Inclusive sports skills - Tapping the ball

Have fun learning to tap a ball in this easy-to-follow inclusive sports workshop, which can be done in your own space. You don’t need any specialist equipment either – just follow the video at your own pace and enjoy learning new skills! This is video five of a series of six.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sports activity that promotes fitness and wellbeing, and helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch while supporting independent choice and learning new skills.

How to take part

Watch the video below

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Before you get started, make sure you have a clear space around you, a chair nearby, a glass of water and remember to take breaks if you need. You’ll need a tennis ball, a racquet and an empty plastic milk bottle or similar.

Step 2

Hold the ball in one hand, and without letting go, tap it with the racket.

Step 3

Swing the racket from ‘knee to tree’ and as it reaches the top, let go of the ball, so it bounces off the racket.

Step 4

Put the ball in the middle of the racket, balancing it, and then do lots of very small little taps. Make it harder by only using one hand.

Step 5

Balance the ball on the top of the milk bottle, and then hit it with the racket moving from ‘knees to trees’.

This activity was created by inclusive sports organisation LuSu Sports.