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Midwest

First Service Doubles

First Service Doubles - a new tennis game from the Midwest

Play tennis alongside your canine best friend with First Service Doubles! This innovative tennis game is designed for military or active duty Veterans and First Responders who experience invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and their support dog.

 

Participants play tennis with their opponents and engage their canine partner with a variety of commands. Good times are had by all!

 

Why you should try First Service Doubles:

  • Play tennis in a safe environment
  • Have fun while training your service dog
  • Enjoy great exercise for both player and dog

 

First Service Doubles Programs

 

USTA Midwest is hosting a introductary programs for First Service Doubles (FSD). FSD is designed for Veterans and First Responders with invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and their support dogs. Other adults who utilize support dogs are welcome.


Scroll down for additional game details and requirements.

 

 

Upcoming First Service Doubles Programs

FREE Discover First Service Doubles Day

Sunday, June 26, 12-3 pm

Five Star Tennis (11959 S Normantown Rd, Plainfield, IL)

Ages 18+. No racquet required. Maximum of four teams.

FREE to attend! To sign up, contact Joe Tegtmeier at jjtegt@charter.net.

 

 


 

About First Service Doubles Pilot Programs

FSD is designed for Veterans and First Responders with invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and their support dogs. Other adults who utilize support dogs are welcome.

 

Game details

Any size service dog may be used as long as it meets the minimum requirements of American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen. Orange balls will be utilized initially with a 60' court. Game may progress to a 78' (full size) as skills progress. Commands will be specific to each team (athlete and dog).

 

Prerequisites

Dog-Athlete:

  • The dog-athletes must already have a desire to chase and catch a ball. If not, this might not be the best game for them
  • The dog-athlete must be able to focus on the handler without being distracted by other dogs, people or noises.
  • The dog-athlete must not be frightened easily by new distractions.
  • Dog may be leashed (10-12 ft. length) for a session.
  • If a dog displays growling, snapping or other behavior intended to keep other dogs or people away from a “resource” like foods, treats, toys or even people, the athletes will NOT be permitted to participate in First Service Doubles.

 

Human-Athlete:

  • The human-athlete must always have verbal control over the dog-athlete. Both hands of the human will be busy holding a tennis racquet and balls requiring the use of voice-only commands.

 

Interested in participating in First Service Doubles? Contact Joe Tegtmeier at jjtegt@charter.net.


 
See the game in action by watching the video below!

This program was made possible through support by the USTA Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation. Learn more about the foundation at www.midwesttennisfoundation.com.

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