Type of game:
Ball Game
Character of the game:
Competitive
Country of origin:
Algeria
Aim of the game:
To be the first player/team reaching 21 points
Number of players:
Two Player Multi Player
Two (for "singles") or four (for "doubles"), plus someone to keep score
Age
11 +
Difficulty:
Medium
Area of play:
A 21x10m foot rectangle on a hard surface - ideally asphalt, concrete or an indoor wooden surface - split into two equal halves widthways. The court should be marked out in white lines. The long sides of the court are extended six feet at each ends.
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Ball Typically a wooden net, eight inches in height placed over the centre line/ tennis ball with fur removed / wooden racquet
Motor skills
Coordination Speed Endurance
Social skills
Cooperation
Cognitive skills
equipment
Background
An extremely popular, cheap and accessible variation of lawn tennis and table tennis which emerged in the 1930s, mainly played in urban areas.
Set up:
  • A 21X10 foot rectangle on a hard, smooth and level surface - ideally asphalt, concrete or an indoor wooden surface - split into two equal halves widthways.
  • The court should be marked out in white lines. The long sides of the court are extended six feet at each end - these are called the "governor lines".
Rules
  • The game starts with a coin toss between the two players/teams.
  • The scorer should do the coin toss. The winner of the toss has the choice of taking the first serve or choosing which side of the court to play on first.
  • The serve alternates between the two players/teams every five points. If playing doubles, the serve alternates between each player on the team between each point.
  • The two players/teams must hit the ball between each other. The ball can bounce once before being hit back.
  • The first player/team to reach 21 points is declared the winner of the game, unless the players/teams have been tied at 20 points. If this is the case, the game is declared a "deduced game" and is won by the first player/team to lead by two points. During a deuced game, the serve alternates after each point.
  • When a game is won, the players/teams change their plyaing ends.
  • Players should warm up before the game starts.
  • The playing area must be clear of any obstructions, including at least 10ft around the court.
  • If a player hits the ball and it lands outside of the lines, or doesn't reach the other side of the court, the other player/team gets a point.
  • A set is the best of three games (the player/team who wins two out of the three games is the overall winner), or the best of five games, (the player/teams who wins three out of the five games is the overall winner).
  • If a set reaches the third/fifth game, the players/teams change ends after 10 points.
Teaching Styles:
  • Players should warm up before the game starts
Rules:
N/A
Environment:
  • Broaden the court (easier to include wheelchair users)
  • Make the court smaller
  • The playing area must be clear of any obstructions, including at least 10ft around the court,
Equipment:
  • Use different types of ball and racquets
  • Use bigger racquets and a slower ball. Lower the net.
  • Use smaller racquets and a faster ball. Raise the net.
Background
An extremely popular, cheap and accessible variation of lawn tennis and table tennis which emerged in the 1930s, mainly played in urban areas.