I have a year 9 female only Badminton unit this Term… actually only runs for half a Term which I dont think is enough as the girls are really getting into it, but only just getting a grasp on the skills… its harder than it looks!
I’ve taken a bit of a TGFU approach. In a nutshell: We start with a modified game > we debrief the game > we practice the key skill recognised in the game > we debrief the skill to emphasise key teaching points > we finish with a game (like king of the court) for fun and more practice.
I like the TGFU approach as it allows students to: Answer questions (rather than you ‘telling them’ everything); Think about game tactics which in turn leads to greater understanding of why the skills they are practicing are useful.
- What is the name of the shot we have been using to push your opponent to the back of the court? Overhead clear
- Is it easier to send your opponent back by using an overhead or underhand shot? Overhead forehand – power generated greater. Use analogy of throwing for distance to explain
- What do you if the shuttle does not come to your strong (forehand) side? If possible lean across and play a forehand, otherwise play a backhand
- Now that you can push your opponent back, where is the space you can attack to win a point? Front
- How do you attack this front space? Drop shot (demonstrate)
- What is the best way to make the shot unreturnable? Hit hard and straight to the ground (smash)
- From where can you smash most easily? Front or middle of the court
- What kinds of shots are you looking for from your opponent so you can use the smash? A weak clear or high drop shot
- How can you return a smash without setting up your opponent for another smash? block or drop shot
- Why is a high serve more risky in doubles than it is in singles? Shorter service box makes a smash off the high serve more likely
- What serve can you use instead? Short/low
- Dangers associated with this serve? Hitting the net or hitting it too high and setting up for the smash