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Tennis Lessons (in the Bubble)


SAFE RETURN TO PLAY
FALL 2021 League Details:
REMEMBER: Registration Deadline for FALL 2021 leagues is Monday, October 4th!

Payment must be received in full by the deadline to secure a spot in the league/program of your choice!
FCSSC offers 3 ways to play:
 
1) Register a full team. 
2) Register as an individual & we will place you on a team with other individuals.
3) Register as a small group (register as an individual & request to play with friends. We will place you & your friends on a team with other individuals or small groups).

Safe Play

All participants must comply with FCSSC's Safe Play Guidelines. Please read before registering.

After September 22, the Government of Ontario requires that all adults need to be fully vaccinated, and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID in order to access indoor fitness and recreational facilities. Because FCSSC leagues will play in indoor recreational facilities this Fall, only fully vaccinated individuals can play in indoor leagues. Please do not register if you will not be able to meet this requirement. There will be no credits/refunds for those who cannot comply.

What to Expect

This lesson series will help any beginner or intermediate player sharpen their tennis skills through a series of drills that address power, positioning, serving technique and leave players feeling confident to participate in rally and or recreational game play. Learn from some of London's best instructors. Sign up as an individual and recruit some friends to fill up your group.

Please complete FCSSC's skill assessment when registering so we can match up similarly skilled players for a better overall experience.

Participants will participate in a max 1:6 instructor to player ratio.

League Dates

WEDNESDAY

SESSION 1: SOLD OUT!
Starts: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Ends: Thursday, November 11, 2021
All lessons will be hosted on Thursdays*.

SESSION 2:
Starts: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Ends: Thursday, December 16, 2021
All lessons will be hosted on Thursdays*.

TIME: 6pm-7pm

Sessions 1 & 2 are being offered back to back. You can sign up for both at the same time with the confidence that you can be put in a more advanced group for the second session, because of course you will build your skills in Session 1!

Total Weeks

5 weeks total per session

Price $110
Location See LOCATION tab above for details.

Skill Level Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Session 1 :
  • Sold out
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Prices before taxes

Sport Info


Spirit of the League

Intended for beginner and/or recreational players. Five group lessons over 5 weeks to help correct form, positioning and habit (sharpen your game!) and/or teach you the basic skills needed to hold a rally and serve more consistently.

Want more lessons? Pre-purchase or renew for session 2 which runs Nov 18-Dec 16.

Please review FCSSC's Conduct Policy before registering.

League Format 55 min lesson

Number of People

At least 6 people are required to run the league. 18 participants max (1:6). 

Play with Friends!

Players can sign up as individuals or request to play with friends in the same lesson group.

Equipment

Participants must bring their own racquet, water bottle and a sweat towel. No sharing. Practice balls will be provided.

Age & Waivers All players MUST be 19 years of age or older, no exceptions.
All players MUST sign a TOTAL TENNIS waiver (on arrival) and a standard FCSSC waiver before playing, no exceptions. Signing the FCSSC waiver on-line is super easy, just follow the steps during registration & checkout. Total Tennis facility waivers are available HERE for print and will also be available on arrival in the clubhouse.

Rules

Tennis Rules & Regulations


Official International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules apply. ITF's simplified rules of the game are below.

Positioning

Players stand on opposite sides of the court. The player who initiates the point by putting the ball in play is the server. The player who stands opposite and across from the server is the receiver.

Coin Toss/Racquet Spin

A coin toss or spin of the racquet determines who has the right to serve, receive serve or select a side of the court on which to begin play. Additionally, the winner of the toss or spin can defer the decision to the opponent and allow them to choose his/her preferences. If the choice of service or receiver is chosen by the winner of the coin toss or racquet spin, the opponent gets to choose which side of the court to start on.

Rules of Service

  • The match begins with the server. For the first point, the server must stand behind the baseline on the right side of the center hash, which is considered the deuce court.
  • The server must stand and serve from the boundaries of the singles court (or within the doubles court if playing doubles).

  • Even-numbered points are played from the deuce court and odd-numbered points are played from the advantage court, or left side, of the center hash.

  • The server cannot serve a ball until the receiver is ready and the receiver is supposed to play at the server's pace.

  • Serves from the deuce court have to land in the deuce court in the opponent's service box.

  • Serves from the advantage court have to land in the advantage court in the opponent's service box.

  • If the server misses the target twice he or she loses the point.

  • If the ball hits the net and goes in the correct service box, a "let" is called and another serve is granted. If a let occurs on a second serve, it remains second serve.

  • If the server steps on the baseline before contact is made — this is called a “foot fault” — the serve is deemed a fault. If a foot fault occurs on a second serve, the server loses the point.

Receiving

The receiver is considered ready if an attempt is made to return the opponent's serve. The receiver can stand anywhere on the court, but must let the ball bounce in the service box before attempting to return the serve. If the opponent strikes the ball before the ball bounces on a serve, the server is awarded the point.

Scoring

  • Calling out the score before the point begins is not mandatory, but is encouraged to limit any confusion or conflict.

  • The server calls out his/her score first, followed by the receiver's score.

  • Love means zero in tennis and indicates the player referenced has a score of "0".

  • The first point won earns a score of 15. (For example, if the server won the first point, the score would be 15-0 or 15-Love).

  • The second point won by either player is called 30.

  • The third point won is called 40.

  • If a score of 40-40 is reached, the score is called "deuce," and should be called out as such, as opposed to 40-40 or 40-All. Once a game goes to deuce, one player must win two consecutive points in order to win the game.

  • Advantage-In (Ad-in) indicates that if the server wins the next point, he/she wins the game. Advantage-Out (Ad-Out) indicates that if the receiver wins the next point, he/she wins the game.

Net and Boundary Rules

  • Except on the server's first service attempt, any player that hits the ball into the net loses the point.

  • If a shot lands outside of the boundaries of the court, the player loses the point.

  • If the ball hits the net during the point and lands in the boundaries of the opponent's court, the ball is considered live and in play.

  • A ball struck that hits the line is considered in.

  • If at any time during a point, a player touches the net, hits a ball which bounces on his/her side before going over the net, or hits a ball that makes contact with object's that are not part of the tennis court such as a ceiling or bench, that player loses the point.

  • If a ball touches an opponent, the point is awarded to the player that hit the ball.

  • If a player is not sure whether a ball landed in or out of bounds and cannot make a definite call, the ball is considered to be in.

One Bounce Rule

A player must hit the ball before it bounces twice on his side. If the player cannot make contact with the ball within two bounces, a "not up" is called and the point is awarded to the opponent.

How to Win and Tie Breaks

A tennis match generally is played best two out of three sets. A set is awarded to a player after winning six games by more than two games. If players are tied, 6-6, a seven-point tie-breaker is played, during which the server begins service from the deuce court and only serves one point. After the first point of the tie break, each player serves two consecutive points. As a result, the first of the two service points will always occur in the advantage court and the second starts from the deuce court. After every six points, players switch sides of the court. The winner of the tie-break is the first to win seven points by more than two points.

Swing Away

It’s crucial to understand the rules of the game before you go out and hit, but if the regulations seem complex and overwhelming to you, don’t fret. You don’t need to bring a copy of the rulebook onto the court in order to have fun. Once you become comfortable running around the court and swinging a racquet, you’ll understand why certain rules were implemented and the game will become more natural to you.

Location

Tennis lessons will take place at the University Tennis Centre on the UWO campus. Parking is available at the bubble, but unfortunately it is not free. Parking payments can be made at the registration desk upon arrival.