Virtual Tennis has options to compete from home or the court. Athletes may compete in whichever events they are interested in and able to do so safely.
TENNIS AT HOME EVENTS
How many times in 60 seconds can you bounce a ball on your racket before it touches the ground? (Any ball is acceptable; does not need to be a tennis ball.)
What to record and submit? Record the number of times you bounce a ball in 60 seconds; that’s your score. (Once you miss the ball or it goes past you, stop counting.)
How many consecutive times in 60 seconds can you hit the ball against a wall? (Any ball is acceptable; does not need to be a tennis ball.)
What to record and submit? Record the number of times you consecutively hit a ball against a wall in 60 seconds; that’s your score. (Once you miss the ball or it goes past you, stop counting.)
Hit 20 serves towards a landing square.
Set up: Draw a square that’s 10 feet x 10 feet. Stand 20 feet away from the square. Take 20 serves and try to have the serve land in the square.
What to record and submit? Record the number of serves that land in the square out of 20 attempts; that’s your score.
Sideline to Sideline Run
How fast can you walk, roll or run 27 feet?
Set up: Measure 27 feet (if you don’t have a measuring tape, take 10 large steps). Mark the distance.
What to record and submit? Record the time it takes you to walk, roll or run to the 27 ft mark and back to the starting line.
TENNIS AT THE COURT OPTION
In person team practices and individual training sessions with coaches are NOT allowed at this time. Virtual practice sessions with your team through video, social media, texts or emails are allowed and encouraged!
Individual Skills Events
Compete in each individual skill event and add your scores together for a total Individual Skills score.
Individual skills events are Forehand Volley, Backhand Volley, Forehand Groundstroke, Backhand Groundstroke, Serve-Deuce, Serve-Advantage and Alternating Groundstrokes. Event set up and scoring can be found in the Special Olympics Minnesota Tennis Handbook (PDF).
Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.
You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:
- wearing the right shoes
- using the correct equipment
- drinking water and staying hydrated
- warming up and stretching properly
- being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
- maintaining social distancing rules (stay at least six feet away from others)
Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:
- discomfort or pain
- chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
- shortness of breath
- a rapid or irregular heartbeat