First Service Doubles
First Service Doubles - a tennis game from the Midwest
Play tennis alongside your canine best friend with First Service Doubles! This innovative tennis game is designed for Veterans, First Responders and Adults 18+ with invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Anxiety, Seizure, Diabetes, etc. and their support dog. Service, Therapy, Sporting and any well-trained dog is welcome.
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 introductory programs for First Service Doubles (FSD). FSD is designed for Veterans, First Responders and Adults 18+ with invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Anxiety, Seizure, Diabetes, etc. and their support dog. Service, Therapy, Sporting and any well-trained dog is welcome.
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About First Service Doubles Programs
Any 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).
- 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.
- 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 Erik Seifert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.