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UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SHARK PRIDE DAY
This Thursday, November 17th is Shark Pride Day. On this day all groups will be swimming together from 5:00-6:30pm. Everyone will be warming up together working on skills together and playing games together.  We will do fun games and relays at the end. Show off your Shark spirit!  We want to encourage team unity by having the entire swim team practice together.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups.  
 
 
 
 
AGE GROUP PRACTICE TIME CHANGE
Starting on Monday, November 14th the Age Group practice time goes back to 5:30-7:30pm.
Age Group Practice Time (Starting Monday, November 14th): 
Mon/ Wed/ Fri - 5:30-7:30pm (dryland 5:30-6pm)
Tue/Turs          - 6:00-7:30pm
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE – November 24-25 (Happy Thanksgiving)
 
SATURDAY PRACTICE – Saturday, November 26th (8-10am, ALL Groups)
 
NO PRACTICE – Friday, December 2nd (Coaches will be away at meets)
 
 
 
 
WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE (Dec 22nd- Jan 6th)
Thurs Dec 22nd - No Practice
Friday Dec 23rd - No Practice
Mon Dec 26th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Tues Dec 27th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Wed Dec 28th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Thurs Dec 29th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Fri Dec 30th - No Practice
Sun Jan 1st - New Years Challenge (1pm -3:30pm, 10x 1,000 on 15min)
Mon Jan 2nd
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Tues Jan 3rd
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Wed Jan 4th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Thurs Jan 5th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Fri Jan 6th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
H1, H2, LS & MS - No Practice
 
 
 
 
 
ANNOUNCMENTS:
 
PACIFIC SWIMMMING REGISTRATION
It’s time to renew your Pacific Swimming Registration.
Due:                      November 18,  2016
Amount :              $73.00  (for each swimmer)
Payable to:           PACIFIC SWIMMING
Please place your check in the Membership File Folder (Powell) located outside our Shark Tank in the cart on the pool deck.  If you have any questions please call or text Diane Powell at 707-342-1199. Your 2017 card will be available to you online via DECKPASS in January, 2017.   Deck Pass:  www.usaswimming.org/deckpass
 
 
 
POLAR BEAR CLUB is BACK!
In an effort to encourage VJO swimmers to keep their attendance up during the Winter Months, we are bringing back the Polar Bear Club. The Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through the end of February. The VJO coaching staff will track daily practice attendance and award participation based on swimmers attendance to practice and events. VJO will provide prizes for those meeting qualifying levels.
 
Although we encourage all team members to attend as many practices as possible, each practice group will have attendance requirements on a sliding scale to reflect the weekly expectations of each group.  Prize levels are as follows:
PRIZE LEVELS: 
  • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
    • Attend at least one practice in Dec, Jan & Feb
  • Prize Level 2 - Bini Baby & Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
    • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
    • Senior -90%
    • Leopard & Age Group – 80%
    • Mako Sharks - 70%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
  • Prize Level 3 – Polar Bear Club T-Shirt, Bini Baby, & Bumper Sticker
    • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
    • Hammerheads 1 - 70%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 75%
    • Mako Sharks - 80%
    • Leopard & Age Group – 90%
    • Senior -100%
*Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days.*
 
 
 
 
 
 VJO HOLIDAY PARTY BRUNCH
When: Saturday, January 21th, 2017
Where: 477 Canyon Creek Road, American Canyon, CA
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Potluck assignment by last name
A – G Main Dish (eggs, pancakes, breakfast casseroles, waffles, etc.)
H – R Sides (fruit, bacon, sausage, etc.)
S – Z Drinks (juice, milk, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water, chocolate milk, etc.)
White Elephant Auction
The White Elephant Auction is a VJO tradition; bring a gently used item from home that might be of interest to another. We will auction it off to the highest bidder and proceeds will go to a local charity.
R.S.V.P. - to the Raymond File Folder by January 7th 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
 
 
TERRAPIN SR OPEN MEET – Nov 19/20
The Terrapin SR Open Meet on Nov 19/20 is CLOSED for entries.
Location: Concord Community Pool (– 3501 Cowell Road, Concord CA 94518)
Meet Info: psych sheet and Time line will be on the Terrapin website at www.terrapinswim.com  
 
 
 
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Junior Olympic Champs Meet on December 2-4 is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES. The meet will be held at the Morgan Hill Aquatic complex. This is a qualifying meet. Swimmers must have achieved the JO time standard to enter.
 
 
 
WCAB SENIOR II CHAMPS
The Senior II Champs Meet on December 2-4 is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES. The meet will be held at the Northgate High School Pool, 425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. This is a qualifying meet. Senior Group swimmers must have achieved the Senior II time standard to enter.
 
 
 
 
PIRANHA QUAD MEET
The Piranha Quad Meet on Saturday, December 10th is OPEN for ENTRIES.  This will be a quick one day meet held at the Honey Bee Pool in Rohnert Park. This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers. This will be a team entry meet, so all entries will be done on paper and turned in at the pool.
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES:
 
NOVEMBER
Nov 5                 - Gymnastics Social Event  (3:00-6:00pm, NBAA, Vallejo)
Nov 6                 - Diversity Camp (SR & AG)
Nov 12-13         - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A Meet (All Group, Location TBA)
Nov 17               - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
Nov 19-20         - Terrapin SR Open Meet (Senior Group, Concord)
Nov 24/25         - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Nov 26              - Saturday Practice (8-10am, All Groups & Masters Invited)***ADDED***
 
DECEMBER
Dec 2               - NO PRACTICE (Coaches away at meets) ***ADDED***
Dec 2-4            - Junior Olympic Championships 14 & Under (Qualifying, Morgan Hill)
Dec 2-4            - WCAB Senior 2 Championships (Qualifying Seniors, Pleasant Hill)
Dec 7-10          - Speedo Winter Junior Nationals (Qualifying Seniors, College Station, TX)
Dec 7-10          - Combined SR & AG Practice (3:30-5:30pm) ***ADDED***
Dec 10             - Piranha Quad Meet (All Groups, Rohnert Park)
Dec 22             - NO PRACTICE
Dec 23             - NO PRACTICE
Dec 26-29         - Winter Training - Combined Practice ***ADDED***
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG
6:00-7:15pm - H1, H2, LS, MS
Dec 30             - NO PRACTICE
 
 
 
JANUARY ***ADDED***
Jan 1              - New Years Challenge (1pm -3:30pm, 10x 1,000 on 15min)
Jan 2-5            - Winter Trainging - Combined Practice 
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG
6:00-7:15pm - H1, H2, LS, MS
Jan 6               - NO PRACTICE - H1, H2, LS, MS
SR & AG 3:30-6pm
Jan 6-8           - Norcal Coaches Clinic (Napa, CA)
Jan 14-15       - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Time & Location TBA)
Jan 21            - VJO Holiday Party Brunch (10am-1pm, 477 Canyon Creek Rd. American Canyon)
 
FEBRUARY ***ADDED***
Feb 10-12       -VJO February Frost Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)
 
MARCH ***ADDED***
Mar 5              - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Cunningham Pool, VJO Hosting)
Mar 10-12       - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying Meet, Carson City, NV)
Mar 18-19       - WCAN Meet (All Groups, Vintage HS)
Mar 30-Ap 2   - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasonton)
 
APRIL ***ADDED***
April 7-9         - Westside Aquaducks Long Course Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
 
MAY ***ADDED***
May 20-22       - VJO Long Course Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)