Weekly Mailer
Because our home meet this weekend is smaller, we will only be running the deep end side of the pool. The warm-up time for the 11 & over swimmers has changed on Saturday and Sunday.  The 11 & over swimmers will now start warm-ups at 10:30am.  Older swimmers, you are still encouraged to come in earlier and cheer on and help our little kids. This could be a great way for our older ones to get there community service hours in, if they need them.
Friday - Arrive at 3:15pm, warm-up start at 3:30pm. Meet starts at 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
10 & Unders -  Arrive at 7:15am. Warm-up at 7:30am. Meet starts at 9:00am
11 & Overs  - Arrive at 10am. warm-up at 10:30am. Meet will start at 11:30am
We still NEED volunteers in some areas for our meet this weekend.
Please remember that all families need to complete at least 10 volunteer hours at each home meet. Paper sign-up sheet is also available next to Shark Tank. 
Check-in (Saturday)
Clean-up (Sunday)
Colorado (Sunday)
Marshals (Sat & Sun)
Snack Shack (Sunday)
We are still in need of many food donations for our Snack Shack. The VJO Snack Shack is very well known for our Breakfast burritos and Filipino Adobo! However, it would not be successful without your generous donations. We maximize our earnings if we get all the items we sell, to be donated. Please sign up for donations and drop it off at specified time through Sign-up Genius or in the Shark Tank.
Click Here to Sign-up to bring in a Food Donation
Food Donation Questions: Please contact Madelyn Cueva at [email protected] 
Thursday October 17th
We'd like to invite you all to the pool deck this Thursday October 17th at 6:00 for a quick 30-minute overview of the available jobs during our home meets. We will review what each job entails and we will happily answer any questions you may have.  We can assure this will be an exciting meet for your swimmers and your family. Hosting a swim meet requires the help of our entire team. There are several different ways that you can help out. Essentially there is a job for everyone and we are certain to find something that will interest you.  I look forward to seeing you there.
TRAINING QUESTIONS: Contact Tamara Kawashiri at [email protected] 
There will be NO PRACTICE this Monday October 22nd.  This is a meet recovery day for all parents, coaches and swimmers. We know its been a long weekend hosting a great 3 day meet.  We couldn't do it without everyone's help and support. Have a great day off.  Thank you!
Sat November 10th 8am-5pm
(JR / JR2 /SR groups only)
The Diversity Camp is NOW OPEN for applications. This will be our Junior, Junior 2 & Senior Groups fourth year attending the camp. Last year all our swimmers had a great time and learned a ton. This year the Diversity Camp will be held  on Saturday November 10th from 8am-5pm at our very own Cunningham Pool.  Coach Jennifer will again be co-heading the camp. Applications are attached and I will have extras available at the pool. Please mail in your applications ASAP as they only take 60 swimmers. Remember you need a parent and coach signature on your application.  If you have any questions please feel free to call or email Jennifer Thiem. 
This month our coaching staff will be focussing on and addressing safety with all our athletes. We will be reviewing pool rules, reviewing team rules, reviewing the swimmer code of conduct, and teaching athletes ways to stay safe in the pool & other bodies of water. Make sure to ask your swimmer what they have learned this week about safety on the pool deck. 
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]
Come help VJO give back to the community. On Sunday, November 11th from 4-7pm 15-20 VJO swimmers will be helping out with the "Sparrow Project" and feeding the hungry and homeless.  This will take place at the 1st Baptist Church in Vallejo. Our swimmers will help set up from 4-5pm, help serve food from 5-6pm and then help clean up from 6-7pm.  One of our local schools, St. Cathrines will be cooking the food for us to serve. This is a great way for our swimmers to get involved in their community. Swimmers can also count this toward their community service requirements for school. 
Date: November 11th
Location: 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo ( 2025 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA)
Number of Volunteers: 15-20 people
Time: 4-5pm - set up utensils, napkins, and other items
           5-6pm - serve food and drinks
           6-7pm - clean up
How to Order a 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. Make sure you try on a team suit first. 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***
VJO C/B/A+ MEET “Tuffy Williams Classic” – October 19-21
Our VJO C/B/A + Meet on October 19-21st is CLOSED for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of October and our second meet of the season.  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 3:15pm, warm-up start at 3:30pm. Meet starts at 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
10 & Unders -  Arrive at 7:15am. Warm-up at 7:30am. Meet starts at 9:00am
11 & Overs  - Arrive at 10am. warm-up at 10:30am. Meet will start at 11:30am
Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
November 3-4th 2018
Dougherty Valley High School Pool
The Crow Canyon Sharks C/B/BB+ Meet on November 3-4th is STILL OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of November. This meet is recommended for H1, H2, LS, MS, JR & JR2 group (not Senior) swimmers.  Even though this meet is out of our Zone,  VJO has priority registration, but space is limited.  Sign up TODAY!  
VJO has been given priority registration until October 6 th . Only 30 VJO athletes will be given priority registration. Space is limited! Get signed up today!
TIME:  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. A special warm-up time for 8 and under athletes only will be held from 8:45 to 8:55 AM
LOCATION: Dougherty Valley High School 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon, CA 94582.
DIRECTIONS: From the north of San Ramon follow I-680 S to Bollinger Canyon Rd in San Ramon. Take exit 34 from I-680 S. Take San Ramon Valley Blvd and St Denis Dr. to Broadmoor Dr. Do not park where no parking signs or permit parking only signs are posted. You will be ticketed or towed. No overnight/RV parking allowed.
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter.  No Time (NT) entries will not be accepted, so if your swimmer does not have a time in an event, speak to your coach and they can give you a time.
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: Enter 3 events on both Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Junior & JR2:  Please enter 3 events on both Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
SR: This meet is NOT recommended as we will be attending the WCAB Senior Meet on Now 17/18. If you are going to attend please ONLY attend one day.
NOVEMBER 17 – 18, 2018
The Walnut Creek Aquabears Senior Open Meet on November 17-18th is NOW OPEN for entries.  Senior swimmers, please get signed up quickly as this is your last chance meet for both JO's and SR II Champs in December. 
LOCATION:  Diablo Valley College Aquatic Center  (321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523). 
TIME:  Meet at Cunningham Pool at 6:15am.  We will get in to warm up are a group at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9am. 
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, you are always welcome to come out and cheer on our swimmers. Our Senior swimmers just need to travel together as a team.
Oct 19-21      - VJO Fall Classic C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool) 
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) ***OPEN***
Nov 10          - Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp (JR/JR2/SR Groups only, Cunningham Pool)
Nov 11          - VJO Feeds the Hungry and Homeless (4-7pm, 1st Baptist Church) ***JUST ADDED***
Nov 16          - Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser (Vallejo Chipotle, 5-9pm) ***JUST ADDED***
Nov 17-18     - WCAB SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Walnut Creek) ***NOW OPEN***
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)
Dec 21-28    - NO PRACTICE (Winter Break)
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC)
Feb 22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet ( All Groups, Cunningham Pool)