Participate in Knee High Running to improve agility, eye-hand coordination, and fitness.
Demonstrate the lob shot using form demonstrated by the instructor.
Demonstrate the backhand lob shot on the court while rallying with a partner.
Demonstrate cooperative skills, running and agility while playing Fugitive Tag.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1 – 5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Knee High Running
Students will run in place knee high and alternate with jogging in place.
Use verbal or whistle signal “knees high;” “knees low.”
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Fitness Scavenger Hunt
Ideas for Fitness Hunt Cards: 1. Run to each corner of the Gym and perform 15 curl-ups at each corner. 2. Run to the bleachers and perform step-ups. 3. Carioca to cones set up and touch each cone. 4. Jog to the tumbling mats and perform stretches listed on the station cards. 5. Jog to the jump rope station and start jumping when the music starts. 6. Jog backwards to touch 2 walls. 7. Jog forwards and touch 4 colored lines on the courts. 8. Skip to the sit-up, push-up station. Follow station card instructions. 9. Slide to the jumping jack station. 10. Skip to the jump rope station.
Use Whistle Mixer to create groups of 5.
Direct students to work as a team to “hunt” for the exercise space/area.
Assign each group a different starting point.
Give each group a “Fitness Hunt” Card. Additional instructions can be added.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Volleying A volley is any return that is hit before it bounces. The volley can be explained to students as a blocked shot that is hit with the racquet held firmly in the path of a ball like a “stop sign.” There is no swing or follow through with the volley shot and the ball is hit out in front of the body. The following are key points of emphasis for the volley shot. 1. The shake hands grip is used for the volley shot. The wrist is held firm in either case. 2. The side of the body is turned sideways to the target before contacting the ball. 3. The ball is contacted in front of the body; the ball is blocked, not hit. There is no follow-through.
Lob Shot Practice: Toss balls to partner’s forehand lob side Complete activity using all 4 balls. Change starter. Repeat 3 times. Demonstrate: Forehand Ground stroke; Backhand Ground stroke Lob Backhand Lob Practice by tossing ball to partner’s backhand side 4 times in a row. Change roles. Rally
When introducing the volley, have students practicing setting up in the forehand and backhand volley position and checking the direction of their racquet face. Remind them that the angle of the racquet face determines which way the ball will travel.
Focus on the forehand volley first because it is easier for students to perform. The racquet is easier for them to see so they can set the racquet face at the right angle. If students are having trouble with the backhand volley, stick to the forehand volley. Success is more important than presenting an activity that is too difficult for them to accomplish.
The teacher will explain and demonstrate the lob. Create pairs using “toe-to-toe.” Direct each student to pick up racquet and 2 balls. Assign students to courts. Bring students together. Practice rallying with forehand, to backhand, to lob as demonstrated. Bring group together for demonstration.
Students rally using the 4 skills practiced in class.
Closing Activity (5 Minutes)
One person is identified as fugitive and is given head start. The other partner is a police officer trying to tag the fugitive. Flag belts can be used by the fugitive. Specify different locomotor movements.
Have students find a partner of similar height.
Stop the activity and reverse roles so all players receive the same amount of chasing.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
What angle should the racquet be held at to perform a lob?
What will the trajectory of the ball be at that angle?