In Case You Missed It: P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box Tips

Help your students get off to a great start this year with our tips for making P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box performances the best they can be.


Theater Etiquette

Getting students prepared to be attentive audience members and think about what it means to perform for others.

Front and Center

Performing skits is super fun, but it is easy for kids to get distracted and forget that they need to be seen and heard to get the most points.

Make it Memorable

If a skit sticks out in the judges’ mind they are going to get a higher score. Here are some ideas that triathletes can employ to add some extra zing to their shows.


Backdrops Set the Scene

Every Meet the teams get a back drop holder and large swaths of paper to help tell their story. Get some advice about effective backdrops and time management.

Costumes make the Character

How do you know if your hero is a fire fighter or a bull fighter? The costume of course!

Props add Pop

The materials in a P.A.R.T.Y. prep are often the same, so there’s no reason students can’t practice making all sorts of things before the day of the Meet.

Close Reading

Skits aren’t just for fun, they are also a chance to earn points. Triathletes must read and interpret the prompts and scoring rubric without help from their coaches.


I am the Creative Director and Webmaster for USAT. I write many of the challenges and help to shape the overall season calendar of events. Peggy Sheldon, the Founder, is my mother so I have been living and breathing the program since it was founded over 20 years ago.

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