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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

  • Ability to preform the advanced skills of table tennis.
  • Show and increased knowledge of the advanced skills of game play with increasing knowledge of offensive and defensive strategies at an advanced level.


Focus on the strategies of singles and double play, including serving with a variety of spins, forehand and backhand smashes, drop shots, angle play and doubles formations. Strong emphasis on fitness, flexibility and nutrition. How to design a point, set and match will also be a main focus of this course.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. identify the equipment, rules, and etiquette of table tennis.
B. serve using spins to set up their next shot.
C. recognize offensive and defensive strategy.
D. utilize proper footwork and grips.
E. demonstrate advanced forehand and backhand strokes.
F. increase levels of fitness and hand-eye coordination.
G. identify modified table positions.
H. analyze table awareness with shot selection and placement.
I. understand why fitness, flexibility, and nutrition are vital to playing table tennis at a high level.
J. understand how to constructing points will lead to winning.

Course Content

A. Terminology, equipment and rules of table tennis
1. Racquets and types of balls
2. Dimensions--type of play
3. Etiquette and general play
B. Advanced skills
1. Grips--forehand and backhand
2. Arm and wrist positioning
3. Forehand and backhand strokes, spins
4. Footwork
C. Strategy
1. Singles
2. Doubles
3. Offensive
4. Defensive
5. Conditioning drills
6. Point construction
7. Hydration and nutrition

Lab Content

A. Forehand
B. Backhand
C. Serving long and short
D. Smashes
E. Drop shots
F. Angle play
G. Double rotation
H. Point construction
I. Using flexibility as an advantage

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Table tennis tables, nets, racquets, balls, and proper storage.

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 table tennis
E. Participation and game play
F. Video analysis
G. Fitness analysis

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Explanation
B. Demonstration
C. Video

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Hodges, Larry. More Table Tennis Tips. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.


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

Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.



Physical Education