December 2, 2019
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone back on the pool deck today. We are in for a rainy week, so please make sure to wear your parka and warm clothes to and from the pool. Dryland will be done in the Courtyard area on rainy days.
Swimmers please make sure to place your bags inside the courtyard area, where they will stay dry during practice. All bags need to be place along the outside, so there is a clear walk way to the Shark Tank and family file folders. As a reminder, DO NOT leave any personal belongings in the locker rooms, as they are open to the public.
TURKEY TROT 2019
On Thanksgiving morning our VJO swimmers and parents had fun participating in the Solano County Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk. What a great way to work up a Thanksgiving appetite. Go SHARKS!
VJO SWIMMERS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
On Sunday, December 1st a group of VJO swimmers volunteered at the 1st Baptist Church in Vallejo as part of the Sparrow Project. Here our swimmers served dinner to the hungry and homeless. It is great to see our swimmers getting involved in our community and giving back. Go SHARKS!
POLAR BEAR CLUB STARTS TODAY!
In an effort to encourage VJO swimmers to keep their attendance up during the Winter Months, we are bringing back the Polar Bear Club. The 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 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.*
HOT CHOCOLATE NIGHT
Every Thursday in the Winter months is Hot Chocolate Night! We are still in need of HCN items for this week. Please drop off snack items on the table next to the Shark Tank. Thank you everyone for all the snack donations.
All items needed at this time
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/
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.
Order Online at: https://makingwavesusa.com/
UPCOMING MEET S:
WINTER 14 & UNDER JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPS
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.
ENTER ONLINE: http://www.fastswims.com
LOCATION: Gunderson High School – 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose, CA 95136
SENIOR II CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
ENTER ONLINE: http://ome.swimconnetion.com/pc/wcab20191207
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.
ZONE 3 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS *OPENING SOON*
January 18-19 2020
Keep your eyes OPEN! Zone 3 Winter Championships will be opening any day. This meet will be held on January 18-19 at the indoor Santa Rosa Junior College Pool. This meet is open to ALL QUALIFIED swimmers. Many events this year will not have qualifying standards and will be open to everyone (25's for 8&Unders and 50's for 11&Overs).
ZONE 3 CHAMPS EVENTS:
ZONE 3 CHAMPS TIME STANDARDS:
2019 VJO FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE : ***UPDATED***
Dec 1 - VJO Helps Feed the Hungry and Homeless (4-6:30pm, 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo)
Dec 6-8 - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Champs (Qualifying, San Jose, CA)
Dec 7-8 - Senior 2 Trials & Finals (SR Grp Swimmers only, Pleasant Hill, CA)
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
Dec 31 JR/JR2/SR 8-10am
Jan 1 JR/JR2/SR 4-6pm
Jan 2 JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
Jan 3 JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
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)
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 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 2-5 - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
April 10 - Combined Practice Day
April 11 - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups)
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 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 1 - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)