| North American Division
|| Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 2018
This Honor is a component of the Sportsman Master Award.
Most feel it started in France and then became popular in England also. It started by striking the ball with your hand.
2. What were tennis balls once made of and how are they made now?
They were once made of tightly bound cloth and are now are made of manufactured optic felt.
3. Name two types of courts used in tennis.
Clay (shell and clay mix) and hard (cement), and grass.
4. Name and identify styles of racquets from pictures or real equipment. Describe how they have changed.
They have super-oversized heads or normal small heads. They are made of lighter materials than the old wooden ones. They use graphite composites to manufacture high quality racquets. The first strings made of gut were replaced with synthetic strings which are durable and easier to make.
5. Learn the scoring system in tennis, including game, set, match, and tie-breaker.
Love=0, 15=1 point, 30=2 points, 40= 3. Deuce=tie. You must win by 2 points so after Deuce is reached you will use the Advantage In=servers point and game point or Advantage Out=receivers point and game point.
6. Explain the two types of basic games in tennis. Draw a scale diagram of the court and mark the boundary lines for doubles and singles.
Doubles is played with a partner, rotating serving turns and each covering an area of the court. Playing lines use the widest outside lines on the court for boundaries. Singles is played alone against a single opponent. The playing boundaries will exclude the wide alleys on the right and left of the court.
7. Learn the etiquette of the game. Use at least two Bible texts to show how game etiquette compares to a Christian standard of living.
Luke 6:31; Philippians 4:8. We treat our opponent as we would like to be treated, we must be honest and trustworthy and on the honor system in tennis. In amateur tennis you make your own calls as to whether the ball is in or out-self referee. It is polite game etiquette to shake your opponent's hand before and after the game regardless of who wins. Thank them for the game. During the game similar politeness so as not the taunt, heckle or cause unnecessary distractions and delays. This promotes good sportsmanship and helps decrease anger flare ups.
8. Demonstrate a forehand, backhand, and overhead serve with an instructor.
9. Play four games of doubles or singles to practice keeping score. Practice hitting and learn the boundaries.
11. List some of the benefits that can be expected when adopting tennis as a regular activity.
It is more of an individual sport measuring against your own improvements. It can give flexibility as a sport since you set your game times and days. It is most commonly played outside in the fresh air which is part of God’s design for physical good health. Some colder areas may have more indoor choices. It can be played competitively at any age, beyond what may be reasonable for some other sports. It encourages exercise.
12. List some of the challenges of tennis as a daily exercise routine.
If it is too cold, too hot or wet to be out you may not be able to play. Certain climates it may be seasonal or limited due to the extremes. You do need a court to play on. Practice requires another player or a backboard. Many players will not let much except rain keep them away from enjoying the game.