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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2023
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:

  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

Course Content

  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 drills
    1. Strength
    2. Flexibility
    3. Agility and coordination
    4. Speed and endurance

Lab Content

  1. Forehand
  2. Backhand
  3. Serve
  4. Return
  5. Rally

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Tennis racquet, tennis balls, and tennis court.
2. When taught as an online distance learning or hybrid section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous internet and email access. Students may need to secure their own access to equipment specific to the sport.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

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

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

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

Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.

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

  1. Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading


Physical Education