RIBBON GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Ribbon group is the second of our three ‘foundational’ groups, and is for swimmers between the ages of 7-10. Practices typically last for 60-75 minutes and there are 4 practices a week offered. The hope is that a swimmer attends around 4-5 practices every two weeks, although there are no attendance requirements for our foundational groups.
The emphasis of the Ribbon group is to build off of the foundation that the swimmers have from either Little Badgers or another prior swimming experience. Swimmers will continue to develop strokes and skills, working towards being able to complete a legal 100 IM. Swimmers are also introduced to some specific ‘swim skills’ such as reading a clock, understanding basic sets, etc.
Many Ribbon swimmers may have been Little Badgers, but many are new to BAC and USA swimming as well. Ribbon swimmers will typically cover a fairly wide age and ability range, and practices are adjusted accordingly. A full schedule of Ribbon practices is offered during our fall, winter, and spring sessions. We also offer an abbreviated version during our summer session.
The overarching goal of our Ribbon program is to help swimmers continue to build on their foundation of basic competitive swimming skills and strokes, while having a lot of fun with friends and learning to enjoy the sport. Most Ribbon swimmers will compete in meets, but the results are not stressed as much as they will be in older groups. Basically, Ribbon swimmers will work on getting their strokes and skills down so that they can transition into the Trophy group with a great foundation to build upon.
SOME SPECIFIC GROUP CRITERIA: RIBBON GROUP SWIMMERS WILL…
…be expected to begin to take some ownership in their swimming by carrying their bags, having a role in meet sign-ups, listening at Monday Meetings, communicating with coaches, etc.
…be working on refining 4 legal and competitive strokes, and basic understanding of legal flip turns, open turns, IM turns, and finishes.
…begin to develop good practice habits, especially related to listening skills, direction following, ready position and push offs, and appropriate turns.
…spend more time focusing on technique than yardage, but should be able to handle swims of 200 yards and practices over 1200 yards.
…be expected to start to demonstrate some independence from coaches and parents at meets, including having input on their race selection, competing in all 4 strokes, learning how to read a heat sheet, etc.