You will need
- Tennis balls
Before you begin
- Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples, can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
- Watch the video above to see how you can deliver this session. Skip to 02:40 to see this specific activity.
- Check out our other activities supported by the LTA, which you could consider combining to create a 45 minute game-based session.
Bounce and drop
- Everyone should get into pairs, and stand facing each other about half a metre apart.
- Using both hands, everyone should hold a tennis ball out in front of their body and slightly to the right.
- As a group, count down from three to initiate a rhythm: ‘Three, two, one, drop’.
- On ‘drop’, everyone should drop their ball and aim to catch their partner’s ball after one bounce.
Lunge and pass
- Everyone should line up at one end of the meeting space.
- The aim is to travel across the entire length of the space by lunging forward, passing the tennis ball under their front leg from one hand to another, and repeating until they reach the other side.
- Once they have reached the other side, everyone should find a new partner and repeat the ‘bounce and drop’ game above.
This activity gave everyone a chance to be active while learning some skills and techniques to improve their tennis abilities. Did everyone enjoy the new game? What kinds of skills did people need? How did people feel the first time someone threw a ball at them? They may have been a bit scared or nervous at first - did this change as they carried on playing? Does everyone feel more confident in their catching and throwing skills?
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.
Provide some light, so the environment isn’t completely dark. Everyone must be able to see others and move around the area safely.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.