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# Sports Time Trivia Quiz

## Time clocks in sports

### Many sports use a time clock for different reasons. This quiz will examine different sports that do, do not, and sometimes use a time clock.

A multiple-choice quiz by grisham. Estimated time: 3 mins.

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Time
3 mins
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Quiz #
411,358
Updated
Jan 12 23
# Qns
10
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7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which of the five major sports leagues in the United States (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS) did not regularly use a time clock, until 2023? Hint

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Question 2 of 10
2. The following are different time limits in the NBA except for one: Hint

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Question 3 of 10
3. When a ball goes out of bounds in the NBA, the clock stops automatically. When does the clock start again? Hint

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Question 4 of 10
4. Even timeouts are timed in the NBA. Which of the following are for an actual timeout? Hint

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Question 5 of 10
5. MLB started using a pitch clock, in 2023, which impacts the pitcher, catcher and batter. How long is the pitch clock with runners on base? Hint

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Question 6 of 10
6. In the NFL, how long does the offense have to get the next play started? Hint

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Question 7 of 10
7. Each NFL game is divided into: Hint

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Question 8 of 10
8. In the NHL, are there penalties assessed for time-related fouls? (Meaning does the ref count seconds in order to assess a penalty)

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Question 9 of 10
9. There are different kinds of penalties in the NHL with differing lengths. What are the lengths of a minor penalty and a major penalty? Hint

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Question 10 of 10
10. MLS soccer games have two halves of 45 minutes each. How long is the overtime period if the game ends in a draw at full time? Hint

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of the five major sports leagues in the United States (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS) did not regularly use a time clock, until 2023?

There was often a discussion about it but there never was a timer used to determine how to play the game. The length of game was recorded but it didn't have a direct bearing on the game itself. Beginning with the 2023 season, a pitch clock (which has a direct impact on the pitcher, batter and catcher) was instituted by MLB for the first time.
2. The following are different time limits in the NBA except for one:

The following exist in the NBA:
3 second violation for a player on offense to be in the paint;
5 second limit to inbound the ball;
10 seconds to move the ball upcourt.
3. When a ball goes out of bounds in the NBA, the clock stops automatically. When does the clock start again?

Answer: When a player touches it inbounds

When a player touches it inbounds the game clock continues. It can take a couple of seconds once the inbounding player throws (or rolls) the ball until another player actually touches it but the clock will not start until the ball is touched. However, after a score, the clock starts immediately as soon as the the ball reenters the playing area. In January 2023, Ja Morant (Grizzlies) took 27 seconds to touch the ball after it was rolled to him slowly in a match against the Hornets. Those seconds were officially a part of the game. No-one from the Hornets came to defend him (to "force" him to pick up the ball).
4. Even timeouts are timed in the NBA. Which of the following are for an actual timeout?

All timeouts in the NBA are 75 seconds. They used to have different lengths but that has disappeared in 2017.
5. MLB started using a pitch clock, in 2023, which impacts the pitcher, catcher and batter. How long is the pitch clock with runners on base?

There are certain exceptions (what's a good rule without exceptions?) for the pitcher, batter and catcher. The clock was used/trialled in the minors leagues.
6. In the NFL, how long does the offense have to get the next play started?

If the offense doesn't snap the ball by the end of that time, they are assessed with a 5-yard penalty.
7. Each NFL game is divided into:

Answer: 4 quarters of 15 minutes

Although the game is officially 60 minutes long, actual playing time is around the 20 minute mark. Much time goes towards reorganizing, the huddle and getting to the line of scrimmage.
8. In the NHL, are there penalties assessed for time-related fouls? (Meaning does the ref count seconds in order to assess a penalty)

The only case of delay of game that is time related is when a goalie holds onto the puck for over a minute.
There are delay of game penalties in hockey but they are not usually measured by time - Some examples of when 'delay of game' is called are intentionally knocking the goal post off its moorings, shooting the puck intentionally into the crowd and freezing the puck.
9. There are different kinds of penalties in the NHL with differing lengths. What are the lengths of a minor penalty and a major penalty?

Answer: 2 minute and 5 minutes

If the minor penalty is considered more severe, the ref can decide to assess a "double minor" and result in a 4-minute penalty.
10. MLS soccer games have two halves of 45 minutes each. How long is the overtime period if the game ends in a draw at full time?

There is no sudden death play in soccer and the full overtime period is played - like in the NBA.
Source: Author grisham

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