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Physical Education 1B: Cycling & Racquetball

Course Description

Students acquire knowledge about movement and skills that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically active lifestyle. The student exhibits a physically active lifestyle and understands the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan. Students in Individual Sports are expected to participate in a wide range of sports that can be pursued for a lifetime. The continued development of health-related fitness and the selection of individual sport activities that are enjoyable is a major objective of this course. In this course, students will participate in Cycling and Racquetball. (Note: This course requires physical exertion equal to that of the regular physical education class. Students who have any doubt as to their physical condition should consult a physician before attempting this course.)

Required Course Materials

  • Sidwells, Chris. Complete Bike Book. DK Publishing. 2003. ISBN 0–7566–1427–9
  • Winterton, Jim. Racquetball Fundamentals. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2004. ISBN 0–7360–5233–X
  • Requires access to a multi-speed bicycle and a safe place to ride.
  • Requires access to glove, ball, racquet, eye protection, and racquetball court.

Recommended Course Materials

A bicycle helmet.

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: None

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 12
Total Number of Activities: 36
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 12
Instructor Graded: 12

Unit 1: Components of Fitness
Lesson 1: Components of Fitness
  Activity 1: Evaluating Your Fitness Level
  Activity 2: Selecting Exercises
  Graded Assignment

Unit 2: Cycling
Lesson 1: Introduction to Cycling
  Activity 1: Introduction to Cycling, Getting Started, and the Bicycles
  Activity 2: Health Tips, Road Safety, and Touring
  Activity 3: Anatomy of a Bike
  Activity 4: Conclusion
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 2: Road Riding Techniques and Strategies
  Activity 5: Adjusting Position, Braking, Changing Gears, and Pedaling
  Activity 6: Cornering, Climbing, and Descending
  Activity 7: Cycling Safety
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 3: Off–Road Techniques and Strategies
  Activity 8: Adjusting Position, Improving Balance, Braking, and Changing Gears
  Activity 9: Cornering, Riding Singletrack, Climbing, and Descending
  Activity 10: Bunny-hopping, Drop-offs, Jumping, and Adverse Trail Surfaces
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 4: Developing a Riding Program for Health and Fitness, and Competitive Training
  Activity 11: Health and Fitness
  Activity 12: Personal Goal Setting
  Activity 13: Cycling Fitness Program
  Activity 14: Competitive Cycling
  Activity 15: Evaluation of a Cycling Event
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 5: Maintaining Your Bike
  Activity 16: Workshop Principles, Tools, Bike Cleaning, and Safetly Checks
  Activity 17: Basic Repairs
  Activity 18: Repairing a Tire and More Basic Repairs
  Activity 19: Cycling Fitness Training Review
  Graded Assignment

Unit 3: Racquetball
Lesson 1: Introduction to Racquetball, the Serve, Grip, and Forehand Stroke
  Activity 1: Introduction to Racquetball
  Activity 2: The Serve
  Activity 3: The Forehand Stroke
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 2: Court Positioning, Backhand Stroke, and Serve Returns
  Activity 4: Court Positioning
  Activity 5: The Backhand Stroke
  Activity 6: Serve Returns
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 3: Footwork, Kill Shots, Passes, and Side–Wall Serves and Shots
  Activity 7: Foot Work
  Activity 8: Kill Shots and Passes
  Activity 9: Side–Wall Serves and Shots
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 4: Strategies for Match Play and Doubles
  Activity 10: Strategies for Match Play
  Activity 11: Doubles
  Graded Assignment

Lesson 5: Shot Selection, Location, and Advanced Serves and Shots
  Activity 12: Shot Selection and Location
  Activity 13: Advanced Serves and Shots
  Activity 14: Racquetball Games
  Graded Assignment

Unit 4: Post–Fitness
Lesson 1: Post–Fitness
  Activity 1: Re–evaluating Your Fitness Levels
  Graded Assignment

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