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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 -
  • Examine and perform advanced doubles strategy.
  • Demonstrate advanced serve spin and placement.
Description -
Reviews strategy for advanced doubles play. Advanced strategies and court positions of the Australian and I formations. Students will participate in competitive match play.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify Australian and I formations
  2. Practice placement of serve
  3. Practice placement and type of return
  4. Develop communication between partners
  5. Demonstrate advanced strategy through competitive match play
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Tennis racket, tennis balls and tennis court.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Course Content-Instructor lecture and demonstration will teach:
  1. Identify court positions
    1. Australian formation
    2. I formation
  2. Return
    1. Placement (cross court, down the line, at the net player)
    2. Type of shot (drive, topsin, lob)
    3. Understanding when to hit which return
  3. Communication
    1. When serving (where to serve)
    2. When returning (where to return)
    3. During point (lob, where to cover)
  4. Strategy and match play
    1. Playing sets and matches
    2. Executing strategy and formations during play
    3. Communicating and calling shots
  5. Demonstrate advanced strategy through competitive match play
    1. Practice Australian formation
    2. Practice I formation
    3. When to incorporate in match play
    4. Incorporated into competitive match play
    5. Discuss the scripted points
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Physical skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation.
  2. Evaluation of knowledge of doubles tennis strategies.
  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. Explanation
Lab Content -
Lab Content includes demonstrations of the following:
  1. Communication
  2. Serve
  3. Return
  4. Match Play
  5. Discuss Shot Selection
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Optional writting exercises based on recommended reading.