Many sports have a basic scoring system such as soccer. Score a goal, your team gets a point. For every sport with a simple scoring system there are many more that require knowledge of rules and scoring plays before becoming a participant or even a spectator. Most people have an understanding of basic rules for the major sporting events in the U.S. that we see on television constantly such as football, basketball and baseball. Rules and scoring plays seem to be evolving in some sports, but the general scoring plays remain the same. For instance, there has been a three-point line in basketball since the original pre-NBA days of the American Basketball Association, yet it has moved in and out a couple of times over the years but it remains worth 3 points on the scoreboard.
Sports such as cricket, which are popular sports outside the U.S., have a more complex scoring system for those unfamiliar with the sport. Simply watching a cricket match on television and watching the scoreboard light up without understanding the game can make for a frustrating viewing experience. In the U.S. where youth grow up playing the main sports which we have college and professional leagues for, scoring plays become second nature. But how much do you actually know about scoring plays and their respective sports? Can you tell the difference between and eagle and an albatross? If you're a sports fanatic, kick off this quiz and see what you can score!
How many points does an NFL team receive for a safety?
If a defensive player tackles an offensive player with the ball in their own end zone, this results in a safety and 2 points. The scoring team then kicks off to the opposing team.
How many runs does a baseball team get when a player is on second base and the batter hits a ground rule double?
A ball that bounces in play and then leaves the field of play (bounces into the stands) results in an automatic double for the batter. The runner is allowed to advance 2 bases, resulting in a single run from second base.
In order to score any points in the sport of curling you must do which of these?
Have at least one stone in the house
The player with a stone closest to the middle will receive points according to the scoring circle it lands in. The player with the next closest stone will get points according to their placement in the scoring circle. If only one stone is in the house, that player will get the points.
If a player calls a let in this sport, the game can be stopped without penalty of points to replay a rally.
When playing badminton, a player may call a let to stop a rally without penalty. If an outside disturbance occurs such as something entering the court, the player may then call a let and restart a rally.
Which sport does a team score when its balls are closest to the pallino?
In the game of bocce, a smaller ball is put into the court which players must then try to get close to by throwing their balls into the court. The smaller ball is called the pallino, or in Italian, bullet.
Which scoring play in football is so rare it has never happened in the NFL, only in college?
The rarest scoring play in football is the 1-point safety. This occurs when a team is trying an extra point kick. If the point is blocked then recovered by the defense and the player backs into their own end zone where they are tackled, the result is 1 point for a safety. It has never happened in an NFL game to date.
If an athlete wins a race using a scull, which sport are they competing in?
In the sport of rowing, a boat without a coxswain (a person who sits in the boat to facilitate steering) is known as a scull. These boats can be single, double or quadruple according to how many athletes are in each boat.
Which sport has no point system but an athlete can win a match by throwing their opponent out of the ring?
In sumo wrestling, athletes are not competing for a score, it's a win or lose match. A wrestler can win by throwing or pushing an opponent out of the ring. A sumo match typically lasts less than a minute.
Professional bull riders try to stay on the bull for a maximum of 8 seconds. Riders are scored if they fall off the bull before the 8 seconds are up. A perfect ride, or score of 50, can only be achieved if a rider holds on for the entire 8 seconds.