A hallmark of great doubles teams is their ability to serve-and-volley
and attack the return of serve. Here is a drill that works on both of
One doubles team serves, the other receives. The server must serve-and-volley.
The receiver must return cross-court and come in behind the return, joining
her partner at net. Once the return is good, the two teams play out the
The server serves for 5 points, alternating as usual from deuce to ad
side. After 5 points, the other team serves for 5 points. One round is
when everyone has served once for 5 points. Have the students play several
rounds. You can also keep track of the score to make it more competitive.
If you have more than 2 doubles teams, you can rotate one team in on
the server or receiver end after each 5 point sequence. After one round,
rotate the teams, making sure each team gets to serve-and-volley.