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Tennis

by Chris

Friday, June 26th 2020 at 3:00am

Tennis

Points

Groundshots
Inside out Forehand – 1 point
Forehand Slice – 1 point
Consistent Forehand Technique – 2 points
Backhand Slice – 1 point
Consistent Backhand Technique – 2 points
Consistent Cross-court Forehand – 2 points
Consistent Cross-court Backhand – 2 points
Approach Shot – 1 point

Volleys and Lobs
Consistent Forehand Volley (7/10) – 1 point
Consistent Backhand Volley (7/10) – 1 point
Swinging Forehand Volley – 1 point
Swinging Backhand Volley – 1 point
Lob Consistency – 1 point

Serving
First Serve Consistency – 1 point
Second Serve Consistency – 1 point
Return of Serve – 1 point
Serve and Volley – 1 point

Other
Overhead – 1 point
Ready Position, Grips and Split Step – 1 point
Ball Collecting/ Good Attitude & Participation – 1 point

Warm-Ups
Stretching/ Cardio Warm Up
Equipment: None

Have the class do a light cardio warm up (running around the courts, skipping, jumping jacks etc..) followed by a group stretching circle. All members can take turns counting off the length of the stretches.

Hills and Valleys
Equipment: Cones

Randomly place around 25 cones inside the boundaries of the game. Place half of them upside down, and the other half face up. Split the campers up into 2 groups and designate one team as the ‘hills’ team and the other as the ‘crater’ team. Each team is trying, at the same time to flip the cones over to their side (hills are upright, valleys are upside down). Give them a set amount of time to do this (usually 1-2 minutes). When the time is up count how many cones look like hills and valleys with the team with most winning

Simon Says
Equipment: Tennis racquets

Simon stands at net while the players are standing on other side evenly spaced out with rackets in hand. Simon will say an instruction e.g. “Simon says swing a forehand” and the players must do it. If the coach says “Swing a forehand” without saying “Simon says” first then the players who do it lose and are eliminated from the game. You can also decide that the player who is the last to do a certain task is eliminated.

Drills / Games

Groundshots
Around the World
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Campers start split up on opposite ends of the tennis court, coach feeds one camper who hits it over the net and in the court. They then run to the end of the queue at the other end of the court. If they hit it out, are unable to return the previous persons shot, or don’t arrive in time, that person is out. This continues until the last two players. These last two do not switch ends, after they hit the ball they must put their racquet on the floor, spin around and be ready for the next shot.

King of the Court
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Each court has a King (singles or doubles), and the ball is fed to the challenger(s). The challenger has to win two points to become the new King, however the King only needs one point to remain. Players should count the number of challengers they fend off, leading to a winner at the end of the game. During doubles version of the game, if the partner misses their first shot then the partner can stay.

Jail Break
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Campers line up at one end of the court. They are fed a ground shot and if they get it in, they’re safe and go to the back of the line. if not, they must put their racquet down and go to other side of net to try to catch balls to escape jail. Last person must hit three shots in a row without getting caught to win, if not, jailbreak!

Spanish 8-Ball Drill
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls, cones

Two players are spaced either side of the baseline with the coach on the other side of the net. The coach will then feed to their left, with the player on their left having to get out of the way so the player to the coaches right can hit it, and vice versa. Play continues until one player either misses a shot or does not reach it in time.

21
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Players in either singles or doubles rally with each other in an attempt to reach 21 groundstrokes. Can have players on the multiple courts, so the first group to reach 21 wins.

Up the River, Down the River
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Can be played in a doubles or singles format. Players play first to 10 points, if they win they move up one court aiming to get to the top of the river. If they lose they move down the river. Two good shots are required to start the rally.

Burning House
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Each section on one side of the court (2 service boxes, alleys etc..) represent a room of a house. The class is split into two teams. One team is being fed balls and their objective is to burn down the house by hitting balls into each room of the house. The other team us trying to catch those balls to defend the house. Time how long it takes each team to burn the house down, with the faster team winning.

Pick Up 10
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls in ball hopper, cones,

Teams consisting of at three players each line up on the baseline of each side of the court. The coach decides which team is going first, also known as having the the strike team. 10 balls are placed in the hopper at the centre net strap on both sides of the net. When the coach gives the signal, the first player from each side must run to the net.

The player with the strike must pick up a ball from the net and run back to the cone midway between the service line and baseline. Thus player must then turn around, drop the ball and hit it into the opposing team’s court. Meanwhile the player from the opposite team, who had also run forward to the net, touches the basket and sprints back to the centre hash mark of their team’s baseline. Immediately he or she must turn around to hit back the ball. The rally is played out until one teams wins the point, the winner of the point is now the strike team. The winning team is the first team to empty their hopper.

Volleys

Approach Shot Volley
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Players start at the baseline. They get fed an approach shot which they need to try and hit down the line or crosscourt. They then come into the net for a volley. Working on a good split step and punching the ball with the racquet.

Bus Driver
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Players start in a row in front of the net at volley distance, with the one at the front being the bus driver. Coach will feed volleys, if they miss their volley they go to the back of the bus, bus driver at the end of game wins.

Alligator
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Players tart in a row at the net in a volley position The coach will feed the balls to the players and the players have volley the ball back over. For every volley missed or goes out, the camper loses a limb. First it’s their arm, then one of their legs, then the other leg, then the thighs (so they’re on their knees), torso (now they’re on their back), and eventually their head. Last person to lose all of their body parts wins.

50 Game
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Players have to rally with each other until they reach 50 hits. Can make it a competition so first pair to reach it wins.

3 Volley Drill
Equipment: Tennis racquets, tennis balls

Players are lined up behind the baseline evenly spread across all three courts. The coaches are feeding at each net. When it’s someone’s turn, they will come to the baseline before running to the net for a volley. They will then run back to the baseline before returning to the net for a backhand volley. After this they will then move to the next court.

Tennis Court Lines

Tennis Fun Facts

  1. The word “tennis” originated from an Anglo-Norman term “tenez” which means “to take heed.”
  2. Tennis was used to be played using the palm. Thus, it was called “jeu de paume” or “game of the palm.” The racquet was first used in the 16th century.
  3. Players used to be only allowed to wear white tennis wear, but in the 1960s to 1970s, colours and styles were introduced.
  4. Tennis courts were initially in an hourglass shape before the standard rectangular court was adapted.
  5. Wimbledon, which is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, is the only major tournament played on grass and it is cut at precisely 8 mm in height.
  6. The term “love” in tennis’s scoring system originated from the word “l’oeuf,” a French term that means “egg.” Its shape resembles zero on the scoreboard.
  7. The longest tennis match, which John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played, took 11 hours and 5 minutes; Isner won the game.
  8. The shortest Wimbledon match was played for 34 minutes. It was between Steffi Graf and Natasha Zvereva in 1988 where Graf triumphed 6-0, 6-0.
    #Tennis was reintroduced into the Olympics in 1988. The sport was first introduced in 1896 but was removed in 1924.
  9. Sam Groth, an Australian, is the fastest server in men’s tennis at 263.44 km/h while Sabine Lisicki, a German, holds the record for the fastest women serve with 211 km/h.
  10. Roger Federer holds the highest career prize money at $93.4 million as of June 2019.
  11. Tennis grunt is a thing, and Maria Sharapova holds the record for the loudest grunt at 105 decibels.
  12. A Harris hawk was stationed at every Wimbledon match to help in keeping the sky clear from any local pigeons. His name is Rufus. Rufus has a Twitter account with more than 5,000 followers.
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