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Junior Activity Week 

Lesson Three: Learning how to serve: Gym based:

Specific Learning Outcomes:
  • By the end of this student will be able to:
  • Describe in their own words how to correctly serve in a badminton game
  • Demonstrate the basic actions required to serve a shuttle correctly
  • Attempt new badminton skills activities 

Lesson Outline:

  • Introduce Fun skills round robin (to become a warm up for all lessons)
  • Introduce serving- the Forehand long serve & Backhand Short serve  
  • Practice serving with a partner
Skill based Warm up

  • Get straight into your skills based warm up.

  • Forehand Long Serve
    1. “Before we can serve the shuttle we need to get in to the ready position. This is important as it provides us with a firm base from which to serve”
    2. “In the ready position we are well balanced to make the serve and ready to react to our opponent return shot”
    The Ready Position (teaching points)
    1. This position is inside your service box and close to the middle of the court. Ideally the player is close to the service line (see Figure 1)
    2. The players feet should be staggered approximately shoulder width apart with the players dominate foot to the rare (see Figure 1).
    3. The shuttle is held in the non-dominate hand extended in front of the body above waist height (Reinforce holding the shuttle correctly from lesson one).
    4. The racket is held using the forehand grip in the back swing position with the hand and the wrist in the cocked position. (Reinforce holding the racket correctly from lesson one)

    The Forehand Long Serve (teaching points)
    1. As you release the shuttle, transfer your weight from your back foot to your forward foot.
    2. Pull your arm down to contact the shuttle at approximately knee height.
    3. Rotate your foreman and un-cock your wrist, this action provides most of the power for the shot.
    4. Follow through along the line which the shuttle took and finish with the racket over your opposite shoulder
    5. Aim to land the shuttle at the back of the court in your opponents service box

    Forehand Short Serve
    1. “The next serve that we will learn is the back hand short serve”
    2. “As with the forehand long serve we must first learn the ready position, again this position provides us the solid platform that we require to play this shot”

    The Backhand Short Serve Ready Position (teaching points)      

    1. Despite being called the backhand short serve, the grip on the racket is in fact the forehand handshake or pistol grip (learnt in lesson one)
    2. Players should stand square to the net with a square or only slightly staggered stance (see figure 2)
    3. Players should be positioned close to the service line.

    Backhand short serve (teaching points)

    1. Contact with the shuttle is made directly in front of the body
    2. The power for the short which is minimal comes almost entirely from a flick of the wrist.
    3. Players should be aiming to land the shuttle as close as possible to the front of their opposition’s service box.
    4. Unlike the long serve the flatter the service trajectory the better.
    5. Follow through is minimal as the action is very short.
    6. Players must remember to get ready to hit the shuttle again quickly as the opposition is likely to return the shuttle far quicker.

    Lesson Conclusion

    • Talk through what we have learnt in today’s lesson
      1. Badminton Skills warm up.
      2. The forehand long serve.
      3. The backhand short serve.
    • From here everyone is to place away neatly
      1. the nets
      2. the net poles
      3. the racquets
      4. the shuttles