Rules exam 1







International Professional Racquetball Organization…


Answered according to            USA Rules _____          IRF Rules_____



  1. The racquet safety cord is a mandatory piece of equipment?
    1. true
    2. false
  2. The server may start the service motion once positioned in the service zone?
    1. true
    2. false
  3. Serving while the receiving player or team is signaling ‘not ready’ is always an out?
    1. true
    2. false
  4. The drive serve lines are observed for any type of serve?
    1. true
    2. false
  5. A dead ball serve, such as the ball hitting a wet spot or designated court hinder, cancels any previous fault serves?
    1. true
    2. false
  6. Which group below contains a hinder which is not a dead ball hinder?
    1. ceiling ball leaves court after a legal bounce, ball goes out of court directly
    2. ball strikes defensive player on its way to front wall, court hinder during rally
    3. players collide and fall, eyewear falls to floor from contact with opponent
    4. ball hits wet spot during rally, spectator drops watch on the court
  7. Which group below contains a serve that is not an out serve?
    1. two consecutive fault serves, touched serve
    2. ball breaks on serve, side wall direct serve
    3. front wall crotch serve
    4. missed serve attempt, fake serve
    5. out of court serve, illegal hit
  8. The receiver may not enter the safety zone until the served ball either bounces on the floor or crosses the plane of the receiving line?
    1. true
    2. false
  9. A carry is legal as long as it is not intentional? *
    1. true
    2. false
  10. Which of the following does not result in the server winning the rally?
    1. two bounces occur before the receiver hits the ball
    2. the receiver switches hands to return the serve
    3. the receiver’s return of serve hits the server on its way to the front wall
    4. the receiver carries the ball on their racquet













  1. Which of the following contains an action which is a dead ball hinder?
    1. yelling during opponent’s swing, pushing or shoving
    2. back swing hinder during set-up, running into opponent’s shot
    3. ball enters court from outside, failure to move
  2. Avoidable or Penalty Hinders occur when:
    1. a player does not move for a straight in and cross court shot; pushing/shoving
    2. view obstruction, intentional distraction
    3. wetting the ball, blocking access to the ball, stroke interference
    4. apparel or equipment loss caused by contact with opponent, moving into

opponent’s shot

  1. A, B, C only
  1. Time outs are: *
    1. 10 seconds
    2. 30 seconds
    3. one minute
    4. as long as the players need
  2. Injury time outs can be given for:
    1. fatigue
    2. being struck by a racquet
    3. running into your opponent
    4. bleeding from a dive or fall
    5. B, C, and D
  3. A referee (equipment) time out may be given for: *
    1. no time outs remaining, but an adjustment is required for safe play
    2. has all time outs remaining, but string breaks
    3. no time outs remaining, but player’s shirt is extremely wet
    4. A and C
    5. A, B, and C
  4. The rest period after game one is:
    1. 30 seconds
    2. two minutes
    3. five minutes
    4. ten minutes
  5. Referee Technical Fouls should be given for:
    1. profanity, excessive arguing
    2. striking the ball between rallies, slamming racquets against the wall or floor
    3. delay of game, asking for a rule interpretation
    4. B and C only
    5. A and B only
  6. A technical warning must be given before a referee technical is assessed?
    1. true
    2. false
  7. The order of serve in doubles must be followed for: *
    1. one side out
    2. one game
    3. 11 points
    4. entire tournament





  1. In both IRF and USAR rules, warmup must include wearing the

safety thong & eyewear?

  1. true
  2. false
  1. Good officials are attentive to the environment both inside and outside the court.
    1. true
    2. false
  2. You must give only one opponent in doubles access to return the ball?
    1. true
    2. false
  3. A fault is a second serve unless:
    1. The first serve is a screen
    2. The first serve hits the partner when legally in the doubles box
    3. The receiver indicates ‘not ready’ and the ball is served
    4. The serve in doubles travels between the partner’s back and the wall
    5. None of the above
  4. Referee pre-match duties include:
    1. check court and players for readiness
    2. brief players on court hinders and local court irregularities
    3. inspect players’ equipment and garments
    4. coin toss
    5. all of the above
  5. Line judges use a thumbs up or thumbs down signal to show agreement or

disagreement with the referee’s call?

  1. true
  2. false
  1. When making an appeal, players may appeal directly to the linespersons?
    1. true
    2. false
  2. If one line judge agrees with the referee and one line judge disagrees, the result is: *
    1. call stands, one appeal used
    2. call overturned, one appeal used
    3. call stands, no appeal used
    4. call overturned no appeal used
  3. Which of the following calls may be appealed?
    1. skip ball
    2. two bounce pick up
    3. avoidable hinder
    4. court hinder
    5. all of the above
  4. If a player disagrees with a rule interpretation from the referee proper procedure is:
    1. ask for the tournament director at the end of the game
    2. ask for the tournament director at the end of the match
    3. ask for the tournament director immediately for interpretation
    4. abide by the referee’s call and file a written protest after the match is final
  5. If both players ask for a ball change, this request should be honored?
    1. true
    2. false






  1. Racquets, including bumper guard and all solid handle parts, cannot be more than

22 inches in length?

  1. true
  2. false
  3. A player checking in 10 minutes after match time is grounds for forfeiture?
  4.   true
  5.      false
  6. The player or team winning the coin toss before games 1 & 3 has the option to serve?
  7.      true
  8.      false
  9. A player who makes a diligent attempt to get out of the opponent’s way

cannot be called for an avoidable/penalty hinder?

  1. true
  2. false
  3. Once a referee has made a call, both players (singles) and three of the four

players (doubles) may overrule the call; except for technical fouls & forfeitures?

  1. true
  2. false
  1. If any injury time out is allowed, it is:
    1. one time out for 15 minutes
    2. three time outs for a total of 15 minutes
    3. unlimited number of time outs not to exceed 15 minutes collectively
    4. none of the above
  2. In games to 15 points, a player is allowed: *
    1. 1 time out
    2. 2 time outs
    3. 3 time outs
    4. 0 time outs
  3. If a player hits the ball and the vibration dampener falls onto the court before

a rally ending shot, the effect is:   *

  1. stop, point/avoidable hinder if the dampener interferes with play
  2. stop, avoidable/penalty hinder regardless of the effect
  3. no call if there is no interference with play
  4. A and C only
  1. Any player who has been assessed 3 technical fouls is automatically forfeited? *
    1. true
    2. false
  2. It is the referee’s responsibility to warn the server if the receiver is not ready?
    1. true
    2. false
  3. A player who dives and lies flat on the floor should always be called for

an avoidable/penalty hinder?

  1. true
  2. false









  1. The service motion must begin in the service zone?
    1. true
    2. false
  2. In a tournament environment, who below has the final decision

regarding a player’s participation in the event?

  1. players
  2. officials
  3. sanctioning body
  4. club members
  5. club or venue management
  1. Use of an illegal racquet the first time will result in the forfeiture of a match?
    1. true
    2. false
  2. A ball that carries from the front wall to the back wall and then returns to the front

wall, having taken only one bounce, is still in play?

  1. true
  2. false
  1. A dead ball hinder called when the rally is in process results in the award of two serves in two serve divisions?
    1. true
    2. false
  2. In doubles, a serve that travels behind the partner while legally in the doubles

box should be called a screen?

  1. true
  2. false
  1. A game ending rally can always be appealed? *
    1. true
    2. false
  2. A referee has jurisdiction over spectators?
    1. true
    2. false
  3. A serve that will be long can be caught and called a fault before it strikes the

back wall?

  1. true
  2. false

AmPRO/IPRO 12/17



Note:                              This test may be graded according to International Racquetball Federation rules  (IRF) ____


United States rules (USA Racquetball) ____


*  signifies differences between associations  (USAR & IRF)

Note:   Some professional rules will differ









Referee License Exam (Level 1-2-3)


USA Racquetball rules grading  ____     OR     International Racquetball Federation rules grading____



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