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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 of beginning doubles tennis
  • Demonstrate and explain the basic strategies and rules of doubles tennis
Description -
Introduction to doubles tennis play. Includes basic court position, skill drills, and offensive and defensive strategies.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify the rules and etiquette for doubles tennis play.
  2. demonstrate increased knowledge in the tennis forehand, backhand, and serving skills.
  3. practice basic court positions.
  4. analyze different strategies for offensive and defensive play.
  5. demonstrate techniques for conditioning.
  6. recognize modified games for class and group play.
  7. value doubles tennis as a lifelong learning activity for physical fitness
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Tennis racquet, tennis balls, and tennis court.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Instructor lecture and demonstration will teach:
  1. Doubles tennis rules
    1. court and net
    2. scoring
    3. change of ends
    4. service
    5. service rotation
    6. service court errors
    7. faults
  2. Doubles tennis skills
    1. serving
    2. forehand
    3. backhand
    4. volleying
    5. lobbing
  3. Court positioning for doubles
    1. receiving
    2. serving
    3. back court
    4. fore court
    5. net
    6. alley
  4. Doubles strategy
    1. hit it front of your partner
    2. net man protects their alley
    3. close the opening
    4. serve and go up
    5. move toward the ball
  5. Conditioning drlls
    1. strength
    2. flexibility
    3. agility and coordination
    4. speed and endurance
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Physical skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation.
  2. Evaluation of critical thinking in offensive and defensive play situations.
  3. Written final exam
Representative Text(s) -
Cayer, Louis. Doubles Tennis Tactics. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics, 2004.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Demonstration
  2. Lecture

Lab Content -
Lab Content includes demonstrations of the following:
  1. Forehand
  2. Backhand
  3. Serve
  4. Return
  5. Rally
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.