T-Ball is a team sport that despite it using the same equipment as tennis, is quite different.
T-Ball can have teams of up to 11-a-side-.
The object of the game is to keep the ball bouncing on your racket, whilst sprinting or jogging to avoid the other team. They must then hit it at the net (which will be at the end of the court) to score.
Step 1: Equipment
For this sport, you will need:
- A tennis ball
- A tennis racket (each player on your team needs one for their own)
- A Tennis Court (this is where you will play, however you may need to move the nets into a different position)
- Two nets (one for each team, they will need to be positioned at both ends of the court)
- A mouth guard (this would be important if this was a professional sport)
- An American Football helmet (this would be important if this was a professional sport)
I would definitely recommend water, you'll be running around a lot! Especially if you are doing a '2 vs 2'.
Step 2: Rules
If, while bouncing the ball on your racket and running, you drop it, the ball goes to the other team. One of the members of the opposite team must hit it to a teammate, if that teammate then drops it, it's an airball (in an airball, the referee throws the ball in the air, and the ball is then up to grabs for anyone).
Once someone has scored, the ball goes to the team who conceded the goal, they can choose to pass or dribble (you dribble by bouncing the ball on your racket whilst running or jogging).
Passing and Shooting
To pass, you simply just hit the ball to a teammate, it's the same with attempting to score (shooting) but this would require more power.
PLEASE NOTE: The ball can't go out in this sport.
Contact in this sport
There is no contact in this sport, to defend, you can only put pressure on the person with the ball. If there is contact it's a penalty to the other team (the penalty works just as in football/soccer but with a racket.
What To Use
Use your racket at all times, do not use your hands or feet (unless you need to pick the ball up) otherwise it will be a penalty to the opposite team
Step 3: Positions
Here are the positions in this sport:
Goalkeeper: A goalkeeper's job is to defend goals from hitting the net using a tennis racket, they are allowed to dive but not use their hands.
Defenders: A defender has to make the goalkeeper's job easier by helping defend attacks. They also have to send the ball the opposite way for passers to potentially start an attack.
Passers: All a passer has to do is make a pass to a teammate. It may seem easy but this is important as passers don't dribble much and they will have to make an effective pass rather quickly. They can either pass back to defenders or pass forward to attackers.
Attackers: Attackers have to dribble a lot, having to cut past players and also to score for their team. An attacker has to work hard which is why they have to be fit and active.
Step 4: Modes of Play
In this sport, the teams can be of:
1 vs 1
2 vs 2
3 vs 3
4 vs 4
5 vs 5
6 vs 6
7 vs 7
8 vs 8
9 vs 9
10 vs 10
11 vs 11