Pickleball Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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1: In which year was pickleball first played?

A: 1960

B: 1965

C: 1970

D: 1975

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

2: What is the highest governing body for pickleball?

A: World Racket Federation

B: International Federation of Pickleball

C: Global Paddle Association

D: United Racquet Sports Federation

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The International Federation of Pickleball oversees the sport.

3: What must a player use to strike the ball in pickleball?

A: Composite or wooden paddle

B: Tennis racket

C: Table tennis paddle

D: Badminton racket

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Players use a composite or wooden paddle to hit the ball.

4: What is the official state sport of Washington?

A: Football

B: Basketball

C: Pickleball

D: Baseball

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: As of 2022, pickleball is the official state sport of Washington.

5: Who is one of the co-inventors of pickleball?

A: Joel Pritchard

B: John McEnroe

C: Michael Jordan

D: Serena Williams

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Joel Pritchard, along with two friends, invented pickleball.

6: How high is the net in pickleball at the center?

A: 28 inches

B: 30 inches

C: 32 inches

D: 34 inches

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The net is 34 inches high at the center.

7: What is the non-volley zone in pickleball commonly called?

A: The Mudroom

B: The Pantry

C: The Garage

D: The Kitchen

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The area where you can’t volley is known as the “Kitchen.”

8: Which rule allows only the serving side to score points in pickleball?

A: Bowling rule

B: Side-out scoring

C: Free-point scoring

D: Game-point rule

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Only the serving team can score points due to the side-out scoring system.

9: What is the typical size of a standard pickleball court?

A: 20 feet by 50 feet

B: 22 feet by 40 feet

C: 20 feet by 44 feet

D: 25 feet by 44 feet

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The standard court size is 20 feet by 44 feet.

10: What is the primary material for the pickleball ball?

A: Rubber

B: Leather

C: Hard plastic

D: Foam

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The pickleball is made of hard, perforated plastic.

11: When was the first formal pickleball tournament held?

A: 1968

B: 1976

C: 1984

D: 1990

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The first official tournament was in 1976 in Tukwila, Washington.

12: How many players were estimated to play pickleball in the United States by 2023?

A: 1 million

B: 2 million

C: 4.8 million

D: 6 million

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: By 2023, there were estimated to be over 4.8 million players.

13: How many regions participated in the 2023 report indicating pickleball growth?

A: 4

B: 6

C: 8

D: 10

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Pickleball growth was reported in all 8 regions of the United States.

14: What nickname is used for a pickleball player’s serve that includes spin?

A: Jump serve

B: Spin serve

C: Slice serve

D: Trick serve

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Imparting spin onto the serve is known as the spin serve, although it was banned in 2023.

15: Which professional league for pickleball was founded in 2021?

A: Global Pickleball League

B: World Pickleball Circuit

C: Major League Pickleball (MLP)

D: The Elite Paddle League

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The Major League Pickleball (MLP) was founded in 2021.

16: What major event included pickleball as a demonstration sport in 2001?

A: Arizona Senior Olympics

B: Marine Corps Marathon

C: Chicago Marathon

D: Boston Senior Games

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Pickleball was included in the Arizona Senior Olympics in 2001.

17: How many parts does the score have in a doubles match?

A: One

B: Two

C: Three

D: Four

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: In doubles, the score announced has three parts: the serving team’s score, the receiving team’s score, and the server number.

18: What area on the pickleball court is called the “non-volley zone?”

A: The Lob area

B: The Drive area

C: The Kitchen

D: The Serve area

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as the “Kitchen”.

19: Which historic home is associated with the invention of pickleball?

A: Washington’s Estate

B: Bell’s Manor

C: McCallum’s House

D: Pritchard’s summer home

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Joel Pritchard’s summer home on Bainbridge Island is where the game was invented.

20: What’s the name of the sport derived from pickleball in Hawaii due to the perforated ball?

A: Hula Ball

B: Oahu Ball

C: Pukaball

D: Luauball

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: In Hawaii, the game became known as Pukaball.

21: What was one of the first types of balls used in pickleball?

A: Tennis Ball

B: Basketball

C: Wiffle Ball

D: Golf Ball

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Initially, a Wiffle Ball was used in the game.

22: How many holes must a regulation pickleball have?

A: 20-30

B: 25-35

C: 26-40

D: 35-45

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Balls must have between 26 and 40 evenly spaced circular holes.

23: What’s the maximum length a pickleball paddle can be?

A: 15 inches

B: 17 inches

C: 19 inches

D: 24 inches

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The length cannot exceed 17 inches.

24: How many feet is the non-volley zone from the net?

A: 5 feet

B: 7 feet

C: 9 feet

D: 11 feet

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The non-volley zone extends 7 feet from the net.

25: What term is used when the right to serve passes to the opposing team in pickleball?

A: Side out

B: Change over

C: Turn over

D: Break point

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: When the right to serve passes to the opponent, it is a side out.

26: What is the height of the pickleball net at the ends?

A: 30 inches

B: 32 inches

C: 34 inches

D: 36 inches

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The net is 36 inches high at the ends.

27: Which player position on court is a strategic concept in doubles to maximize court coverage?

A: Stacking

B: Splitting

C: Topping

D: Partnering

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Stacking ensures partners quickly move to their most advantageous position.

28: Who is known as a key pickleball player not necessarily associated with the game’s creation?

A: Michael Jordan

B: Ben Johns

C: LeBron James

D: Tom Brady

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Ben Johns is a notable pickleball player.

29: What sport’s rule was borrowed for the ‘let serve’ in pickleball before modification?

A: Table Tennis

B: Soccer

C: Swimming

D: Tennis

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The ‘let serve’ rule came from tennis.

30: How frequently are rule modifications being made to pickleball as it is a new game?

A: Rarely

B: Annually

C: Monthly

D: Every decade

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Rule modifications are frequently made annually to the game.

31: In what year was pickleball named the fastest-growing sport in the United States by Sports and Fitness Industry Association?

A: 2018

B: 2019

C: 2021

D: 2023

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Pickleball was named the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. in 2021.

32: Which type of shot in pickleball involves hitting the ball just over the net into the opponent’s kitchen?

A: Drop shot

B: Lob shot

C: Smash

D: Groundstroke

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: A drop shot or dink is designed to land the ball in the opponent’s kitchen.

33: Which notable entrepreneur has invested in professional pickleball?

A: Warren Buffet

B: Elon Musk

C: Gary Vaynerchuk

D: Jeff Bezos

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Gary Vaynerchuk has invested in professional pickleball.

34: How many feet must the pickleball net posts be from the inside of one post to another?

A: 20 feet

B: 22 feet

C: 24 feet

D: 26 feet

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Net posts should be 22 feet apart.

35: What key factor has contributed to pickleball’s meteoric rise in popularity?

A: High startup costs

B: Long learning curve

C: Short learning curve

D: Minimal marketing

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The game has a short learning curve, making it accessible to many.

36: Which pickleball tournament is co-hosted by Oracle’s Larry Ellison?

A: World Championship

B: US Open Tournament

C: US National Championships

D: Major League Championship

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Larry Ellison co-hosts the US National Championships.

37: How many consecutive shots were played to set the Guinness World Record for the longest pickleball rally?

A: 10,000

B: 12,000

C: 15,000

D: 16,046

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The record was set with 16,046 consecutive shots.

38: Which two major professional pickleball tours were formed in 2019?

A: World and National Tours

B: Global and Universal Tours

C: APP and PPA Tours

D: Elite and Grand Tours

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: APP and PPA tours were founded in 2019.

39: What is the name of the paddle material requirement for sanctioned games?

A: Compressible material

B: Non-compressible material

C: Elastic material

D: Flexible material

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The paddle must be made of a non-compressible material.

40: Who proposed the bill to make pickleball the official sport of Washington state?

A: John Lovick

B: Jay Inslee

C: Jim Pritchard

D: Jennifer Lucore

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: State Senator John Lovick proposed the bill.

41: Which professional sports league doesn’t adhere to USAP rule changes for professional matches?





Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The PPA does not adopt some USAP rule changes for pro matches.

42: What term describes a ball striking technique without allowing the ball to bounce first?

A: Groundstroke

B: Lob

C: Volley

D: Serve

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A volley happens when the ball is hit before it bounces.

43: How much investment is estimated to be needed by the SFIA to keep up with pickleball’s growth?

A: $100 million

B: $300 million

C: $600 million

D: $900 million

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: An estimated $900 million is needed for court infrastructure.

44: Which part of the United States had the most number of pickleball players according to the 2023 report?

A: Pacific Northwest

B: South Atlantic

C: Northeast

D: Midwest

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The South Atlantic region had the most players.

45: What happens when the serving player commits a fault in singles play?

A: Opponent scores a point

B: Replay the serve

C: Side out is called

D: Continue serving

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A side out is called when the serving side commits a fault.

46: Who among these NBA players has invested in professional pickleball?

A: Kevin Durant

B: Michael Jordan

C: Shaquille O’Neal

D: Scottie Pippen

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Kevin Durant has invested in professional pickleball.

47: What is a “dink” in pickleball terminology?

A: A powerful shot

B: A serve variation

C: A gentle shot

D: A defense technique

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A dink is a gentle shot that lands in the opponent’s kitchen.

48: Which year did pickleball participation see a significant rise according to the SFIA Report?

A: 2018

B: 2022

C: 2019

D: 2020

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: In 2022, participation grew significantly.

49: What does “two-bounce rule” refer to in pickleball?

A: Bouncing twice before a rally

B: First two returns must bounce

C: Double-dribble technique

D: Bouncing twice for a foul

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The two-bounce rule means the first two returns must bounce.

50: Which feature of the ball is often modified for outdoor play?

A: Color

B: Size

C: Number of holes

D: Weight

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Balls with smaller holes are used outdoors to minimize wind effects.

51: Which country hosts the U.S. Pickleball National Championships presently?

A: Canada

B: Spain

C: Mexico

D: United States

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Hosted near Palm Springs, California, the championships are held in the U.S.

52: Why was the historical rule “let serve” dropped in pickleball?

A: Unfair advantage

B: Borrowed from tennis

C: Lack of clarity

D: Rarely used

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The let serve rule, borrowed from tennis, was modified for clarity.

53: What is the correct term for the hand releasing a ball while serving?

A: Hand toss

B: Paddle serve

C: Spin hand

D: Chainsaw

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The “chainsaw” serve involves the hand releasing the ball and making it spin.

54: What is the nature of noise concerns around pickleball courts?

A: Crowding issues

B: Loud popping sound

C: Slow game pace

D: Maintenance cost

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The hard paddle striking the ball produces a loud popping sound causing concerns.

55: What is the maximum acceptable paddle length and width in inches combined?

A: 18

B: 20

C: 22

D: 24

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The combined length and width should not exceed 24 inches.

56: What motivates a strategic shot known as a “drop shot?”

A: Power

B: Speed

C: Deception

D: Positioning

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The drop shot gives the serving team time to advance to their kitchen line.

57: Where was the first Bainbridge Cup team event held?

A: Seattle, USA

B: Madrid, Spain

C: Paris, France

D: London, UK

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The first Bainbridge Cup was held in Madrid, Spain.

58: What issue has the rapid growth of pickleball caused concerning public spaces?

A: High cost

B: Gentrification debates

C: Scheduling conflicts

D: Lack of interest

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Conversion of basketball courts to pickleball courts has raised gentrification debates.

59: What part of the player is regarded as part of their body in wheelchair pickleball?

A: Armrest

B: Seat cushion

C: Wheelchair

D: Footrest

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The wheelchair is considered part of the player’s body.

60: What term is used for small local pickleball groups or teams?

A: Pods

B: Herds

C: Clusters

D: Crews

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Small groups of players are often referred to as pods.



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