Boston University Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
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An elementary course that introduces equipment and safety, forehand, backhand, service and service return, rules of the game, and basic strategy. Racquets, balls, and safety goggles are supplied to all class participants at the pro shop for no additional charge. Participants must wear non-marking court shoes.
An introduction to the basic strokes, rules of the game, and its scoring systems. Players will learn the service and serve-return positioning, along with developing the rudimentary skills necessary to sustain a rally. Racquets, balls and eyeguards provided. Participants are encouraged to wear non-marking sneakers with adequate heel stability (to prevent ankle injury.)
A continuation of the principles explored in the introductory class, with an emphasis on developing a facility volleying the ball, as well as other tactics employed to hold the front (T) position. We will also explore in greater detail the elements of the swing that increase/decrease pace, and expand our hitting zone for greater creativity in shot trajectories.
An integration of the basic strokes with more advanced boast and drop-shot drill sequences. We will examine the spin imparted to the ball in several different shot scenarios and how to harness it for greater effect. Conditioned games will be employed to isolate areas of weakness and players will score and referee each other in rotation-games to better understand the issues surrounding interference adjudication (lets and strokes.)
Introduction to the rules and fundamental practices of the game. This course covers instruction in basic strokes, techniques, rules, and playing in game situations. Participants must provide their own tennis rackets.
This course focuses on improving the execution of the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley, as well as developing other game-enhancing shots such as the lob, overhead, and drop shot. Singles and doubles strategies are also covered for improved competitive play.
This course takes the game to a higher level by mastering acquired skills and strokes. The course also provides increased emphasis on game strategy and endurance.