Mini Tennis

Activity

Set up a “net” using a rope or ribbon between two chairs or by laying a ladder on its side. Have one person stand on either side of the net and using a racquet hit a balloon or a ball back and forth. Try to see how many times you can make the balloon go back and forth across the net without the balloon hitting the ground. If you are using a low-compression ball, the ball can bounce on each side of the net before hitting it back. You can challenge yourself to only touch the balloon 1-2 times before hitting it back to your partner.

What This Works On

Things You Need

A “net,” 2 racquets (or use your bare hands),Tennis ball (low compression ball or balloons work best)

Variations

Use both your dominant and non-dominant hand.

Tips

For Right-handers:Hold your racquet with your right hand only when hitting balls on the right side of your body. Step forward with your left foot.Hold your racquet with both hands (right hand on bottom of handle) when hitting balls on the left side of your body. Step forward with your right foot.For Left-handers:Hold your racquet with your left hand only when hitting balls on the left side of your body. Step forward with your right foot.Hold your racquet with both hands (left hand on bottom of handle) when hitting balls on the right side of your body. Step forward with your left foot.Bend your knees slightly, so you have an athletic stance and good balance.React to the ball as soon as you see it come off your partner’s racquet.

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