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Weekly Mailer
Thank You for Attending the General Membership Meeting!
Thank you to everyone that attended our Mandatory General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) this Tuesday May 7th. We had an amazing turnout!  Our VJO Board and Coaches are very excited for all the upcoming summer seasons events and meets.  In case you didn't have it, here is a current list of our board and coaches contact information.
2019 Board Members & Team Chairpersons
VJO President -Tamara Kawashiri  president@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Vice President - Phil Grant  vicepresident@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Secretary - Cidy DeLange secretary@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Treasurer - Madelyn Cueva treasurer@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Membership Chair - Open Position  info@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Official’s Chair - Candance Van Dewark officials@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Meet Director's - Joe & Gigi Sapida meetdirector@vallejoaquatics.org  
Communications Chair - Gevevieve McQuilling  communications@vallejoaquatics.org  
Volunteer Coordinator - Heidi Scharffenberg vhours@vallejoaquatics.org
Swim-A-thon Coordinator - Sarah Melanephy melanephymadhouse@gmail.com     
Event Coordinator - Jennifer Matteo events@vallejoaquatics.org
Team Attire - Open Position
VJO Coaching Staff
Jennifer Thiem (Head Coach; Leopard, JR2 & SR): jenniferthiem@vallejoaquatics.org
Maureen Nauer (Mako and Junior Coach) maureen@vallejoaquatics.org  
Brendan Kearney (Junior 2 & Masters Coach) brendan@vallejoaquatics.org
Daniel Chavez (Hammerhead 1 & 2 Coach) dchavez8934@gmail.com
 
 
If you were unable to attend the General Membership Meeting contact one of our VJO Board Members ASAP. They will give you all the important information that you missed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR MAY HOME MEET
We are still in NEED of volunteers in some areas for our home meet next weekend.
Please remember that all families are required to complete at least 10 volunteer hours at each home meet. A paper sign-up sheet is also available at the pool, next to the Shark Tank. 
 Jobs we STILL NEED more VOLUNTEER HELP:
Awards (Sun)
Check-in (Sat & Sun)
Clean-up (Sun)
Colorado (Sat)
Computer Room (Sat & Sun)
Hospitality (Sun)
Marshals (Sun)
Meet Runner (Sat &Sun)
Snack Shack (Sun)
Snack Shack Cooks (Sat & Sun)
Timers (Sat & Sun) 
 
 
 
 
 
SNACK SHACK DONATIONS NEEDED
Hi VJO Families! Our February meet is in 2 weeks and we need your help again in making it successful! VJO Snack Shack is very well known for our Breakfast burritos and Filipino Adobo with Rice! However, it would not be successful without your generous donations. We maximize our earnings if we get all the items we sell, to be donated.   Thank you so much for your donation!
- Click Link Below for a List of the Donations Needed:
- Donation List will also be posted in the shark tank. 
QUESTIONS: Please contact Madelyn Cueva at   mcueva728@hotmail.com    .
 
 

 

 

NEW VJO TECH SUIT POLICY
12 & Unders
Swimmers that are 12 and under will not be allowed to wear a technical racing suit for any meet.  At this age, the focus should be on technique, training and race strategies...not a swimsuit.  12 and under swimmers must wear the team suit at all meets.  There is no documented evidence that technical suits benefit the performance of athletes in this age demographic. See VJO Parent Handbook for more information and philosophy behind policy change. 
***VJO is conforming to USA Swimming's new tech suit policies. USA Swimming has changed the tech suit rules. USA Swimming rules will take effect in the Fall of 2020, however VJO has adopted these rules as of May 1st 2019. See USA Swimming Rule 102.8 SWIMWEAR.***
13 & Overs                                                                                                                               
All meets up to Championships MUST be in a team suit.  Swimmers may wear tech suit to highest level Championship meet for which they qualify.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
NO PRACTICE MONDAY MAY 20th
There will be NO PRACTICE on Monday May 20th. This is a meet recovery day for all of our swimmers, coaches and parents. Have a great day away from the pool!
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE MONDAY MAY 27th
There will be NO PRACTICE on Monday May 27th. This is Memorial Day Holiday and there will be NO PRACTICE for any group on this day. Have a fun and safe Holiday!
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY LONG COURSE PRACTICES
On the following Saturdays we will be having long course practices. All groups are welcome to join us for these practices. We recommend joining us for these long course swims in order to help better prepare you for our upcoming long course meets.
Saturday May 11th 7-9am  (All Groups )
H1/H2 7-8am
LS/MS 7-8:30am
SR/JR2/JR 7-9am
Saturday May 25th 7-9am  (All Groups)
H1/H2 7-8am
LS/MS 7-8:30am
SR/JR2/JR 7-9am
Saturday June 15th 7-9am (SR, JR2, JR Grps ONLY)
**Dual Meet for H1/H2/LS/MS Groups 9am-1pm**
 
 
 
 
 
 
VJO GOES ROCK CLIMBING AT ROCKZILLA
Join us on Saturday May 11th from 1-3pm (after long course practice) for Rock Climbing at Rockzilla in Napa. Flyers have been placed in family file folders and extras can be found at the pool.
WHEN: Saturday May 11th 2019
              1-3pm
WHERE: Rockzilla, Napa
COST: $15 /climber (normally $22)
RSVP: Please RSVP by MAY 1st to Jenn Matteo at events@vallejoaquatics.org
            (we need 30 climbers to get discounted rate)
 
 
 
 
 
 
LS, MS & JR GROUP PARENT MEETINGS
On May 22nd & 23nd Coach Maureen and Coach Jennifer will be having Mandatory Parent Meetings with their  Leopard, Mako and Junior Groups. This is a mandatory meeting for the parents. The Junior Group swimmers must attend the Swimmer/Parent Meeting. Swimmers from Leopard and Mako Groups will not attend the parent meetings and instead will be in the water for their regular practice on this day. 
Important Topics:
Current Focus and Future Focus of Group
Group Expectations
Parent/Swimmer/Coach Expectations
Attendance Expectation to Practice and Meets
Group Goals
Wednesday May 22nd                              
Junior Group Swimmer/Parent Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
- Coach Maureen & JR Swimmers & Parents
- JR swimmers will swim from 4-5pm then attend meeting from 5-6pm
Mako Sharks Parent Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
- Coach Maureen & MS Parents
- MS swimmers will have regular practice this day (6:30-7:30pm)
Thursday, May 23rd 
     Leopard Sharks Parent Meeting 6:30-7:30pm 
- Coach Jennifer & LS Parents
- LS swimmers will have regular practice this day (6-7:30pm)
***All other Groups will have Parents Meetings set up soon***
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM SUIT FITTING DAY – Thursday, May 30th (4-7pm)
Making Waves Swim Shop will be at Cunningham pool on Thursday, May 30th from 4:00-7pm for our VJO team suit and Warm-up fitting. We will be offering the same team suit this year, a black polyester suit with VJO team logo.  The women’s suit is offered in three different styles.  The men’s team suits are available in either Jammer or brief style.   We will also have our team warm-ups available in both youth and adult sizes.  New 2019 Order Forms are available at the pool.  
*** VJO Team Suits are required at ALL SWIM MEETS***
When: Thursday May 30th 2019 
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
Regular Shark Pride Day Practice for All Swimmers this Day - Please plan accordingly and arrive early to purchase team gear

****We want to remind all our swimmers and families that team suits and team caps are mandatory at all meet. This does mean for meet warm-ups and all races. We are a team!***

 
 
 
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE
VJO Pool Party and Alumni Reunion
When: Saturday June 29th
Time: 3-8pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
More info and flyer to come soon...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS: 
 
VJO LONG COURSE C/B/A+ MEET   
May 17th-19th 2019
Our home VJO Long Course Meet is NOW CLOSED for ENTRIES. This meet will be held at our very own Cunningham Pool.  This is our team designated meet for the month of May. Please remember that we need ALL FAMILIES to help to make our home meets a success. 10 volunteer hours are required for each family.
TIME: Please arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9:00am each day. Remember parking is limited, so arrive early for better parking
LOCATION: Cunningham Aquatics Complex (801 Heartwood Ave Vallejo)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUMMER SANDERS LC SR MEET
June 6-9th 2019
The Summer Sanders Long Course Senior Meet on June 6-9th 2019 is NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES. This meet will be held at the Roseville Aquatics Center in Sacromento. This is a Senior Group qualifying meet so, all VJO Senior Group swimmers must meet the qualifying time standards to be eligible to swim.  Please sign up ASAP as meet will fill.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MAY 2019 CALENDAR
 
 
 
 
 
2019 VJO SPRING / SUMMER SCHEDULE 
 
MAY
May 11           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 11           - VJO Goes Rock Climbing at Rockzilla (1-3pm, Napa) 
May 17-19      - VJO Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
May 20           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
May 22           - Mako Group Parent Meeting (6:30-7:30pm, bleachers)  ***ADDED***
                       - Junior Group Parent Meeting (5-6pm , bleachers ***ADDED***
May 23           - Leopard Group Parent Meeting (6:30-7:30pm , bleachers ***ADDED***
May 25           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 27           - NO PRACTICE (Memorial Day)
May 30           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
                       - Team Suit Fitting Day (4-7pm, Cunningham Pool) ***ADDED***
 
JUNE  
June 6-9         - Summer Sanders LC Senior Meet (Qualifying SR Group, Roseville)
June 12           - First Day of LC Morning Practice (M/W/F 6:45-9am)
June 15          - Short Course Dual Meet ( H1,H2, LS, MK Grps, TBA)
                        - JR & SR Group Long Course Practice (7-9am)
                        - Panda Express Fundraiser (12-9pm, Vallejo) ***ADDED***
June 20           - Bring A Friend Day ***ADDED***
June 22-23     - NAPA Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Napa Valley College)
June 27           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
June 29           - VJO Annual Pool Party & Alumni Reunion (3-8pm, Cunningham Pool) ***TIME CHANGED***
 
JULY  
July 4th           -  Vallejo 4th of July Parade
July 10            - Team Picture Day (Individuals@4:30pm, Team Pic@6pm)
July 12-14      - Junior Olympic Championships 14&Un (Qualifying Meet, Concord)
July 19-21       - Ukiah Dolphins Short Course Meet & Camping (All Groups, Ukiah)
July 19-22       - Speedo CA/NV Sectional Championships (Qualifying SR, Santa Clarita)
July 26             - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
July 25-28        - Far Western Championships (Qualifying, Moraga)
July 29- Aug 1  - REAL SPIRIT WEEK (combined practice times)
 
AUGUST 
Aug 2-4          - REAL Summer Championships (All Groups, Santa Rosa JC)
Aug 5-18         - Team Break (two weeks)
Aug 19            - First Day of Fall Practice