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Weekly Mailer
SWIM-A-THON UPDATE
  
Our top 3 donors right now are:
Ava Feldman with $1,000 in donations.
Cesar Gutierrez with $405 in donations.
Jaida Cardinale Aveytia with $365 in donations.
Keep up the great work!  The last day to turn in Swim-A-Thon donations is this Friday, August 30th.
Don't forget that there is a donation requirement of $100 for a family with one swimmer and $200 for a family with more than one swimmer. There are also prizes for swimmers who raise at least $150 for the team. Please turn in all Swim-A-Thon donations to Sarah Melanephy or the Blue lock Box at the pool.
Questions about Swim-A-Thon? Contact Sarah Melanephy at melanephymadhouse@gmail.com or (707)342-2380
2019 SHARK-A-THON PRIZES
(prizes do not build, swimmers get the top prize for pledges only)
$150 Pledges              VJO Water Bottle
$200 Pledges              VJO Team Drawstring 
$300 Pledges              VJO Team Turquoise tank top or
                                    VJO Team Turquoise Long Sleeve Shirt                             
$400 Pledges              VJO Team Equipment Bag or
                                    VJO Team Turquoise Hooded Sweatshirt 
$500 Pledges              VJO Team Turquoise Towel 
$600 Pledges              VJO Warm-up Jacket or 
                                    VJO Sweat Shirt and Sweatpants 
$700 Pledges              VJO Team Speedo Pro Backpack or VJO Team Suit 
$800 Pledges              VJO Team Warm-up Jacket and Pants 
                                                   Or
                                       Choose 2 items from the prizes Offered between $200 -$500      
                                       (Example: a VJO team turquoise  sweatshirt & VJO
                                       drawstring backpack)
$900 Pledges              VJO Team Parka 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SHARK PRIDE DAY & CHICK-fil-A DINE OUT FUNDRAISER
Thursday, August 29th  
5:00-7:00pm (All Groups)
This week on Thursday, August 29th is  Shark  Pride  Day and our Chick-fil-A Dine Out Fundraiser. On this day all groups will be swimming together from  5:00-7:00pm.  Everyone will be warming up together working on skills together and doing relays together.  Show off your Shark spirit! Wear your turquoise team shirt to school, around town and to practice on this day. 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.  After practice join us all at Chick-fil-A for dinner. A portion of all the proceeds will go back to our hard working VJO swimmers. Invite your family and friends!
See you there!
***SENIOR GROUP: This practice is Mandatory***
 
 
 
CHICK-fil-A Dine Out Fundraiser
Dine with us this Thursday August 29th at Chick-fil-A in Vallejo from 5-8pm and a portion of all proceeds go back to our hard working swimmers. Just show this flyer. Invite your family and friends! See you there!
 
 
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE - Monday September 2nd
On Monday September 2nd, there will be NO PRACTICE for all VJO groups. It is Labor Day Holiday and our team will not be swimming on this day. Have a fun and safe Holiday!
 
 
 
 
 
2019 VJO AWARDS BANQUET – SAT SEPT 14th 
Our Annual VJO Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, September 14th from 5-9pm at the American Canyon High School Cafeteria. We invite and encourage everyone to attend this fun and exciting event.  All swimmers (new and returning) will be recognizing for their achievements over the last year (Sept 2018-Aug 2019). This is a semi-formal potluck dinner. Come help us support all the amazing things our swimmers have accomplished over the last year (Sept 2018-Aug 2019)
WHEN: Saturday, September 14th 2019
TIME: 5-9pm
WHERE: American Canyon High School Cafeteria (3000 Newell Dr., American Canyon, CA)
Semi-Formal Attire
Potluck Dinner 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PARENTS - MANDATORY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thursday, September 25th 
6-7:30pm
The Fall VJO General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) will be held on Wednesday, September 25th from 6-7:30pm in the Portable Buildings next to the pool.  This will be a combined practice day; Senior, Junior 2 and Junior Groups will swim from 4-6pm and Hammerhead 1 Hammerhead 2, Leopard and Mako Groups will swim from 6-7:30pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.  This meeting is MANDATORY for ALL PARENTS to attend. We will be voting on and discussing important items.  A detailed agenda will be sent out before the meeting. See you all there!
Important Topics:
Voting on New Board Positions
VJO Treasury Report & 2019/2020 Budget (How is VJO doing?)
Team Policies
Fall Events/Meet Schedule
Upcoming November SR Meet
Meet Job Sign ups
Swim –A-Thon Recap
Grant/ Sponsorship Updates
Becoming a Team Sponsor
 
 
 
 
 
FITTER & FASTER SWIM CLINIC
October 12-13th 2019
We have some very exciting news! We are proud to announce that we will be hosting a Fitter and Faster  Freestyle and Backstroke    swim camp at the Cunningham Pool on October 12 & 13!  Session sizes are limited. We cannot wait for this event and we strongly recommend everyone click the link below to register ASAP! We want all of our swimmers to learn from an Olympic gold medalist and the techniques necessary to improve. 
Prices will increase on September 12th!
There will be two sessions each day, one for swimmers ages 11 and under and one for swimmers ages 12 and older. The  curriculum each day will be: 
October 12:    Fast Freestyle Technique
October 13:    Powerful Backstroke Technique
Sign up for one or  SAVE by signing up for both days!
Each session will be led by Elite Clinician and Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman! Nick is one of Fitter and Faster’s most popular and effective clinicians. We can’t wait for everyone to learn from him! 
See you there! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM SUIT FITTING DAY – Thursday, September 5th
Making Waves Swim Shop will be at Cunningham pool on Thursday, September 5th 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 printed 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 will be email out in the next couple days and will be available at the pool.  
*** VJO Team Suits are required at ALL SWIM MEETS***
When: Thursday September 5th 
Time: 4:00-7pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
Regular Practice for All Groups this Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
SIGNED USA SWIMMING "MAAPP" POLICIES NEEDED FROM ALL FAMILIES
Starting June 23rd 2019 the Vallejo Aquatic Club 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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 & $73 Pacific Swimming Registration Fee (onetime fee, good for entire 2020 year)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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 MEET S: 
 
WAVES C/B/A+ MEET OPEN FOR ENTRIES  ***OPEN***
The WAVES C/B/A + Meet on September 21-22 in St. Helena is open for entries and will be the first meet of our fall season.  This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers except for SR group swimmers. Get signed up today!  
Enter Online:  http://www.fastswims.com
Time: Arrive at 7:45am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 8:00am. The meet will begin at 9:30am each day.  A special warm-up time in designated lanes for 8 and under athletes shall be held from 9:00-9:15 AM.
Events:
Leoaprd, Mako, JR, JR2 Groups - Please enter 3 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - Please talk to coach Daniel about what events he recommends you swim prior to entering. Do not enter your child in events they are not ready for. 
***Senior Group - This meet is not recommended for the SR Group. The Senior Group will be attending the WCAB SR Open Meet  on Sept 28-29 weekend***
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED:  This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
SENIOR GROUP - WCAB SR OPEN MEET - Sept 28-29 ***OPEN***
Senior Group Swimmers, the WCAB Senior Open Meet on September 28-29th is NOW OPEN for entries. Please get signed up as soon as possible, as Fall Senior Meets fill quickly.  Only Senior Group swimmers may enter this meet.
LOCATION: Diablo Valley College Pool, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
TIME:  Arrive at the Cunningham Pool at 6:15am. 
TRAVELING TOGETHER - For Senior level meets our VJO swimmers travel together.  I will need two parents to drive ALL our swimmers to the meet and back each day. Please email me if you can be one of our drivers. We will meet at the Cunningham Pool at 6:15am each morning.  Parents, the rest of you are always welcome to come out and cheer on our Seniors. Our Senior swimmers just need to travel together as a team. 
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED: This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
SEBASTOPOL SEA SERPENTS C/B/A+ MEET ***OPEN***
The Sebastopol Sea Serpents C/B/A+ Meet on October 5-6th in Sebastopol is open for entries and will be the team designated meet for the month of October.   This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers except for SR group swimmers. Get signed up today!  
Enter Online:  http://www.fastswims.com
Time: Arrive at 8:15am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 8:30am. The meet will begin at 10:00am each day.  
Events:
Leoaprd, Mako, JR, JR2 Groups - Please enter 3 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - Please talk to coach Daniel about what events he recommends you swim prior to entering. Do not enter your child in events they are not ready for. 
***Senior Group - This meet is not recommended for the SR Group. The Senior Group will be attending the OAPB SR Open Meet  on Oct 19-20 weekend***
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED:  This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 VJO FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE 
 
AUGUST 
Aug 19            - First Day of Fall Practice
Aug 24            - Swim-A-Thon (9:45-12pm, Potluck to follow)
Aug 29            - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Aug 29           - Chick-fil-A Dine Out Fundraiser (5-8pm, Vallejo)
 
SEPTEMBER
Sept 2          - NO PRACTIICE  (Labor Day Holiday)
Sept 10        - First Day of Morning Practice for Senior Group (5:30-7am, T&TH)
Sept 14        - VJO Awards Banquet (5-9pm ACHS Cafeteria)
Sept 21-22   - WAVES C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, St. Helena,CA) ***OPEN*** 
Sept 25        - General Membership Meeting (6-7:30pm, Portables)
Sept 26        - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Sept 28-29   - WCAB SR Open Meet (Senior Group Only, Pleasant Hill,CA) ***OPEN*** 
 
OCTOBER
Oct 5-6       - Sebastopol Sea Serpents C/B/A+ Meet  (All Groups) ***OPEN*** 
Oct 12-13   - Fitter & Faster Swim Clinic (Cunningham Pool) ***OPEN*** 
Oct 19-20   - OAPB Senior Open Meet (Senior Grp Only, Moraga,CA)
Oct 24        -  Halloween Shark Pride Day & Potluck (5-7pm, All Groups)
Oct 31        - NO PRACTICE (Happy Halloween!)
 
NOVEMBER
Nov 2-4     - NAPA Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups)
Nov 9        - Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser (8-10am, Vallejo)
Nov 16-17 - VJO Senior Open Meet (Cunningham Pool, Qualified SR Grp)
Nov 21       - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Nov 28-29 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Nov 28       - Turkey Trot (Fairfield,CA)
 
DECEMBER
Dec 6-8     - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Champs (QSS, San Jose, CA)
Dec 7-8     - Senior 2 Trials & Finals (WCAB, Pleasant Hill, CA)
Dec 13-15 - Speedo Sectional Championships (Qualified SR Groupers)
Dec 13-15 - Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Santa Rosa, CA)
Dec 23-27 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Holidays!)
 
JANUARY
Jan 18-19  - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC)
Jan 20       - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)