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Strike a ball with a short or long-handled paddle or racket in the air
continuously for 60 seconds to your self while remaining in a 3-4
foot diameter space, e.g. hoop, jump rope formed into a circle.
The circle must remain stationary for the entire
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- Short or long-handled paddles (foam, plastic, wooden)
- Short or long-handled lightweight rackets
- Ball (foam, tennis, yarn, whiffle, etc.)
- Hoops or jump rope (to mark diameter on ground)
Starting and Stopping:
- Place hoop or jump rope
formed into a 3-4 foot diameter circle on the ground. Both feet
must remain in the hoop at all times during this challenge. The circle must remain stationary during the task.
- If youngsters step
outside of the circle or miss a strike, please have them start the challenge
- Administer the
challenge using either hand ("Go" hands up and "Stop" hands down) and/or verbal Go and Stop signal.
- There is no limit to the number of attempts to
satisfactorily complete this challenge. To increase
participation, consider setting up several striking stations.
- Tennis-sized foam balls, yarn balls and short-handled rackets are
recommended for better ball control.
- "Grip": Use shake-hand grip to hold the
- "Bend Knees": Keep your knees slightly bent.
- "Firm Wrist": Wrist
- "Strike": Strike the ball upward and keep the
paddle in a "flat" position.
- "Flat racket/paddle": Face of
paddle/racket points to the sky or ceiling.
- "Strike": Strike
the ball upward in front of body.
- Strike upward a ball suspended with a rope.
Strike a balloon upward with a lightweight paddle.
balls and objects on a paddle while remaining stationary or
- Strike a ball in the air continuously with a paddle.
Ideas Adapting Challenge for Students with Disabilities:
- Strike whiffle ball off tee with bat 10 times
- Kick a ball into a designated area 15 times
- Self throw a scarf to self 10 times
- Increase or decrease time
- Use different kinds of paddles or racquets
- strike ____ wiffle balls on tee with bat into fair territory. (or hit bleachers, gradually move the tee farther from the bleachers)
- kick rolling ball into fair territory ____ times
- strike ___ wiffle balls off tee with hand (side arm strike)
- strike teacher tossed balloon with racket ____ times
- strike wiffle or balloon suspended from string using side arm pattern ____ times
- self volley balloon with racket continuously for ____sec. while standing in 3-4 diameter space
Helpful References for this
Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S. & Parker, M. (1998).
Children Moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical
education (4th Edition). Mayfield: Mountain View,
California.(Chapter 29: Striking with Rackets & Paddles, pp.
United States Tennis Association School Programs, Tennis
Curriculum. (1993). United States Tennis Association. New
York, NY: White Plains (pp. 21-24).
Fronske, H. A. (1997). Teaching Cues for Sport Skills.
Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, (pp. 221-222).
Douglas, P. (1991). Learn Tennis in a Weekend. New
York, NY: Knopf. (pp. 28-31).
Douglas, P. (1991). The Handbook of Tennis. New York,
NY: Knopf. (pp. (38-34).
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