Try This Ribbon-Based Warm Up When Coaching Young Athletes
Ribbons are inexpensive, can be homemade (which is what I have done), add colour to a session and have a multitude of uses.
One of my favourite activities with very young athletes is a “ribbon-based” warm up.
Below is an example of some warm up activities that I will use when working with classes of young children (i.e. 5-7 years old) during a school session.
Warm Up Game
“Find a Ribbon”
1. Ask the athletes to stretch the ribbon out on the ground in front of them and:
- Step forwards and backwards over the ribbon
- Jump or hop forwards and backwards over the ribbon
- Jump or hop side-to-side over the ribbon
- Swap feet forwards and backwards over the ribbon.
- Run around the ribbons
2. Instruct the athletes to hold the ribbon and:
- Make big circles with the ribbon
- Perform a helicopter action above their heads
- Sweep the ground
- Flap their arms (like a bird)
- Touch it to their nose and mimic and elephant or make a “tail” and mimic a dog. (Very young kids love this – try it!)
- With the ribbon held at each of its ends, step forwards and backwards over the ribbon without letting it go.
3. Make it “rain” ribbons
Instruct the kids to continuously throw their ribbons up into the air for a given time so that it “rains” ribbons.
If you work with very young athletes, I encourage you to make or buy a bag of ribbons and include them as part of your coaching kit.
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Darren Wensor is a sports development professional, coach educator, specialist coach of young athletes and founder of the blog coachingyoungathletes.com. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or via email.