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Coaching Table Tennis Quiz

Coaches, this quiz will help you test your knowledge of Special Olympics Table Tennis.

1) Table tennis provides which of the following benefits to Special Olympics athletes?

  • Table tennis improves athletes’ total fitness levels
  • Table tennis develops hand-eye coordination, body control and movement
  • Table tennis teaches athletes to concentrate on a particular task
  • All of the above
2) Table tennis is a full body exercise that incorporates movement from all of the major muscle groups.

  • True
  • False
3) A critical skill to develop in table tennis athletes, ___________ is the foundation for striking a table tennis ball.

  • Controlled breathing
  • Fast wrist flexion speed
  • Hand-eye coordination
4) Proper footwork plays an important role in movement to the ball and hitting the ball.

  • True
  • False
5) Athletes who have not yet mastered the necessary skills to play a regulation table tennis match are eligible to participate in:

  • Target serve
  • Individual skills competition
  • Racquet bounce
  • Return shot
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
6) If an athlete struggles with introductory hand-eye coordination activities involving table tennis balls, coaches can __________.

  • Substitute the table tennis balls for balloons or foam balls
  • Substitute the table tennis balls for imaginary balls
  • Suggest the athlete participate in a different Special Olympics sport offering
7) It may be difficult for Special Olympics table tennis athletes to move to the ball and execute a stroke. Because of this, table tennis coaches are advised to run drills that emphasize quick movement, including:

  • Shuttle runs (also known as ‘Carolinas’ or ‘suicides’)
  • Line jumps
  • Jump roping
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
8) When attempting to serve during competition, if a player fails to strike the ball while it is in play, he or she:

  • Is allowed one more opportunity to execute a legal serve
  • Will lose a point
  • Will not lose a point, but will not be allowed to re-attempt the serve
  • None of the above
9) As they wait for an opponent to stroke the ball, athletes should:

  • Establish themselves in a fixed forehand return position
  • Establish themselves in a fixed backhand return position
  • Establish themselves in a ready position
  • None of the above
10) If an athlete in a wheelchair strikes the ball before it crosses a sideline or takes a second bounce on his/her side of the playing surface, a let will be called.

  • True
  • False
11) During wheelchair competition, athletes are allowed to touch the playing surface with their free hand without losing a point, except for when they are actively striking the ball.

  • True
  • False
12) Athletes in wheelchairs are required to use a cushion that:

  • Is between 1-1.5 inches thick
  • Is between 2-3.5 inches thick
  • Is of any size

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