Weekly Mailer


SHARK PRIDE DAY  – Thursday September 27th 5-7pm
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 27th 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! Parents don't forget during this time you will be attending our Mandatory General Membership Meeting from 5:30-7pm.
Thursday, September 27th 
Portable building
The Fall VJO General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-7:00pm in the Portable Buildings next to the pool.  This will be the same day as Shark Pride Day, so all our swimmers will be in the water at the same time. 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.
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
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help raise awareness VJO is selling Pink VJO Team T-Shirts and Pink Team Caps. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Foundation.  Last year we donated $100 to the Pink Fund.  Let's meet or exceed that this year! The Coaches will be wearing these pink team shirts at our next October Meet and we invite you to do the same.  Attached is the order form that can be filled out and left in the Alvarado file folder or you can email [email protected] with your order.  Payment can be charged to your account or you can pay by cash or check.
Breast Cancer Team T-Shirt - $20
Silicone Breast Cancer Cap - $20
Latex Breast Cancer Cap - $10
Order Forms Due By Friday Oct 5th
QUESTIONS: Contact Lori Alvarado [email protected]
Please read and review the attached Vallejo Aquatic Club Policies and Procedures.  You may turn in the signed acknowledgement during the General Membership Meeting or into the "President's" folder prior to September 27th. Extra copies will be available in the Shark Tank.
VJO Team Suits & Warm-ups Have Arrived
If your swimmer order a team suit or team warm-up, they have all arrived! Please see coach Jennifer on the pool deck to get your team suit. If you missed our last Team Suit Fitting Day don't worry, you can order team suits, parka's and other gear at any time. Just take an order form down to Making Waves Swim Shop in Walnut Creek and you can place an order at any time.  Order forms for team suits, team parka's and team gear are attached below. Order Forms can also be found on our team website and at the pool.  
*** VJO Team Suits are required at ALL SWIM MEETS***
The Marin Pirates Senior Open Meet is CLOSED 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. 
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
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).
Sept 27           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
Sept 27           - Mandatory General Membership Meeting 
                          5:30-7pm , All Parents, Cunningham Pool, location TBA
Sept 29-30     - Marin Pirates SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Novato) 
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 26           - NO PRACTICE (TCAL High School Water Polo Champs at Cunningham)
Oct 27           - Saturday Practice All Groups @7:00am
                        H1/H2 7-8am
                        LS/MS 7-8:30am
                        JR/JR2/SR 7-8:45am
Oct 31           - NO PRACTICE (Happy 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)