The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Leisure Skills Course Profiles

Sports

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  • Bowling (LS 185)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Basic instructional program on techniques of bowling.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Although the technical skills of bowling are not thoroughly taught in the class, the students learn the importance of enjoying a lifetime sport. (~Brianna)
    Learn bowling rules, etiquette, technique, manual scoring, and tournament formats. (~Michael)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to score manually, sportsmanship and how to organize/participate in a tournament. (~Brianna) Etiquette on the lanes. Will help you and others enjoy the game. (~Michael)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Bowling every class, improving your technique, and competing in individual/team tournaments (~Michael)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Bowling Ball, Bowling Shoes, and of course the lanes!

    The instructor would also like students to know…
     

    Other students have said…
    "It gave me the opportunity to have fun and to become a better bowler. It also helps relieve stress when you are having a hard day." (Fall 2011)

     

    Students can learn more about bowling at…
    http://bowling.teamusa.org/
    www.pba.com

    Sample Syllabus

  • Field hockey (LS 202)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces the fundamental skills, history, and rules of field hockey.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    It is a game played on turf or grass that resembles the game of soccer; however, the game is played with a stick with a curved hook at the end and a hard ball the size of a tennis ball.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Learn the game of field hockey – considering few in this country understand the game, communication, stick skills.

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Field hockey sticks, balls, cones

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    This not a female only sport. Although it is often only offered to women in the US, it is more popular among men in other countries.

    Students can learn more about field hockey at…
    www.usfieldhockey.com

  • Frisbee sports (LS 187)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Focuses on the rules, history, and skills necessary for participating in various Frisbee sports. Heavy emphasis is placed on Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf./span>

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Ultimate is a popular game in Clemson and all over the country. Using teamwork and athleticism, one can have a great time while participating in this high-effort activity.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Different throwing techniques. Teamwork is essential to having a successful team on the field. One player cannot do everything by him/herself.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    We will learn Ultimate, Disc Golf, and other games that have been created since I have begun to teach the course.

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    1 Frisbee per student to keep

    Other students have said…
    "I enjoyed this class because it was a break from the usual class or lecture. On days when I had an exam in the morning and then went to frisbee class later, some of my stress would be relieved. I also enjoyed the class because I met people I would not have otherwise, and had a great time getting to know them." (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about frisbee at…
    www.usaultimate.org

    Sample Syllabus

  • Golf/Intermediate Golf (LS 198/LS 199)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    LS 198: Fundamental course stressing rules, strategy, and basic strokes.
    LS 199: Builds on the knowledge gained in L S 198. Students learn to apply rules to common golf situations, improve ball striking, and course management. The skills and strategies taught are designed to improve existing golf scores. Preq: L S 198 or equivalent skill.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    This course will help the student develop a mechanically sound golf swing while teaching the fundamentals needed to feel comfortable playing the game of golf. Students will learn the history of the game and gain an appreciation for golf's contribution to personal exercise and leisure.

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    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    How to play golf and how to do it correctly. (~Jason)
    Students will have fun learning and playing the game of golf, a sport they can enjoy playing with friends and family for the rest of their lives. (~Darcie)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    1.) Golf is fun and weather permitting, we get to be outside. 2.) Golf is one of the most rewarding games out there, and no matter what skill level a student is, he/she will feel such accomplishment with the progress made during this course. 3.) Students will learn the history of golf and get a better understanding of why golf is such a popular and fun sport played by people all over the world.

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    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    It is a plus for students to provide their own equipment, but we do supply all equipment needed for the course.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    The class is held off campus at Woodhaven Golf Course in Pendleton. Transportation will be needed.
    In my opinion, golf is the greatest game ever played. It's fun, challenging, and a game based on attitude and integrity. By learning the game of golf, you will undoubtedly learn more about yourself. (~Darcie)

    Other students have said…
    "Jason is a great guy and has many helpful tips to improve your golf game. This course was a great way to get away from normal classes and have some fun without too much extra cost." (Fall 2010)

    "Golf was extremely enjoyable and extremely frustrating all at the same time. I would constantly hitting the grass instead of the ball, try to hit the ball and completely miss it, and take about 10 shots just to get the ball in the hole. HOWEVER, those couple of times where I actually did an okay job...was totally worth it!" (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about golf at…
    www.pgatour.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Jason Jordan
    Darcie Davis

  • Introduction to Billiards (LS 196)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introductory course in the history, rules, and skills necessary to participate in billiards. Students learn different types of games, proper shot techniques, and equipment selection.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Learn the rules, fundamentals, history, basic skills and various games of pool.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Billiards is a social sport so we will allow for that skill to be learned. You will learn 8-ball, 9-ball, cut throat, and rotation.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Interaction with others, learning the discipline of the sport, and experiencing tournaments

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    All equipment is provided.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    It's fun!

    Other students have said…
    "Billiards was a really fun class and I learned a lot about the history and rules of the game. I looked forward to this class every Tuesday and Thursday! (Fall 2010)

    "I had a good experience with my billiards class. I really enjoyed going to the class, learning new skills, and being able to compete with other students. I feel that my time was well spent while in this class. It provided a good environment in which I could have a relaxing time." (Fall 2011)

    "I wanted to get better at billiards and this class did exactly that. A few drills were run before we would play a few games for the day and I actually have improved a lot. Good way to meet people and take a break from class." (Fall 2011)

    "This leisure skill was my most enjoyable course and was the only course which kept me from ripping my hair out and giving up on the semester. Through the course I met great new people and was able to have a great time playing a fun game." (Fall 2011)

    "It was a way to experience leisure, something I believe all students should experience each semester. It was helpful and fun and I recommend it to any and every student here at Clemson." (Fall 2011)

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Bob Landers

    Sample Syllabus #1
    Sample Syllabus #2

  • Racquetball (LS 194)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is… Basic skills, knowledge of rules, strategy, and basic strokes.

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    Other students have said…
    "I learned how to play a sport that I had never engaged in before. Healthy competition twice per week was a lot of fun." (Fall 2011)

    Sample Syllabus

  • Soccer (LS 204)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces the history, rules, and fundamental skills of soccer.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Soccer is a sport played between two teams on a rectangular field with eleven players and a spherical ball. The object of the game is for a team to place the ball into the opposing goal without the use of their hands unless done so by a goalie.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Soccer is a team sport and is the most popular game in the world.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Playing, exercise, and stress relief

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Soccer balls, fields, and goals

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Soccer is a great way to relieve stress, enjoy exercise, and meet people.

    Other students have said…
    "We had a great time playing soccer and it was a great stress reliever. I made a lot of friends and just had a blast!" (Fall 2010)

    Students can learn more about soccer at…
    www.fifa.com

    Sample Syllabus

  • Tennis (LS 189)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Fundamental course stressing rules, strokes, and strategy, with ample opportunity for practice.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    The effort to hold onto a stringed instrument while trying to contact a ball with it that you want to put on the opposite court where no one is standing!!!!!(~Gina)
    This course is designed to develop mechanically sound tennis skills and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of play, scoring and rules needed to feel comfortable playing tennis (~Emily)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    That they are capable of developing enough tennis skills in one semester to go out and have a great time playing the game with friends. (~Gina)
    Upon learning the basic fundamentals of a great traditional sport, students will learn that tennis is a lifetime activity that they can play with anyone, at any level and anywhere! (~Emily)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Fun, fitness, and friends (~Gina)
    Practice, competition and fun! (~Emily)

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    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Racquets and tennis balls are provided. Students are responsible for having the proper footwear

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Make sure you bring plenty of water or sports drink to class. The recommended hydration for tennis in this heat is 8 oz. every 15 minutes. Court shoes are a must to prevent turned ankles and to protect the courts.

    Other students have said…
    "I had only played tennis once before this class and not only did I improve and learn a lot but I also had a great time. I got a chance to work out with out really noticing. I have come a long way and now I want to make sure I continue to play because of this class!" (Fall 2010)

    Students can learn more about tennis at…
    www.usta.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Gina McLellan
    Emily Turke

    Sample Syllabus