Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Individual Sports family of activity courses.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Perform with increased proficiency the skill sets and techniques of intermediate Pickle Ball
  • Demonstrate and explain the intermediate strategies at the Pickle Ball.


Focus on the strategies of singles and doubles play. Includes introduction to serving long and short, forehands smashes, drop shots, angle play, and doubles formations.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. identify the equipment, rules and etiquette of pickleball.
B. improve basic fundamental skills.
C. recognize offensive and defensive strategy.
D. utilize proper footwork and racquet grips.
E. demonstrate basic forehand and backhand strokes.
F. increase levels of fitness and hand-eye coordination.
G. identify modified placement positions.
H. analyze court awareness with shot selection and placement.

Course Content

A. Terminology, equipment, and rules of pickleball
1. Racquets and types of balls
2. Dimensions - types of play
3. Etiquette and general play
B. Intermediate skills
1. Grips - forehand and backhand
2. Arm and wrist positioning
3. Topspin and slice shots
4. Footwork
5. Serving with spins
C. Strategy
1. Singles
2. Doubles
3. Offensive
4. Defensive

Lab Content

A. Forehand
B. Backhand
C. Serving long and short
D. Smashes, forehand and backhand
E. Drop shots
F. Spins
G. Doubles rotation
H. Angle play

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Ping Pong Paddles, Badminton or Tennis Nets, and Whiffle Balls.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Individual and team participation
B. Sportsmanship
C. Critical thinking in competitive game play
D. Demonstration of rules and etiquette of pickleball
E. Participation and demonstration of game fundamentals
F. Video analysis

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Explanation
B. Demonstration
C. Video

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Leach, Gail H. The Art of Pickle Ball Techniques and Strategies. 4th ed. Two Cats Press, 2013.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Tests and writing exercises based on class material.



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