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INTRODUCTION

This workshop is an introduction for students who have never played tennis. These activities need to be repeated for several weeks until the students get comfortable with the warm up exercises and get some control of the racquet, the ball and the net. You can vary the length of time for each activity as you deem appropriate. By the end of a six to eight week period the warm ups should talk about 15 minutes and the work with the balls and raquets should take up the rest of the workshop. By the endo fo six to eight weeks the students will be ready for the second part of the Dance of Tennis Program…SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

DOT mission statement

The mission of the DOT Program is to introduce inner-city youth, ages 9 – 12, to the game of tennis within the context of cooperation rather than competition using music, dance, yoga and ti chi. This alternate approach to athletics emphasizing fun, cooperation and partnership helps participants develop the skills to handle competition in sport and in life.

DOT Philosophy and Principles

The purpose of the DOT or any other sport is to have fun; that’s our definition of winning. We celebrate the joy of playing through the fun of dancing while hitting the ball.

The DOT is based on actively teaching not only the joy of rhythm and tennis but also compassion through cooperation (seeing the person on the other side of the net as a partner) and tolerance (accepting differences in others).

The DOT is based on the idea that there is no such thing as failure because each ball is an experiment that gives you feedback. Example: if you hit the ball into the net you need to hit it higher to clear the net.

Life Skills

The DOT helps children develop five important life success skills while they participate in these workshops. The skills are concentration, relaxation, cooperation, imagination, and self-esteem.

PART I – DANCE OF TENNIS WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION
The Circle – Introductions
Workshop Expectations
Review of Workshop Activities

PART II – PREPARING FOR TENNIS
Racquet safety
Visualization
Yoga – tai chi
Dance of Tennis

PART III – RACQUET AND BALL CONTROL
Ball feeding

PART IV – WORKSHOP CONCLUSION
Let’s Dance
Dismissal procedure