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Bring a Friend Day Recap
Thank you everyone who brought a Friend to Bring A Friend day last week. We had 22 new friends come out and join us for practice on this day.  It's great to see new faces at the pool. Keep encouraging your friends to swim.
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
VJO Pool Party and Alumni Reunion
You are invited to VJO’s Annual Pool Party, Potluck & Alumni Reunion
WHEN: Saturday, June 30th, 2015
WHERE: Cunningham Pool
WHEN: 3-8pm 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VALLEJO 4th of JULY PARADE
Swimmers and parents please come join us on the 4th of July and help celebrate Independence Day.  Walk with us and showcase our team spirit in the 166th Annual Vallejo 4th of July Parade. All swimmers, parents, and family members are welcome to join us in the walk too, just wear your turquoise shark shirt.  If you do not have a team turquoise shark shirt or need another one, please see Coach Jennifer on deck to buy your t-shirt (T-Shirt: $15) or email at: jenniferthiem@vallejoaquatics.org
  • Meeting Time: 9:30am
  • Meeting Place: To be announced
  • Parade Route: Starts on Tennessee St. at Broadway at 10:00 a.m., travels west to Sonoma Blvd., then south along Sonoma Blvd. to Georgia St., then west again to end at Georgia St. and Santa Clara St.
  • There will be NO AFTERNOON PRACTICE on this day!
  • Check your folder for Parade flyer and map about 2 days prior to the event
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
PERSONALIZED VJO CAP ORDERS
***Orders Due July 5th 2019***
You have the opportunity to order personalized swim caps for your child or children and yourself. They will be standard black team caps with white VJO logo and your name under the logo. If you would like to order please select what you want to on your cap. Place in the Team Attire” file folder with your check (no cash please) made payable to “Vallejo Aquatic Club”.
Cost:    Latex -  $15.00/2 caps
             Silicone -  $30.00/2 caps
Orders must be turned in by Friday, July 5th 2019
 
 
 
 
TEAM PICTURE DAY – Wednesday, July 10th 2019
Wednesday, July 10th is Team Picture Day.  
Individual pictures will start at 4:30pm and the team picture will be at 6:00pm. If you would like to order individual or a team picture, order forms will go home on Monday July 8th.  We will be taking our team picture in our turquoise VJO team T-Shirts. If you do not have a team shirt or need a new shirt please see Coach Jennifer on the pool deck any day.
Team t-Shirts are $15.
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW USA SWIMMING POLICIES

Starting June 23rd 2019 the Vallejo Aquatic Club has adopted the new USA Swimming Policy for both 

"Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy" 

"Athlete Protection Training for Athletes 18+"

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy must be reviewed and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents, coaches and other non-athlete members of the Vallejo Aquatic Club. This written agreement will be retained by the club and renewed on an annual basis per USA Swimming policy. 

CLICK HERE for "MAAPP" Policy in full 

CLICK HERE for VJO WRITEN AGREEMENT to "MAAPP" Ploicy

 

More Information on Both Policy Changes: 

-   USA Swimming "Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy"

All USA Swimming member clubs and LSCs are required to implement this Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy "MAAPP" in full.  Please read over the policy in full.

-   The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy must be reviewed and agreed to by all athletes, parents, coaches and other non-athlete members of member clubs on an annual basis with such written agreement to be retained by the club. 

-   Takes effect June 23rd 2019

-   CLICK HERE for "MAAPP" Policy in full

-   CLICK HERE for VJO WRITEN AGREEMENT to "MAAPP" Ploicy

 

USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training Required for Athletes 18+

-   Starting June 23, 2019, all adult athletes (age 18+) will be required to complete the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training.  Previously, this requirement did not extend to 18+ year old athlete members. This training and education requirement is not a part of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP). As a membership requirement, adult athletes who are currently 18 and older must complete this training by June 23rd. Those who are 17, about to turn 18, must complete this training by their 18th birthday. Successful completion the training, on an annual basis, is now a membership requirement of adult athletes, and failure to complete it will result in an athlete’s inability to swim in a meet or at practice. This is the same membership requirement for all non-athlete members. 

-   Frequently Asked Questions for Athlete Protection Training

-   CLICK HERE to take Athlete Protection Training

 
 
 
 
 
SUMMER PRE-TEAM SWIM PROGRAM 2019 (June 3rd - Oct 30th 2019)
Vallejo Aquatics is excited to offer the Summer Pre-Team Swim Program; designed for beginner level swimmers wanting to join and be part of the swim team. Our Pre-Team Program will start June 1st. This program is the perfect way to learn to swim and get swim team ready. Our professional coach staff will teach you to:
  • Swim a length of the pool (25 yards) freestyle using side breathing
  • Swim and length of the pool (25 yards) backstroke without stopping
  • Learn the basics of breaststroke
  • Learn the basics of butterfly
  • Learn a front somersault
  • Learn a head first dive
Requirements: Must be able to swim a length of the pool (25 yards) and be comfortable in the deep end.
Schedule: 6:00-6:45pm Monday-Thursday 
Fees: $80 per month & $45 Pacific Swimming Summer Registration Fee (onetime fee, good for entire summer)
 
 
 
 
 
 
PARENTS – COME JOIN OUR VJO MASTERS SWIM GROUP
Interested in getting in a good swim workout in or learning how to swim more effectively? Come join our VJO Masters Swim Group on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm. Met our amazing new Masters Coach Brendan Kearney.
WORKOUT TIME: Monday and Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
COST: $30/ month 
            $10 drop-in fee
USMS REG: Adults must be registered with US Masters Swimming to participate
COACH: Our Masters coach is Brendan Kearney. He has been coaching for over 15 year, is a past VJO swimmer and VJO swim coach and is currently the Vallejo HS Head Swim Coach and VJO Junior 2 Group Coach. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS: 
 
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS ***OPEN***
The 2019 Summer Long Course Junior Olympic Championships Meet on July 12-14th is OPEN online for entries. The meet will be help at the Concord Community Pool in Concord. This is a qualifying meet, all swimmers must have achieved the JO time standard to enter this meet.
ENTER ONLINE:  www.fastswims.com
LOCATION: Concord Community Pool
 
 
 

 

UKIAH DOLPHINS SHORT COURSE C/B/A MEET – July 19-21 ***OPEN***
The Ukiah Short Course C/B/A+ Meet on July 19-21 is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES.  We will be camping as a team .This will be a very fun meet with lots of fun events (25 Free for all ages), fun relays and a fun time camping together. 
Meet Location: Ukiah High School Pool (1000 Low Gap Road Ukiah, CA 95482)
Time: On Friday please arrive by 3:45pm, warm-ups are from 4:00 to 4:45pm and the meet will begin at 5:00PM. On Saturday and Sunday please arrive at 7:15am, warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will begin at 9:00am.
Camping:  Get your sleeping bags and marshmallows ready!  On July 19-21 VJO will be attending the Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A+ SCY Meet and will be camping.  Unfortunately the Bushay Campgrounds at Lake Mendocino are not yet open due to high water levels. They expect to open in July just in time for us to go. If for some crazy reason the campgrounds do not open in time, we will camp at the high school in the football field with all the other teams. We will keep everyone posted as we hear more.
 
 
 
 
 
REAL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS
2019 Theme: "Marvel Comics"
August 2-4th 2019
The 2019 REAL Championships meet will be opening next week for entries. This is a Championship Meet and we are going for points. We need EVERY VJO ATTENDING!  We are trying to win the meet again this year and in order to do this we need all VJO swimmers attending.
ENTRIES:  Entries will open next week. This is a team entry meet, so everyone will be turning in paper entry forms with checks.  Entry forms will be emailed out and placed in family file folders next week.
LOCATION:  Santa Rosa Junior College Pool
START TIME:  Friday Aug 2nd - Arrive @ 3:45pm for Warm-ups. Meet will start @ 5pm
                         Saturday and Sunday - Arrive @ 7:15am for warm-up.  Meet will start @ 9:00am
             Finals - The start time of finals on Sat & Sun is around 4pm. This will be announced each morning.
FINALS: The top 16 swimmers in each event will move on to swim in finals. All 8 & Under events and 9-10 relays will be swum as timed finals (in the morning session). Longer events will also be swum as timed finals.  Meet sheet will list timed final events.
SPIRIT AWARD & COSTUME PARADE : The REAL theme this year is  "Marvel Comics".  We encourage everyone (swimmers, parents and siblings) to dress up as your favorit  Marvel Comic.  We are trying to win the SPIRT AWARD this year again! There will be a Costume Parade held Saturday before finals, make sure you have your costumes ready. Lots of items you already have at home could be used for a costume. All VJO swimmers please show your team spirit and dress with the  Marvel Comic theme for the parade.  Let’s win that SPIRIT AWARD again this year!
SATURDAY TEAM LUNCH: On Saturday afternoon, between trials and finals we will be having a team lunch together at the pool.  We ask that each family chip in $10 to cover the price of food.
 
 
 
 
 
 
JUNE 2019 CALENDAR
 
 
 
 
 
2019 VJO SUMMER SCHEDULE 
 
JUNE  
June 27           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
June 29           - VJO Annual Pool Party & Alumni Reunion (3-8pm, Cunningham Pool) 
 
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)***OPEN***
July 19-21       - Ukiah Dolphins Short Course Meet & Camping (All Groups, Ukiah)***OPEN***
July 19-22       - Speedo CA/NV Sectional Championships (Qualifying SR, Santa Clarita)
July 25             - 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