Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tennis Ball Pyramid

Tennis Ball Pyramid is a great little activity presented by Rita Gladstone at the recent PTR 10 and Under Tennis Conference in Hilton Head. It is very simple in concept but amazingly difficult to accomplish. Best of all, it is such a great challenge, your students will not give up until they solve it.

Place four tennis balls on the ground. Three of them are touching each other, making a sort of pyramid shape. Player must place the 4th ball onto the top of the other three. Here's the catch: they can't use their hands. They can use anything else, just not their hands.

I am not going to give you any hints on how to accomplish this task. But I strongly suggest you try this yourself before introducing it to your students. If they are unable to solve it, they may ask for help or for a demonstration just to prove it is possible.