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SHARK PRIDE DAY this THURSDAY  -  NEW TIME 5:00-6:30pm
Thursday, November 21st
This Thursday November 21st is Shark Pride Day. The time has now changed to 5:00-6:30pm. Please be aware that we will now be ending 30 minutes sooner. This shorter Shark Pride Day will continue through March 2020.  On this day all groups will be swimming together from 5:00-6:30pm. 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.  See you there!
Junior / Junior 2 & Senior Groups:   Workout from 4-5pm. Help out with younger kids from 5:00-6:30pm
***SENIOR GROUP: This practice is Mandatory***
 
 
 
 
 
 
SENIOR, JUNIOR 2 & JUNIOR GROUP ADDITIONAL PRACTICES:
The following practice have been added to the Senior, Junior 2 and Junior Group schedule. These practices are designed for our Senior & Junior 2 Groupers, but are open to all Junior, Junior 2 and Senior Groupers to attend.
Saturday Nov 23rd 8-10am - Saturday Practice with Coach Maureen at Cunningham. SASO older kids will be joining us. 
Wed Nov 27th 9-11am- Long Course Practice at SASO pool (Sectional Swimmers must attend). Coach Maureen will be coaching any of our swimmers interested in attending.
Fri Nov 29th 8-10am - Saturday Practice with Coach Maureen at Cunningham. NVST team will be joining us. (JO, SR 2 P/F & Sectional swimmers must attend)
Sat Nov 30th 8-10am - Saturday Practice with Coach Maureen at Cunningham. NVST team will be joining us. (JO, SR 2 P/F & Sectional swimmers must attend)
 
 
 
 
 
 
POLAR BEAR CLUB is BACK!
In an effort to encourage VJO swimmers to keep their attendance up during the Winter Months, we are bringing back the Polar Bear ClubThe Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through the end of February. The VJO coaching staff will track daily practice attendance and award participation based on swimmers attendance to practice and events. VJO will provide prizes for those meeting qualifying levels.
 
Although we encourage all team members to attend as many practices as possible, each practice group will have attendance prize requirements on a sliding scale to reflect the monthly expectations of each group.  Prizes will be given out to swimmers monthly. Prize levels are as follows:
PRIZE LEVELS: 
  • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Pin 
    • Attendance prize requirements for each group for Dec, Jan & Feb:
    • Senior -80%
    • Leopard, Junior & Junior 2 Group – 70%
    • Mako Sharks - 60%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 50%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 40%
  • Prize Level 2 – Polar Bear Club Pin & Bumper Sticker
    • Attendance prize requirements for each group for Dec, Jan & Feb:
    • Senior -90%
    • Leopard, Junior & Junior 2 Group – 80%
    • Mako Sharks - 70%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
*Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days.*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SIGN UP NOW!
VJO SWIMMERS AND FAMILIES – GET OUT YOUR TENNIS SHOES…WE’RE GOING FOR A RUN!
Thanksgiving Morning 2019
Solano Community College
Suisun Valley Road
8:20 a.m. 5k run/walk
We have a Turkey Team set up!  We will be entering the 8:20 a.m. 5K Run/Walk (timed or untimed, your choice).  On the Registration page be sure to click on “Join a Team” and search for Vallejo Aquatic Club.
 If you have questions, please email Jennifer Matteo at [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOT CHOCOLATE NIGHT 
Every Thursday in the Winter month is Hot Chocolate Night!  Thank you everyone for all the snack donations.  We are still in need of some HCN items for this week. Please drop off snack items on the table next to the Shark Tank. 
Thank you!
ITEMS NEEDED:
    Gallon size Ziploc bags
    Oatmeal - individual boxes/bowels (any flavor)
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VJO HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS - Dec 1st 4-6:30pm
On Sunday, December 1st from 4-6:30pm come help VJO give back to the community.  We need15-20 VJO swimmers to help 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, help serve food, and help clean up.  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.  Swimmers under the age of 11 need to have a parent helping them.
SIGN UPS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON
Date: December 1st 2019
Location: 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo ( 2025 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA)
Number of Volunteers: 15-20 people (swimmer under 11 yrs need parent to help) 
Time: 4-6:30pm
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
PACIFIC SWIMMING REGISTRATION - DUE NOV 1st
Pacific Swimming Registration was due on November 1st.  If you still have not turned your swimmers $73 check in, please do so IMEDIATELY.  If you started after June 01, 2019 you are probably already covered until December 2020. If you are not sure please email Blanca or talk to her on the pool deck. Families please write a check ($73 per swimmer) made out to "PACIFIC SWIMMING" and place in the Membership File Folder at the pool. All checks were due by November 1st 2019.
Due:                  November 1st, 2019
Amount:           $73.00 (for each swimmer)
Payable to:       PACIFIC SWIMMING
Place checks in the Membership File Folder
QUESTIONS:  If you have any questions please contact Blanca (Membership Chair) at [email protected].
 

 

 

 

 
 
IMPORTANT INFO & UPDATES:
 
HOW TO ORDER A TEAM SUIT OR TEAM PARKA?
Don't worry if you missed our team suit fitting day this fall. You can place team suit, team warm-ups, and team parka orders in person or online at any time. Make sure to try on the team suit before you place your order as our team suit brand has changed this year to Nike.
To Order Team Suits
1. Place an order online at  https://makingwavesusa.com/team/vallejo-aquatics/
Password: Vallejo
2. Drive down to "Making Waves Swim Shop" in Walnut Creek and order a team suit in person. Please make sure to bring in a completed order form to the store.
2019 Order Forms and the link to order online. 
Password: Vallejo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEET S: 
 
WINTER 14 & UNDER JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPS ***OPEN*** 
The 2019 Winter 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships is OPEN for entries. The meet will be held on Dec 6-8th at the Gunderson High School Pool in San Jose.  Sign-up ASAP as the meet could fill prior to the entry deadline. This is a qualifying meet.  The meet is only open to swimmers who have achieved the Winter JO qualifying time standards.
LOCATION: Gunderson High School – 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose, CA 95136
 
 
 
 
 
SENIOR II CHAMPIONSHIPS ***OPEN***
The 2019 Senior II Championships Meet on Dec 7&8th will be opening any day.  This meet will be held at the DVC pool is Pleasant Hill, CA. This meet is only open to qualified Senior Group swimmers. Senior swimmers must have achieved a SR II time standard to attend this meet. When the meet opens, get sign up ASAP as this meet will FILL VERY VERY QUICKLY.
LOCATION: Diablo Valley College Pool, Pleasant Hill, CA
 
 
 
 
NEPTUNE SWIMMING C/B/A+ MEET ***CLOSED***
December 13-15th 2019
Santa Rosa Junior College
The Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet on December 13-15 is NOW CLOSED for entries. This is our team designated meet for the month of December.  
Location: : Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
Time: Arrive at 7:15am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 7:30am. The meet will begin at 9:00am each day.  
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 :  ***UPDATED***
 
NOVEMBER
Nov 21       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
Nov 23       - JR/JR2/SR Practice (8-10am, Coach Maureen)
Nov 27       - J R/JR2/SR Practice (9-11am, LCM at SASO with Coach Maureen)
Nov 28       - Turkey Trot (Fairfield,CA)
Nov 28-29 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Nov 29        - JR/JR2/SR Practice (8-10am, Coach Maureen)
Nov 30       - JR/JR2/SR Practice (8-10am, Coach Maureen)
 
 
DECEMBER
Dec 1        - VJO Helps Feed the Hungry and Homeless (4-6:30pm, 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo) ***ADDED***
Dec 6-8     - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Champs (Qualifying, San Jose, CA)  ***OPEN*** 
Dec 7-8     - Senior 2 Trials & Finals (SR Grp Swimmers only, Pleasant Hill, CA)  ***OPEN*** 
Dec 13-15 - Speedo Sectional Championships (Qualified SR Groupers)
Dec 13-15 - Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Santa Rosa, CA) ***CLOSED*** 
Dec 21       -12 Articles of Clothing Swim (All Groups, 8-10am)
Dec 23-27 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Holidays!)
Dec 28       -  Morning Practice (8-10am JR/JR2/SR)
Dec 30 -Jan 3   Combined Practice Schedule
                          Dec 30   JR/JR2/SR  8-10am & 4-6pm
                                         H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Dec 31   JR/JR2/SR  8-10am 
                          Jan 1     JR/JR2/SR  4-6pm
                                        H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Jan 2    JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
                                       H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Jan 3    JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
                                       H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                           
JANUARY
Jan 11        - VJO Holiday Party Brunch (TBA)
Jan 18-19  - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC)
Jan 20        - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 24       - SASO Distance Dual Meet (All Group, Solano College)  *NO PRACTICE*
Jan 30       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 7-9    - VJO Home C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
Feb 10     - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 14      - Regular Practice 
Feb 15      - Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR, 8-10am)
Feb 15      - VJO Goes Ice Skating (TBA)
Feb 17      - President's Day (NO PRACTICE)
Feb 27      - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All groups)
Feb 29      -  Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR,  8-10am)
 
MARCH
March 1          - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying, Santa Clara)
March 7          -  Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR,  8-10am)
March 13-15  - Spring Junior Olympic Champs (14&under Qualifying Meet, Santa Clara)
March 17th     - St Patrick's Day (Regular Practice)
March 21-22  - Hills Hurricane C/B/BB+ Meet (All Groups, Moraga)
March 23      - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
March 26       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
March 28       -  Saturday Morning Practice LC (JR/JR2/SR, 7:45 -10am)
March 28       - VJO Spaghetti Feed (Tentative)
 
APRIL
April 2-5      - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
April 10         - Combined Practice Day
                              JR/JR2/SR      4-6pm
                                   H1/H2/LS/MS  6-7pm
April 11         - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups)
                              JR/JR2/SR      7:45-10am
                                    H1/H2/LS/MS  9-10am
April 17-19    - Westside LC Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 20         - NO PARCTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
April 25         - 10 & Under Champs Meet (Qualifying, Sunnyvale)
April 30         - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm)
 
MAY
May 2           - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am) *Tentative*
May 9          - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am)  *Tentative*
May 16        - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am)  *Tentative*
May 23        - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am) 
May 25        - Memorial Day (NO PRACTICE)
May 28        - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm)
May 29-31   - VJO LC C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
 
JUNE
June 1        - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)