Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tennis Black Jack

Tennis Black Jack is a scoring strategy that can be applied to just about any tennis activity. It adds a fun element of danger, like the Go Directly To Jail space in the Monopoly game.

Take any activity where you want to emphasize a particular target, for example hitting forehands deep (behind service line). Coach feeds players balls from across the net. Players get one point for every forehand hit in front of service line, and two points for every forehand hit behind service line. First player to earn 21 points wins. However, any player accumulating 13 points loses ALL points and goes back to zero. 

You can spice things up by adding negative scoring elements, for example -1 point for any ball hit into the net. Black Jack is also great for serving games.

Adapted from The Tennis Drill Book by Tina Hoskins