Welcome to Blue and White week! This upcoming week, 12/4-12/7 will be our first ever intrasquad spirit week. Throughout the week we will work on team building as we prepare for our upcoming intrasquad meet on Thursday 12/7.
All Jones-Payton swimmers will be assigned a spot on either the Blue team or the White team (school has no bearing here). The idea is that each team will work together to win a series of contests and competitions taking place Monday-Thursday, culminating in the intrasquad meet. The hope is that each team is able to bond, get to know each other, and have fun as we prepare for our first “competition” of the year.
Each contest will be scored and the winner of each event will have points added onto their team’s overall intrasquad meet score. The contests for the week are as follows
Monday - Clothing Relay - A relay consisting of one swimmer from each grade will compete in a 200 freestyle relay while wearing jeans and a sweatshirt.
Tuesday - In Water Tug of War - Groups of 6 from each team will compete in 3 rounds of in water tug of war, each athlete may only compete once.
Wednesday - Belly Flop Contest - 4 volunteers from each team will compete in belly flops. The coaching staff will judge according to the criteria of “smacking noise”, “groans from the peanut gallery”, “redness”, and “perpendicular entry”. (bonus points for costumes)
Thursday - Team Color Day - Points will be awarded to the team that has the most members dressed in their team color. Creativity is encouraged!
Overarching contest - Instagram Likes - This contest spans Saturday through Thursday. Each team is encouraged to take instagram pictures with at least 3 members of their team and tag jpswimanddive and #jpswimanddive. The picture that has the most likes at the end of the week will earn 10 points to winning team, with 5 points for the pic with the second most likes and 3 for third. Remember, you are representing Jones-Payton and all pictures should be appropriate!
Bonus Points for pictures the fit the following criteria or include the people mentioned
“Taking Your Mark” in Public
Whole Blue/White Team Photo
Exercising in Public
A Scene From a Movie
Thursday we will tally up all the points and will have our intersquad meet beginning at 4:20. Again, swimmers are encouraged to dress in their team color to the “meet”. Each swimmer will compete in at least 3 races and we will still be done at our usual 6:15 slot. Parents, you are more than welcome to attend and I hope this becomes a great Jones-Payton tradition.
Go Jones Payton!
Please remember to attend the parent meeting this evening if at all possible. We will meet in the pool and will then head down to room 5034.
Swimmers and Parents,
We are a little over a week away from the first official day of the boys swim season. The first official practice is slated for 11/20 at 4:00 in the Jones Natatorium. The first three practices of the week will serve as a "tryout" for all swimmers. We hope to not cut any swimmers, but depending on numbers, spacing, and ability that is a possibility and I just want to be as transparent as possible. With that said, my goal is to include all interested swimmers, from all ability levels. Further, V, JV, and FS will be announced 12/1.
As for other information to get out there, please make sure all documentation has been turned in to either the Payton or Jones athletic departments. Payton swimmers need to get their green sheet from the Payton AD before they are cleared, and Jones swimmers need to turn in all info to the Jones AD to be added to the "okay" list. No swimmer will be allowed to get in the water on the 20th without a submitted physical and concussion form.
Regarding the calendar, please check out not only the meet schedule, but the practice calendar on jonespaytonswimming.com for information. The calendar is going to change from time to time due to building availability and I will do my best to give a week of notice whenever there is a change. To that end, there are a few changes for this week. Due to parent teacher conferences I want to amend a few things.
Optional practices for the coming week:
Sunday 11/12 8:30-10 Jones Natatorium
Monday 11/13 5:50-7:00 6th Floor Weight Room
Wednesday 11/15 5:50-7:00 6th Floor Weight Room
Due to the parent teacher conferences on 11/16 I would like to reschedule the parent meeting from 11/15 at 6:00, to 11/21 at 6:00 in the Jones Natatorium. Hopefully these changes work with everyone and provide the best opportunity possible.
Lastly, please check jonespaytonswimming.com for apparel and updates. All swimmers need a team suit prior to our first meet. Also there are other items that are definitely worth taking a look at. I will place a tshirt order for all swimmers the first week of practice.
Thank you again for all of your support and I cannot wait for the start of a great season!
Go J-P Swimming!
Find team information on instagram at jpswimanddive.
Coach Anderson brings over 10 years of head coach experience to the Jones Payton Swim Team. He has worked with numerous IHSA State Qualifiers, All-Americans, Collegiate Swimmers, Conference Champions, AG Champions, and State Record Holders. Please check here for news and updates.