Weekly Mailer
SHARK PRIDE DAY & ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Thursday August 31st 5-7pm
This Thursday, August 31st is Shark Pride Day. 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 playing games 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.  See you there!
ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Thursday Aug 31st 
Bring a Topping to Share: We will all be having ice cream after Shark Pride Day. VJO will provide the ice cream. Swimmers and parents bring a topping to share. The sign-up sheet for toppings is at the pool. 
Servers Needed: We need a couple of volunteers from 6:30-7:30pm to help  scoop ice cream, set-up and clean-up. Please bring an ice cream scoop from home if you have one.  Please contact Beth Raymond at if you are able to help serve ice cream.
The Fall VJO General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) will be held on Saturday September 9th from 9:30-11:30am in the Portable Buildings next to the pool.  Coffee and pastries will be provided.  This is 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.
Important Topics:
Voting on New Board Positions
VJO Treasury Report & 2017/2018 Budget (How is VJO doing?)
New Team Policies
Fall Events/Meet Schedule
Upcoming October Meet
October Meet Job Sign ups
Swim –A-Thon Recap
Grant/ Sponsorship Updates
Becoming a Team Sponsor
***There will be a combined Saturday practice during the meeting for all groups on this day from 9:30-11:30am***
TEAM SUIT FITTING DAY – Tuesday September 12th
Nor Cal Swim Shop will be at Cunningham pool on Tuesday, September 12th from 4:00-7:00pm for our VJO team suit and Warm-up fitting. We will be offering one team suit this year, a black polyester suit with an embroidered 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 2017 Order Forms are available at the pool.  
*** VJO Team Suits are required at ALL SWIM MEETS***
When: Tuesday May 2nd
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
Regular Practice for All Groups this Day
Interested in getting in a good swim workout in or learning how to swim more effectively? Come join our VJO Masters Swim Group. Starting in September practices will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm.
WORKOUT TIME: Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm
COST: $30/ month 
            $10 drop-in fee
USMS REG: Adults must be registered with US Masters Swimming to participate
COACH: Your coach is Chigusa Kanzan, one of our great VJO Coaches. 
FITTER & FASTER SWIM CLINIC with Olympian Molly Hannis-  Sept 16-17 ***CLOSEING SOON***
Olympian Molly Hannis is going to be at our pool on September 16th and 17th!  Don't miss this chance to work with Molly in the pool on faster breaststroke and open turns!  As the host team, we have a special, limited time discount of $20!  Use promo code MOLLY-FAST when you sign up!
Click HERE for all clinic details and registration!
Ages 9 & Under: Saturday, September 16th (8:30-11:00 AM)
Ages 10 – 12: Saturday, September 16th (12-3:00 PM)
Ages 13 & Over: Sunday, September 17th (8:30-12PM)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are in need of 4 parent volunteers each session to help will registration. Volunteers can receive a 50% discount on registration. Please email Coach Jennifer at if you are available to help. Jennifer will supply you with the 50% discount code.
Our Annual VJO Awards Banquet will be held Sunday, September 24th from 5-9pm at the SPSV 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 2016-Aug2017). This is a semi-formal potluck dinner.
WHEN: Sunday, September 24th 2017
TIME: 5-9pm
WHERE: St. Patrick - St. Vincent High School Cafeteria (1500 Benicia Rd Vallejo CA)
Semi Formal Attire
Potluck Dinner assignments to be announced
VJO C/B/A+ MEET “Tuffy Williams Classic” – October 13-15***OPEN***
Our VJO C/B/A + Meet on October 13-15th is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of October and our first meet of the season. This meet is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers.  Please sign up ASAP. We are very excited to announce there will be RELAYS offered in our October Meet! These relays will be very fun for our swimmers. Please note the VJO coaches will enter swimmers in relays, parents and swimmers will not be entering these. Meet Sheet & Info Attached
TIME: Friday- Please arrive at 3:30pm. Saturday and Sunday -Please arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday and the meet will start at 9:00am each day. Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter.
Loepard, Mako, JR, & SR: Please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Hammerhead 1 & 2: Please only enter events you are ready for. Entering swimmers in events they are not ready for can be very discouraging and causes un-needed paperwork for our officials. Talk to your coach first.
UPCOMING DATES - 2017 VJO Fall Schedule
Aug 21               - First Day of Fall Practice
Aug 31               - Shark Pride Day & Ice Cream Social (All Groups, 5-7pm)
Sept 2                 - Saturday Practice (9:30-11:30am)
Sept 4                - NO PRACTICE (Happy Labor Day!)
Sept 9                - Mandatory General Membership Meeting (9:30-11:30am, Portable Buildings)
                              Combined Practice 9:30-11:30am (ALL Groups)
Sept 12              - Team Suit and Team Warm-up Fitting Day (4-7pm, Cunningham) ***JUST ADDED***
Sept 16-17         - Fitter & Faster Swim Clinic with Olympian Molly Hannis ***CLOSEING SOON***
Sept 24               - 2017 Awards Banquet (5-9pm, SPSV Cafeteria)
Sept 22               - Breast Cancer Cap & T-Shirt Order Forms Due
Sept 28               - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Sept 30- Oct 1    - Marin Pirate SR Open Meet (SR Group, Indian Valley College)
Oct 7                     - Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser (8-10am, Vallejo Applebee’s)
Oct 12                  - Parka Order Forms Due
Oct 13-15             - VJO Tuffy Williams Fall Classic C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)***OPEN***
Oct 16                   - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
Oct 21                   - Diversity Camp (Junior and Senior Group)
Oct 26                   - Halloween Party / Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Oct 31                   - NO PRACTICE (Happy Halloween!)
Nov 2                  - Hot Chocolate Night Starts! (Every Thursday in Winter)
Nov 11-12          - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A Meet (All Group, Vintage HS)
Nov 18-19          - TERA SR Open Meet (Senior Group, Concord)
Nov 23-24          - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 30                - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
Dec 1-3             - Junior Olympic Championships 14 & Under (Qualifying, Morgan Hill)
Dec 2-3             - PIRN C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Rohnert Park)
Dec 8-10           - WCAB Senior 2 Championships (Qualifying Seniors, Pleasant Hill)
Dec 16               - Holiday Party
Jan 13-14       - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, Santa Rosa Junior College)
Jan 15             - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 26-28       - VJO C/B/A + Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)