Pop Quiz: Just the Facts

Pop Quiz: Just the Facts

There’s nothing trivial about this test. The ten questions below pertain to the regulations and dimension requirements of some of your favorite sports. We all know that a standard basketball rim is 10 feet high, and that a football field is 100 yards long (not including the end zones). But how about the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate? What’s the distance of basketball’s three-point line? Take this Pop Quiz and see how you measure up!

1. What is the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate?

A. 50 feet exactly

B. 60 feet and 6 inches

C. 70 feet and 2 inches

2. In college football and the NFL, how far apart are the goalposts?

A. 18 feet and 6 inches

B. 20 feet and 5 inches

C. 22 feet exactly

3. According to the MLB rulebook, how many seconds is a pitcher allowed to make his pitch if there are no runners on base?

A. 12 seconds

B. 24 seconds

C. 30 seconds

4. How many seconds is a shot clock in college basketball?

A. 25 seconds

B. 30 seconds

C. 35 seconds

5. How high is the crossbar in soccer?

A. 7 feet, 6 inches

B. 8 feet

C. 8 feet, 6 inches

6. How wide is a regulation football field?

A. Exactly 50 yards (150 feet)

B. Exactly 52 yards (156 feet)

C. 53 yards and 1 foot (160 feet)

7. In Major League Baseball, what is the required minimum distance between home plate and the right and left field fences/walls?

A. 300 feet

B. 325 feet

C. 350 feet

8. In professional boxing, glove size do heavyweight fighters use?

A. 10 ounces

B. 12 ounces

C 13 ounces

9. What is the distance of the three-point arc in men’s college basketball?

A. 21 feet, 10 inches

B. 22 feet exactly

C. 22 feet, 1.75 inches

10. What is the standard height of the net in women’s volleyball?

A. 7 feet, 2 and .5 inches

B. 7 feet, 4 and 1/8th inches

C. 7 feet, 7 inches



1. B – Specifically, 60’-6” is the regulation distance from the pitcher’s plate on the mound to the back end of home plate.

2. A – For high school football, the goalposts are farther apart (23 feet and 4 inches)

3. A – By rule, the umpire should call a “ball” if the pitcher fails to throw his pitch within that span of time. Of course, the rule is rarely enforced.

4. B – Since 2015, the 30-second shot clock has been the utilized for both men’s and women’s college basketball.

5. B – The measurement is from the lowest part of the crossbar to the ground.

6. C – 53 yards and 1 foot (160 feet).

7. B – 325 feet.

8. A – Fighters in the welterweight division and below use 8-ounce gloves.

9. C – For the women’s game, the arc is 20 feet and 9 inches from the basket.

10. B – For men’s volleyball, the net height is 7 feet, 11 and 5/8th inches.

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