June 10, Scout Newsletter

Scout Aquatics E-Newsletter

June 10, 2019


This week we have the NTA Summer Sizzler and the SWAT Grand Prix.  Meet information will go out soon to those attending those meets. Our first 50 meter (outdoor pool) training start this week on Tuesday and Thursday evening.  If there is a change or cancelation on either practice or the outdoor Summer Sizzler, I will get that out to you (via email), asap.  This Tuesday morning is a normal morning time because finals are still in session, but Thursday we begin 2 hour morning practices and include the Senior Scout groups as well as the JSP group.  Because of the Wednesday night meet, JS will swim with LTS on Thursday instead of Wednesday.  Please follow along with the attached June and July schedules. 

The outdoor practices are at the Lake Bluff Park District at 355 W. Washington Ave.  Tuesday and Thursday we begin with dryland, which will meet under the gazebo by the playground.  Please dress appropriately with shoes and clothing for dryland.  Practice goes until 9:45p, and we do let the swimmers out a few minutes early so they can be picked up at 9:45p. 

Interested in the Zones Open Water event coming up on June 14th?  More information and how to sign up is HERE on our website.  You do need to have qualifying times to participate. 

Unfortunately we were not accepted into the JAGS Indianapolis meet.  We have sent in a new entry to the MAC Summer Challenge.  As of now, all in season swim meet entries are closed. 

Welcome to all our late start swimmers!  Kim Carden has been working with you on registrations.  Please register on line (on the LFHS website) and hand in your paperwork (for the website) to coach Carolyn before your first practice.  If you still have questions about registration, please email Kim at  

Please remember (per USA Swimming rules), no parent may enter the locker rooms when swimmers are present.  If your swimmer needs help, please use the adult locker room.  In turn, swimmers may not use the adult locker rooms for their own safety.  Please make sure to bring your belongings out on deck and place them on the benches outside the locker room doors.  This will help in preventing theft or destruction of property. 

In practice this week:

Starting some long course training in the outdoor pool this week.  The LFHS pool is short course METERS, so the pool will be a bit longer to train in.  We do this so swimmers don’t have as hard of a time finishing their races strong.  Parents, make sure to ask your swimmers what they learned at practice today.

Birthdays:  We have 2 birthdays this week.  Happy birthday to:

Valerie Burda (16) and Hannah Burke (12)!

Upcoming Events 

Tuesday, June 11: Our first outdoor practice at the Lake Bluff park district pool.  JSP, SS and SSG will be at the outdoor pool while LTS will still swim at LFHS. 

Wednesday, June 12: NTA Summer Sizzler at the outdoor Centennial pool in Wilmette, IL.   

Friday, June 14: ZONES Open Water event at Lake Andrea, next to the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, WI.  Swimmer need to qualify for this event and sign up through the link above. 

Friday-Sunday, June 14-16:  SWAT Single Age Grand Prix at the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, WI. 

Saturday, June 22:  Scout Aquatics team Brunch at the Lake Bluff Park District pool-AFTER PRACTICE.  All swimmers and families are invited. 

Wednesday, June 26: NTA Time Trial at the outdoor Centennial pool in Wilmette, IL.  

Friday-Sunday, June 28-30: JAGS Summer Invite at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, IN.  

Thursday, July 4: Happy 4th of July!  Please join us in representing Scout Aquatics at the Lake Bluff parade.  We are a important part of the Lake Bluff/Lake Forest community.  We will have a float and invite all swimmers and their families to ride with us! 

Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14: ISI Senior State Championship at the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, WI.  For Qualifiers with Senior State times.  

Friday-Sunday, July 12-14: PAC North Suburban Splash at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL.  Entries will close soon for this last chance meet!

Contact us:

Head Coach, Carolyn Grevers  (o) 847-582-7339                                          Email:

Question for Head Age Group Coach (LTS, JS, JSP), Flo Burke   Email:

Questions for Head Senior Coach (SS/SSG), Bizzy Vega                 Email:

Club President: Shane Koonce                                                                        Email:

Officials Rep: Marilyn Wieland                                                                       Email:

Scout web site:


How to Hydrate Your Athlete if They Don't Like Water

By TrueSport  | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

If you have a picky athlete who doesn’t love the taste of water, or just one who’s constantly on the go and bad at remembering to regularly sip from a water bottle, it can be tricky to make sure that he or she is staying consistently and properly hydrated. 

Brianna Elliott, MS, RD, LD, shares a few tips for getting young athletes to consume more water throughout the day—even if they claim to ‘hate’ water. 

Pick a Fun Bottle-Sometimes, all it takes to turn your athlete into a great water-drinker is providing the right vessel. "Young athletes should have a reusable water bottle with them throughout the day, even on days when they don’t have practice or an event,” says Elliott.

Simply finding a bottle that can easily fit in a backpack or gym bag, that won’t spill if it’s tipped over, and that looks cool can make a big difference in how much your child is drinking. There are thousands to choose from, so let your athlete pick a new favorite.

Make Water More Interesting-"Add flavor to water. Keep it simple by adding some fresh lemon juice, or flavor it up further by adding frozen fruits,” says Elliott.

"Berries are a delicious option. Fresh cucumber and mint can also be added to water for a refreshing flavor.” Allowing kids to pick their own flavor additions can make creating the perfect water combination more fun. 


Find Out What They Hate-In addition to adding flavor, you might have success by simply experimenting with temperature. “Many young athletes are turned off by room temperature water,” says Elliott.

"Kids might prefer ice cold water. In this case, a pitcher or cooler of ice-cold water should always be readily available to encourage them to drink whenever possible. In the case that kids prefer hot water, having tea or hot lemon water available will do the trick."

Add Carbonation-Sometimes, a little fizz can go a long way. “I recommend providing beverages with similar tastes to favorites, but that don’t have added sugars, so a carbonated beverage like La Croix instead of soda,” says Elliott. "And if that’s not quite sweet enough, adding a little bit of stevia or honey can add a more natural sweetness, which you can slowly decrease over time.”

Dial Back Soda and Juice-Technically, drinking soda or juice is hydrating, but it’s not optimal from a nutrition standpoint. But cutting it out entirely can lead to less overall hydration, so it’s important to shift to healthier options slowly.

“For kids, it’s better to wean them off soda or juice. If a child is used to drinking something, it’s hard to cut it out cold-turkey,” says Elliot. To do this, water down sugar-sweetened beverages. "Half water, half juice is great,” she says. If your child is a soda fanatic, you could consider adding carbonated water to a normal soda to cut sweetness but not the carbonation. 

Alternatively, if the half-and-half taste isn’t cutting it, compromise. “If a child is unwilling to give up soda or juice, I tell them to have at least half a cup of water before drinking the sweet beverage so that they aren’t thirsty when drinking the soda,” she says. "It helps them drink less and not drink soda due to thirst.”

Add Water-Packed Foods-"Eat water-rich foods throughout the day, such as fruits and veggies,” says Elliott. "Berries, watermelon, mangoes, cucumber, carrots, celery, apples, and cauliflower are examples of water-rich produce. Parents should aim to keep these foods convenient at home, so their kids are more likely to snack on them. Additionally, fresh fruits and veggies should be emphasized as snacks at practices, rather than salty snacks that can be dehydrating."

Make It a Game-Create a reward system for good hydration and make a game out of your athlete's drinking. “Come up with a way for your athlete to track his or her water intake,” says Elliott. "Each day that they meet their needs they get a reward. Hydration tracking apps are a great way to do this and can make staying hydrated more fun.” 

Remember, if you’re telling your athlete that he or she needs to drink enough water, you should be drinking enough water as well!

Make sure you’re not sipping a soda instead of your water bottle when you show up at practices, and if you’re pushing water-filled fruit and vegetable snacks on your child, you should be eating them too.

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