The AVP is the main domestic professional beach volleyball tour in which country?

A: Brazil

B: Germany

C: USA

D: Japan

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) is the main domestic professional beach volleyball tour in the USA.

51: In what year did the first Brazilian beach volleyball tournament take place?

A: 1950

B: 1960

C: 1970

D: 1980

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The first Brazilian beach volleyball tournament was held in 1950.

52: From which part of the court is the ball served?

A: Behind the frontcourt line

B: At the net

C: Behind the rear court boundary

D: From the sidelines

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The ball is served from behind the rear court boundary in beach volleyball.

53: Which type of blocking involves a last-moment switch from blocking angle to line?

A: Line block

B: Angle block

C: Joust block

D: Split block

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: In a split block, the blocker pretends to block one area and switches to another at the last moment.

54: How are professional beach volleyball players ranked internationally?

A: By the number of tournaments won

B: By international FIVB Ranking Points

C: By the height of players

D: By the distance the ball travels on serve

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Professional beach volleyball players are ranked internationally by FIVB Ranking Points.

55: What is generally the most common shot used by beach volleyball players?

A: Top-spin spike

B: Sky ball

C: Pokey shot

D: Roll shot

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Common shots used in beach volleyball include the roll shot.

56: What is “double contact” in beach volleyball?

A: When the ball is touched twice by same player consecutively

B: Blocking with both hands

C: Serving twice consecutively

D: Touching the net twice during a play

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: A double contact occurs when the ball is touched twice in a row by the same player.

57: How many hand signals are commonly recognized by beach volleyball players for block calls?

A: 2

B: 3

C: 5

D: 7

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Seven hand signals are commonly used to indicate block calls in beach volleyball.

58: What is the diameter of an antenna attached to the beach volleyball net?

A: 10 mm

B: 20 mm

C: 30 mm

D: 50 mm

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: An antenna attached to the beach volleyball net has a diameter of 20 mm.

59: In what year did the AVP grant $300,000 in prize money?

A: 1980

B: 1990

C: 1984

D: 1978

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The AVP granted $300,000 in prize money in 1984.

60: Which country’s national body for volleyball is USA Volleyball?

A: Germany

B: USA

C: Brazil

D: Japan

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The national governing body for volleyball in the USA is USA Volleyball.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beach_volleyball

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