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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Individual Sports family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Perform with increased proficiency the skill sets and techniques of beginning tennis. (rubric: checklist)
  • Demonstrate and explain the basic strategies and rules of tennis. (rubric: cognitive)
Description -
Introduction to beginning tennis play including basic strokes, drills, rules and etiquette.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to
  1. demonstrate the basic tennis strokes including forehand, backhand, serve, lob and smash
  2. practice basic court positions
  3. identify the rules and basic etiquette for the game
  4. demonstrate basic drills
  5. analyze basic strategies for offensive and defensive play
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Tennis racquet, tennis courts and tennis balls .

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Basic tennis strokes
    1. forehand
    2. backhand
    3. grip
    4. serve
    5. lob
    6. smash
  2. Court positioning
    1. serving
    2. receiving
    3. backcourt
    4. forecourt
    5. net
    6. alley
  3. Rules and basic etiquette for the game
    1. court and net
    2. scoring
    3. service
    4. rotation
    5. service court errors
    6. faults
  4. Basic drills for improvement
    1. stroke practice with ball machines
    2. net practice
    3. service breakdowns
    4. lob games
  5. Strategies for offensive and defensive play
    1. volleying
    2. covering the angles
    3. move to the ball
    4. 'no man's land'
  6. Equipment selection
    1. Proper racket/string choice
    2. Review foot ware/clothing
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Skills and techniques will be evaluated by instructor observation
  2. Written or oral exam on rules and etiquette of the game
Representative Text(s) -
Tennis: Teaching, Coaching and Directing Programs
Jim Brown

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises and demonstration as directed by instructor
Lab Content -
  1. Basic tennis strokes
  2. Court positioning
  3. Rules and basic etiquette for the game
  4. Basic drills for improvement
  5. Strategies for offensive and defensive play
  6. Equipment selection
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Optional reading/writing assignments as determined by the instructor