Weekly Mailer
SHARK PRIDE DAY & ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Thursday August 30th 5-7pm
Thursday, August 30th is Shark Pride Day and Ice Cream Social. 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 30th  
We will all be having an ice cream social after Shark Pride Day ~7pm.  Please RSVP to Beth Raymond.  VJO will provide the ice cream. Swimmers and parents bring a topping to share. The sign-up sheet for toppings is posted up on our team bulletin board near the Shark Tank. 
Help Needed with Set-up, Clean-up and Serving – If you are available, please come out and help us set-up, clean-up and serve ice cream to our heard working little swimmers. Any help is welcomed. Please put your name down on our sign-up sheet if you are about to help.
NO PRACTICE MONDAY – September 3rd
There is NO PRACTICE this Monday September 3rd. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day Holiday.
TEAM SUIT FITTING DAY – Thursday, September 6th
Making Waves Swim Shop will be at Cunningham pool on Thursday, September 6th from 4:00-6:30pm for our VJO team suit and Warm-up fitting. We will be offering the same 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: Thursday September 6th 
Time: 4:00-6:30pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
Regular Practice for All Groups this Day
*** Awards Banquet now set for Sunday September 16th ***
Unfortunately we had to change our Awards Banquet Date yet again. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all our families. We ran into unforeseen scheduling conflicts with multiple school systems this year. We hope to still see everyone there!
Our Annual VJO Awards Banquet will be held Sunday, September 16th from 2-6pm 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 2017-Aug 2018). This is a semi-formal potluck dinner.
WHEN: Sunday, September 16th 2018
TIME: 2-6pm
WHERE: American Canyon High School Cafeteria (3000 Newell Dr., American Canyon, CA)
Semi Formal Attire
Potluck Dinner Assignments (by last name):
A-L      Main Dish
M-P     Desert
Q-Z     Salad or Side Dish
WAVES C/B/A + Meet
The WAVES C/B/A + Meet on September 22-23 in St. Helena is still open for entries and will be the first meet of our fall season.  This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers. Get signed up today!  
Time: Arrive by 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.
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 Aaron about what events he recommends you swim.
***Senior Group - This meet is optional, as the Senior Group will be attending the Marin Pirates SR Open Meet the following weekend***
***NOW  OPEN***
The Marin Pirates Senior Open Meet is NOW OPEN for entries. This meet will be held at the Indian Valley College Pool in Novato on Sept 29-30th. This is our Senior Group focus meet for the month of September.  This meet is only open to Senior Group swimmers. There are no time standards for this meet. Please get signed up ASAP.  
Click Here for Meet Sheet
TIME: Arrive at Cunningham Pool at 6:15am each day. We will carpool together.  Warm-ups will start at 7:30am. Meet will begin at 9 AM.
LOCATION: College of Marin Indian Valley Campus Pool 1800 Ignacio Blvd Novato, CA, 94949
*Attention – There will be a $4.00 parking fee on Saturday, September 29th. There will be no fee on Sunday, September 30th. 
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.
VJO 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 our team suit fitting on Sept 6th.
VJO C/B/A+ MEET “Tuffy Williams Classic” – October 19-21
***NOW  OPEN***
Our VJO C/B/A + Meet on October 19-21st is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of October and our second meet of the season. This meet is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers.  Please sign up ASAP. We are very excited to announce there will again 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. 
TIME:   Friday - arrive at 3:30pm
              Saturday – arrive at 7:15am 
              Sunday - arrive at 7:15am 
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.
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.
Leopard & Mako: Please enter the 200 IM on Friday night and 3 events on both Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Junior: *The entire Junior Group will be entering the 500 free on Saturday*. See coach Sophie if you need a time. Please enter one event on Friday night and 3 events on both Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
JR2 & SR: *All the Junior 2 and Senior Swimmers will be entering the 1,000 free on Friday night. Please enter 3 events a day on Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Aug 20            - First Day of Fall Practice
Aug 30            - Shark Pride Day and Ice Cream Social (All Groups, 5-7pm)
Sept 3             - NO PRACTICE (Labor Day Holiday)
Sept 16           - VJO 2018 Awards Banquet (2-6pm, ACHS Cafeteria) ***DATE CHANGE***
Sept 22-23      - WAVES C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, St. Helena) ***OPEN***
Sept 27           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
Sept 27           - Mandatory General Membership Meeting ***JUST ADDED***
                          5:30-7pm , All Parents, Cunningham Pool, location TBA
Sept 29-30     - Marin Pirates SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Novato) ***OPEN***
Oct 19-21      - VJO Fall Classic C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool) ***OPEN***
Oct 22           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Oct 25           - Shark Pride Day & Halloween Party (All Groups, 5-7pm)
Oct 31           - NO PRACTICE (Halloween)
Nov 3-4         - Crow Canyon Sharks C/B/BB+ Meet (All Groups, San Ramon) ***UPDATED***
Nov 10          - Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp (JR/JR2/SR Groups only, Cunningham Pool)
Nov 17-18     - WCAB SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Walnut Creek)
Nov 22-23     - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
Nov 30-Dec 2  -  14 & Under Winter Junior Olympic Champs (JO Qualifiers, Moraga)
Dec 7-9        - Senior II Champs (Qualifying SR groupers, Concord CA)
Dec 8-9        - Daly City Dolphin C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Indoor Daly City Pool)
Dec 14-16    - Speedo Sectional Champs (Qualified SR group, Monterey Park)
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC)
Feb 22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet ( All Groups, Cunningham Pool)