# Situation Training - Sample Lesson Plan

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One of the simplest and most powerful ways to do a Game-Based approach lesson is to use **Situation Training**. This is where we identify a frequently encountered situation at the student's level and present it as a problem-solving task to accomplish. Then, we set-up drills to groove the technical skills required to perform the outcome. Situation training allows students to maintain the feel of playing while getting the appropriate repetition to develop the skills of tennis.

No matter how interesting our 21st Century material may be, it will be of little practical use until you learn to apply it in your day-to-day teaching. It is in the tennis lesson that theory is transformed into practice.

To visualize how the lesson works, one can imagine an "Hourglass". In the first part of the lesson the "Big picture" of the situation is presented and experienced. This is called an "Open" Situation". The lesson progresses to "Closed" drills (the thin part of the Hourglass) that help students to master the specific skills required for success in the open situation. Finally, the lesson takes those skills and re-integrates them back into an open situation. Many coaches are familiar with the success of using a "Whole-part-whole" approach for technical skills. This is a similar concept only using tactics and techniques.

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*Click on the Lesson stages below to see how each stage unfolds.*