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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 of beginning doubles tennis
  • Demonstrate and explain the basic strategies and rules of doubles tennis


Introduction to doubles tennis play. Includes basic court position, skill drills, and offensive and defensive strategies.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. identify the rules and etiquette for doubles tennis play.
B. demonstrate increased knowledge in the tennis forehand, backhand, and serving skills.
C. practice basic court positions.
D. analyze different strategies for offensive and defensive play.
E. demonstrate techniques for conditioning.
F. recognize modified games for class and group play.
G. value doubles tennis as a lifelong learning activity for physical fitness.

Course Content

A. Doubles tennis rules
1. court and net
2. scoring
3. change of ends
4. service
5. service rotation
6. service court errors
7. faults
B. Doubles tennis skills
1. serving
2. forehand
3. backhand
4. volleying
5. lobbing
C. Court positioning for doubles
1. receiving
2. serving
3. back court
4. fore court
5. net
6. alley
D. 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
E. Conditioning drlls
1. strength
2. flexibility
3. agility and coordination
4. speed and endurance

Lab Content

A. Forehand
B. Backhand
C. Serve
D. Return
E. Rally

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Tennis racquet, tennis balls, and tennis court.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Physical skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation.
B. Evaluation of critical thinking in offensive and defensive play situations.
C. Written final exam.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Demonstration
B. Lecture

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Altman, Rick. Killer Doubles: Strategies and Tactics for Better Tennis. 2014.


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

A. Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.



Physical Education