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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for ZONE ALL STAR MEET
This year we (VJO) will be hosting Zone All Stars right here at Cunningham Pool. This is very exciting and a huge honor for our team!  The Zone All Star Meet is one of the fastest meets in our area and will be great experience for all our swimmers and parents to be able to see firsthand.  We are still in need of many volunteer to help allow this great meet to run smoothly.  Please come out and help support our swimmers by cheering and volunteering.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Set-up (Sat 10am-1p)
Clean-up (Sun 2-5pm)
Colorado (Sun 9:30am-2pm)
Computer Room (Sun 9:30am-2pm)
Head Runner (Sun 9:30am-2pm)
Runners (Sun 9:30am-2pm)
Meet Marshal (Sun 8:30am-2pm)
Parking Attendants (Sun 9:30am-2pm)
Snack Bar (Sun 9:30am-3pm)
Timers (Sun 9:45am-2pm)
 
 
WHAT IS THE ZONE ALL STAR MEET?
Each March, all five zones (Zone 1N, Zone 1S, Zone 2, Zone 3 & Zone 4) select their top 8 swimmers (boys and girls) in each age group (8&Under, 9-10, 11-12 & 13-14) to compete in the Pacific Swimming All-Star Meet. To be eligible to participate in this meet a swimmer must submit an application to their Zone (Zone 3) and be one of the top 8 selected for the Zone 3 team. These top 8 swimmers in each age group will then represent Zone 3 and compete in the Zone All Star Meet. The Zone 3 All Star team will practice together, eat meals together and stay the night together prior to the meet.
 
 
 
 
4 VJO SWIMMERS MAKE ALL STAR TEAM
Good luck this weekend to our 4 of our very own VJO swimmers selected to attend the Zone All Star Meet. Congratulations Alexandra Grant (10), Abby Sapida (10), Gabriel Cueva (11) and Angel Sapida (14)
We will all be cheering for you!  Go SHARKS!
 
 
 
 
 
MANDATORY GROUP PARENT MEETINGS
In March VJO will be having mandatory parent meetings for each group (Hammerhead 1, Hammerhead 2, Leopard Sharks, Mako Sharks, Age Group and Senior).  In these group parent meetings the coaches will be talking to the parents and discussing important topics such as; group expectations, group requirements, group goals, current and long term group focus and parent/swimmer/coach communication. We encourage parents to bring your questions. Our board members will also be present to answer any non-coaching related questions. All groups will have regular practice on these parent meeting days. Group parent meetings will be held in the portable buildings next to the pool (707 & 709 Heartwood Ave).
Group Parent Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday March 14th
5:30-6:30pm – Leopard Shark Parent Meeting (ALL Leopard Shark Parents)
6:30-7:30pm – Mako Shark Parent Meeting (ALL Mako Shark Parents)
 
Tuesday March 21st
5:30-6:30pm – Hammerhead 1 Parent Meeting (ALL Hammerhead 1 Parents)
6:30-7:30pm – Hammerhead 2 Parent Meeting (ALL Hammerhead 2 Parents)
 
Age Group Parent Meeting – TBA
Senior Parent Meeting - TBA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
NO PRACTICE DAYS
There will be no practice on the following days do to our coaching staffing being gone to Junior Olympic Championships in Carson City, NV.
NO PRACTICE – Thursday March 9th 2017
NO PARCTICE – Friday March 10th 2017
 
 
 
LAST WEEK of POLAR BEAR CLUB
Keep your attendance up and you will get a VJO Polar Bear Club T-Shirt and more!  VJO is bringing back the Polar Bear Club next month in an effort to help motivate and encourage our swimmers to keep swimming during the Winter. The Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through February 28th. During this time the coaches will track swimmers practice attendance and give out prizes for those swimmers hitting the following attendance goals over the 3 month period. 
 
Each Group has separate attendance goals bases on those groups’ expectations. Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days. 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:
      • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
      • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
      • Mako Sharks - 70%
      • Leopard & Age Group – 80%
      • Senior -90%
  • 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%
 
 
 
VJO SPAGHETTI FEED, TALENT SHOW & DESSERT CONTEST
The VJO Spaghetti Feed, Talen Show and Dessert Contest is BACK by popular demand. This event will be held on Saturday March 25th from 5-9pm at the SPSV Cafeteria. Invite your family and friends to join us for some good food and fun, while helping VJO raise some money in the process.
DATE: Saturday March 25th
TIME: 5-9pm
LOCATION: St. Patrick’s/St. Vincent’s Cafeteria
TICKETS: more info will be available soon
DESSERT CONTEST: Swimmers create and enter your best dessert in the dessert contest to win a prize. The coaches will be judging this contest. The dessert contest sign-up sheet is hanging next to the shark tank.
 
TALENT SHOW: Swimmers we want to see your talents! We know you have many talents outside the pool; here is your chance to show them off. Enter the VJO talent show to showcase your talent. The Talent Show sign-up sheet is hanging next to the shark tank.  
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
 
WCAN MEET
The WCAN PENGUIN PLUNGE MEET on March 18-19 is STILL OPEN for ENTRIES online. This meet will be held at Vintage High School in Napa. Our team will have a two week priority registration and then the meet will open to the rest of the teams. Please enter ASAP! Don’t miss this great racing opportunity so close to home. This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers. This will be our team meet for the month of March. Go SHARKS!  Meet Sheet is attached.
LOCATION: Vintage High School Pool, 1375 Trower Avenue, Napa, CA. 
PARKING: PARKING LOT GATES WILL BE LOCKED UNTIL 8:00AM ABSOLUTELY NO ENTRANCE TO THE PARKING LOT OR POOL AREA WILL BE ALLOWED BEFORE 8:00am 
TIME: Arrive at 8:00am. Warm-ups will be from 8:30am-9:45am. Meet will start @ 10:00am
 
 
 
2017 JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2017 Junior Olympic Championships is STILL OPEN for ENTRIES. This year JO’s will be held in Carson City, Nevada on March 10-12. This is a qualifying meet, all swimmers 14 & Under must have achieved the JO time standard. Our team will have a two week priority registration to enter the meet and then the meet will open to the rest of the teams. Please enter this week.
HOTEL: Our team will be staying at the Hampton Inn in Carson City, NV. Miriam Rivera has 10 rooms reserved from March 9- March 13. She was able to get a GREAT RATE of $104.99 per night plus tax.
Hampton Inn Hotel Carson City, NV
10 Hospital Way Carson City, NV
$107.99/night plus tax
 
 
 
 
WESTSIDE AQUADUCKS LONG COURSE C/B/A MEET 
The Westside Aquaducks Long Course C/B/A Meet on April 7-9 is NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES. This will be our first long course meet of the season, so the meet will fill up fast. Please get signed up ASAP. This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers. CLICK HERE for the meet sheet. 
LOCATION: Petaluma Swim Center, 900 East Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
TIME: Friday - Arrive at 3:30 for warm-ups. Meet starts at 5pm
Saturday - Arrive at 7:15am. Meet starts at 9am
Sunday - Arrive at 7:15am. Meet starts at 9am
Hammerheads 1 & 2: Please talk to your coach before entering this meet. Your coach will advise you as to which events your child is ready to swim. Please do not enter event that your child is not ready to swim. This is a long course meet, so 25 yard events are not offered.
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES:
MARCH
Mar 5              - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Cunningham Pool, VJO Hosting)
Mar 9              - NO PARCTICE (Coaches gone to JO’s) ***JUST ADDED***
Mar 10            - NO PRACTICE (Coaches gone to JO’s) ***JUST ADDED***
Mar 10-12       - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying Meet, Carson City, NV)
Mar 18-19       - WCAN Meet (All Groups, Vintage HS)
Mar 25            - VJO Spaghetti Feed, Talent Show & Dessert Contest (SPSV Cafeteria 5-9pm) ***UPDATED***
Mar 30            - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups) 
Mar 30-Ap 2   - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
 
APRIL
April 7-9         - Westside Aquaducks Long Course Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 22           - Applebee’s Flap Jack Fundraiser (8-10am)  ***JUST ADDED***
April 27           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
April 28-29      - SCAC’s High School League Championships (HS swimmers, ACHS)
April 30          - SASO Invit Meet (All Groups, Solano College Pool)
 
MAY
May 11-13       - Sac Jacquin High School Section Championships (HS Qualifiers, Lodi CA)
May 20-22       - VJO Long Course Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)
May 23            - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
May 25            - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-7pm)